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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    This is/was the season of queen issues. I'm not expecting much honey, but so far, have gone from 3 hives surviving as of March to 8 plus 2 nucs struggling along. I may get 3 mediums of honey, maybe a...
  2. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    As I posted earlier, I MAY have just squished them, but seems odd, and many others seeing similar results. See marked queen, CAREFULLY put frame back in, ten days later: no queen. Also, the bees seem...
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    New Queen Question

    So, after checking on a swarm with a suspected virgin queen, that was captured 24 days ago, I finally saw larvae. Nothing is capped yet. The bees have only drawn worker comb, no drone comb. There is...
  4. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    That the weirdest part. Some of the queens just "disappeared". No supercedure. The queens were in there laying away, and then poof, next inspection, there are emergency cells around the outer edges...
  5. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    As for raising my own in response to the losses, I had failed queen cells/virgin returns in April. Although I had one hive out of four with good drone numbers, and used that as a gauge that other...
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    Re: Digusting Sight BeeHive

    On the EFB, anecdotal evidence that beekeepers experience a reoccurrence or new EFB outbreak each spring or when the flow is over and the hive stressed makes me wonder. I realize that in even in the...
  7. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    That's the part I don't understand. I'm pretty careful during inspections, and had not rolled a queen the first two years. This year, I had three overwintered queens just die. Disappeared. Not...
  8. Re: Will bees move honey from honey super?

    As Vance said, they'll put it where THEY want it. They wanted it in the super, not knowing of course that you might be pulling it :)
    As for frames in the brood nest. I've "had" to rotate outer...
  9. Re: Anyone seen large queen losses/supercedures

    I'm close to you, and yes. This was asked here or on a west coast beekeeping page on Facebook, and generally, Washington and some BC beekeepers, are experiencing this. Slightly less so in Oregon. I...
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    Re: Digusting Sight BeeHive

    Not to change the subject, but what about EFB? I have a hive that has EFB that did not respond to requeening, and was placed on all new foundation and requeened a second time. The hive next to it...
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    Backfilled swarm

    I hived a small swarm (2-3 pounds) that I believe was virgin led based on its size, and prolific late afternoon fanning the first three days after hiving on undrawn foundation (two weeks ago last...
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    Re: Hello from the Okanagan Valley

    Welcome! You'll find frequent contributors from BC, mostly west of the mountains, and northern WA, as well as the rest of the world. Good luck, and happy beekeeping!
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    Acetic Acid Fumigation

    For those who have used this method to sterilize comb, I've read the instructions on some of the UK sites, but wonder: how strong is the vinegar smell? Can one perform the procedure in a garage or...
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    Re: Virgin Queens in Small Swarms

    Day !2. First peek inside. Just a quickie. No sign of brood, didn't look for queen. Six frames drawn and almost all of it is filled/backfilled. Beautiful white wax. I'm trying to be patient with...
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    Re: Comb Too Old?

    Yep. I've had the same problem. Comb so black and nasty that came in nucs the queen won't lay in it. Some cells are capped over pollen, some misshapen. I mean, there must have been SOMETHING in it to...
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    Re: Rotate Brood Boxes?

    Walt, in your writings, you've said in the past, in a three box brood chamber system, the bees often fill the lowest box with pollen. Since it is difficult for them to move bee bread, if the lower...
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    Re: Afterswarm tinimg

    Thanks. As the possessor of a small swarm I suspect came with a virgin, I've been reading about timing with regards to egg laying. Most of the posts regarding looking for eggs in HIVED swarms still...
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    Re: Using deep frames in 2 medium boxes?

    Depend on your goals. Last year, I did the opposite, and put a few medium frames in deep boxes, and got nicely drawn drone comb below the bottom bar that was easy to scrape off as mite control (and...
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    Afterswarm tinimg

    If a primary swarm often leaves when the swarm cells are capped, how long does an afterswarm wait? That is, wouldn't any virgin that leaves with an afterswarm need to mature for a few days in the...
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    Re: Plants on the way to Seattle

    Vance, I think I read there are no blackberries to speak of in Montana, at least not enough to provide a flow. Is that correct?
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    Re: Plants on the way to Seattle

    yep, in Western Washington, blackberries are the major honey crop. Some maple in the spring if they get flying weather, some fireweed in summer at higher elevations (and you can get access). Of...
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    Re: Virgin Queens in Small Swarms

    JW, that last is what I observed. Lots of orientation, like the first day after hiving a package, lasted the first 3-4 days, but with much more fanning. I didn't see that behavior yesterday, even...
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    Virgin Queens in Small Swarms

    Any useful rule of thumb for judging whether a swarm has a mated or virgin queen based on the swarm's size?
    I recovered what I guess is a smallish swarm, about the size of a football, I'm...
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    Re: Bee Math-Queen

    Sorry, duplicate
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    Re: Bee Math-Queen

    http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t445/rsjohnson2u/IMG_0605_zps6efc3804.jpg
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