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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    Thanks Greg, I'll save the mattress covers and old sheets to wrap my terrified guests in. :D
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    Thanks Steve. I think I could probably get away with it with screened bottom boards but I use solid. I have screened covers but there isn't enough air flow in the hives with 4 supers on and just...
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    Interesting..., I wonder how well it would work on a bright sunny day. I've already decided to not risk closing them in, if people are uncomfortable they can move indoors or away from the patio,...
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    Jim, Hagane, thanks. The temps are predicted to be in the low eighties and the hives are in a sunny location. There are plenty of water sources for the bees but they like this particular one in our...
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    Thanks Nancy, so you don't see a way I can do this safely?
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    Re: Closing them in for a day

    In my mind I'm equating this to what a hive would go through if it was being put on a truck and moved, one day doesn't seem like too long but I'd like to be sure and know what steps I should take.
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    Closing them in for a day

    We're having a party. Some are scared of bees and we'd like to make everyone comfortable. We have a small pond in our patio the bees use and their presence would make some nervous, I blame...
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    Re: When adding a frame of brood

    I have adopted Vance's method as well, it takes one to two hours depending on temps and population in the hive,
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    Re: Why the 39 f Cutoff For Sublimated OA?

    Ahh, that makes sense, Vance, thanks.
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    Why the 39 f Cutoff For Sublimated OA?

    Is there a reason one shouldn't treat below 39 f? Since I got a sublimator that does not invade the hive bees do not stream out escaping a hot iron.
    I had bees bearding and streaming out before I...
  11. Re: Beek attire - Wish I knew before yesterday...

    I bought a pair made from space age material that wicks and cools. I have to say, these work so much better than cotton and I sweat profusely. I need a pair of hair clips I place right behind my...
  12. Thread: Born to Swarm?

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    Re: Born to Swarm?

    That idea looks great on paper, Roberto, but we had such crappy weather the first 3 weeks of May it would have been risky to open a hive up to do splits. In a normal year your idea is perfect, our...
  13. Thread: Born to Swarm?

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    Re: Born to Swarm?

    Thanks JW, at this point I'm about to put the frames from the split back in since they have very little brood, remove all queen cells and add a frame of brood/eggs from a more desirable and less...
  14. Thread: Born to Swarm?

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    Born to Swarm?

    So, I have this hive, last year it swarmed twice. I did not go out after the first swarm last year to clear queen cells so subsequent swarms were my bad.
    I am working on swarm controls this year in...
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    Re: Introducing the Easy Vap Pro

    Aww, c'mon, it was my first time. :D I set a 10 minute timer on the first one as I treated it so I spent 5 minutes standing around drinking coffee waiting to open them up again after treating the...
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    Re: Introducing the Easy Vap Pro

    John, I fired up your Easy Vap this morning, all I can say is wow. I was using the hot iron inserting it through a rear port in my hives. The iron angered the bees, caused bearding, and had me on...
  17. Re: Smartphone app that listens to bees to tell you what health issues they have

    Please..., kill it.
  18. Re: Smartphone app that listens to bees to tell you what health issues they have

    Well, it seems we've plumbed the depths of inanity. This thread has deteriorated to ridicule and mockery. I will be glad when these last few days of the kickstarter are over and Daisy can go in...
  19. Re: Smartphone app that listens to bees to tell you what health issues they have

    So look, here's how I view it. This is a tool, nothing more. This will not be some end all to issues with beekeeping. I know a lot by watching the traffic in and out of a hive. When things look...
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    Re: Slow and Cold Start to Spring Flows Here

    I saw that video, I think I need a stump, a pipe, and a nice bee bag.
  21. Thread: Thirsty bees

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    Re: Thirsty bees

    I'm seeing the same behavior here, lots of thirsty bees chasing water. I'm still stocking sugar bricks and pollen patties so hopefully no one is starving. We missed most of the willows because of...
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    Daisy, I don't think you should buy it.
  23. Re: Smartphone app that listens to bees to tell you what health issues they have

    You know, I'm fairly new to bee keeping but one of the early lessons was, 'listen when you open the hive.' I have and quickly learned when a hive is queenless. Why you can't extend that to other...
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    I wonder if a new hive tool would get this much scrutiny.

    Oh, wait..., this is a new hive tool.

    Nevermind.
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    Slow and Cold Start to Spring Flows Here

    I'm thinking we're about 2 weeks late this year, so far. We'll be 3 to 4 weeks late by the time we get into spring around here. In my little corner of Montana we're stuck in the low forties and...
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