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    Re: free beekeeping books to download

    Enjoy:
    https://b-ok.org/

    While at it:
    https://getpocket.com/explore/item/these-are-the-best-books-for-learning-modern-statistics-and-they-re-all-free
  2. Re: Ignorant of top bars - isn't there northern limit at which it is a good idea?

    To be sure, they keep bees in Siberia up to USDA zone 3 and the no-fly time is up to 7 months (forget Alaska - they keep bees in Alaska close to the Pacific - mild).
    Not a problem IF the equipment...
  3. Re: Ignorant of top bars - isn't there northern limit at which it is a good idea?

    I got to wonder again - how is it TBHs winter in cold climate.
    Well, no magic.

    Madison WI vs Basalt CO (Jan/Feb/March 2019 attached)

    51885
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    You guys hardly even went into the...
  4. Re: Ignorant of top bars - isn't there northern limit at which it is a good idea?

    OK, so yes - I can see you have to use 2-inch XPS slabs on all sides.
    It works in some setups.

    The real pain with the TBH is when you need feed dry sugar from the top.
    For me often this means if...
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    Re: Greetings from the Black Hills, SD

    Unsure what is up with the attachments in this thread
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    We reached out freezing points on Oct 12-14, 2019.
    There was ice in the buckets and bird basins.

    Not the killing frost just yet - the dandelions are still blooming in the parks.
    We will still...
  7. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Well, consider - my typical indoor relative humidity in winter is 30-40% (similar to Ian's controlled shed).
    This is "terribly dry".
    At the same exact time, the outdoor humidity can be 70-80% as in...
  8. Re: new beehive designed to stop bees from dying over winter, and to have 24/7 monito

    Another project about "Honey Bees Need Your Help".
    Moving along...
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    Re: Greetings from the Black Hills, SD

    The "snorkel" - I suggest you don't enter into the over-engineering trap.
    Just do 2-3 hives the most simple way; run them 2-3 years; observe and THEN adjust what you must.

    Frame extraction - here...
  10. Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    Goldenrod is out and done.
    Time to harvest the seeds.

    Dandelion is back in (the typical late fall bloom in mowed city parks; can be significant, the weather permitting).
    3-4 years ago now, we...
  11. Re: Orange pollen in Early october, Northeast US?

    At my location and now - orange means dandelion.
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    Re: Layens Hive Spring Feeding

    I would place the traps around Leo's property and see what turns up.
    He claims to be letting the swarms go.
    :D

    PS: your own bees will live in the Layen's just as well;
    make a couple of splits...
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    Re: What's up with the all the Bircomb?

    Let me guess... you have plastic foundation in your frames?
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    Re: Layens Hive Spring Feeding

    So you are in the Ozarks (pretty much - South).
    Hopefully, you got some of those feral bees then (a prerequisite for the Leo's talks and stuff to work - "....local bee's, no feed, no...
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    Re: What Pollen Are They Gathering Now In NE?

    Yeah, check into "hawkweeds".
    There are some around my area for sure.
    Some big patches.

    Both hawkweeds and dandelions may have significant late fall bloom (varies by a year).
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    Re: What Pollen Are They Gathering Now In NE?

    Good idea.
    I tried my area and got mostly non-sense (rag-weed and such - which passed long ago).

    In reality we have dandelion blooming in local city parks.
    Some late aster is still on.
    There...
  17. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Ian winters his in the conditioned storage AND packed into single boxes.

    He CAN winter the boxes pretty much opened (no lids and stuff).
    In fact, you want them wintering pretty much openly...
  18. Re: Manhattan dad blames ‘hipster’ beekeepers for son’s stings

    Last year the newly moved neighbors blamed my bees for "harassing them".
    They wrote a letter to the City and all that hoopla.

    I told them to provide photo-evidence and warned to NOT come back IF...
  19. Thread: Best Bee Smoker

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    Re: Best Bee Smoker

    Many people would actually want this smoker (some progress, you know):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mns9GrQ1RSA&t=317s

    Not that I want one.
    Low tech is still the best for me.
  20. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    I would not really worry of the the kilocharlie's ideas and keep it simple
    He is coming from the toasty California coast and does some commercial grade work (hence his approaches and make sense for...
  21. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Then why don't you check the B for its status?

    Somehow it was assumed you correctly checked both - "A had brood" AND "B had no brood".
    So now that theory turns possibly wrong too (until B status...
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    Re: What honey is this?

    It is your area and your honey and your bees.
    You should be the expert and have the answers.
    :)
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    Re: Greetings from the Black Hills, SD

    Nice link; I did not see this yet.

    IF you are completely static - just do 20-frame rigs; even 24-25 frames.
    IF mobility is a non-issue - go big and don't worry; the size is an advantage in any...
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    Re: Greetings from the Black Hills, SD

    Trying to re-post the pics.
  25. Re: Did you know Cuba is treatment-free bee island? It is.

    But seriously...
    What happened to the USDA Russian bee program?

    The last document on the relevant page is dated 2007.
    Today is just about 2020.
    Nothing happened the last 13 years?...
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