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  1. Re: The billion little things that make a beekeeper's life easier

    Tip # 1,973,298: When you remove the brick from the top of the hive, place it where you will NOT be walking. Tripping over a rock and falling down with a box of bees in your hands is not a good idea....
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    Re: ta-da! here they are..

    As far as releasing the queen goes, my personal rule is if the queen has been with the bees in the package 5 days or more, a direct release will work just fine. Anything less, hang the queen cage...
  3. Re: newbie asking about using colloidal silver inside hive

    I totally agree with Mr. Bush. The microbes in the hive are all fighting for survival and trying to use the same available resources. The bad germs can't get a good foothold with all the other fungus...
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    Re: I suck as a beekeeper

    I am a lazy beekeeper. I am not trying to corner the market on local honey or sell queens, packages, or nucs. I enjoy watching the bees and collecting a bit of honey each year. I have never done a...
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    Re: Installed package. Pain ensued! Help

    The difference between the temperament between two packages and even the time of day the installation is done can be huge. This past weekend I helped two friends install packages at different...
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    Re: I can't believe the cost of nucs this year!

    I am sorry to disagree with you but low balling is a standard business practice world wide. We may not like it, but it happens all the time. Amazon did not get huge by selling at the market price....
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    Years keeping top bars: 3
    Plant zone: 7B
    Average lbs of honey going into winter: 50 lbs
    Hive preparation: None
    Average hive losses in spring: 33% of 3 hives
    Lost to queen issues. Made it...
  8. Re: Anyone using top entrance have moisture problem?

    To answer the original question, I used top entrances for the first time this year (thank you Michael Bush for the recommendation!). I saw a huge differences in my hives. I am in a moisture rich area...
  9. Poll: Re: Pollen patty or Sugar syrup or both for getting packages going

    In this area we have good pollen sources almost all year. The biggest problem is rainfall. It is not uncommon to have a week of rain, especially in the spring. If the bees cannot get out, they cannot...
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    Re: How to prevent secondary swarm?

    No I am not that guy. There are a few of us in the area though. I have a huge family and I supply all of them as well as my co-workers. I have yet to sell to the general public and probably never...
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    Re: How to prevent secondary swarm?

    Lydia, Where in Bellevue are you? I have lived in Bridal Trails for 20 years and have never seen a single swarm. I am sure at least one of mine has swarmed since starting beekeeping but I have never...
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    Re: Bees ignore garden offerings

    It always seems to me that if the flowers are too close to the hives, the bees want nothing to do with them. My bees almost have to fly through two cherry trees to go foraging. I don't believe I have...
  13. Re: propane insect fogger and FGMO as varoa treatment ?

    You might want to read the following thread: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?283157-Started-fogging-today&highlight=fgmo

    Glock's results were not good.
  14. Converting some hives back to deeps from mediums

    This year I will be converting some hives back to 8 frame deeps from 8 frame mediums after splitting them. When I do it, which do you think is better, putting the new deep box on the top, or putting...
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    Re: How to use Bee Pro

    Although not the same product, Megabee instructions state you should use a minimum of 2:1 sugar water solution (to keep the powder in suspension) and add one pound (4 cups) of powder to two gallons...
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    Re: Space out "installing" packages?

    Glad to help. You might also want to check out the Puget Sound Beekeepers Assoc. website at: http://www.pugetsoundbees.org/. They have lots of info on local laws and give classes from time to time.
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    Re: Space out "installing" packages?

    Welcome to Beesource! Install them both on the same day. There is no reason to wait to do it on another day. I have installed 5 packages to top bar hives in one day with no problems. FYI, there is a...
  18. Re: TBH and crush/strain tools - what do you use and why?

    I do the same as Michael Bush except I have my granddaughter do the crushing with her hands these days. It is lots of fun squeezing the comb with your hands. It is simple and really fast. Super easy...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    I do not believe it will dissipate in any amount that you would ever notice. The vapor point is over 300 degrees so evaporation (actually sublimation) in any noticeable amount will not happen. The...
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    Re: Top Entrance -- Pros & Cons?

    I have found the top entrance to be MUCH better for overwintering in my area. We may be very far north for the U.S. but the climate is closer to what is found in the U.K. Cold is not an issue but the...
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    Re: Pollen, Nector and honey flow

    Thanks again Grozzie2. As far as the original question in this thread regarding reversing brood boxes, the answer can be found here: http://www.honeybeesuite.com/reversing-brood-boxes-when-and-why/...
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    Re: Pollen, Nector and honey flow

    Grozzie2, Thanks for the info! I think you have posted the graph before but it really hit home this time for me. Is the second jump around August 1 knotweed or something else in your area? The other...
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    Re: Pollen, Nector and honey flow

    Kayakbiker, you have a great local beekeeping forum at http://wabeekeepersforum.proboards.com/ and they will be able to answer a lot of the questions that refer to your locality. A lot of the folks...
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    Re: Pollen for New Hive?

    The only way I have been able to get the bees to take patties in a top bar is as follows: I take one bar and drill 2 holes about 3 inches from each end. I put the ends of a stiff wire through the...
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    Re: Pollen for New Hive?

    I will go the opposite of the two previous responders. Yes initially they will need only sugar water. After that, the bees will need protein to start raising babies. I do not know your area to know...
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