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    Re: Vegans don't eat honey?

    This could be an interesting thread for sure. I've been told "true" vegans won't eat honey due to the exploitation of animals (the bees) used to obtain it. Other vegans have told me it's ok for them...
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    Re: Caucasion genetics

    I think Old Sol in Oregon has some of Sue's Caucasian stuff as well. She spoke at our regional dinner of the state association in October, and pretty sure she mentioned taking John some Caucasian...
  3. Re: Beekeeping Supllies Near Chesapeake VA

    Thanks to all. I'll be arriving on the evening of the 12th, and will miss the monthly meeting. I'll see how my schedule goes. Looking forward to perhaps seeing how the other coast does things. Rob
  4. Beekeeping Supplies Near Chesapeake VA

    I'm not having a lot of success online finding beekeeping supply stores for the Norfolk/Chesapeake VA area. I'll be visiting a daughter and grandkids there in a couple of weeks, and like to explore...
  5. Re: Will Hives of Different Types of Bees Get Along?

    Aside from Italians tendency to rob, as stated many times above, perhaps someone can weigh in on this: one of the advantages of having more than one hive is the ability to share resources. We are...
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    Re: More dead hives...

    As you know, from here and the Mount Baker blog, I am within a couple hours of you. I'm in my third winter and have all eight still showing signs of life (two of which are nucs used mostly to hold...
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    Re: Mellivo and 'HoneyBee Thrive"

    Thomas, thank you for your response. In no way was I disparaging you or your company. I had never heard of your company before. Your product was purchased at Coastal Farm and Ranch in Mount Vernon,...
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    Re: Mellivo and 'HoneyBee Thrive"

    Thanks. I know everyone has their "patented" or proprietary formulas, but as I said in the OP, I've never used essential oils, and am hesitant to "experiment" on my bees. As a new beekeeper with...
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    Mellivo and 'HoneyBee Thrive"

    Anyone have experience with Mellivo company? They're out of Utah. My sister in law gave me a gallon of "HoneyBee Thrive" liquid feed made by them. Ingredients are listed as sucrose, water, and...
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    Re: Confused about winter feeding

    My experience is limited as well, but I think the difference is timing. We think of sugar (whether dry or brick) as "emergency" feed, but the bees don't. It may be just that in January or February if...
  11. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    The thing I DO like is the bees are making cleansing flights in December. Lauri you already know, I put sugar blocks on most of my hives already, as insurance, rather than wait until January. People...
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    Re: Carnolian Bee Reviews

    Weird, I've only been keeping bees three seasons, but the only hive I've had swarm was the only Italian colony I've had (one hive of Italians, ten of Carniolan so far). I watch for backfilling with...
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    Re: Best Carniolan Queens

    Sue Cobey spoke at our state association's regional meeting in October. She doesn't sell production queens. Last I heard, a club in WA state bought an I.I. queen from her for $900 (YIKES). She works...
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    Re: Wasps,wasps and more wasps..

    Rob, here, a couple hours south of you. Same problem. Some times the guards repel them, others walk right past them. The wasps are after honey/sugar this time of year. At least they're not eating...
  15. Thread: Broodless?

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    Re: Broodless?

    I'm pretty new (third season), but my understanding from reading and talking to locals in Washington state is broodless near the solstice, or roughly Dec 20-Jan 1 for broodless treatments such as...
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    Re: Fall Protein and Brood Stimulation

    Thanks for the well thought out responses.
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    Fall Protein and Brood Stimulation

    So, many say not to give pollen or protein substitute/supplement in late fall or winter so as not to stimulate the rearing of brood during winter, as it may be too early for build up (thinking...
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    Re: 8 frame box width

    Had the same problem. No info in catalogs. I DID drive to an outyard. Mann Lake 8 frame measured 14 inches across.
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    If memory serves, MAQS instructions say NO retreatment for first 30 days after initial treatment. Locally, we follow up with something softer, like thymol or Hopguard. Interesting to read from others...
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    MAQS and brood loss

    I've read about MAQS and possible queen loss, but this is what I found:

    Two hives treated with two pads of MAQS each, between the brood boxes as per instructions. Daytime air temps never above 80...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    I, too having been waiting to read/hear about freezing. Glacial acetic acid or irradiation seem like generally accepted methods of treating frames. I did cross infect a second hive by giving...
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    Top feeders and dehydrating syrup

    When using a top feeder, how much does it interfere with the bees' efforts to dehydrate the syrup and nectar that is below the feeder? I added a Mann Lake style feeder today on a light hive, and the...
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    Re: EFB Can they be saved?

    I've had it this year as well. and I inadvertently transferred it to an adjoining hive. One hive recovered well, the original weaker hive struggled all season, even with new comb and three different...
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    Re: one 8 frame deep for winter?

    As Michael Bush points out, one important factor is the race of your bees. I had a ten frame single survive in WA state my first year that was really only six to eight frames. It was made from a...
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    Add bees or add comb?

    I put a new queen in a hive made from a virgin led swarm that turned out to be have drone layer. The bees in the swarm are getting old, and I'm not sure if they'll revert to wax making. The problem...
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