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  1. Re: Splitting the hive up completely into new nucleus colonies

    I'm curious as to what your intentions are once you get the number of hives you desire. Why are you doing this?

    It seems that you are doing very well; however, it's not my way. I have always...
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    Re: forced brood break

    My bees fly year round also. My opinion is that it is would be damned hard to find all the queens to cage.

    Easier would be to have a drone comb at the edge of the brood box which could be...
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    Re: Cracking Hives The Easy Way

    I agree completely. I have always maintained that 'the Langstroth hive is a very good design'. That has long been my response to those who want to do something different.

    The longer the hive...
  4. Thread: Painting Supers

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    Re: Painting Supers

    What works in one climate may not work as well in others. i paint my boxes, and my bees are quite healthy when they aren't being overrun by mites.

    Oil based paint? i had to look that up. It...
  5. Thread: Sierra Nevada

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    Re: Sierra Nevada

    [QUOTE=SnH;1782197]Hello,

    Like could I attempt to just setup a bait hive this spring for almost no cost or time effort and see what happens? Is there any probability I would get something? Sorry,...
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    Re: Tight Smoker Lid

    I do the same with my extremely gentle, nonagressive bees. For them a few puffs of smoke is all that it
    takes for me to work them without the vail. If some start buzzing around my face, I will...
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    Sticky: Re: Anatomy of a mite crash.

    [QUOTE=grozzie2;1651545]Bees dont abscond due to a mite load, they die.

    Very informative write up: however, in my climate the bees will abscond when the problems arise. The difference may be...
  8. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    I have read about the Arnot bees, and what is apparent is that is a very small population with not many hives per square mile. Most of us keep bees with far more bees in the area than is the case of...
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    Re: Turning a Neglected Pasture into a Bee Yard?

    Grazing animals, mowing, or herbicide are your 3 choices. For the kind of grass of which you speak, lots of herbicide with repeated applications.

    I'd go with the animals; however, that would...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    I suggest that you replace the spark plugs. I expect you will appreciate the difference. Shouldn't be more than $35, if you shop around.
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    Re: What are they doing???

    You dangled that 'They.' I know yellow jackets can have huge nests. Is that also true of the BF hornets?
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    Re: Formic acid and SHB/wax moth

    My experience is that short term the SHB will leave. When the fumes dissipate they will return.
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    Re: I think I may have CBPV

    There is said to be no treatment for CBPV other than requeening. I'll admit to not watching the whole video, but if they really have
    the virus, expect to see dead and dying bees in front of the...
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    Re: I think I may have CBPV

    [QUOTE=dddillon;1751131]Here are a couple more videos that better show what I'm seeing with my bees.

    I'm not seeing it. Show us the video of the pile of dead and dying bees in front of the hive...
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    Re: Foundationless source?

    that's an interesting idea; however, there is no need to have such the 'guide' so deep. IMO, a much shallower cut than shown with the dado and washer would be easier and do the job as well.
  16. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    [QUOTE=John_M;1750383]I listened to Robyn speak and she has a good project going.

    My personal take on the original intent of the thread is this;
    Heritible traits, VSH and Biting can give a colony...
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    Re: What recourse do I have?

    Are your bees a nuisance? IOW, do they attack people or animals nearby?
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    Re: Help identifying formation within the comb

    The weird formation looks to me like a failed attempt to raise a queen. Why I cannot say.
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    Re: My beetle trap is working ???

    I'd try mixing the boric acid into the pollen patties.

    My experience is that the beetles run into the traps to escape the bees....then they nibble on the bait. Then they die inside the trap....
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    Re: Using 2X lumber for boxes?

    [QUOTE=Sour Kraut;1686521]Well, the '1X' 'standard' has evolved over the years.

    '1X' WAS 1" at one time, then 15/16, then 7/8, then 13/16, and is now 'nominally' 3/4"

    Well, at least on the west...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Bait Stations

    I remember an old 'Tapply's tips' from Field and Stream. It was for camping and of course, fishing. The idea was to hang a dead fish over a pail of water. The yellowjackets would gorge on the...
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    Re: Advice Needed for Hauling Hives

    You didn't say what kind of vehicle you are using. Flatbed? In my bee moving days we would throw the bees on the flatbed, throw a net (shade cloth) over the top, and tie them down. Load in the...
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    Re: Horrible mating numbers

    There are a lot of factors in mating success. I skipped over some of the comments, so mine may be redundant.
    I agree with Oldtimer............success varies with location, etc.

    Size of nuc: 4...
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    Re: An interesting story about wasps

    Reply: I suppose that urban and suburban people wouldn't know the difference. Country folks should. Paper wasps kind of flit around, have small nests above ground, often under eaves, and don't...
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    Re: An interesting story about wasps

    I agree with eliminating the yellowjackets, which are not native to North America. Furthermore, they can and will build huge nests if they are allowed to remain. These are both a nuisance and...
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