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    Re: Beekeeping Suit and Veil

    I have started putting pony tail elastic band things around my wrists and it seems to work well to keep the bees out of my sleeves. Now if I could just keep the back of my jacket from riding up when...
  2. Re: "The warm way" is there also a "cold way"

    Warm way is the frames oriented parallel to the opening of the hive. Cold way is the frames perpendicular to the opening of the hive. The advantage to the warm way is the hive does not get as many...
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    Re: AI Root extractor

    Do you have any pictures of the rest of the extractor? I don't know anything about old extractors, but I suspect that would also be useful information to add.
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    Re: Help! Bad at seeing eggs

    How often are you inspecting your hives?

    I check my hives about one a week. If I find some small larve I assume that the queen is still there. It takes about 3 days for an egg to hatch and...
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    Re: Front Range roller coaster - 2020

    I found some bees hiking Greyrock yesterday (near Fort Collins)

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    Re: Queen excluder material

    supposedly you can use #5 wire mesh as a queen excluder, I don't think this is a common practice though.

    source: http://www.bushfarms.com/beeshardwarecloth.htm
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    Re: Caged queen candy consumption

    I have seen the other opposite extreme, I think the place I bought a queen from used old candy and the queen had not been released after 7-10 days. After 7-10 days about 1/3 of the candy was still...
  8. Re: Cooling of interior by frequent inspection - every 5 days?

    I try to check my hives once a week. I pull a few frames in the middle to look for eggs and larve to make sure the queen is fine, and tip up all of the boxes to look for queen cells. I almost never...
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    Re: Bee club blues

    I believe it, sometimes that is the best solution
  10. Re: 2.5 weeks post package install question and pics

    Are there eggs or larve or capped cells in the wonky comb? If so I would leave it for a while. If there is not eggs or larvae in the wonky comb I would scrape it off and push the frames together. ...
  11. Re: Cooling of interior by frequent inspection - every 5 days?

    I pulled some data last night, the 2 yellow rows are the start and end of the inspection. The temperature in the top of the hive is a thermistor on the bottom of the quilt box. The hive middle...
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    Re: Bee club blues

    This thread will benefit from this (off topic post)

    http://static.skaip.org/img/emoticons/180x180/f6fcff/headbang.gif
  13. Re: Cooling of interior by frequent inspection - every 5 days?

    I have a data logger on one of my hives and have data on this. It will take me some time to compile, but I will try to get it together this evening.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    :D

    seems about right
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    Re: Bee club blues

    We have not had meetings for the past 3 months. The club is still sending out a newsletter though.
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    I confused some drones today.

    Yesterday afternoon I removed a bottom board and a box (minus frames) from one hive to swap in a different bottom board (and box). I sealed up the old stack and...
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    Re: Bee club blues

    I had heard about the state swarm hot line mess. I think the NCBA (northern Colorado) is back to using (and promoting) a local line instead of using the state swarm hotline.

    I had not heard of...
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    Re: Bee club blues

    Is the board elected? Sounds like it may be time for a change of leadership.

    My local club and the state club are reasonable in that regards. The fees for the local club are $25/year and cover...
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    Re: What do you feed your bees?

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    Re: Queen Dead On Arrival

    How many dead bees were on the bottom of the package when you received it? If there were not many the package probably survived transit ok. I think a can of syrup can last a package about a week if...
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    Re: Gap between hive bodies

    I have accidentally made edges of boxes unsquare (trying to get extra paint off that was sticking) and the bees just filled it with propolis. The gap was small enough the bees could not fit thru, so...
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    Re: Actual time requirements

    This is about where I am at after several years. I was probably closer to 1-2 hours when I started due to not knowing as much, time spend doing research, ect. The above time estimate is for april...
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    Re: How many honey extractions?

    I extract one a year, in the fall.

    Last year I kept the honey from my 2 hives separate. The one that I split twice had more late season honey, and the other one had the entire season. There...
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    Re: Comb with no frame

    How straight is the comb? Does it already have eggs in it?

    If it is fairly straight I would just rubber band it into frames, and checkerboard 1-2 frames at a time between the existing drawn brood...
  25. Re: My split didn't take - all drones. What could have caused this?

    I see one of 2 things that happened:

    You lost the queen and it went laying working. If this is the case I would not combine it. Reading thru the forums it is usually a toss up if it is worth...
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