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  1. Re: Winter loss - why the loss and your remedy

    Well this is a very interesting response!
    So, if they are seeing these signs in early August that spell certain doom if not mitigated, AND the beekeeper desires that they survive winter, what do you...
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    Re: Ideas for hive numbering.

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Shallotman/DSC00298.jpg

    From day one I have always hand painted mine with a brush.
    I make my lids from scratch in the off season in big batches.
    I have...
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    Re: hot hive requeening

    I have had some awfully nasty hives from time to time over the years.
    Here's what I would do:
    Smoke the entrance a bit more than normal upon approaching, then crack the lid and heave a few puffs...
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    Re: Early release from Almonds?

    I have a cherry grower just like that.
    Here is a typical message on my cell when he finally releases the bees 2 weeks after everyone else:

    "Hi Harry it's Xxxx Xxxx. Today I witnessed the final...
  5. Re: Too Tall? - Stacking Supers to Silly Heights

    We have a beekeeper In Oregon that is largely regarded as the "Johnny Appleseed" of Pacific Northwest Beekeeping.
    His name is Oliver Petty. He turns 100 this year.
    We had a meeting in the early...
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    Re: How many hives on a semi trailer?

    We specify 48' air ride flat bed.
    17 rows of triple stacked, double-deeps, 24 hives per row:
    408 per load.
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    Re: Early release from Almonds?

    That is some really good news!
    :)
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    Re: Early release from Almonds?

    From looking at the weather on Accuweather and the state of bloom on Bluediamond, I'm guessing we're one week out in the north.
    As soon as the mud dries, trucks will be rolling.
    :)
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    Re: Almond polination pics

    No, we are not.
    It's stupid not to. But not required here.
    We do have State Hive Brand Numbers, and are required to register our hives annually.
    That is it for Oregon.
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    Re: reusing frames vs trashing them

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Shallotman/DSC00194.jpg

    All of our frames are dated. I do take age into consideration when something bugs me about a frame.
    Otherwise, no strictly culling...
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    Re: Almond polination pics

    Really nice looking hives, Father & Sons!
    We take pride in our equipment as well, and all of our growers have commented on appearance at one time or another.
    The old saying, "The bees don't care...
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    Re: reusing frames vs trashing them

    In the example of the 32 dead-outs that I scraped down and did some replacing in, there were a few hives with bottom boxes that I could tell had not been inspected in some time.
    2 or 3 frames in the...
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    Re: Early release from Almonds?

    I read somewhere,,I think it was one of Randy Oliver's recent articles, that the tail end of almond bloom delivered the most nectar.
    Does that ring a bell?
    If true, Honey-4-all's report sounds...
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    Re: Almond polination pics

    Thanks, Mike.
    I really appreciate the report. :)
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    Early release from Almonds?

    I talked to my grower today and he expects to release our bees in about 2 weeks which is about 10 days earlier than ever before.
    Our bees are about 40 miles west of Chico.
    This year we saw the very...
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    Re: reusing frames vs trashing them

    Here is a report just as an example:
    I finished scraping down 32 deadouts today.
    From those hives exactly 50 frames had old plastic foundation w/comb that I didn't like for one reason or another...
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    Re: Almond polination pics

    Mike, if you could get any reports of nectar intake from the area it would be greatly appreciated. Our hives are just a stone throw away from yours.
    Our hives all got a second feeder full of 77 when...
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    Re: Honeybee Dietary Needs

    I have learned a few things from Dr. Ramesh Sagili, our honey bee researcher at Oregon State University.
    If I have any of this wrong, my apologies to him.
    Honey bees are very picky in picking and...
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    Re: reusing frames vs trashing them

    Last year I ramped up my comb culling program.
    Since we use wooden frames with Permadent black plastic foundation, I found it really fast and easy to press out the old and snap in the new.
    We got...
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    Re: Time to get nervous #3

    We added 30% more mini mating nucs for use this year. I now wish we would have doubled.
    One thing I have preached and preached to my fellow beekeepers is the idea that becoming proficient and...
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    Re: Glass Bottle supplies?

    We just purchaced 139 cases of one # Muth jars from Fillmore Container.
    By the time you pay for shipping you are only saving about 50 cents per bottle.
    It may make more sense for you to get them at...
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    Re: Jesus agrees with Michael Palmer

    No problem. Micheal Palmer forgives you; for you know not what you do.
    :D
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    Re: Breeder queens to play with

    Astro, two points:
    One, when I hear that someone that I purchace queens from is going down that road I have to wonder, "Am I going to be buying direct daughters of this junk?"
    The worst thing that...
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    Re: Breeder queens to play with

    Thanks, Joe.
    Here's what I'm griping about:
    Several years ago we had a certain researcher / queen breeder speak at the Oregon Conference about SMR or VHS or whatever mite resistant queen of the...
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    Re: Breeder queens to play with

    Brandy, i will soon be picking out my breeders from hives that stand out, head and shoulders, THE BEST of our outfit, based on honey production from 2012, , excellent patterns / populations and...
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