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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    Good point! My usual goal with my hives is honey production, but considering how well this queen is doing, I might just forgo plans to harvest honey from this particular hive and dedicate it to...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    A little bit of good news. A couple days ago, I was walking by one of the hives that I had declared dead a few weeks ago, only to see a few bees entering with pollen. Knowing robbers don't carry...
  3. Re: I'm convinced that OAV is a cure-all for mites.

    The data is accurate. It was double-checked multiple times because the results go against the conventional wisdom. It is only two hives, though, so lots of opportunity for statistatical...
  4. Re: I'm convinced that OAV is a cure-all for mites.

    IMHO, OAV is a great mite treatment. It has little-to-no negative affect on the bees. It kills the hell out of mites. Due to the killing mechanism, there is no expectation of resistance...
  5. Re: I'm convinced that OAV is a cure-all for mites.

    A little off-topic, but since someone asked:

    I used to run all 8-frame mediums. I've since switch back to the "American standard" of two 10-frame deeps for the brood chamber, and 10-frame mediums...
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    Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    And so begins a new Front Range roller coaster thread. So named because of the wide weather swings us beekeepers along the Front Range of the Rockies experience during Spring.

    Unfortunately, my...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    JMHO:

    Chasing some super special hybrid bee strain is a fool's errand. There are too many local variables that affect performance, and, the specially bred traits (if they do exist) will be lost...
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    Re: What recourse do I have?

    Since you got it in writing, going to the board meeting to "verify" will only unnecessarily re-raise the issue, with no possible benefit to you. I'd follow the Board's advice and consider the matter...
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    Re: Queen right hive with laying workers?

    In the situation where the present queen is unable to lay, the answer is "yes".

    It is the lack of brood that leads to a laying worker hive. Meaning, if a queen is present, but unable to lay for...
  10. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    The mite drop photo is from an established hive. I just threw it in there so folks would get a good idea of what a heavy mite drop looks like.
  11. Re: OA vape 5 days vs. 7 days apart - what do you recommend?

    The following is JHMO. And, I am not making a recommendation, just reporting what I have found and what I consequently do:

    1st, I would not treat a hive with any "chemical" with honey supers on. ...
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    Re: Ceracel Hive Top Feeder: My review.

    Hive top feeders are so much easier to use than any other feeder I have ever tried, but . . . no matter what I do, I always eventually get lots and lots of dead bees. I'd love to have a hive top...
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    Re: Drone cells in the Treatment Free world

    (Just a note that I do not practice TF beekeeping.)

    One Spring I inserted foundationless frames into a robust and vigorous hive. I put one foundationless frame into the center of each box of the...
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    Re: Koi fish and bee carcasses

    Feeder goldfish are the best! 27 cents each, and they grow big and gaudy no matter how neglected.
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    Re: Thyme and Aggression

    Hacking/chopping/raking at plants foragers are visiting would make any bee aggressive. No need to resort to other explanations.
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    Re: The perils of giving advice

    Just like becoming a good beekeeper, being a good mentor is a skill that takes time, practice, and mistakes to acquire.
  17. Re: Commiserate: Worst Advice You've Ever Followed, & Subsequent Disastrous Results

    As with most things in life, it is the “absolutes”, and the over-manipulation to steer clear of.
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    Re: Koi fish and bee carcasses

    That’s what happens in my bee/koi pond, too. Although my bees don't swim too well.

    https://photos.smugmug.com/2018/Bees/i-nkgGNVk/0/721c8676/XL/IMG_3287-XL.jpg
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    Re: Does pollen coming in indicate queenright?

    Bees will store pollen => bees bring in pollen regardless of queen state.

    That rule is not written in stone, either.
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    5" of snow at my house this morning. Warm-up will come by Friday. Swarm catchers be prepared for an onslaught of calls.
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    Re: From bottom to top entrance question?

    I run both an upper and lower entrance year round, and let the bees decide how to use them. I inspect from the back of the hive to not interfere with flight patterns.
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    Re: Apimaye Thermo Hives

    Well, these Apimaye hive boxes must be really good because the OP hasn't needed to come back to Beesource for any kind of help with her bees . . .

    :-)
  23. Re: replacing inner cover with a fabric or plastic

    For the best reason possible: everyone on the internet is doing it.

    :-)
  24. Re: Do I have bees living with me? How do I make them leave?

    While possible, it is very unlikely that you had a swarm take up temporary residence, and then move on.

    I would say there is no need to be in a rush, but I wouldn't delay for more than a week or...
  25. Re: Do I have bees living with me? How do I make them leave?

    Those are definitely honey bees.

    None of your proposed solutions 1-4 will work. And, a regular pest exterminator will simply kill the hive in place, and then you will have all those dead bees,...
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