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    Re: Russell Carniolan Queens

    Got 3 of Russell's queens this year. They were slow to get them to me (took 3 months), poor customer service at the time, but after introducing them they performed wonderfully. 2 of the hives were...
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    Re: Wintering an 8 frame hive question?

    I have 3 hives that are 8 frames. I use deeps as well. Generally I will harvest my honey and the feed till they have as much as they can store. Generally they will pack in about 60 lbs per hive for...
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    Re: Copper Tops vs Aluminum Tops In Summer Heat

    I have 3 of the garden hives with copper tops. Wife wanted something to go with the decor of the yard. I have one hive that beards more then the other 2 hives. Living in the desert of south eastern...
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    Re: Rabbitbrush is just starting.

    Up here in Eastern Washington, rabbit brush start end of September. Its a great pollen source for us. The girls love to pack that stuff in.
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    Re: Russell's Apiaries

    The only secret to knowing anything, us your money comes right out of your account. And I mean right out. It took persistent calling and writing. I even got to the point of demanding my money back....
  6. Thread: Yellow Jackets

    by BigDru
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    Re: Yellow Jackets

    I say, find the nest, kill it and put up the trap. If there are that many buzzing around there is sure to be more then one nest. But get the big ones first.
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    Re: Desktop Background

    That is a great picture. It's actually pretty cool. Thanks
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    Re: Russell's Apiaries

    thanks. I look forward to trying the queens
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    Re: Russell's Apiaries

    I ordered 3 queens from Russll's Apiaries 2 months ago. Still no queens and not responce to my e-mails or phone calls. Personally, I feel this is a bad show customer service. They were quick to take...
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    Re: How do you manage to avoid buying queens?

    I manage my bees in order to decrease my swarm potential. If the bees feel the need to requeen I let them do what they need to do. Bees have been requeening for millions of years. However; I have a...
  11. Re: Name One Important Lesson You Learned in Last Year

    I learned it's not good to drop a frame full of bees.
  12. Re: Washington/Oregon Beeks! What to do, what to do?

    Here in south eastern Washington where we have had plenty of warm days it's not too early for spring build up. Just keep in mind the sooner you build up the sooner you need to split the hive. However...
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    Re: Tagging along for bee removals

    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing
  14. Thread: fewer birds?

    by BigDru
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    Re: fewer birds?

    No shortage of birds here. If fact I would have to say the numbers are up.
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    Re: What triggers Swarming

    The human brain is a super computer. We think, problem solve (and create problems), react to the enviroment around us, modify our environment, reproduce and thrive. heck we even create our own demise...
  16. Re: Keeping the Grass Cut Around and in front of Hive

    This has been discussed many times. Use search to look up the topic. As for me, I use a push mower and mow around the hives like any other yard obstical just a little quicker. Will even use the weed...
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    Re: Beginner beekeeper?

    It can feeling overwhelming at first. I would suggest getting a beginners beekeeping book to help get your feet on the ground. Then get a hive started and keep learning from there. Harrington has...
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    Re: season greetings

    Thank you. And a very Merry Christmas too.

    Hope your bees winter well and make lots of honey to share.
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    Re: Brushy Mt's Rabbeted Garden Hive Boxes

    All three of my garden hives are painted a dark green. Used primer first of course. In building my own hive bodies and supers I use elmers wood glue and nails.
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    Re: Brushy Mt's Rabbeted Garden Hive Boxes

    One thing you can do as well which I have do with one of my hives is use deep hive bodies for the brood boxes and the mediums as honey supers.
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    Re: Brushy Mt's Rabbeted Garden Hive Boxes

    I've got 3 of BM garden hives in my backyard. Haven't had such a problem. Summers are hot 100+ degree days. And cold winters that are in the negatives with lots of blowing winds.

    With that being...
  22. Re: As a beekeeper - ever had a flow you didnt like the taste of?

    Last year my first bee hive got in to rabbit brush real heavy. The honey had a great taste. But the after taste was not so good. No one at home wanted to eat it. Used it as the sweetener for baking...
  23. Thread: New Frames

    by BigDru
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    Re: New Frames

    One trick I have used has been to lightly brush melted wax over the foundation thats not being used. The workers got busy cleaning it up and built new comb on it.
  24. Thread: dead bees

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    Re: dead bees

    I've had my winter thinning. Seemed like the bees brought all the dead out at one time. If they do what they did last winter, I'll have another small pile outside then hive about the end of january....
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    Re: Wine bottle for honey

    I picked up some small wine tasting bottles from a local winery. Gave them out as gifts. They looked nice, but will stick with regular jars for now on.
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