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    Re: Max time to wait before swarm

    I was hoping for a booming hive for the best cells (lots of bees for best cells). I already broke them in half once and did not want to take too much from them to get some nice queens this early.
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    Re: Touched bear fence

    I got a goat fence for my chickens and I was going to move the charger. Before I would run a second wire to the first few fence posts, now I drove rebar 8’ in the ground and am thinking about a...
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    Max time to wait before swarm

    How long can I wait for a Queen cell to finish without them swarming? Checked bees on Thursday since the weather is 30 growing degree days ahead. One hive was in swarm prep and I pulled 3 frames with...
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    Re: Confirmed bee plants

    [QUOTE=Rader Sidetrack;1242453]>> Do they even sell goldenrod in bulk?

    Here is one source:

    Always funny when somebody sends me a link to the store an hour away for something I have been...
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    Re: Yellow Jackets are out in the Pac NW

    Harry, how large are the bait stations? I do not mind paying for the poison but it seems spendy for the kit. I also seen on a yellow jacket control site that flea treatment control with fipronil...
  6. Thread: Scrap wood

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    Re: Scrap wood

    Way to go Squirrely, Now you have an idea. If you were to leave the spacing the same, increase the depth of the cut to get them flush. Increase the length of the cuts to twice the extra wood width....
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    Re: Confirmed bee plants

    Let me also through in timing. Here in the PNW we do not have a goldenrod. So we have no fall flow of any sort. After Blackberry it is pretty sparse. I have been trying to fill that fall gap....
  8. Thread: Swarm lures

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    Re: Swarm lures

    I staple through the ziplock bag. For air holes, I also put a drop in the back of the box. You would be surprised how much that stuff really smells. I would almost think that it would be overpowering...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    It does look like the website is fixed. I was able to place an order. With all of the trees 30 days early I had better get on the ball and get some traps in the trees!
  10. Re: what size swarm trap have you had success with

    I tried a shallow super 5 frame on my Coates nucs and went 0/5 with the added volume. Like fishing it may not be the lure but the location.
  11. Re: what size swarm trap have you had success with

    I hang my 5 frame Coates in trees. I have decent luck with LGO and a old frame of brood. Leave the center open. Does that mean that larger would not work better? Would a new truck do the job to get...
  12. Thread: Swarm lures

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    Re: Swarm lures

    Well catching swarms and trapping swarms are as different as hunting and trapping animals. We have a couple of retired guys around that get most of the calls but a 5 frame box in a tree with one...
  13. Thread: Who's got drones

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    Re: Who's got drones

    South of you here in Portland Oregon, I pulled off the sugar and had drones! I was shocked at first but it was common in about 9 of the hives I went though. I had a queenless weak hive with a...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    same here, I sent him a PM with the details of the problem, I wonder if I need a pay pal account since I have not used it in 10 years.
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    Re: Is an outyard worth the risk?

    Birds or Big game? If it is big game you could do some scouting each time you check the hives and have a better chance of tagging out. You could put up a trail cam and check it at the same time. If...
  16. Thread: Painting the hive

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    Re: Painting the hive

    I love the look of wood. I generally make a nice oak or walnut piece of furniture each year (and did I say love the look of wood). Wood outside though the finishes do not hold up well, too much UV,...
  17. Thread: Did I screw up ?

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    Re: Did I screw up ?

    Or you could add foundation if they are making white wax so readily. Just don’t super and feed, or leave big open spaces.
    Not a big deal but it just feels bad to take the hive tool to wax that...
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    Re: Did you lose any hives this winter

    I should have chimed in about two weeks ago, I thought I was a hero. Pulled the mountain camp sugar and tried to super up and found two of my double deeps had no bees. Literally no bees, not dead,...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    Well I have been cleaning house on swarms here at work and thought it was pretty easy so started spreading out more. I was running back to back at the trap here at work and 0 for 5 in my other...
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    Re: Greeting from Oregon

    I live on Hwy 212 between Boring and Damascus. I run up 222nd to the freeway. I just picked up my garden seeds at your Freddy’s store last week.
    Thursday night is the Portland Metro bee meeting at...
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    Re: Greeting from Oregon

    I cut through Gresham on my way to work! I don’t know TBH other than I built one for the brother in law one time. I have my chickens electric fenced on the ‘flat garden’ (it’s about 17’x45’)
  22. Re: Feeding pollen patties to encourage early brood up in overwintered colonies

    I tried putting pollen on them this year to get a jump (sounds like the Maritime Northwest is similar to many of the posters on this thread). I wanted to get the brood going for all of our spring...
  23. Re: alternative covering for telescoping outer cover.

    Exterior plywood is not meant for extended exterior application. The X is for the glue type but it will come apart. The siding like T1-11 is designed for exterior application....
  24. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    Not really certain what to do here.
    Where the bees have eaten the pollen they are 200% of bees that have not. In locations where they have eaten the dry sugar they have put burr comb and started...
  25. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    It crazy down here! Our Crocus are almost done (not supposed to bloom until Mar 4), grandma’s plum, daffodils, sunset maples (March 12 last year). One of the peaches hit pink stage this weekend...
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