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    Re: Plastic Foundation

    Just a follow up on the experiment. I was in the colonies yesterday, and found that frame back. Here's what it looks like 10 months later, after sitting in the hive over the winter, and a few brood...
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    Re: Another question about patties....

    To me, that's a sign they are still using it, and the rest of the bees have organized themselves into other tasks in the hive. If it's a fresh start hive, they dont have a lot in the way of stores,...
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    Re: Mowing the lawn

    My hives are on a stand meant for the mower deck to fit under. I drive the tractor down the line with the deck sticking under the hives as far as it can reach. After mowing I finish cleaning under...
  4. Re: I'm starting to think that black plastic frames and queen excluders are from sata

    I dont think the bees clue into the detail that queen cant get thru the excluder. I saw this very clearly in one of my experiments last spring, excluder over a single with a honey super above that. ...
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    Re: It seems my bees can't read...

    That's a really interesting tidbit I have filed for future reference. It fully explains what I saw for the time lag between when I put a drawn frame in, and they started polishing cells. Took a...
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    Re: Local flow begins?

    We learned the 'local' lesson in our first couple of years with bees. We listened intently to 'local' beekeepers, but, in hindsight they were 10km away from us, in a totally different forage area,...
  7. Re: I'm starting to think that black plastic frames and queen excluders are from sata

    I think plastic gets a very bad rap, undeservedly so here on beesource. It's one of those things, if you read it enough times you will start to believe it, but that doesn't necessarily make it true....
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    Re: OMG...I did it!

    Lift the cell bar(s) tomorrow evening, and take a photo of them. Later, when you are pondering what you did right, and what you did wrong, you'll refer back to that photo many times, and look for...
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    Re: It seems my bees can't read...

    I am by no means expert on this subject, but here is what I saw on my first attempt last summer. Grafted around 3pm in the afternoon, next day at noon the grafts looked like this, and a couple days...
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    Re: What did i do wrong ?

    I had a bunch of them robbed out last summer. We made them up in time to catch the flow off the blackberries, but, that flow never materialized, and they nucs all ended up robbed out. To try...
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    Re: It seems my bees can't read...

    Assuming you gave them a complete comb, the queen cant lay the whole thing up in just a few minutes, there will be significant time differences between the time she started, and finished on that...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    This is just another example of the 'local food' mantra that sells very well these days :)
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    Re: Plastic Foundation

    I've read that so many times here on beesource, I decided to do an experiment to check it out. We've always used plastic frames for the simplicity they offer, but at times I've wished the bees would...
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    If they are good, and you want to keep them, instead of battling TFW paperwork, why not just sign on the line to sponsor them for immigration so they can stay ?
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    Re: Breeding my first queens.

    It's possible that will be your outcome, but it depends on the bees not tearing down the cell you have placed before it emerges. That's not guaranteed if they already have cells on the go.
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    Re: normal comb building?

    That sounds normal to me. We tend to think of bees as 'per frame', but in reality bees operate in a cluster which is closer to spherical than it is the nice little squares on a frame. As the...
  17. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    I got yanked aside by a neighbor this afternoon, he wanted to show me how hard my bees are working. They are all over a cherry tree in his yard, that's in full bloom. It's a large tree, and there...
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    I'm filing that schedule. I've been pondering the numbers / schedule, and that lays it out pretty nicely. Seems to jive well with what we have been seeing here.
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    So a follow up on a thread from that time in the winter when we were all 'talking', and not much 'doing' with regards to the bees.



    Original plan was to start putting the sub on by late...
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    Re: Attempting an Even Split

    If you really want to know which box has the old queen, and not in a big hurry to do the split, just put a queen excluder between the two boxes now. Wait for 5 days, then go see which box has...
  21. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    Had to hunt to find our old thread on the PNW back.

    An update, weather turned on the weekend here, after a long miserable wet month in March, the sun came out on Sunday, and it's out with a...
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    Re: why nucs so late?

    If I was picking up a nuc, I would expect it to be closed when I arrive. If I pop the lid and start looking at frames, by the time I'm done, the majority of the forager bees will be flying. Close it...
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    Re: How to use Bee Pro

    That was a 9 frame honey super that got left on in the fall for winter time food, and I didn't touch it when we popped the lid, other than to put on the feed. The rest are all in 10 frame deeps, but...
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    Re: How to use Bee Pro

    I found a recipe here on beesource, it's the last post in this short thread.

    www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?279264-Need-recipe-for-pollen-patties-using-Bee-Pro

    I didn't need as much as...
  25. Re: NUC Day 7 am I ready to add another brooding chamber?

    If you have drawn comb to work with, that's a whole different story from a typical new install, and gives you lots of different management options.

    If it was me, with that comb inventory for this...
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