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    Re: Australia’s fires

    If only we could pass a law reinstating burning arsonists at the stake...
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    Re: beekeeping within city limits

    One strategy that should be encouraged is to make a bee area surrounded by a raised planter, planted with dense bamboo. The bees go up and away from neighbors without being noticed. Out of sight, out...
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    Re: Winter in Texas

    Jim D - My usual mild Winter routine involves moving the bees to eucalyptus stands. If you are in a nectar flow, just make sure to watch for broodnest back-filling (nectar / open honey where brood...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    Oliver - Point well taken. My mentor dipped his beehives in 50% boiled linseed oil and 50% mineral spirit back in 1973. I don't know why he retired them 40 years later - most of them still had better...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    I counted 4 words, but you are dead right. It's just not possible without a shop to make hives in, and I have a good year ahead, it's raining as I type. So a few kooky beehives, especially if I can...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    Political signs obtained after the polls close on election night. All sizes are used for various projects.
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    msl - Thanks for answering my questions. When top bar combs are used, I make a top bar that fits inside a standard frame. 2 drywall screws and the combs don't even need rubber bands. ;)

    AR1 - I...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    Ok, so I can make a mold for clay beehive boxes and fire them in an outdoor kiln, then glaze them and fit them with standard-length frames.

    I still need the frame jig, the compressor, and the...
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    Re: --Never Say 2019--

    Yes, I previously referred to Ormond & Harry Aebi's supering sequence for United States Standard Langstroth 10-frame equipment. It is so prevalent here.

    The Brother Adam hive, which I do not yet...
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    Re: --Never Say 2019--

    I love that Brother Adam beehive, also known as the Modified Square Jumbo Dadant beehive, and those of us on this side of the pond using it owe a great debt to you, Bernard, for giving us so much of...
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    Re: --Never Say 2019--

    Thank you Bernard! Thank You Michael!

    Did everybody read that? Those two posts just really gave a lot of valuable information.

    Proper supering was discussed by Ormond Aebi in his book, The Art...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    Thanks, guys. Lots of good prods to the thinking process. When I get going with a woodshop area and can build them, the effort will be toward half standard boxes and half Brother Adam hives, AKA...
  13. Re: Transferring Double 5 Nuc Into 10 Frame Hive

    Others have hit the nail on the head, but just to slam the message home - it's all about timing and building a good broodnest.

    The frames with the largest "diameter" brood pattern go in the...
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    Re: Cherry Blossom Honey

    I've really only seen 35% sugar water + perfume used. They sprayed it onto the blossoms with a sprayer mounted on a pole. The farmer said that his pears were less than 15% sugar and that bees were...
  15. Re: New bee magazine “2 Million Blossoms”

    I guess we should fix up a squadron power gliders, Cessnas, or even U-2 aircraft to "cropdust" California's fire areas with native seeds. A bicycle would take a century. :lpf:
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    Re: Cherry Blossom Honey

    You might try spraying a bee attractant onto the flowers during the bloom, as I've seen done with pears.
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    Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    I'm hurting for a workshop since the Fires back in late 2017 got my bee yard, home and workshop.

    I might accept an alternative to a wood shop if I can get the bees to accept the resulting hives.
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    Re: Australia’s fires

    A note to Matt and other Aussie beekeepers in fire areas from me who lost all in the Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California in December of 2017 - Get as many native seeds as you can get your hands...
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    Re: --Never Say 2019--

    Yeah, "tendency to swarm" / "buildup rate" / "hive volume" are all related, as well as nectar-pollen feeding capacity of the bee lot, and other factors such as bee comfort, pests, etc., that can...
  20. Re: Question: Glenn Apiary "Special Queen banking frame" d^for artifical insemination

    I believe that Tom eventually changed to using small jars for his I.I. queens to hatch out of their cells in and stay in the first week of life. My guess from his photos is that these were about 150...
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    Re: Cherry Blossom Honey

    Frank - on the eve of cherry bloom, cover all the nearby sources you can cover, pull the honey from a few hives for a day or two (noting which frames go in which boxes), replace them with empty...
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    Re: 55 Gal winter project

    Deepster - if you are using plain sugar, heat the water to 120 degrees F and your construction mixer (the elongated "half eggbeater, half propeller" type) should have it dissolved in about 5 minutes....
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    Re: Wrapping Hives and Ventilation

    Take what I say with a grain of salt - I'm out in coastal California. I get Winter increase, not Winter kill.

    First of all, the obvious - take out the queen excluder and any other metal parts if...
  24. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Fusion, Jim L, and Roland -
    Thank y'all for clarifying the topic of AFB. Yes, burning on the spot is still a valid treatment for AFB. Antibiotics (treatments in general, other than burning) just...
  25. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    I do not propose that small cell and narrow frames are a mite fighting utility other than you'll likely have very strong hive populations that, GIVEN MITE FIGHTING TRAITS, handle mite loads somewhat...
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