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  1. Re: Conditions for early splits w/purchased queens

    Early splits with mated queens? If thats the case I would say the conditions are:

    1. Having Queens. Might be more of a challenge than you think, might not. probably depends on how many you are...
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    Re: Cherry Blossom Honey

    My experience pollinating cherries is they dont really make honey off of them. But a lot of this probably has to do with management/timing. For us its an April bloom, the bees are mostly focused on...
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    Re: MAQS failure

    That missing date makes things a little different. If you can stuff that many strips in a hive and not have significant bee losses, or a queen lost, and still have high mites, there is a good chance...
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    Re: MAQS failure

    Doesn't sound like product failure to me at all. Sounds like sky high mite loads and late, sub-optimal treatment and not following label instructions.
    I don't want to come across as...
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    Re: Almond Pollination Startup

    I don't want to come across as cold, but please do yourself a favor and do some research. This topic has been covered on this forum many times before. Most beekeepers I know are happy to share...
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    Re: EFB? Waiting on my test kit

    I dont think this advice is outdated at all. Likewise, I don't think anyone is doing favors suggesting that colonies should be destroyed at the onset of EFB. That said, if the hive has crashed, it...
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    Re: How to care for gloves?

    Pick up a handful of dry loamy dirt and rub it around in your hands. Dirt baths get the sticky off. If you need to wash them, cold water, air dry, and before they are totally dry, put them on again...
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    Re: EFB? Waiting on my test kit

    You do NOT need to kill EFB infected colonies. Feed them and requeen them, do a mite sample. PMS and EFB can look pretty similar. Nutritional support goes a long way. A short brood break goes a...
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    Re: Bobcats

    And if you are out this way hunting elk, look us up. I'm based in Kimberly.
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    Re: Bobcats

    Mine has a mast, I do not have a crazy wheel, but would very much like one. I just haven't had a chance to build one. Eli mendez makes them, but by the time freight to the west coast is included it...
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    Re: Bobcats

    I got mine well used, its ancient. That made it really really affordable, which I love.

    My biggest dislike is I cannot lift a full tote of syrup. I can do about 1500lbs on flat ground. A...
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    Re: Making a Queen Catcher

    Not to be snobby, BUT, fingers work pretty well, are always there when you need them, your not going to lose them in the grass, and are pretty darned cheap. My guess is that in the time it takes to...
  13. Re: Skeps - good resources to learn more about em?

    Look up "heathland beekeeping" on youtube. There are something like 8 short video's following Georg Klindworth through his season. Narrated in english and absolutely fascinating.

    Here is part...
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    Re: What Happened to these bees

    They look cooked. Starved bees die in a pile but look dry. Cooked bees look greasy and wet. Could the entrances have been blocked by something? Otherwise, its one of the few times I would say...
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    Re: bulk bees

    Jake are you still looking? I can shake bulk bees.
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    Re: Can I Make a Living from Bees???

    Lots of good information so far, a few more things to consider.

    Many people make a living from beekeeping, it is possible, but the question is can YOU.
    The biggest wear and tear on myself is...
  17. Re: What do I need to know and do while our honeybees are in the almond orchards?

    Uf. Where to begin.

    I am no expert, been pollinating for only a few years...

    By all means, find a mentor. Find someone to work with and see how they handle it. Everyone has their own way,...
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    Re: Current "rent" for bee yard

    Heres the thing,
    1. Landowners talk. Best to treat them all well, and fairly equal. Doesn't matter how many hives you have on their land, or how productive it is. Just keep it simple. Don't...
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    Re: Current "rent" for bee yard

    We do about a gallon per landowner.

    I know my landowners pretty well at this point and break it up how they like. I yard with a real estate broker, she likes lots of small containers so she...
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    Re: Worlds Largest Bee Smoker!

    Its big, but its not THAT big....

    Kona Queen in Captain Kook, HI used to have (they might still, but ownership changed so who knows if they still use it), what I assume was the largest smoker in...
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    Re: Where to buy Cardboard Nuc boxes

    Personally, If I am a buyer, I am going to the guy who regularly has good bees, regardless of the box they come in. In the case of sales, the nuc box is just a unit to build into, get a queen mated...
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    Re: Making nucs vs. Making Honey

    I think most of the strategies have been mentioned above but here are a few more things to consider.

    1st. What is your flow like? Colorado is a big state with a lot of variation. Is there...
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    Re: VM Mini

    Right on. I think it'll be on my list this spring.
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    Re: VM Mini

    Thanks Loggermike, I appreciate the information.
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    VM Mini

    Now that its actually been out a couple months, anyone have a review?
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