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    I find a twig about 1/4 inch diameter, break a...

    I find a twig about 1/4 inch diameter, break a piece an inch long or so. That I place on the outer frame of the inner cover so that the telescoping cover will be raised ever so slightly.
    Year...
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    Sticky: I've been off the forum for a while but i always...

    I've been off the forum for a while but i always enjoyed this thread.

    Sorry to hear about this turn of events for you. If anyone deserves to be successful it's you, sp.
    You work hard with your...
  3. Thread: Queen issues?

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    Thanks for the info Trish. Your scenario where a...

    Thanks for the info Trish.
    Your scenario where a queen might not have enough drones to mate with could explain my backyard problem last summer.
    Queen was still in the hive but not laying. Why she...
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    Thanks for the reply RangerLee. I'll look for...

    Thanks for the reply RangerLee.
    I'll look for that article in ABJ.

    I just heard today from another beek who says he has the same problem.
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    Glad to hear you're doing well. I'll try to...

    Glad to hear you're doing well.
    I'll try to find out about the virus.
    Perhaps I will start a late spring oav regimen. Keep them cleaner going in to honeyflow season.
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    Hey wildbranch, my friend. How are you? These...

    Hey wildbranch, my friend. How are you?
    These are home raised queens. They are heading up large prosperous hives.
    For instance, early this year we had a hive going gangbusters putting up some...
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    Queen issues?

    A little history:
    I started beekeeping in the 80's with about a dozen hives. Had a great time, we had excellent yields in those days. Mostly the bees took care of themselves, I raised a few queens,...
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    Re: Lega Heat Gun Vaporizer

    I still use mine. The OAV treatments have eliminated mite-caused loss of hives for us the last three years.
    So far so good.
    The only issue I had with the Lega was getting a routine in place so I...
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    Re: Never seen this before

    This hive is doing quite well. The Terramycin did the trick.

    As far as I know the queen is still in there(she isn't marked) and still doing her thing. Gentle bees, not swarmy. Not overly ambitious...
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    Re: LEga OXalic Acid Hot Air vaporizer

    I run mine at 1000F. Smokes like crazy and it kills the mites.
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    Re: Frontrange CO Dbl swarm balls?

    Swarms are lotsa fun.
    I have combined two small swarms into one hive a few times. . Dump them together in a hive body. You can anchor them with a frame from another hive that has open brood on it....
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2017

    Interesting.
    We have bees in Louisville, Lafayette and Longmont and they are going great. We did lose three hives out of 18 but have increased to 22 at last count. But it is fair warning for us to...
  13. Re: Brand new and already have a question - I think I made a big mistake!

    You need to cut that comb out of there and insert the frames.
    Smoke the bees pretty well to try and get the queen off that comb. Then carefully, carefully, cut the comb out. You do not want to...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2017

    This is a crazy year.
    On the 8th I split a couple of my backyard hives. vertical splits using a double screen board. Both hives were strong but not crowded, and I saw a few queen cups with no eggs...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2017

    I dunno Steve. In Louisville dandelions and ornamental fruit trees are in their full glory. The bees are going great, storing nectar and raising drones.
    I haven't found any queen cells yet, but...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2017

    I thought I was jumping the gun splitting a hive in late March. Looks like I was not so stupid after all.
    Thursday before work I will split two more. Then I have to check the farm bees.

    Thanks...
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    Re: LEGA Vaporizer

    Are you talking about the LEGA heatgun vaporizer?
    If so, go here :
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?322101-Let-s-talk-about-lega-vaporizer-unit
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2017

    I think you're right shinbone.
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2017

    I've seen swarms in April.
    I think this year might be one of those early years. The bees are really gearing up for spring now.

    So, with that in mind, check them for rapid build-up and look for...
  20. Thread: Newbie question

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    Re: Newbie question

    Not necessarily. If you want to stay at two hives, or no more than three, you can do so.

    Just don't buy any more hives.

    If you would like to get honey, buy some medium depth supers......let's...
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    Re: Pollen In Colorado!

    Hey Steve! How ya doin', buddy?

    Pollen is pale yellow.

    Bees are doing well overall. We lost one that was weak; thought we might be able to get them through but they didn't make it.

    Last...
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    Re: Pollen In Colorado!

    Almost to the day.
    Last year my notes say Feb. 10th. This year Feb 9th. Maple here.
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    Re: Bottled Two Batches of Mead Today

    Well done, B.A.! And the labels are nice looking.
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    Re: Combining colonies for main nectar flow

    Lauri,
    That (post #5) sounds like a great way to requeen a hive. I have a hive with lazy bees I am going to requeen with a daughter from one of our ambitious hives.

    So, if I have the timing...
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    Re: Swarm in nuc staying in swarm mass

    Feed them, reduce the entrance.
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