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  1. Re: thoughts about best method for varroa knock down during the early summer (now)

    I've used MAQS very effectively for mite control. You might want to do a sample check of your bees and see if the mite count is high enough to warrant treatment....

    some more info for you to read...
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    Re: Bet you've NEVER seen this/and what to do?

    My guess.....She was lost and you got lucky!
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    That's about right for Western Washington, but this year may be earlier with the mild winter we've had...my hives are running about 2-4 weeks ahead of schedule...I have a full western already for...
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    Management options - ideas

    So,

    I have successfully overwintered all of my hives here in the NW and it has been a particularly warm and dry February bleeding into March. Typically we'll overwinter them with about 70lbs. My...
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    Re: Help, no brood, what to do?

    Hey Cat,

    I am in Tacoma, and just did a hive check on Friday afternoon when it was so nice. I would suggest that you be patient and see what happens over the next couple of weeks. My estimate is...
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    Re: What is this equipment worth?

    Unless it's your wife or brother in law, I wouldn't worry too much about that.

    Just for reference, last January I bought an apiary from a beek who was getting too old to handle the boxes because...
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    Re: Master Beekeeping Course

    I've been in our local state/club program, and working through it, but am finding less and less value in the time and effort commitment. Our program is a 7 year gig. 1st year apprentice, 10 exams...
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    Re: Checker boarding

    Have another read of his paper and recommendations...there is some direction on when to open the brood nest, honey dome and checkerboarding based on working backward from some key early bloom...
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    Re: Dry sugar on wintering inner cover?

    Yup, BeeCurious,

    That's exactly what it looked like...smooth, no lumps...

    Maybe a lucky first try as I've not made it before, but I also make candy, reduction syrups, caramel, fudge, etc...and...
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    Re: Dry sugar on wintering inner cover?

    So, I gave it a try....if you have all the stuff (candy thermometer, etc.), It's not all that tough to make really, but I'd work it up in larger batches. I don't have a hundred hives like Laurie to...
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    Re: Dry sugar on wintering inner cover?

    I've used Laurie's recipe's with good success. Our local club just published this from one of the members. I've not tried it yet, but plan on making a batch to see how it works....it comes out like...
  12. Thread: Honey price

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    Re: Honey price

    Standard Queenline jars = 12oz. = 1lb = $10.00

    Jars and lid are about $1.05 delivered...

    1 quart = Just shy of 3lbs = $26.00
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  13. Thread: Theft

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    Re: Theft

    tire spikes... only you know where they are...BG's, back up, then get to walk out, game camera gets it all digitally...

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  14. Re: Hive is consuming pollen like crazy...what do I do now?

    Dave, I am here in Tacoma and very near....I'd suggest that you start, by trying to determine your hive weights, 60-70lbs of honey is the norm for overwintering around here. Total weight with two...
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    Re: Protein patty supplementation

    Yes, cane sugar is regular table sugar. I get it in 50# bags for $21.95 a bag (up from 19.80 in the spring), or 25# bags for 12.00 or so from Costco.

    I checked my hives today and added more pollen...
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    Re: Have you tried Hopguard?

    There has been a number of discussions on Hopguard use... importantly, is that the strips become much less effective after 3-4 days, it is normal for the bee's to chew it up and haul it out, but I've...
  17. Re: Best way to combine a wea hive and a newly caught swarm?

    This one's a coin toss for me, if I had a queen that I'd decided was a "weak" queen, then I'd likely roll the dice on the small swarm queen if she laying at all.
  18. Re: Best way to combine a wea hive and a newly caught swarm?

    I would keep the known queen over an unknown queen this late in the year, pinch and do the combine.
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    Re: Protein patty supplementation

    Janne, this is a recipe our local (and beesource) Laurie has contributed in the past. I have used it on my hives for several years with really good success. I'm just south of you, and have had this...
  20. Re: What to do with live Verrona mites found on a sticky board?

    alcohol spritz, it will also clean it...and then evaporate
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    Re: when to work bees?

    This time of year for us (cooler in the AM), and a little smoke working them in the morning, the hives are calm. I'm not really going in very deep, I'll pull the top super and heft it for weight...
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    Re: yellow jacket near my hive

    You can try and do this on the cheap with pop bottles, but having been there and done that (with hot-dogs, grilled chicken, BBQ baked beans) or basically with everything on my backyard BBQ plate, it...
  23. Re: workers tossing dead greyish bees out of hive - sign of starvation or??

    Not likely dehydration... do they look anything like this picture...13313
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    Re: "wet" supers

    You could put them back on for a bit and they will clean them up, leave them on and they may make an attempt to start filling them if you have any fall flow going. You may get a few frames of...
  25. Re: Why are there still so many drones in one hive?

    If you have an inordinate amount of drones, you may want to also verify your queen...
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