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    Re: Bees on Ground in front of hive

    What does an examination cost? How do I find out who our regional examiner is?
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    Bees on Ground in front of hive

    We have had a very wet and cold spring here in Eastern Oregon. Today was finally warm. The bees were happy and all over the dandelions. I noticed many bees were coming back to the hive full of...
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    Re: Retail Price for Bee-O-Pac Comb Honey??

    $4 sounds fair. It took some work to get the comb honey.

    At the end of the first year the supper was about 1/2 full. This was during a busy time when our family was relocating. So although...
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    Retail Price for Bee-O-Pac Comb Honey??

    I have a bunch of honey comb in my freezer. They are the honey comb sections from the Bee-O-Pac comb honey system. I feed out the ones that are not completely sealed and plan to only sell the...
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    Re: Free seeds

    I would love some also. I will send the address tomorrow.
    Thanks,
    BDJ
  6. Thread: Splits/Move Hive?

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    Re: Splits/Move Hive?

    That makes sense. Thank you.
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    Splits/Move Hive?

    I have been collecting information as I plan for expanding and making some splits this spring. So I need to clarify some details.

    As I have read the information about making spring splits it...
  8. Thread: Splits/Queens

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    Re: Splits/Queens

    What do you mean by "Dutch Split"? Is that letting the new hive raise their own queen?
    BDJ
  9. Thread: Splits/Queens

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    Re: Splits/Queens

    You are correct, I have never done this before. Good input, thanks.
  10. Thread: Splits/Queens

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    Splits/Queens

    I only have one hive. It is healthy and strong and full of bees. Interesting enough it has done very well for 3 years without any treatment for mites or diseases and I got a real good harvest this...
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    Re: no brood or eggs - normal??

    I had the same question about 3 weeks ago. My hive had no brood or eggs. At the time the weather was extremely dry and so there were no pollen or nectar flows. The hive was on farmland that had...
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    Re: problems with 2 hives

    I am much further north. About 2 weeks ago I had the same question. I had checked my hive and found no brood. I believe the queen has just shut down for the year. The bees are feeding well and...
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    Cupularve Queen Rearing

    Has anyone out there used the Cupularve Queen Rearing system sold by Betterbee? It sounds easy enough. I wanted to get input before I paid money to try it.

    I am looking for a way to raise a...
  14. Thread: Clover Seed?

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    Clover Seed?

    Is there one type of clover that is better than the others for honey production? What are good yet economic sources for clover seed?

    Thanks,
    BDJ
  15. Thread: Moved Hive

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    Re: Moved Hive

    I have 10 frames and thought I was pretty careful. This was a warm day, maybe they are just cleaning. I hadn't noticed before because they were out away from home.

    It was worth the move. I...
  16. Thread: Moved Hive

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    Moved Hive

    I moved my only hive today from an out yard back out in the country to my back porch. This is where I keep it during the winter because there is a wind break and it gets direct sun.

    After I...
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    Re: Winter has snuck up on me

    I've read somewhere that a good guideline is that if the honey super is over half full leave it on with no excluder. If it is less than half full it is just extra space and to take it off. I don't...
  18. Thread: Alfalfa & Mint

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    Alfalfa & Mint

    My bees are located in an area surounded by alfalfa fields and mint fields. There are several fields of 80A+ acres. Are these considered good honey crops? It seems they bloom for only a short...
  19. Thread: Africanized hive

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    Re: Africanized hive

    I had a hive that I hadn't worked with for over 2 years. When I went back late in the summer to see what I had, they were extremely aggressive. They some how made it in my veil and I got stung...
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    Honey price at farmers market?

    I have extra honey this year as well as honey comb. What is a fair price at our local farmers market? The honey was harvested in Aug and is a mix of wildflower honey so it is a darker variety.
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    Re: Brood this time of year ?

    I have the same question. My hive that was full of brood a month ago now has no brood. There are no signs of queen cells. The bees are busy and happy. How do I know if this is due to no nectar...
  22. Thread: No Brood?

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    No Brood?

    I inspected my hive yesterday. All the frames previously full of capped brood were now empty. I did not see any eggs or larvae and did not see the queen.

    I also did not see any queen cells for...
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    Re: Today was " Toss a Drone Day"

    My sons and I had a great discussion on how to treat the ladies. We all decided we didn't want to be drones and that the only way to be happy is to make mom happy. Another great lesson from the...
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    Hello From Eastern Oregon

    I recently joined the forum and look forward to getting to know all of you as we share information.

    I have been keeping a hive for 2 years but am still a beginner. I was able to harvest my...
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