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    Re: Stainless Steel honey strainer

    Hot water will melt the wax to stainless making it much more difficult to clean. I clean all of my stainless with luke warm water to avoid this.
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    Re: Coates Nucs..how long do they last?

    I have about 20 of them that are in their 4th year. Mine spend the entire year outside in the wet Pac NW. They are 1/2" plywood and exterior house paint. They all are still in good shape.
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    Re: Running two queen colonies

    True. Years ago I started noticing that the majority of my spring "boomer" hives had 2 queens. Sometimes they would be laying within a few inches of each other on the same frame. My curious nature...
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    Re: Mother Lode Frame Feeders

    I have about 300 of these and love them for spring feeding with about half of them having the caps and ladders. I use hardware cloth in the others to give the bees something to climb up and get...
  5. Thread: Caucasian Bee

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    Re: Caucasian Bee

    I imagine its from the Carniolin influence. Sue brought back drone sperm for these. Therefore these aren't pure caucasians.
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    Re: Caucasian Bee

    Oh yes, they propolise everything. No all will close the entrance down but some of them do. Some of them will completely close the upper entrance and close the bottom down to just a couple bees...
  7. Thread: Caucasian Bee

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    Re: Caucasian Bee

    Hey Joel, I run about 200 colonies so I only spot check for mites in each yard but all colonies get treated. I can't really give a completely accurate answer in regards to their mite resistance. I...
  8. Thread: Caucasian Bee

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    Re: Caucasian Bee

    This is my second year running 30 Caucasians purchased from Sue Cobey in the spring of 2014. I liked how they produced and wintered in our area enough that I included them into my queen rearing...
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    Re: Screened bottom boards

    I personally don't like them. Tested them against solid bottoms in 2 yards a few years ago. In all cases the hives with screened bottoms were slower to build up in the spring. Once the weather warmed...
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    Re: re-queening every year !

    I re-queen every year and have been the last 3 or 4 years. Wintering, swarming, spring buildup and average honey yields have improved since I started annual re-queening. I install new queens at the...
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    Practice swarms???

    I witnessed something pretty interesting in one of my nuc yards. In one particular yard I have 10 wintered nucs left over that I intend to keep splitting. These nucs are used to support my 150...
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    Re: Hiving over 30 nucs?

    I hived 60 nucs 2 weeks ago. All hives are prepped a day or 2 before I intend to install the nucs by being setup and feeders filled. I pull into each yard unloading all of the nucs next to their new...
  13. Re: ML 1 Gallon Frame Feeder- Fit in a 10 Frame Deep

    I run 1 gallon feeders and 8 frames in the top brood box. They make a little more mess but it's better than trying to pry frames out. I also leave them on year round. I use the Motherlode plastic...
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    Re: Hive Movers / Booms

    The pictures of my boom were on my phone which crapped out. While transferring over to the new one I lost all of my pics. The bee boom truck right now is about 3 hours away at my brothers so I can't...
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    Re: Hive Movers / Booms

    I was in your position last year trying to find a boom for my truck. Quite a few posters made comments that "there are plenty of them laying around beekeepers shops" but no one was able to point me...
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    Re: Hive Top Feeder

    Wax is also good for sealing the seams.
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    Re: Hive Stand Height

    Cinder blocks are 8" and cost about 70 cents apiece. Total $1.40 per and the hive is off the ground.
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    Re: Mann Lake Pro Feeders

    These are what I use. I have about 200 in use and like them.
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    Re: painting hives

    I agree that the flat paints don't hold up as well as paints with a little "shine" to them (at least here in the wet Pacific NW). I use one coat of primer and 2 coats of paint on the exterior and...
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    Re: Ring shank Nails or Staples?

    I use 1/2" x 1 3/4" galvanized staples with no glue. Assembling with a couple clamps make the joints nice and tight. I've assembled with and without glue and when using clamps to get the joints as...
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    Re: Warming Creamed Honey

    I also pour into tubs immediately and let it set up. Sometimes the tubs will set a little harder than I like. In that case I place the tubs in my warming cabinet for a couple hours. What I've found...
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    Re: Hopguard II and Hive Kills

    I treated 53 nucs with Hopguard II at the begining of August. I didn't have a single queen or hive issue. The definitly were not as messy as the original I think do to the "corragated" aspect of the...
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    Re: Bees seem runny but not aggressive?

    Runny bees is a trait most try to eliminate. I pinch the queens in runny hives. It is much more pleasant to work hives with calm bees. Last thing you need is the queen falling off the frame with the...
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    Re: INSTALLING HONEY GATE ON 5 GALLON BUCKET

    I just drill the hole and screw the gate onto the bucket. The nut will flatten the bucket just fine. I have 5 of them and none of them leak.
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    Re: Trying out foundationless

    I use a lot of foundationless in my colonies. I start all of them in my nucs. The nucs dont draw them into drone nearly as often as big hives. They make nice worker comb.
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