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    Re: Reasonable distance for new apiary site

    I try to give my yards at least a couple miles separation and keep 20-24 per yard. My furthest yards are about 20 miles from home. I make sure to plan my trips and carry spare equipment to avoid...
  2. Re: Frame blew out during extracting - what to do with it?

    They'll make drone comb in the areas they make repairs. It's up to you whether you want drone comb in your brood nest. If not you can move it to the supers. I'll place some in the brood area and some...
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    Re: I am calling the dearth in the Pacific NW

    I'm an hour north of Seattle. Last week I thought the blackberry was done but started looking more closely and there is a second bloom coming on. I would estimate it to be about 10% of the original...
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    Re: capping spinner

    I would say 100 hive isn't too far off but you have to remove the cappings often. I'm running close to 300 and it is WAY to small for my operation even though I'm making it work. I was running about...
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    Re: capping spinner

    I uncap directly into the spinner. I use this knife:
    https://www.kelleybees.com/Shop/16/Honey-Harvesting/Honey-House-Uncapping/4026/Kelley-s-Electric-Vibrating-Knife

    When I first purchased the...
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    Re: capping spinner

    I have that spinner and the only complaint I have is that I should have purchased the bigger one. It does a great job of getting the honey out of the cappings. I find the spinner fills a 5 gallon...
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    Re: When can I move a swarm?

    I leave them for a couple days and then make sure the queen is laying. If so, I move them and give them foundation to draw out.
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    Re: Queen Playing "Dead"

    This has been my exact experience.
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    Re: Best time for Replacing/adding hive parts

    I would change that bottom board when your in the bees next time. If you aren't pulling frames out your not going to set back production.
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    Re: Always move drawn frames into new box?

    This is a very fresh topic for me. I run about 200 of my own colonies and this year am also caring for 60 for another beekeeper. In my operation I don't have any comb older than about 6 years old but...
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    Re: Glasses and your vail

    They hold the glasses on and keep the sweat from dripping on them. I think I've tried everything and nothing compares.
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    Re: Queen excluders

    Formic acid causes the metal ones to rust so I use the plastic.
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    Re: Let's talk about lega vaporizer unit

    You are probably correct in the metric measurements. I tried 4 different heat guns and had the same issue with all of them.
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    Re: Let's talk about lega vaporizer unit

    Well my Lega unit was delivered last week and yesterday I was able to treat about 150 colonies easily. The only thing keeping me from being able to do more was the drive time between yards. I'll be...
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    Re: Easy quarts of 1:1 syrup

    For some reason a lot of beekeepers have trouble with mixing ratios of syrup. A really easy non-measuring method to mix 1:1 IN ANY CONTAINER is to fill the bucket or jar 2/3 full of sugar and then...
  16. Re: Newest rage - "Honey Pairing" Can't we just make/eat honey?

    I'm with Vance!
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    Re: syrup making and delivery

    I fill with water, run the pump, dump the sugar and run pump for 15 minutes before leaving to feed. If I'm really short on time I'll run the pump while enroute to my yards.
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    Re: syrup making and delivery

    My first setup was a square tote with a trash pump to pull from the bottom and dump into the top. The pump also runs to fill feeders in the bee yards and the sugar was usually dissolved on day 2. I...
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    Re: Let's talk about lega vaporizer unit

    I see you set the unit at 560 F. I thought I read somewhere that the setting should be in the 300s F? I tried to find where I read it, couldn't find it so I'm probably wrong. Is 560 F the recommended...
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    Re: OTS Queen rearing, why notch at all

    That's not actually true.
    I use OTS in the spring for my "swarm control" splits. I don't start my grafting until May when I have more dependable weather. Most of the big boomer hives need 1 split in...
  21. Re: Tips for Getting Queens and Attendants Into Benton Cages?

    The queen catching pipes work well but they are pretty slow. Just place the big end over the queen and a few attendants, stick the small end into the queen cage and gently blow them into the cage. ...
  22. Thread: smoker

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    Re: smoker

    yup, torch, only takes minutes
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    Re: What I expect from my VSH bees

    Nice looking bees there.
    Do you test for mites to get comparison numbers against your hives without VSH queens? I'm also interested in what your yield comparisons are like.
    I purchased a dozen VSH...
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    Re: Just a couple photos, July 2015

    Thanks for the explanation Lauri.
    I've considered jumping into my queen program a little earlier over the last couple years but have been concerned about the mating flight weather. I am seeing some...
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    Re: Just a couple photos, July 2015

    Hey Lauri,
    I too live in Western Wa, about an hour north of Seattle. I start my grafting early May and have pretty good mating results even with the sketchy weather we have in the spring. I'm...
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