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    Re: I had an Old school beekeeper check my hives

    All bee keeping is local, right?
    I won’t see my bees for a long time and wouldn’t think about opening the hives for 6 months.
    I’ll pop lids to check sugar boards, that’s it.
    Brian
    53 N, 115 W...
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    Re: Think I messed up big time

    Theresa, 6 months will be fine. Latex paint?
    If you’re worried, do a little sanding on the inside surfaces.
    My bees propolise the painted surfaces where boxes join. Bare wood just helps their...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2019

    So the roller coaster is on again. We’re up, we’re down, we’ve had snow, rain, sunshine, hellacious winds, and sublime intervals.
    My bees are tucked in, did all I could; fed them, killed their...
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    Re: Looking for reading material suggestions

    Lauri, podcasts are good in camp or on road trips.
    Kiwimana and Pollination come to mind.
  5. Thread: Varroa 12%

    by BDT123
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    Re: Varroa 12%

    Try Randy Oliver’s Mite Model!
    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/randys-varroa-model/
    An awesome gift to Beekeepers from Randy!
    Start quantifying your issues. Put your brains to work and save your...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    Up here I’ve seen them forage at +5 or 6 C (40F?) in April for Alder and Willow pollen. Still snow on the ground. Snow turns brown :)
    Brian
    53N, 115W, El.850M
  7. Re: new attempt at passing mandatory bee registration in NY

    So, not knowing what Machievallan things y’all are worried about, and knowing nothing about your political landscape, I’d like to offer up a couple observations from a continent and country away.
    In...
  8. Re: funny story, really short on facts but high on speculation

    JW, thank you for that.
    Brian
  9. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    TBW, where I am, best success has been 10 frame triple deep. Sorry, but 6 months of nasty winter means two deep brood boxes and a deep of honey on top.
    2” rigid Styro all around, and on top, very...
  10. Re: funny story, really short on facts but high on speculation

    And they walk amongst us!
    :eek:
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    Re: bees dying off every morning

    Doesn’t visual confirmation of DWV indicate fatal consequences?
    No idea where Orland Park is, but anywhere north of the 49th if there is manifestation of DWV, that is fatal after September 1. Hell,...
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    Re: A question about feeding

    Mead I pitched last year is approaching “bragging” quality.
    When I extract each year, the uncapped frames, or partially capped frames are done last. This is my mead honey.
    Interesting that I did...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    Polar Vortex! :D
    Uncomfortable to know that Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean was warmer than Drayton Valley a few days ago.
    On a happier note, Lethbridge, Alberta got 2 feet of snow this weekend,...
  14. Re: How long does it take for bees to cure 2:1 syrup?

    So, all my hives have taken 15 kgs of 2:1 syrup in the last 3 weeks and now it’s +1 C . I think I’ll be getting sugar boards ready.
    My concern is they were making bees, not stores from the late...
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    Re: beeswax melting / filtering - need help

    Yes. I use a Maxant spinner and still have to rinse/wash. Another requirement in the filtering is removing pollen and bee parts. Parts happen!
    Just finished my wax rendering. Not show quality, but...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    Frost the last 2 nights and very light skifs of snow pellets. Bird baths (bee waterers) frozen over.
    Very much later than last year when we had 11 snow events in September.
    High temperature today...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    I use Rusty Burlew’s method from Honeybee Suite.
    https://www.honeybeesuite.com/no-cook-candy-board-recipe-for-feeding-winter-bees/
    Works for me. If they consume it all, I can toss in more bricks or...
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    Re: Cleanning out wet frames but.......

    I save a number of ‘stickys’, one for each production hive, to encourage movement thru the QE next season. Wrap in HD plastic bags and store.
    All the rest get put out in the yard to get robbed...
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    That’s what I use, Alan. Like JW I corrected my mistake and added the motor drive this year.
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    Re: Volume Of Honey Harvest 2019

    Totally different geography up here, asters and goldenrod are finishing, last of the clovers are finishing. Bees still have a bit of nectar and pollen coming in but not enough. Will start with syrup...
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    Re: Why would bees be doing this? See picture

    Well, bees do interesting things up on Copperhead Road! :)
    Mine are bearding a bit here too, but I messed with them a little too harshly today, maybe. Last full inspection of the year. Queens have...
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    Re: What are they doing???

    Check for aphids or other tiny insects. Looks like ‘galls’ on the leaves in the photos. Usually those are where tiny insects are incubating. Possibly some honeydew being produced which would attract...
  23. Re: Bee questions (Deadheading and Lbs of sugar per hive a year)

    Geography is sure an interesting part of Beekeeping. My honeys are still bringing in nectar. We’re having a cool moist summer and the sweet clover is still blooming like crazy.
    Last year I didn’t...
  24. Thread: Alberta

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    Re: Alberta

    Fireweed blooming, Chaemenerion angustifolium, syn. Epilobium angustifolium, 10 days
    White sweet clover blooming, Melilotus alba, about 3 weeks
    Birds Foot Trefoil blooming, Lotus corniculata,...
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    Re: Honey Super and Dearth

    Ryan, I have trouble spewling and sped reddin too! ����
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