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  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:27 pm   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
I'll check out that book as well. Here is the DVD that I thought was great and gave an awesome presentation on the combs: DVD: Alternative Beekeeping Using the
Top Bar Hive and The Bee Guardian Met ...
  Topic: Bees congregating at hive entrance in the evening
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:18 am   Subject: Bees congregating at hive entrance in the evening
Not that hot. Today it is in the 60s F and they are doing it. I have 3 open bars towards the back and one in the front so I think that they have plenty of room.
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:46 pm   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
Good morning DK. Almost all of the combs have been attached to the sides of the hive. I expanded the hive by one bar and a spacer at the front and got them early enough that they barely knew that I ...
  Topic: Bees congregating at hive entrance in the evening
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:13 pm   Subject: Bees congregating at hive entrance in the evening
In my TBH I have a 3-hole entrance. Towards the evening the bees form a small mound over at least two of the holes. When bees return they burrow through the mound into the hive. Why do bees seem to ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:06 pm   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
Can't fool those mothers.... Thanks DK!
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:07 am   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
They still are maintaining the 7 combs, but are really active. No new comb for nearly 3 weeks. They look healthy and bring pollen back to the hive constantly. Through the window they all seem organ ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 12:35 am   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
Hey DK, the bees are very active and bring in pollen constantly, but they haven't built any additional comb for over 2 weeks from the looks of it. Is that normal?
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 1:49 pm   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
That makes me feel much better DK. Thx man!
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 11:17 pm   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
Well I opened the hive and all of the combs are yellow, with some empty spots that are dark. The bees were a bit pizzed, but I was able to look at all of the combs. They look like they could have bro ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 1:04 pm   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
DK,

You got me worried about the viability of my queen, so I think I need to check on her after work. There are 7 combs being built. The two on the outside are smaller than the rest so I am sure ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 12:09 am   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
You are well beyond my limited expertise. I'd like to come down and see your hives some time this summer. It sounds like you have it going!
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 12:30 am   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
Beautiful up there. How many hives do you have going? My hive got started on April 25th and they have 7 combs going so far. How are yours doing?
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 10:52 pm   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
Are you in the foothills? I am an urban dweller in the Denver Tech Center area.
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
bcolburn

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 1:54 am   Subject: I am really new to beekeeping, but I live in Denver area
Started my hive on April 25th, and they have 6 combs built so far. I wish I could be of more help.
Brian
 
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