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    Re: Trying out foundationless

    I use a lot of foundationless in my colonies. I start all of them in my nucs. The nucs dont draw them into drone nearly as often as big hives. They make nice worker comb.
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    Re: Best grafting tool?

    My first two seasons of grafting I really liked (the only one I tried) the Chinese tool. This year I decided to try multiple tools. The Jzbz I didn't care for the feel, the 000 brush wasn't too bad...
  3. Re: Screened Bottoms Boards...from a first timer

    I gave them a try a few years ago. In two different yards I ran a combination of screened and solid bottoms. In all cases the screened bottoms were slower to build up in the spring. This was noticed...
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    Re: Bee Keeping in Washington State

    You can stop by Tates Honey Farm in the Spokane valley. He is very personable and can give you good local advice as well as help getting you "plugged into" the local bee club.
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  5. Re: The BEST queens are mated after the Solstice...

    I started re-queening all of my hives yearly in July and August a couple years ago with summer raised queens. The first thing I noticed was a better winter survivor rate along with a more vigorous...
  6. Thread: to much wax

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    Re: to much wax

    Also, a good way to keep them from building comb over the cells is to provide a foundation-less frame or frame of foundation. This will give the young bees a place to put that wax they are producing.
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    Re: unexpected success

    They did a great job for you with nice looking cells and cups plum full of royal jelly. Congats!
  8. Re: Any reason not to use this as smoker fuel?

    I use wood pellets for a pellet stove. A buddy use to work for a distributor and bags would break open and he would scoop it up. I did a little research as I was concerned about them using a resin or...
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    Re: Is theft a large problem?

    I've not personally had hives stolen but I do read about it from time to time. The challenge I face is vandalism. Last week I had 10 hives in one of my yards kicked over. That'll make your blood boil.
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    Re: not taking much syrup

    I used to feed my TBH's behind the follower board. The problem is cooler temps. Now I open the brood area enough to place the feeder jar inside the brood nest next to the follower. They take the feed...
  11. Thread: cloake board

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    Re: cloake board

    Interesting. I've never considered it even though I use a cloake board for my Lang hives. I would imagine it would work just fine. Keep us posted.
  12. Thread: Drop bottom

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    Re: Drop bottom

    I have hinged bottoms on my TBH's. It's great for cleaning the bottom in spring. Not required, but pretty easy to do and saves them having to clean it out. Whether or not it really matters? Who...
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    Re: Mesh for screened bottom board TBH

    I agree completely.
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    Years keeping top bars: 8
    Plant zone: 7B
    Average lbs of honey going into winter: 50 lbs
    Hive preparation: None
    Average hive losses in spring: about 25% (run between 6 and 12 TBH's)
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    Re: Sustainability in a small yard

    I agree with this statement. I wish I had given more thought to that when I started but I'm a little slow:o. One thing to remember though, is that not all beekeepers are as intense about beekeeping...
  16. Thread: Apiary ground

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    Re: Apiary ground

    Hey fordman, do you have to remove your shoes before going into the Apiary?:D
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    Re: Top entrance question

    You can do it all at once. They will get it figured out. The foragers coming back will be a little confused but they will figure it out.
  18. Re: Adjustable head band of woven mesh sun helmet

    Thats the one. I dislike the headband in them. Uncomfortable and brittle.
  19. Re: Adjustable head band of woven mesh sun helmet

    Good question! I have 2 of these hats with the plastic head band and like you I have duct tape holding them togeather. I don't find that plastic real comfortable on my bald head either. I like the...
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    Re: Queen rearing PNW

    I live north of Seattle in Lake Stevens. My favorite months for queens are June and July. May can be good but is a gamble with the weather for mating flights.

    Mike
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    Re: Double Nuc Box Feeder Advice Needed

    I've purchase the epoxy lined ones Palmer speaks of at Home Depot for about $6.
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    Re: water spray vs smoker

    I also agree with merince.
  23. Re: The 'queen excluder' synonymous with a 'honey excluder!'

    Point taken Ian. I guess I can be taught something. I just had to pull it out of you:D. Thank you.

    Bernard, thanks for sharing your process. It helps with my understanding (or lack...
  24. Re: The 'queen excluder' synonymous with a 'honey excluder!'

    Thanks Ian, that was a great description of your process.
    Since you are shrinking down to single brood box during spring expansion, do you run into more swarming issues? Is 1 box enough room for...
  25. Re: The 'queen excluder' synonymous with a 'honey excluder!'

    Used, as in past tense?
    I "used" them to keep the queen from laying in the supers. At the time I gave them a try I was running about 30 hives. I did have the occasional queen get into the first...
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