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    Re: 2020 How was your winter?

    No where near enough rain out here on the Left Coast - back to drought conditions.

    as of late February, the nights are starting to get a little bit warmer - warm days and cool nights lately, but...
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    Re: Corona-19 China Beekeepers

    We ought to devise a plan to deal with such a pandemic here. Losing a few top commercial beekeepers and / or their apiaries would hurt the economy a lot more than people realize.
  3. Re: Home Made Swarm Traps: Any recommendations?

    I use two rectangular kitty litter buckets with a top bar arrangement. The inside bucket is cut about 1/2 inch inside the bottom rim to hold the top bars. I cut a piece of plywood to go over the top...
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    Re: Looking for reading material suggestions

    Rev - Thank you for the suggestions.

    BTW, Brother Adam's "Rule of the Golden Mean" is mathematically similar to what stock brokers call a "moving average".

    Back when stocks were quoted in...
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    Re: Translation & Authenticity ?

    Yes the hive top feeder is for active bees, as liquid feed is not a freezing temperature option. I would not want to put liquid feed right into the broodnest. If it is cold enough that they do not...
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    Re: Translation & Authenticity ?

    I also like Don the Fat Bee Man's improvement over the Miller hive top feeder. He built a covered ramp from the by-pass down into the syrup tray that bees walk down to feed themselves. Almost zero...
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    Re: Looking for reading material suggestions

    I'm not offended at all. I am neither liberal nor conservative as well.

    My opinion of Adam Smith's book is that is is somewhat less than thorough on the topics of "Hands-off" economics and...
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    Re: Drones and Cloake Boards

    In queen rearing, I rarely utilize combs with drone cells. The queen-right section is the one area that could possibly be remotely acceptable to allow for drone comb, but it would be far better to...
  9. Re: ID of the creepy powder on my hive's inner cover?

    DO be certain that the hive is tilted forward about a half-inch so that water will drain out the floor, if you have not done that already.
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    Re: Resources on Nectar Flow Timing?

    By the way, THANK YOU, JWChesnut, for the link to Vansell's book. That is a good one! :D

    Tom - the usanpn link is also a big help. Thanks!
  11. Re: Evaluate your beekeeping location - using beescape.

    Greg - thank you for posting this. I won't use it directly for moving the bees, but it will help me to plan scouting flights. :)
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    Re: Too early to split?

    Hello, Dogfuel, and Welcome to Beesource!

    Yes, it is still a bit too early to split as of the 8th of February. They need full strength colonies to keep the brood warm until the nights warm up....
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    Re: Translation & Authenticity ?

    I always had a lot of respect for the format that A.C. Bahktivedanta Swami Prabhubpada used in translating the Bhagavad Giita.

    First he gives the paragraph or line as in the ancient text -...
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    Re: Looking for reading material suggestions

    Not on your life! If we get far too "advanced" in our macro-economic manipulations and screw everything up, and forget about the micro-economic basics as professor Smith set forth in 1776, we will...
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    Re: Queen Rearing with Michael Palmer method

    You do not need to go to a full Michael Palmer "Bee Bomb" cell raiser for 30 queens. A 5- or 6- frame nucleus box will do it comfortably in 2 runs of 15 queens, and you'll not use up so much of your...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    Saw some in the manzanita this morning at 38 degrees F. WOW! Them's good bees.
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    Re: Resources on Nectar Flow Timing?

    You might want to get to the San Diego Beekeeping Society meetings at Balboa Park, and ask those folks about blooms and books.

    It might seem a long trip, but there are some awesome beekeepers in...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    Thanks again to all.

    I have a winning idea - I'll be going down to get it financed and have a manufacturer interested in helping to produce it. I'm actually considering a patent application...
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    Re: beekeeping within city limits

    Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Tango HOA's!!!
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    Re: Can I use honey?

    If th honey has not been poisoned with treatments, you could test a little bit to see whether or not it was crystallized. If so, feed it back to the bees this year and use it when they have it...
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    Re: Australia’s fires

    If only we could pass a law reinstating burning arsonists at the stake...
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    Re: beekeeping within city limits

    One strategy that should be encouraged is to make a bee area surrounded by a raised planter, planted with dense bamboo. The bees go up and away from neighbors without being noticed. Out of sight, out...
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    Re: Winter in Texas

    Jim D - My usual mild Winter routine involves moving the bees to eucalyptus stands. If you are in a nectar flow, just make sure to watch for broodnest back-filling (nectar / open honey where brood...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    Oliver - Point well taken. My mentor dipped his beehives in 50% boiled linseed oil and 50% mineral spirit back in 1973. I don't know why he retired them 40 years later - most of them still had better...
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    Re: Alternatives to Wooden Beehives?

    I counted 4 words, but you are dead right. It's just not possible without a shop to make hives in, and I have a good year ahead, it's raining as I type. So a few kooky beehives, especially if I can...
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