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    Self Service Honey Stand

    I am looking for some suggestions before building a self-service honey stand. I am having a banner year and have flooded my normal market. My property borders a highway and I was going to put up a...
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    Re: Hello From Oregon!

    Welcome from just east of you in Boring. As Harry mentioned there is a club out in Clackamas, a Portland Urban in downtown and a small one (Zenger farms community farm) off Foster road.
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    Re: Hello from a pair of noobs in Portland!

    Welcome, I am east of you a little. I usually let the bees make there own. We are pretty much wrapping up blackberry flow here so you will not miss much or gain much by running out and buying one.
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    Re: Saw a queen hatch from a cell today

    I had two queenless hives that were booming a month ago. I had no queen cells in one and four in the other. I went to cut a pair of cells off of the one frame and needed a wire cutters, when I got...
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    Re: Making my own fume board?

    or use the West Virgina University study.
    http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/varroa/FormicAcid.pdf
    There is a better presentation that shows extensively how to make a fume board (I made two) but I noted...
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    Re: Supercedure & Queen Failure?

    I don’t know about recommended but I can tell you what I have done. I have pulled the nice queen cells from the hive when I find them and put them in a queen castle. When I think I am queen less I...
  7. Re: Does anyone know how bees are affected from silica dust from a rock quarry?

    Maybe they are mason bees!
    Sorry I held off as long as I could before posting the cheesy humor.
    :lpf:
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    Re: Supercedure & Queen Failure?

    We had a warm dry early spring and now we are in a wet spell. My wife just commented today about my whining on how many of my hives are not queen right as the flow starts. I have also had poor luck...
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    Re: What to do with queen cells?

    Your choices depend on what your equipment is on hand and what your plans are. If you leave the cells when they get capped the hive may swarm. If you have a record of when you put the frame of brood...
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    Re: Question about drone laying queen

    I went into a hive that has been traditionally a boomer and found drones above the excluder. I thought it was odd but found another 15+ frames of drones. Next day I uncapped every single cell with a...
  11. Thread: Tiny bees-type?

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    Re: Tiny bees-type?

    any idea of how to take a picture and have scale? I should have taken a picture when I marked her.
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    Re: First shot from queen castle.

    Alright, finally got the pictures off of the camera.
    Queen castle as found:
    http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n599/6minz/q%20cast%201_zpslw46z0uw.jpg
    Pull the telescoping lid...
  13. Thread: Tiny bees-type?

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    Tiny bees-type?

    I picked up a medium swarm of bees from the local area and the bees are tiny. Color is just like the rest of mine, yellow with a black stripe, but the size is 2/3rd or less than the others that I...
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    Re: What are your thoughts on queen excluders

    If you place brood above the excluder the bees will not hesitate to cross it. As it has been said though you will need a way to allow the drones to escape if you move frames above the excluder. Like...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    I am thinking about putting my bottle up for sale at $15, slightly used any takers?
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    Re: Mann Lake Back Order Process

    had wax foundation BO from them. I usually order when things are on sale or when I need it. This was not a good situation and I ended up running down the street and buying some to get me through. I...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    first swarm in the SC traps. Maybe a softball size.
    I have 3 from calls for 4 total.
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    Re: demaree ?

    I missed my demaree date with a hive already with a bunch of swarm cells and it has swarmed twice now after pulling the queen. I keep telling the guy I am pulling the bees out of the trees that it...
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    Re: First shot from queen castle.

    My queen castle has one entrance on each side of the box, four lids that are plywood and push into a divisions. I open up the division with a laying queen and eggs and place them onto a nuc or hive...
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    Re: First shot from queen castle.

    I place a 5 frame nuc box facing the direction of the entrance above the castle and leave the top off of the division. I do only up to 2 at a time and then remove the dividers the following days as...
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    Re: Too many stings/venom?

    I picked up a two pack of Epi-pens about two years ago. The prescription was written by the lady at the bee club that taught a class on what the reactions were and how to use the pen. I got a...
  22. Thread: demaree ?

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    Re: demaree ?

    With the two supers between the brood boxes the lower queen did not swarm but I was certain she would. When I found the open queen cell I just left it alone until I had eggs in the top box (I was not...
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    Shallow frames in a medium box: advice?

    I have a bunch of shallow frames and wax ready to go and only medium boxes I am wondering if I could get away with putting an entrance in the bottom of the mediums rather than cutting down the box? I...
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    Re: demaree ?

    As long as you do not have a hive full of swarm cells you are not too late to start. I missed that window this year and ended up breaking the hive and giving the queen and a few frames of brood to my...
  25. Re: Western Washington/Oregon/British Columbia Beekeepers 2015

    I lost two queens in September, I took about 13 into winter. Half of them were in a single deep with a wet super in September. I did an OA dribble in mid December and had some queen issues in early...
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