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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    This is the humidity that I was seeing in my hive over several years. For the first year where the humidity was always at 90% I think the sensor was mostly railed/maxed out. After that was when I...
  2. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    That is me. I have never had good luck with animal bedding (pine shavings), coffee bags, or much else. I live at about 5000 ft elevation, and wonder if having about 20% less oxygen available makes...
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    Re: Is my situation right for beekeeping?

    Yes,

    I am very much trying to keep my bees in my pond (or a bucket of warm water when it is cooler) and out of my neighbors hot tub. My neighbors dont mind me having bees (they grew up on a farm)...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I suspect you are seeing some of the effects of water saturation capacity of the air changing at temperature. At higher temperatures air can hold more water. Relative humidity is the amount of...
  5. Thread: Smoker Fuel

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    Re: Smoker Fuel

    I have found the following works well:

    1. drill a 3/4" hole in the bottom of the smoker and put a door on the bottom to block the hole. I have the 3/4 hole off center, and a metal flap attached...
  6. Thread: Mold

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    Re: Mold

    I have started running quilt boxes year round due to high humidity and mold problems in my hives. Since I started running quilt boxes I have not had any mold problems. The only adverse effect that...
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    Re: Is my situation right for beekeeping?

    I have a 100 gallon pond (plastic cattle trough) with some goldfish for bee water. I have some stuff floating in it for the bees to land on. I have put a spoonful of honey on a floating platform in...
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    Re: Is my situation right for beekeeping?

    Do you have a water source near by? If not you may want to put one in. I would put the water to the bottom left so the bees are not flying across everything to get water.

    What is the water...
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    Re: Is my situation right for beekeeping?

    It sounds like your plan will work. I am not sure the bees will find/have interest in a bush right in front of the hive, a fence might be easier long term. Everything else sound good
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    Re: Beekeeping Suit and Veil

    I have started putting pony tail elastic band things around my wrists and it seems to work well to keep the bees out of my sleeves. Now if I could just keep the back of my jacket from riding up when...
  11. Re: "The warm way" is there also a "cold way"

    Warm way is the frames oriented parallel to the opening of the hive. Cold way is the frames perpendicular to the opening of the hive. The advantage to the warm way is the hive does not get as many...
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    Re: AI Root extractor

    Do you have any pictures of the rest of the extractor? I don't know anything about old extractors, but I suspect that would also be useful information to add.
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    Re: Help! Bad at seeing eggs

    How often are you inspecting your hives?

    I check my hives about one a week. If I find some small larve I assume that the queen is still there. It takes about 3 days for an egg to hatch and...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    I found some bees hiking Greyrock yesterday (near Fort Collins)

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    Re: Queen excluder material

    supposedly you can use #5 wire mesh as a queen excluder, I don't think this is a common practice though.

    source: http://www.bushfarms.com/beeshardwarecloth.htm
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    Re: Caged queen candy consumption

    I have seen the other opposite extreme, I think the place I bought a queen from used old candy and the queen had not been released after 7-10 days. After 7-10 days about 1/3 of the candy was still...
  17. Re: Cooling of interior by frequent inspection - every 5 days?

    I try to check my hives once a week. I pull a few frames in the middle to look for eggs and larve to make sure the queen is fine, and tip up all of the boxes to look for queen cells. I almost never...
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    Re: Bee club blues

    I believe it, sometimes that is the best solution
  19. Re: 2.5 weeks post package install question and pics

    Are there eggs or larve or capped cells in the wonky comb? If so I would leave it for a while. If there is not eggs or larvae in the wonky comb I would scrape it off and push the frames together. ...
  20. Re: Cooling of interior by frequent inspection - every 5 days?

    I pulled some data last night, the 2 yellow rows are the start and end of the inspection. The temperature in the top of the hive is a thermistor on the bottom of the quilt box. The hive middle...
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    Re: Bee club blues

    This thread will benefit from this (off topic post)

    http://static.skaip.org/img/emoticons/180x180/f6fcff/headbang.gif
  22. Re: Cooling of interior by frequent inspection - every 5 days?

    I have a data logger on one of my hives and have data on this. It will take me some time to compile, but I will try to get it together this evening.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    :D

    seems about right
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    Re: Bee club blues

    We have not had meetings for the past 3 months. The club is still sending out a newsletter though.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I confused some drones today.

    Yesterday afternoon I removed a bottom board and a box (minus frames) from one hive to swap in a different bottom board (and box). I sealed up the old stack and...
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