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    I want to get a pollen trap for next season. I...

    I want to get a pollen trap for next season. I was wondering if there are any I should avoid, and what would be a good one? There seems to be several different styles. If anyone has any opinions on...
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    Hi Jim, I worked my 5 hives up until 1 month...

    Hi Jim,
    I worked my 5 hives up until 1 month before I delivered my 4th baby in June. My midwife had no problem with it as long as I was careful and wore a full suite. I was careful not to lift too...
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    The 3 hives I started out with I bought from a...

    The 3 hives I started out with I bought from a man that did not treat his bees with anything. He had been keeping bees for 25 years and did not have trouble with mites and other things. I have 5...
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    Poll: For now duragilt and some waxed rite-cell, but in...

    For now duragilt and some waxed rite-cell, but in the future I think I will be moving to foundationless with starter strips. Bees like to build it themselves! tongue.gif
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    Welcome Big Ed! I too have been with our local...

    Welcome Big Ed!
    I too have been with our local rural Volunteer Fire Dept. for 4 years now. I come from a family of Firefighters and EMTs.
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    Poll: Homeschooling is when a parent chooses to educate...

    Homeschooling is when a parent chooses to educate their children at home rather then send them to a public or private school.
    I was homeschooled, never went a day to any regular school. My mother...
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    Yes, my husband and I spend alot of time watching...

    Yes, my husband and I spend alot of time watching the activities of our 6 hives. So do our 3 kids. I find it to be very relaxing.
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    Poll: I am 31, was homeschooled and raised on 160 acres...

    I am 31, was homeschooled and raised on 160 acres in the country. I have always loved the outdoors and watching nature. I am a stay at home mom and I homeschool my kids now. My oldest son is 5 and is...
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    I still feel so new to this that I am wondering...

    I still feel so new to this that I am wondering if I did the right thing in making this split.

    I have an established colony that I had not had a chance to check until last Saturday. Our honey flow...
  10. Loved it!! smile.gif

    Loved it!!
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    In the summers and winters I use inner covers...

    In the summers and winters I use inner covers with the telescoping tops. On the the bottom of the inner cover I have glued popsickle sticks at each of the 4 corners so that there is a small gap all...
  12. Doug, To spray the frames and foundation, I...

    Doug,
    To spray the frames and foundation, I bought a new quart size plastic manual spray bottle at the hardware store (about $1.00) and filled it with 1:1 sugar syrup.
    I also use this method when...
  13. Hi Doug, I bought some Right Cell in April for 2...

    Hi Doug,
    I bought some Right Cell in April for 2 splits I made.
    So far my nucs have done great with it especially the second split. They have drawn 4 full frames of it in 2 weeks, but I am feeding...
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    Chief, I have seen my bees bringing in tons of...

    Chief,
    I have seen my bees bringing in tons of gray pollen as well. My dad says that it may be the vine maple or maple trees, but I think they are no longer producing pollen. I was thinking that it...
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    Good pictures!

    Good pictures!
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    Just wondering how things are looking for the...

    Just wondering how things are looking for the honey flow here in the northwest?

    It seems like it is going slow for us here with blackberries just starting to bloom.

    I am interested to hear...
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    Thanks for sharing Ron. I have a family member...

    Thanks for sharing Ron.
    I have a family member as well as 2 close family friends serving in Iraq.
    It is a hard job, but the men and women serving are doing great! Thank Tim for his service. We...
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    I agree with Hawk. I lift my hives 1/4 inch in...

    I agree with Hawk.
    I lift my hives 1/4 inch in the back to make sure the water runs out of the hive. In my area we get a ton of rain in the winter and spring so this is very important.
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    Welcome to the forum! My husband has old family...

    Welcome to the forum!
    My husband has old family friends that are almond growers somewhere down in you area. If it were not for the bees there would not be many almonds! smile.gif
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    1 of my 5 hives insists on drawing about 2 frames...

    1 of my 5 hives insists on drawing about 2 frames this way too. It makes inspecting very hard as they attach it to the opposite frame and if you go to pull that frame you have full drawn foundation...
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    Yesterday when I was checking my colonies, I saw...

    Yesterday when I was checking my colonies, I saw a lot of blood red pollen coming in too. I have a lot of wild holly trees/bushes on the property that are in bloom and maybe that is where it is...
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    Ribster, What is the advantage of not using an...

    Ribster,
    What is the advantage of not using an excluder?
    I have heard of this.

    Do you use an empty comb honey super so that the queen will not pass from the deep to honey super?
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    Among you seasoned beekeepers, what do you prefer...

    Among you seasoned beekeepers, what do you prefer for queen excluders? Metal or plastic? Is there much a difference?

    Thanks!
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    My bees love my big lavender garden. (Lavender...

    My bees love my big lavender garden. (Lavender Bergamot, Spanish Lavenders, Munstead, English, etc.) Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate is a very neat looking tropical plant with hanging flowers that bees...
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    I have had a bad time with one of my hives...

    I have had a bad time with one of my hives drawing 2 frames so poorly that I just had to take them out completely and put brand new ones in. They were drawing long cone shaped comb that was only...
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