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  1. Thread: Pollen Traps

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    Re: Pollen Traps

    Wouldn't they have stored/converted what you trapped? My understanding is that bee bread is good for 2 years.
  2. Thread: Pollen Traps

    by scallawa
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    Pollen Traps

    I have been trying to understand why one would collect the pollen from the bees and then feed it back to them later. Don't they take the pollen and store it? Does the pollen trap remove excess...
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    Re: Winter preparation

    Yes, I get that. It is not a box full of empty frames though which is why I asked the question. If it was I would just remove it. It has two empty frames two partially drawn frames with uncapped...
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    Re: Winter preparation

    Thanks for your responses. I have been reading a lot about winter preparation but having no experience really makes it hard and I only have one hive. I am going to see if I can get my mentor to...
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    Winter preparation

    I hope this hasn't been answered before and if it was I apologize. I have some bees that I acquired at the end of June which was one deep and one medium. My current hive configuration is one deep...
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    Re: Ants in my top feeder

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?280213-ants-proof-high-temp-grease-2x4-hive-stand
    This seems to be a good way to stop them from getting in. There was another thread where the grease...
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    Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    +1 for HiveTracks. I have gone back and looked at some of my notes several times since I started in July. This is likely due to my inexperience but I find the information valuable. My notes may...
  8. Re: Swarm Capture like you've probably never seen before! Can't do this in the city..

    Buckshot fired in the air is fairly harmless when it comes down. I have been peppered by buckshot that was shot in the air while duck hunting. While I wasn't happy or comfortable about it, I was...
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    Re: Monitoring Hive Health

    Personally, I would still monitor even if I wasn't treating. It can give an idea of what may have led to the collapse if that occurs. Even if I wasn't going to do anything I would still like to...
  10. Re: Survey of Mite Infestation in Drone and Worker Brood in a Treatment Free Colony

    Solomon thanks for taking the time to do the test. This was helpful data. I would be curious to see more treatment free beeks doing this test. My last test showed a 6% infection rate and I keep...
  11. Re: Fifty years in house - treatment-free (This isn't supposed to be possible)

    I would be very interested to see what your counts are. It would be nice to see some counts of those who are not treating so we can get an idea of what levels of mite infestation they are...
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    Re: Varroa Sugar Shake

    I was hoping to get a few more helpful responses. I have decided not to use any softer treatments either. The only treatment option that I have found palatable is drone comb management. I am still...
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    Re: Beekeeping on the Oregon Coast question

    If you do decide to get bees you would want bees that are adapted to your area. I don't know if you have any local queen breeders but there is one from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. I think...
  14. Re: Bee Hive Ventilator - who has one or uses them? I'm considering building one to

    Some of the claims of the product seems like a bit of a stretch to me. That said, we have a botanical garden here that started keeping bees some years ago. They used solr ventilators. I am not...
  15. Re: Used equipment purchased - has evidence of wax moth infestation

    I purchased my hive with two boxes of bees and an additional empty super and drawn frames to add when it was time. When I was ready to put on the super, I looked at the frames and saw obvious wax...
  16. Thread: Moved my bees

    by scallawa
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    Re: Moved my bees

    I would agree with JStinson. It is dependent on what's going(Other bees, yellow jackets, ants, etc) on in your area but the entrance feeders can encourage robbing. Reducing the entrance will help...
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    Re: once you treat for varroa

    I think it would depend on the treatment. Some are said to affect brood while they are capped. I have also seen some posts where some say it weakens the bees including the queen and in some cases...
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    Re: Population Decline

    I only have one hive that I received back in the end of June. It grew explosively for a while. It still grew since my last inspection but the growth is definitely not explosive.

    Not sure what...
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    Re: Foundationless Frames

    I know this is old but thought I would update with what I did. I added 10 frames of foundationless frames. I used the wedge top frames, broke the wedge out and glued it in as a guide. In all, I...
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    Re: Varroa Sugar Shake

    I saw one frame with capped drone cells on it but I think those where there during my last inspection two weeks ago. I didn't notice any new ones but I didn't go into my very bottom box. The queen...
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    Re: Varroa Sugar Shake

    Thanks Jim. I had not thought about rechecking to see if the numbers increase. That seems like my first course of action before determining anything.

    Is it too late in the year to do drone comb...
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    Varroa Sugar Shake

    I just did a sugar shake(3/4 cup a bees in a jar with some sugar) and came out with 18 varroa mites. Yes I know it should have been 1/2 cup but I had to scoop twice with my 1/2 cup scooper and both...
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    Re: High Altitude Bumblebee

    I hear those are the queens since they are the only ones that survive through the winter.
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    High Altitude Bumblebee

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    She was on the summit of a mountain that is 10400 ft high. I saw bumblebees all along the hike on the way up to the top. The top was quite windy and probably less than 50 degrees F. I was...
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    Re: Am I Beeing a Bad Beekeeper?

    My understanding is that with exception of extremes they don't necessarily need it, but you can make them more productive. In other words, they can fetch, build maintain instead of fanning. I don't...
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