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  1. Thread: Sliding queens

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    Re: Sliding queens

    I didn't mess with them during their "do not touch" phase ..I wonder if they didn't get fed well. Lots of honey, lots of nectar, lots of pollen ..lots of bees in the finisher - but they were small...
  2. Thread: Sliding queens

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    Sliding queens

    This is day 10 of my grafting, the day that I'm supposed to take the queen cells out and place them into nucs.

    When I took the frame of queen cells out, almost half of the 19 that were capped were...
  3. Re: I now understand why staplers are so popular...

    I love my stapler and nailer. Boxes, frames, everything has been easier since using it.
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    Re: Boxes of foundationless frames

    Thank you both for the advice much appreciated - but I was wondering why can you can't put more than one box of foundation only or foundationless frames ...can you bait both boxes with a frame of...
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    Boxes of foundationless frames

    I may do something else in the future but right now I use foundationless frames in the honey supers.

    The honey flow is on and was told/read that you should put a couple supers on.

    Then I saw...
  6. Re: Western Washington/Oregon/British Columbia Beekeepers 2015

    Don't know about you but the Himalayan blackberries seem to be well off to a good bloom here on Whidbey. This is much earlier than last year where by May 31st, they were just starting to bloom.
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  7. Re: Western Washington/Oregon/British Columbia Beekeepers 2015

    Yes, lesson learned. :o
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    Re: Bee Thinking on "Shark Tank"

    Awesome attempt to get those Sharks to participate! Great to see you on there and the very best to you and yours making those bees and your dreams happen!
  9. Western Washington/Oregon/British Columbia Beekeepers 2015

    I made sure to include Oregon and BC this year ...but anyone from the PNW is welcome.

    I went into winter with 10 hives and 4 nucs. Over the winter, I lost 3 nucs early (moisture) and one nuc later...
  10. Re: upside/downside to placing frame(s) of open brood into new package

    I can't imagine a problem with it. Without the brood, maybe more bees would concentrate on drawing comb? With the brood, they might be less likely to abscond. With the brood, the hive would build up...
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    Re: Installed package. Pain ensued! Help

    Agreed! Had a chance to watch Sue Cobey work once she mentioned that given the choice between a smoker and a veil, she would go for the smoker. The benefits outweigh any imagined risk.
  12. Poll: Re: If you could start again, what size would you standardise on?

    8 Frame Mediums - I know I'm gonna get old and don't want to have to replace everything.
  13. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    I'm just up north from you Lauri and yes, it's been strangely warm. 60 degrees! Wow. I've had cooler days in the summer! Hopefully it cools down but am doing inspections this weekend. I'll get a good...
  14. Thread: OA Dribble

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    Re: OA Dribble

    You've probably seen it ..but just in case you didn't Randy Oliver has just learned to time it out with his sprayer.

    "If you use a garden sprayer (adjusted to shoot a soft stream, rather than a...
  15. Poll: Re: Treat for Varroa mites or let them suffer & die..........

    I agree with Michael, poor options.

    How about a "Work towards treatment free, responsibly" option?

    I like Randy Oliver's "Rant", "Allowing domesticated package colonies to die year after year...
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    Re: Why or why not Carniolans?

    I like them. They winter well on less stores. But watch them come spring, they do like to swarm but ARE manageable.
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Good for Ontario and Canada.
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    Re: Post your beekeeping Facebook page

    My facebook page is new but am having fun with it.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shady-Lane-Bees/385693214895550
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    In essence, try foundation and foundationless. Try wax, try plastic. Decide what you prefer. They all have their pros and cons. Now that you have everyone's opinions, get a feel for what you prefer.
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    Re: Name for a wonder tree sought

    Nice! Indeed an interesting tree!
  21. Re: Slingers - A Documentary about Small and Local Beekeepers

    Looks good. I'd be interested in seeing more.
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    Re: Hi from Romania :)

    Welcome! I hope you will post pictures and information on how you work your hives in Romania! I love learning how other countries keep their bees!
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    Re: What happened to my bees?

    I would agree. Starvation. I've seen starvation and it isn't pretty. A mass die-off
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    Re: I hope I didn't OD my bees on OA

    My thought is to wait til the solstice and just do it once when there should be no capped brood in the hive.
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    Re: "Sustainability" in the small apiary

    It think that it is quite possible. As Mr. Palmer says, you can be sustainable yet purchase some local queens when needed.

    I think that you should have one nuc per production hive (my goal) going...
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