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  1. Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    Shinbone, Sorry to hear your numbers. You got hit pretty hard.
    Elmer, hope you remain 2 for 2.

    I went into fall with 7 10/10/10 Medium Langs and 3 5/5/5 Medium Nuc's. The severe infestation of...
  2. Re: Moving from Georgia to Colorado Springs

    jad,

    I'm the VP of Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association so if you PM me tomorrow I will answer any and all questions. I have my apiary in the SW part of town, and yes, as mentioned above, Colorado is...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    Matt,

    Good to see you back on the board with good advise. Right now I can only dream about white "Dutch clover" and "OSBN".

    53509
    Cheers,
    Steve
  4. Re: Not enough beespace on top of frames?

    00101,

    I do not think that you need to be concerned about it. My understanding is that a "bee space" is generally considered to be 1/4" - 3/8". I have also read it defined as the amount of space...
  5. Re: Adding frames of honey during winter

    beeeee,

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I keep in bear country too!

    Some day where you are off from work during the day and the temp is >~50 deg. F, (& calm wind), just quickly pop the top, remove...
  6. Re: Earliest date to install packages in Northeast KS?

    Husker,

    I'm at the same latitude as you except in the front range at an elevation of 6,800 ft. I'll be installing two 3# packages near the end of the first week of April this year. I installed...
  7. Re: Transferring Double 5 Nuc Into 10 Frame Hive

    MIBees,

    I follow the same basic procedure outlined by eric, but not until early April and I also intently feed 1:1 sugar syrup and add pollen pattieds by the 1/2 #, and closely monitor their feed...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Bob,

    Thanks for the additional ideas for Elmer. Yes, we all still have lots to learn so we can be better than we are.

    Yes, October was crazy, but the whole summer season was crazy for me too....
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Good to hear from you Arnie. I was hoping that you hadn't disappeared, because you are my mentor on cut comb.
    I had bad losses during the 18/19 winter so spent 19 summer trying to get back in the...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Elmer,

    Glad to hear that you attended the CSBA and sorry I missed you. If you had pre-registered for the event you came into the main room to sign in and get a door prize ticket. I was sitting...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Disappointed that I didn't get to meet any of you "Front Rangers" at any of the three events mentioned in my Post #103 above but I guess that you all went to the Apimondia in Montreal, Canada. My...
  12. Re: Bees filling mason jars with honey comb

    Michael: What is a "wax tube fastener" ? Picture?

    Thanks.
    Steve
  13. Re: Bees filling mason jars with honey comb

    Good observation & comment, Steve. I believe that people need to give credit where credit is due.
    FYI: I grew up in State College & started keeping in 1947.
    Cheers,
    Steve
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    Re: I left my hive sealed up - UGH!

    I commonly use a wet rag (one quarter of an old sock) to block both the upper and lower entrances. I think that Greg's suggestion of using a piece of painter's tape with a knife slit is an excellent...
  15. Re: Unusual abundance of HB hind legs on mite drop board

    Bump !

    Any more ideas or thoughts?
    None or of the other 10 ajacent colonies have a similar collection of hind legs on the drop boards.

    Steve
  16. Re: Sugar water residue/growth in jars

    Paul,

    You can add a "splash" of vinegar to the sugar syrup to lower the pH. The natural pH of honey is around 4 or 5 so the bees will accept the sugar syrup with no problem and you will have...
  17. Unusual abundance of HB hind legs on mite drop board

    This time of the year I maintain sticky drop boards under my SBB's on all of my colonies and periodically inspect them. This morning I observed an unusual number of honey bee (HB) hind legs on the...
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    Re: Check Your Bear Fences

    I use a continuous sheet metal apron on the ground connected to an 8 foot ground rod all outside the "hot" part (cattle panel) of my fence. Every year new bears test it once and avoid it thereafter....
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    kramerbryan,

    Sounds exciting to have so many hive trailers. Your slide-out ladder with a leg sounds like an interesting concept but I would think that you are over doing it. I believe that all...
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    Re: Beekeeping Trailer

    kramerbryan,
    I too, like you, am thinking smaller. I am turning a small 9 foot long Harbor Freight kit type trailer into a 10 to 12 colony easy to move bee trailer. Its not finished yet, but it...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    Dr. James Tew will be the guest speaker for the October 17th. evening meeting of the Pikes Peak Beekeepers Association in Colorado Springs, CO. I'm 'Steve", the VP of PPBA and I would like to...
  22. Re: So, what did you scrounge today? Braggin encouraged

    LJ,

    In your design process why don't you keep in mind that this incubator can also be used to de-crystallize honey in jars or a five gallon bucket. I'm actually working on a similar project to...
  23. Re: Will bees remove pollen from frames in honey super?

    Off topic.
    Davemal, (Post #9), I am of the same opinion as you relative to bee-power efficiency. I drill a 3/4 " hole in the lower right hand corner, 2" up from the bottom and in line with the...
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    Grins,

    Several years ago in August I had a similar concern because I had a wedding at my house for a son and there were 70 wedding guests. I had 15 colonies in my apiary about 40-50 feet from...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    John,

    Thanks for your today's post. I find what you are doing very interesting and may also play with the concept next year. I commonly use 5/5/5 Nuc's too.
    Keep us all posted as you assess...
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