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    Re: New bee from Sandy, OR

    Welcome, It always cracks me up when I hear from somebody 10 miles away. I had bees at 362nd and Kelso road but they sold the place so I had to move off. I would bet our bees were on the same feed. ...
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    Re: Preparing 2:1 syrup

    I noted that Randy Oliver is using bleach in his so I have followed suit (at half the level he is using) I put 2 tsp into a 12 qt pot and it turned a slight brown color just as fast as it hit the...
  3. Thread: Wintering Nucs

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    Re: Wintering Nucs

    Commercial beek came into the bee meeting this week and gave a talk on wintering bees and his experiences. He said you get moisture 3 ways: through cracks and wicking into the hive seams (weeps...
  4. Re: Help: extending my top bar hive

    Look at thicker boards. Boards are listed in 1/4” increments in the lumber store (4/4 is ‘four quarter’ and will be 1 1/16”). Hardwood boards finished are 7/8” while softwood boards are finished to...
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    Re: A bear stole my no spill gas can

    Why are you standing there taking pictures? Go get it back. See those big ears, it means he is small. He fires up that chainsaw there will not be a picnic basket (or donut shop) in the state that...
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    Using honey for Brine?

    I was looking up the temp for smoking some fish and seen that one of the Alaska recipes called for using honey rather than brown sugar. Anybody use this before? Is it a 1:1 replacement?
    Note that...
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    Re: Walnut or Butternut for hivebodies

    Woodworker here trying to be a beek. I would suggest doing a box joint and using the butternut for the sides and the walnut for the fronts. It would be awesome.
    Here is some chairs...
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    Re: Pros and Cons of leaving a supper on over winter

    Sorry if I was not clear, my point of the feeders had to do with the fact that I put the wet supers back on. The bees will not use the feeder in winter but the super will have the feed in it,...
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    Re: Bee Yards, post a picture of your bee yards.

    I am going to try something new: conveyor belt for ground cover. This is obviously just move in day, Cut the black berries down, mowed and laid out the belt. I want to do them so one does not shade...
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    Re: Can't find my (marked) queen!

    I purchased a queen here and put her into a nuc (yes I let go of $25, shocking I know). Checked her after about a week and had a frame of eggs and found that queen. I figured maybe I put too much...
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    Re: Pros and Cons of leaving a supper on over winter

    Good timing, I put my nucs this year into deeps and added 1.5 gal feeders that take up two frames. I put my wet extracted supers on them. I am thinking of leaving them there thinking that they will...
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    Re: Honey color for contest?

    He got first and best in show! I did see where they changed others classification from amber to light but they did leave his as amber. Mine did not ribbon but maybe it will be the hook that I need...
  13. Thread: Hive tool PSA

    by minz
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    Re: Hive tool PSA

    When I am working with the tools and feel that ‘sticky feeling’ it generally means that I am bleeding and the tool was sharp enough I did not know it.
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    Re: honey show how far to fill pint jar?

    Our rules said that they needed to be even but did not specify. I did weigh the jars and found that they actually had less honey than a pound so I will find out this weekend how we did.
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    Re: Honey color for contest?

    PM sent, also if you could post the official title and author I may see if Powell’s Books (used and out of print) has a copy I can purchase. I love their bookstore, it is a destination when we go...
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    Re: Need A J-Hook Hive Tool For Free?

    shelf life?
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    Re: Hives side by side East booms, west sags

    Yes they cast a shadow on each other and they are far enough apart to not share the heat from their neighbor. I am going to stagger them to get sun to all of them and try a arc so I am working in the...
  18. Break up during moving, fix first thing or let them quiet down?

    The hives were hanging up on the mat in the truck so I gave them a good push. The bottom gapped from the first hive body and things got ugly in a hurry. The ratchet strap held them together. I put...
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    Re: Too late to plant?

    I have a 15’ row in a dripper line, heavy weeds. Does anybody save borage seeds? What am I looking for? It almost appears that there are some flowers with black pedals. Do I just wait until fall and...
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    Re: Too late to plant?

    Depends on your last frost date. Here the extension states ‘plant buckwheat no later than 12 weeks prior to your first frost date’ which for me is September 15th.
    I plant my Borage in the spring,...
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    Re: Hives side by side East booms, west sags

    Wild, I believe you 100%, which was why I Ignored it last year. 4, locations, 2 years running, 100% difference in the size of the hives is empirical data, not speculation or theory. I have also been...
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    Hives side by side East booms, west sags

    I have 2 hives in 4 different locations for the last 2 years, the hives to the east are twice as big as the ones to the west in all 4 yards. All My hives face south. They are within a foot of each...
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    Re: Honey color for contest?

    Dewey was not at the intake for the fair but he was at the bee picnic the same day. I was returning his book to the club (maybe I should have had him sign it and stole it).
    At the intake Trevor...
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    Re: where can i purchase a alcohol mite shaker?

    The club here had a mite sampling seminar that Oregon State and a commercial Beeks came down to. The commercial was using the randy Oliver sample jar. The OSU guys had a couple of plastic canning...
  25. Thread: Apply FA on nucs?

    by minz
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    Re: Apply FA on nucs?

    Cristian
    Good info. I have not got out and checked my mite counts since my flash treatment. I looked you up and we are about the same weather. I am inland from the Pacific about 90 miles in a...
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