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    Re: Question about winter/spring build up

    Chilliwack, are you saying that you are giving them pollen sub now? I think I am in about the same marine zone that you are.
    My notes show crocus at my elevation and cherry in the valley about 8...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    I need to build more supers because the deeps are for the Crazy Wisconsin Beeks
    As for speed if you clamp the fronts and backs together you can cut a minimum of two sides at a time (I like 4). It...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Swamp, Very nice! I think I use about ¾ datos if not smaller. The only requirement is that they need to be smaller than the frame rest cut depth (5/8) or you need to get creative on the first dato. ...
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    Poll: Re: Do you Build or Buy your Hive Bodies?

    Woodworker turned beek here. I buy wood by the unit (1000 BF@ $0.40 per BF) and I would like to standardize to all mediums but I cut boxes to the widest board. ...
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    Re: Overwintering Borage

    I would have to say the larger the plant, the fewer that you would need. I get a lot of spring bloomers, I need some fall ideas. Spring I get a lot of shrubs in the area, Pieris Japanica, is the real...
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    Re: Overwintering Borage

    Borage is a prolific seeding annual (single year). You do not overwinter it as much as the seeds will come back next year. As I have found, good luck stopping them.
    As for overwintering just pick a...
  7. Re: Who wants to talk about unusually warm winter weather?

    Maybe this makes up for our polar vortex getting us a hard freeze two weeks prior to our first frost date?
    I was watching the forecast and I hit mine with OA this last weekend prior to the warm...
  8. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    I have done both. Checkerboarded hives seemed to get a later build up one year and swarmed the second year when my spring was two weeks early. Demaree is heavy on getting manipulating them every 10...
  9. Re: What are your thoughts on using medium supers exclusively?

    When I started I scrounged equipment from the old timers that had not kept bees in a while. As people found I was a Beek they gave me all their old gear. As I started building my gear from rough...
  10. Re: how many pounds of honey sales is a normal day for you at a market selling honey?

    I will jump in because I was wondering the same thing. We have a ‘Day in the Park’ for a single day in July, no rain, high end crafts and local vegetable growers, no honey last year. Last year they...
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    Re: Wasps,wasps and more wasps..

    Janne, Same here, I was going to start another post until I read yours. 34 degrees and again yesterday it looked like the hive was active. I went over to take a look and yellow jackets of two types...
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    Re: Propolis on purpose: Building boxes ???

    Wood magazine issue 181 on the torture test of joints (page 68) shows that the rabbet has a pull apart strength of 1329 lbs and shear strength of 73 lbs (with 3 nails). Box joint 2019 LBS, shear 84...
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    Re: Propolis on purpose: Building boxes ???

    Now that is the kind of thinking I was looking for! I pick up TB II by the gallon.
    @ Ace, I would use standard lumber from front and back as described in the OP,
    @windfall, mine varies as much as...
  14. Thread: Broodless?

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    Broodless?

    Timing for OA treatment since Arctic Vortex hit us here in the west with a good freeze (with the leaves still green a full two weeks early). If the queen was to shut down today, that would mean...
  15. Thread: SHB in Oregon?

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    SHB in Oregon?

    What is the best ‘DIY” trap for the hives that will allow me to monitor for the beasts?
    Son came from a beginning BeeK class at the OSBK annual meeting and he said that the SHB was in Oregon now. I...
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    Propolis on purpose: Building boxes ???

    Maria Spivak (U of Minnesota) gave a talk about the benefits on bee health for propolis and bee health when they were allowed to construct an envelope of Propolis inside the nest cavity and the...
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    Re: Public Land For Apiaries

    We have had some big forest fires out here this last year fairly close. I was trying to get access to a place by the burn to get some hives on for fireweed honey. This may be the answer. Any idea of...
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    Re: Airing Out Frames and Boxes after Moth Treatment

    I have been having trouble with wax moths this year. Left a frame in the garage and it was destroyed in no time at all. I opened up a dead out last week and had some frames that had some starting. I...
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    Re: Raising queens/ is it practical for a hobbyist?

    I move my brood above an excluder and a super in spring and they make a couple of strong QC in the upper box. In one of the boxes I did not attend to it in time and had two laying queens. I usually...
  20. Thread: Bartering honey

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    Re: Bartering honey

    Swapped bees for and extractor, we both walked away smiling. That’s the key, it is a good deal if you both get what you wanted. Most individuals do not have much use for a 5 gallon bucket of honey to...
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    Re: Queen mating in town?

    My swarm trapping success is excellent around the airport and industrial park areas. I have no idea where the bees come from. I cannot seem to catch a swarm the country. I do not think drones would...
  22. Oregon State Beekeepers Association2014 Annual Conference

    Thursday, November 6 – Saturday, November 8
    Seaside, OR
    The Annual Conference is where OSBA gathers and discusses current topics related to bees as well as the organization. Join us and hear talks...
  23. Re: OSBA Fall Convention November 1st. - Michael Palmer and Sue Cobey

    I got all excited when I saw the OSBA since I just signed up for the Oregon State Bee meeting. Maybe since everybody is on the road they can hop on down to Seaside Oregon the following weekend...
  24. Thread: Excluder or Not

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    Re: Excluder or Not

    I started using one to control swarms last year. I run traditional 10F deeps with supers on top of them. Every 10 to 12 days I would move open brood frames above the excluder and give the queen...
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    Re: Hellooo..New from Oregon

    Welcome, I had some hives up in that area the last two years (Hwy 224 and Folsom Rd), just off of the old Eagle creek highway. Guy dropped 5 pallets of bees right on the corner (white hives, blue...
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