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    Re: "lier or a fool"

    Greetings,
    I can not recall the exact year that I met Walt Wright beekeeper extraordinaire but I have NEVER had a swarm since. The point is not how much honey you have left above the brood nest in...
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    Re: Two Queen Swarm?

    Actually I was a bit upset and felt great disrespect but I guess he thought that my endeavors were less than successful so it was his turn. He is not what you would call an outgoing friendly kind of...
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    Two Queen Swarm?

    I have a swarm question. Got called to town, swarm in a tree 8 feet up. Only ladder was 6 feet. I put the hive on top of the ladder and brushed down bees, had maybe 3/4 of them. No fanning so assumed...
  4. Thread: white pollens

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    Re: white pollens

    One winter I watched as workers brought in huge loads of a snowy white pollen, such big loads they could hardly walk. I could not figure it out until I discovered the girls out at my compost pile...
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    Re: Bee Hives in a Barn

    I used to have hives upstairs in my barn and the bees loved it. I only had ladder rungs nailed to the wall. We had a block and tackle to winch the supers down, so it was a lot of work. The bees made...
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    Re: I can't buy Hopguard??? what gives

    You could get a beekeeper in the nearest approved state to you order Hopguard and send it on to you? I think that the product is worth the extra shipping. Regards
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    Re: yellow jackets win in cold?

    Greetings,
    I had a brutal season against yellow jackets this fall. This worked for me. Put the mouse guard on early to reduce the hive entrance. I had two yellow jacket traps adjacent to each...
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    Re: varroa mite treatment

    You might also consider using Hop Guard.C
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    Re: Varroa mites - how many are too many?

    You can use Hop Guard when the honey supers are on. I did a sticky board test first. Only one hive had two mites but when I put the HG on for 24 hours there were 65 mites on the sticky board, go...
  10. Thread: HopGuard

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    HopGuard

    Greetings,
    I got a package of 50 cardboard strips of Hop Guard from Mann Lake, I think they charged $30.00. As the strips work in low temperatures I put them right on the hive with sticky boards...
  11. Thread: Kiwifruit

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    Re: Kiwifruit

    We have a commercial planting of hardy kiwis and they take a lots of pruning for fruit size and a very strong trellis system to handle the fruit load. The bees do love the blossoms but sometimes in...
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    Re: Pouring on Fumagilin B in winter?

    I think I will try this method. I guess I will use a cup of sugar and dampen it with water and add the fum. b. then put it all on a piece of waxpaper. Hoping this is about the right amount of sugar....
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    Re: Pouring on Fumagilin B in winter?

    Greeitngs,
    I talked to the manufacturer of Fum. B and they said that yes I could pour on the stuff mixing it 1 cup of syrup with 4.5 grams of Fum. B. They instructed me to pour it down the sides of...
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    Re: Hives in the Shed.

    Greetings,
    I once housed bees upstairs in my barn. The hives thrived even without direct sunlight. I discontinued the experiment, hauling up and down equipment and full supers on a wall mounted...
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    Pouring on Fumagilin B in winter?

    Greetings,
    We are having a really wet winter in the Pacific Northwest. As I have had trouble with Nosema in the past, I am a bit worried. Has anyone ever made a 2:1 sugar syrup with Famigilan B...
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    Re: Honey bee heathy vs. Filigilian B?

    Greetings,
    Bushy Mountain offers a Vitafeed Gold. Anyone have an opinion about its claims? It certainly is not cheap. Thanks
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    Freeze Treatment

    Greetings,
    I heard mention here that freezing all frames from a dead-out will alleviate the chance of introducing disease to a starter hive. I have frames of honey that my packages to come would...
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    HBH Patty Form

    Greetings,
    Does anyone have a recipe for a patty form of HBH they are using. If so has it been helpful? I am not a fan of feeding lots of sugar syrup. Thanks very much.
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    Looking for a queen now

    Greetings,
    Does anyone know of a queen breeder that is shipping queens right now?
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    Powdered Sugar in Fall and Winter?

    Greetings,
    Is it acceptable to use powdered sugar for mite control in fall and winter? My mite count is very low but I would rather it be none. If I open the hives on a day when it is more than 50...
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    But Maybe Not

    Greetings,
    Rev. Snelgrove may have assumed that lots of young bees and congestion caused swarming but maybe he was wrong. Walt has done twenty years of observations and experiments to prove himself...
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    Feral

    Greetings,
    That is just Walt's point, respect the behavior of the bee as a wild creature. He studied the feral bees in bee trees and watched how they managed their nectar stores and came to some...
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    Read Walt Wright's publication

    Greetings,
    Read Walt Wrights insights into swarming and how to prevent it. If everyone would follow his simple instructions, there would be no swarms to catch unless they were feral. Plus you can...
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    Walt

    We talked about our very cool weather and how it has effected the build up. We talked about the frames Walt is inventing with a material he will use to fill the gap between frames that can be easily...
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    Walt Wright, gentle genius

    Talked to Walt Wright this morning. It reminded me how much Walt has changed my thinking and actions when it comes to bees. I urge anyone who hasn't purchased Walt's publication to contact him...
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