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    Re: re-queening every year !

    I re-queen every year and have been the last 3 or 4 years. Wintering, swarming, spring buildup and average honey yields have improved since I started annual re-queening. I install new queens at the...
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    Practice swarms???

    I witnessed something pretty interesting in one of my nuc yards. In one particular yard I have 10 wintered nucs left over that I intend to keep splitting. These nucs are used to support my 150...
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    Re: Hiving over 30 nucs?

    I hived 60 nucs 2 weeks ago. All hives are prepped a day or 2 before I intend to install the nucs by being setup and feeders filled. I pull into each yard unloading all of the nucs next to their new...
  4. Re: ML 1 Gallon Frame Feeder- Fit in a 10 Frame Deep

    I run 1 gallon feeders and 8 frames in the top brood box. They make a little more mess but it's better than trying to pry frames out. I also leave them on year round. I use the Motherlode plastic...
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    Re: Hive Movers / Booms

    The pictures of my boom were on my phone which crapped out. While transferring over to the new one I lost all of my pics. The bee boom truck right now is about 3 hours away at my brothers so I can't...
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    Re: Hive Movers / Booms

    I was in your position last year trying to find a boom for my truck. Quite a few posters made comments that "there are plenty of them laying around beekeepers shops" but no one was able to point me...
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    Re: Hive Top Feeder

    Wax is also good for sealing the seams.
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    Re: Hive Stand Height

    Cinder blocks are 8" and cost about 70 cents apiece. Total $1.40 per and the hive is off the ground.
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    Re: Mann Lake Pro Feeders

    These are what I use. I have about 200 in use and like them.
  10. Thread: painting hives

    by mmiller
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    Re: painting hives

    I agree that the flat paints don't hold up as well as paints with a little "shine" to them (at least here in the wet Pacific NW). I use one coat of primer and 2 coats of paint on the exterior and...
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    Re: Ring shank Nails or Staples?

    I use 1/2" x 1 3/4" galvanized staples with no glue. Assembling with a couple clamps make the joints nice and tight. I've assembled with and without glue and when using clamps to get the joints as...
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    Re: Warming Creamed Honey

    I also pour into tubs immediately and let it set up. Sometimes the tubs will set a little harder than I like. In that case I place the tubs in my warming cabinet for a couple hours. What I've found...
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    Re: Hopguard II and Hive Kills

    I treated 53 nucs with Hopguard II at the begining of August. I didn't have a single queen or hive issue. The definitly were not as messy as the original I think do to the "corragated" aspect of the...
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    Re: Bees seem runny but not aggressive?

    Runny bees is a trait most try to eliminate. I pinch the queens in runny hives. It is much more pleasant to work hives with calm bees. Last thing you need is the queen falling off the frame with the...
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    Re: INSTALLING HONEY GATE ON 5 GALLON BUCKET

    I just drill the hole and screw the gate onto the bucket. The nut will flatten the bucket just fine. I have 5 of them and none of them leak.
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    Re: Trying out foundationless

    I use a lot of foundationless in my colonies. I start all of them in my nucs. The nucs dont draw them into drone nearly as often as big hives. They make nice worker comb.
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    Re: Best grafting tool?

    My first two seasons of grafting I really liked (the only one I tried) the Chinese tool. This year I decided to try multiple tools. The Jzbz I didn't care for the feel, the 000 brush wasn't too bad...
  18. Re: Screened Bottoms Boards...from a first timer

    I gave them a try a few years ago. In two different yards I ran a combination of screened and solid bottoms. In all cases the screened bottoms were slower to build up in the spring. This was noticed...
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    Re: Bee Keeping in Washington State

    You can stop by Tates Honey Farm in the Spokane valley. He is very personable and can give you good local advice as well as help getting you "plugged into" the local bee club.
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  20. Re: The BEST queens are mated after the Solstice...

    I started re-queening all of my hives yearly in July and August a couple years ago with summer raised queens. The first thing I noticed was a better winter survivor rate along with a more vigorous...
  21. Thread: to much wax

    by mmiller
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    Re: to much wax

    Also, a good way to keep them from building comb over the cells is to provide a foundation-less frame or frame of foundation. This will give the young bees a place to put that wax they are producing.
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    Re: unexpected success

    They did a great job for you with nice looking cells and cups plum full of royal jelly. Congats!
  23. Re: Any reason not to use this as smoker fuel?

    I use wood pellets for a pellet stove. A buddy use to work for a distributor and bags would break open and he would scoop it up. I did a little research as I was concerned about them using a resin or...
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    Re: Is theft a large problem?

    I've not personally had hives stolen but I do read about it from time to time. The challenge I face is vandalism. Last week I had 10 hives in one of my yards kicked over. That'll make your blood boil.
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    Re: not taking much syrup

    I used to feed my TBH's behind the follower board. The problem is cooler temps. Now I open the brood area enough to place the feeder jar inside the brood nest next to the follower. They take the feed...
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