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  1. Re: mass of dead bees in feeder's shallow "moat"; any ideas re: why?!

    I have come through experience, whenever I have large amounts of drowned bees in a feeder, the hive is almost always suffering from Nosema c. when I went back performed spore counts. Worse the...
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    Re: BeeCheck Opinion

    As a California commercial guy... I love it... makes moving bees so easy and sprayers have to use it here
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    Re: Queen issues?

    I was recently talking to other commercial keepers around me about this very issue. I figure I have 20-25% queen failure rate each year now. And it seems hives are having a hard time re-queening...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I would consider using pulling brood from the hive not storing food and placing the brood in your weaker hives. Then pull capped honey/syrup from another hive and giving to the hive not storing......
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    Double screen board

    So if you have a hive with double screen board... can it be be recombined by simply removing screen?
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    Apple Cider Vinegar in Pollen Patties

    So I have seen various recipes for pollen patties that use varying amounts of Apple Cider Vinegar, with Laurie's be the highest 50% apple cider vinegar, 50% water. I have used vinegar and heat to...
  7. Thread: Honey labels

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    Re: Honey labels

    I end up using Better Bee custom print labels. I have liked the design and pricing is reasonable.
  8. Just Sayin' - My better half saw this and it was game over

    Randomly found this:

    https://www.amazon.com/Barbie-FRX32-Beekeeper-Playset-Brunette/dp/B078STZTL8/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=barbie+beekeeper&qid=1554514905&s=gateway&sr=8-2

    :eek::D:rolleyes::p:pinch:
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    Re: electric fence

    Like they said above. There are several good articles that can be found from Fish & Wildlife departments a d some beekeepers on the set-up. Also depending on your soil type, (wet vs dry) can impact...
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    Re: Mann Lake RiteCell Foundation

    I checked the box... that would be the what seemed to happen. Mystery solved
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    Mann Lake RiteCell Foundation

    So I just opened my new case of Rite Cell and it is shockingly thin and flimsy as compared to last year. Has anybody worked with this new foundation and have any insight? I am in the process of...
  12. Thread: Losses

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    Losses

    Just saw the NPR article about the losses being reported this year.. much more extensive than I imagined. It also explains why I received so many calls from beekeepers looking to fill contracts. My...
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    Re: Cold, Wet, Mud, Late bloom

    Glad I got my bees out in time before the rains started. Has anybody heard if there heavy losses coming out of winter? I received a number of calls looking for bees... one was looking to fill 3000...
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    Chevy T6500 Flatbed

    I am looking at a 1997 Chevy T6500 flatbed truck. It is has a V8 Chevy 350 engine not a diesel. Pluses to this is it is crazy cheap to fix. Minus is it gets suck gas mileage. I am not moving...
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    Re: Second opinions needed on spotty brood

    Sac Brood?
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    Re: Hive registration NYS at it again...

    I am unclear why this is taken as a bad thing... when I lived in Wyoming you were supposed to register your apiary... and the state could deny non-land owners the proposed apiary if it was to close...
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    Really Small Bees?

    OK.. was inspecting hives... I have 2 hives that have struggled all year... clearly are sick and having showing signs of various diseases. The queens clearly had bad genetics as well. Anyway.....
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    Re: Bee Removal Help

    Develop a good basic contract template and consider liability insurance if you are doing cut-outs.... make sure your customers are urged to contact a contractor if you are doing a cutout first.... if...
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    Re: Total loss almonds

    Have 2 nights in the high 20s... tonight is going to be the 3rd night and coldest. Also causing havoc on brood.....
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    How common is this??

    So was talking with some larger guys from Montana and Idaho who said they winter their bees in climate/light controlled barns... by changing the light timing and temperature they start building their...
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    Re: Losses in Central CA?

    I hear ya on the rain.... we have had 2 mild rain storms all winter.... and it does sound like the losses were mostly around Madera/Fresno.... had another beekeeper tell me that he lost 75% of his...
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    Re: Updates on using oxalic acid w/shop towels

    Having worked in Bio-tech industry.... it suggests to me that something very small that is not being controlled is very important in efficacy... having observed in product development how something...
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    Losses in Central CA?

    Wondering if people are hearing about heavy looses in Central CA? I am in Madera area and every beekeeper I know has taken heavy losses (35-75%) this year and are short on filling contracts. I am...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    I expect the bloom to be early by maybe a week... I have daisies blooming in my yard and several of my trees have swollen buds, and at Eastman Lake the Eucalyptus are already in bloom as well as some...
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    Re: Finances in Beekeeping?

    Quickbooks desktop.. one time purchase and will work for years
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