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    Re: Evil Swarm of Caucasions requeening challenge.

    One year I requeened with Russian/Caucasian mix queen because that was all that available in my area at the time and then went right back to pure carnie afterward. Those mixes may as well have been...
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    Re: Planting around hive

    My hive sits on a bench-style trellis in the backyard and I've just got a couple of honeysuckle plants climbing it; I usually put DE around the legs of the trellis to discourage ants from moving in...
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    Re: Let's see your snowpiaries!

    I was stationed at Drum for three winters - I laugh when the Oregonians get 2-4" and FREAK OUT.
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    Re: Feeding Syrup in Communal Feeders

    I would expect that most of your foulbrood risk comes from drifting and maybe robbing, so feeding away from the hives might - might! - actually be a little safer?
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    Re: They are all dead...

    Grease patties with teatree oil.
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    Re: Let's see your snowpiaries!

    make sure the door is clear so they don't suffocate
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    Re: 1st Year Russian Hives

    My current package is supposed to be carni/russian hybrids, but I swear my queen is a pure russian: these are the most defensive bees I've ever had, they propolize like crazy (I spend more time...
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    Re: Western oregon nectar flow

    All I've got at the moment is lavendar really; roses are getting a little attention although it's mostly the bumbles working them.
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    Re: Is the 2 feet/2 mile rule dead?

    I had to move mine from one end of the yard to the other, so I waiting until sunset and then plugged the entrance with pollen pattie; after we moved it I took a toothpick and poked a couple of small...
  10. Re: Will the next generation of a "hot" queen be less aggressive?

    only way to know would be to know the temperment of the drones she mated with; if she was open mated then you can only hope that the drones came from peaceble hives - if they didn't you'll be right...
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    Re: Regressed workers and queens

    Whatever size cell they are used to building is what size the bees will be.
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    Re: drone die-off puzzling

    No mites?
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    Re: type of queen is this

    Definately cordovan mutt (maybe a carni mix since she's darker than a pure cordovan italian?)
  14. Thread: My first KTBH

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    Re: My first KTBH

    I love fresh wax early in the morning.
  15. Re: What happens when you ask your 11 year old daughter to "paint" hive bodies

    Hahaha, that'll teach you not to be more specific!
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    Re: Bear Almost Got Em-Lesson Learned

    that bear WILL be back
  17. Thread: Skull Hive

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    Re: Skull Hive

    those are both awesome
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    Re: Putting a packed of bees in a quenelles hive

    paper combine would be the safer bet.
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    Re: What is the closest you have bees to your house?

    Holy crap - why didn't I think of that? I bet I would have zero solicitors bothering me if my bees were 'guarding' my front door.
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    Re: What is the closest you have bees to your house?

    Mine are in a corner of my backyard. I enjoy watching them and they've never bothered anyone.
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    Re: What did you learn this winter?

    I had my first completely atypical absconding, (we had a really abnormal below-freezing streek so I wasn't checking on the hive the first part of winter) so I had a hive with plenty and not a single...
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    Re: Sprinkling/spraying syrup on bees

    I mist mine with HBH and water in a spray bottle (rather than smoke) and it works. You could easily even add some more sugar to it and keep them too busy grooming to pay you much mind - and probably...
  23. Thread: bee venom

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    Re: bee venom

    There are harvesting plates that allow you to collect venom without harming the bees. They aren't cheap, mind you, but they are out there.
  24. Re: What kind of bee is this and should I worry about it.

    Yellowjacket.
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    Re: It runs in the family

    1. if you want to re-queen I'd say do it right now; it should reduce the swarming impuss next spring and lesson the chances of tempermental genetics getting out in your area (and possibly into your...
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