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    Re: Australia’s fires

    What I like about the rural aid site is that it was set up by the Australian Honey Bee Industrial Council so I'm more comfortable knowing money will go where it needs to go. This is directed to pro...
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    Re: Mountain camp vs. honey

    2nd year 6a - 5 hives have feeding shims, ample fondant, winter patties, ample honey stores and super dry cavity. Noticing they go for the honey stores when they can get out for water. After those...
  3. Re: A new Year. What are your goals for the bees in 2020?

    Keep it simple- live bees, keep it fun, make more bee friends, continue being observant and listen to the bees. Much more detail to this, but like so many things it boils down to only doing a few...
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    2nd year. Installed a nuc that was different to work day one. Likely Russian. Had considered requeening- however landed on another strategy that's working for my skill level. I built and now use...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    All 5 alive and flying today. 6a high desert Oregon. Especially proud of the mid August swarm thats thriving in their resource hive. Kept the mites off and fed them heavily. Sold on 4 over 4...
  6. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    That was interesting. I didn’t see any top entrances on his hives either. Do you have plastic covers over your frames?
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    Re: Top Feeder Setup

    Mason jars are a close 2nd. To get super picky I think you need 3 types for different conditions, 1) dearth- trickle feed to avoid starvation but avoid swarming, starvation and stagnation, 2) spring...
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    Re: Merry Christmas Bee Source Beekeepers!

    Happy Christmas from the small but well loved Alldredge Apiary.

    Favorite free hive tool gift- a feather. Use one all the time to tease bees off stuff. Enjoy.
  9. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    After seeing them dive on the droplets I can understand the enthusiasm. Anecdotally, a few days after this they all had cleansing/water gathering flights and calmed down considerably. Not a peep...
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    Re: Asian Giant Hornet

    At a little over 6 minutes you get to see the queen. Holy cow. Wow they were brave for going in at night and sticking their hand down that hole after blowing CO2.

    I think I’m glad you posted...
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    Re: Top Feeder Setup

    2nd year 6a and super fussy about top feeders. I landed on the rapid feeders (2 liter) that can be purchased on ebay. Biggest downside- escapees under the cup when they run dry. They also come in...
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    Re: Bee cozy and quilt boxes

    2nd year 6a. I’m using Bee Cozy’s and a quilt box as well. From the pictures you are also using twine to bind. That may be part of the problem if you’re not allowing moisture to escape through the...
  13. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    Yes, I meant out of the colonies. In my winter config I'm using Bee Cozy's on the outside to match the r factor of a tree. I'm also running a small notched top entrance with a vivaldi board with...
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    Re: Asian Giant Hornet

    Found this very useful article from Honeybeesuite about a beekeeper in France that has been dealing with them. He has some successful measures and controls. Rusty also updated it with the local...
  15. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    I live in the high desert of Oregon. My climate is much different than yours. I’d like to know more about dehydration death or if its even studied. It seems this year I've learned how to keep...
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    Really appreciate your response. I’m not there yet for my skill level. I had too much condensation my first year. However I’m seeing some heavy insulation no vent models that look intriguing. ...
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    Really good idea GG. Been wondering how to rig something. Fed even more water today. You could smell honey in the air. My guess is some of their honey crystalized and they needed water to liquify...
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    6a cloudy snow on the ground and 40. Experimented with spritzing water droplets on the landing board or around top entrance. They went ape. The nozzle was quite close and they would dive on the...
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    Re: Are they nuts or hardy winter bees

    My Russians and Carnys are flying at 29 and sun. They are clearing their entrances of dead bees and look very robust. Just depends on the bee and genetics.
  20. Podcast Samuel Ramsey - varroa more destructive then when it first arrived

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beekeeper-confidential-bees-beekeeping/id1436653043?i=1000440071666

    I just listened to this podcast interview of a very well known researcher of the varroa...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    48 degrees and sun- winter OAV. DDC for 5 after 24 hours is 7, 1, 0, 0, 0. 4 full size hives plus nuc in the resource hive are thriving and flying. They are eating their snack food and have plenty...
  22. Thank God that’s over- kids are flying

    Between 12-15 inches of snow and some sub zero nights. Mid 40’s this week. Two things- How are you fairing? My 5 came through. For Pete’s sake the Russians think its spring. If there is pollen...
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    Re: Black Friday Sales

    Had a cart on the Mann Lake site that I had been editing for days and just put in my order. Got the separate components for my 5th production hive. Just over $100 for free shipping. Now need to go...
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    I track weekly or daily (fall) throughout the year. Enjambres reads sticky boards as often as I do (or at last report). Besides trend spotting there is a lot of interesting info to be learned. ...
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    Not sure what you're getting at but here is a little more.

    Mite loads in fall and late fall operate differently than counts any other time of year if there is a colony collapsing around you. In...
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