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    Re: Optimal queen excluder hole size?

    Don't know the size but will the bees chew the holes a little bigger and then the queen might get through.
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    Re: Is the Blackberry Flow early?

    Way early. There are some area in Seattle the BB is done.
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    Re: My bait hive has caught...

    Last year I caught a handful of mice in one and a frog in another.
    This year it has been one hornet.
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    Re: Box's sticking together

    I also paint the edges also, being in the rainy northwest I want to protect the edges. After they have dried I wipe the edges with mineral oil or vegetable oil, this seems to cut down the sticking....
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    Re: Would you set up an apiary near a golf course?

    I have a few hives next to a nice par 3 course. Have not had an issue yet.
    Best thing is I get a small bucket of errant balls a year.
    I am amazed ago how far they go off course.
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    Re: Looking for feedback on our new website

    The site is a little slow for me to click-through. Don't know if that is my connection or your server, I think it is me. Had not seen the old version so it is hard to tell.

    The name is...
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    Re: Bee swarms Washington St.??

    Have had several here in the western washington area already, I think they are just starting the heavy swarm season here.
    I am seeing in my hives that if it overwintered it will swarm soon.

    I...
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    Re: Anyone find comb in their bee packages?

    Yes, in about 40% of the packages this year. Always adjacent to the queen cage.
    John
  9. Re: Paper wasp nest started in my bee package???

    Sounds like the package bees had started drawing comb in the package. They usually do this next to the queen. I found about 1 in 4 of my packages had this. Biggest one i had was about 3 x 4...
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    Re: Brushy mountain Inner cover

    That is how have all mine set up, entrance notch down. Mine are not Brushy Mountain but even with some of my homemade versions with extra bee space I have never had much of a burr comb issue with...
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    Re: Bees loose in car

    50 isn't bad. I've had to drive with the bee suit on more than one occasion.
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    Re: Adding 2nd caged queen to package

    They may have been balling her because there was already another loose queen in the package. (I have heard about this but have not seen it myself.)
    If they have not drawn out queen cells in the...
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    Re: Eyelets stick to eyelet tool

    I had the same issue. I ended up filing the punch down a little, worked great since. I set the eyelet with one tap with the hammer.
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    Re: Dog kennel to keep bears out

    I have had trouble with bears at one of my locations. We did exactly this, a 6 x 8 kennel that was staked to the ground and screwed into the adjacent barn. I don't feel it is bear 'proof' but it...
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    Re: Found ticket to commercial success...

    Without a label they should be marking it down a lot more than $7. It 'looks' like an exterior paint since I can't imagine using a baby blue semi-gloss inside.
    Home Depot has a paint that is...
  16. Thread: Placing Hives

    by Hormel
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    Re: Placing Hives

    I like to space them 2-3 feet apart. Mostly so I can use the adjacent hive as my work surface as I do an inspection. Never really had much of an issue in drifting from one to another.
    John
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    Re: Western washington

    Mangon Peach,
    You might also try over at http://nwdba.proboards.com. There are a few guys from the WA coast out there as well.
    I believe 'CoastalBees' is near you.
    John
  18. Thread: beeyard storage

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    Re: beeyard storage

    I just have an empty hive that I keep a smoker, a few empty frames, bottles of water and smoker fuel. No need to draw any extra attention to itself. One of these days I am sure a swarm will find...
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    Re: For thr Folks who don't wear gloves.

    Hand sanitizer gets most of it off for me and pretty convenient in the pump dispenser.
  20. Thread: chain link

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    Re: chain link

    We found a used chain link dog run on craigs list and just turned it over to keep out critters. Has worked great and bees have not cared about the chain link.
    I'll try posting a picture later,...
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    Re: Bee smoker modifications???

    I finally put a small piece of chain between my smoker and my cork stopper. Got tired of losing the cork or ball of wax.
  22. Thread: Custom labels

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    Re: Custom labels

    I'll second that. Anne did a great job for me and best of all put up with my nitpicking on various changes. The labels look great and came quite quickly.
    John
  23. Re: extraction day, and sirprised that honey was dark picture included

    In your area I would say Knotweed for sure. We get a lot of it down here in the Pacific Northwest.
    John
  24. Re: Calling all Pacific Nothwest Beekeepers lid and inner cover questions

    I use both telescoping covers with a notched inner cover as an upper entrance and migratory covers. Recently I have started using a inner cover under a migratory top, to keep the expense and time...
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    Re: Bees dying in packages, waiting for queens

    I don't know if they would fair any better outside another day than they would inside, but I would not. If you have another hive you might consider pulling a frame of brood to put in the hive with...
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