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    Re: Weak hive and wax moths

    Encouraging messages. Really enjoyed OdFrank's warm, fed. dry and treated. Cozy and snug will help with the warm part. Yes, don't forget the pollen and remaining mite treatments. People forget...
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    Re: Weak hive and wax moths

    Wise move. As I was reading Oldtimers advice I was saying “spot on”. Also feed feed feed. Sacto may still be warm enough for something like Prosweet and pollen patties if they are still flying no...
  3. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    Wow fix that was some year. I read your piece. Love your devotion. An excitable hive teaches a lot. I learned to build and use a quiet box with hive cloths this year. That along with using smoke...
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    Re: Power For A Vaporizer

    Always have it on then move downwind as soon as possible. Better to have it on and not need it then need it and not have it.
  5. Re: Where they getting it from? East of Atlanta.

    The rain can stimulate the forage in the area so if there's anything out there they will find it. I'm still seeing yellow debris on the sticky boards at 3100 elevation and mild winter so far. They...
  6. Re: Northern Midwest Winter Beekeeping Manifesto

    Looks great. I do all these things except tape the seams. I found too much condensation pooling just in the seams when the bee cozy was on. So after I took the tape off it allowed the extra little...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    So you understand then. The way I dote and fuss and lecture them they may as well be my kids. We need to reach a better understanding over water safety. I’m leaving lots or rocks in their water...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    51 and sunny. Flying kids are out. Lots of activity at the water. Opened all 5 up to spy into the covered feeding shim of the vivaldi board. 3 of 5 are actively eating winter patties, MC or...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    Another option if you’re open to it is offering to treat his hives at the same time you are treating your own for a fee. Or having him rent your equipment so he can treat his own. Sometimes the...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    There is such a thing as "being in the zone" as a beekeeper. Like a professional athlete who has the ability to focus intensely, move with great intent and stay relaxed there is a zone for us as...
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    Re: Planning for my first bee's come spring

    FYI-I used rapid feeders this year with my new colonies and will be using them again next year. The other commenter is correct that if they take all the syrup you can get escapees. So the solution...
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    Re: Planning for my first bee's come spring

    Welcome. One thing I wish I had fully understood my first year was this- first year colonies fall under a different set of rules than established colonies. Since you are using all new equipment...
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    Re: Wintering Inner Cover from Mann Lake

    I use these with an additional 3 inches added to the top. I also drilled vent holes on the front and back to make a vivaldi board type box. The vent holes are screened. I use the bottom as the top...
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    Re: Sam comfort 2018 video

    Turned it off after about 1 minute. Although I want to keep an open mind about TF options Im tired of the galvanizing dialogue.
  15. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    That was super hilarious. Thanks for sharing. The pink hoodie part was awesome.
  16. Re: I had an Old school beekeeper check my hives

    You deserve some praise! It must be weird to have someone go through your colonies. I’m fiercely protective I don’t care who they are.

    I’ve been working on nutrition this year to have the...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Thanks Michael. That’s just the validation I was hoping for. It’s not the end of the world if I have to buy bees but I’d rather not. Also not getting too committed to a particular queen. The...
  18. Re: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    Thanks for sharing. Can only imagine how that looked...:applause:
  19. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times- wisdom and folly from 2019

    I'd love to see a recap of 2019 from others. This is meant to be light hearted and fun way for us to share what happened. Here's my list-

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    1) I learned how to buy bees. If you lose them...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    No one appreciates a problem more then I do. It’s served me well in my career and interests. I have many other hobbies. The most noteworthy one is my equestrian riding and husbandry. It’s a study...
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    Re: Urgent Varroa Mite Question

    Love that you went straight out and got the vaporizer. At some point you have to decide whether to quit or double down. I lost my first two hives last year and it was very painful. So what I’m...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Agreed- love the term “hive creep”. I have heard of splitting then recombining in the fall to keep the numbers down. Little john is right about the limitations for the more advanced skills but I’m...
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    Re: Urgent Varroa Mite Question

    To be honest the mite drop made me sick. You may very well be in the middle of a collapse. Its one of those throw caution to the wind strategies. Kamon Reynolds has a series on the radical...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Just the feedback I was reaching for. You can sense that there’s a line somewhere with a number on it. I’m going to endeavor to be really good at it and keep my numbers small. Glad I’m surrounded...
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    The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Started with 4 this year and ended with 5. Id love to hear from backyard beekeepers about the fun threshold and the right number of hives for them and why. My 5th colony was a swarm and its...
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