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    Re: Vegans don't eat honey?

    I believe the vegans have other issues. Plants are not vegan. Plants live by eating dead animals, bacteria, and chemicals in the soil. What about organic vegans? They clearly cannot use manure or...
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    Re: Beginner-What if I just let them swarm?

    CMooreBees, What a great first post. Welcome to Beesource! I could not agree more.
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    Re: Euthanizing Hives with Mites

    This might be one of the craziest ideas I have ever seen. Yes, the goal of mite resistance is excellent but this is NOT the manner to do so. Even the most mite resistant honey bees can show "mite...
  4. Thread: Early springs?

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    Re: Early springs?

    We also are having unusually warm weather. I went out to spray for peach leaf curl and found out I was too late. The buds on the peaches are already broken open, a month earlier than usual. The hives...
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    Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    I have both top bars and Langs and much prefer the top bar hives. But for the configuration of the Langs, I am going back to two eight frame deeps with medium supers this year. When inspecting the...
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    Re: Package Bee Installation Question

    I remember being scared to death the first time I shook in a package. I was positive I would do it wrong and kill all of the bees. I did it alone, with no mentor or help other than what I read or saw...
  7. Thread: Grapes and Bees

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    Re: Grapes and Bees

    John, There was a thread a while ago on this subject. It is at: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?305224-Bees-and-Vineyards&highlight=grapes. It may not answer your question however. I...
  8. Re: Crud..problems in my previously stronger hive...insight needed please.

    Dave, Here in the Pac NW moisture is the problem, not the cold. For proof of that, read some of the older posts in this forum you will see pictures of hives under the roof of a house that survived a...
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    Re: Oxalic acid. To dribble or vaporize?

    In addition to what has been said earlier, when you use the OA dribble, what do you think happens to the sugar water the OA was dissolved in? The bees eat it and the OA concentration is much higher...
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    Re: How many mites before treating?

    OA vap three times in early August and once in late November. If I see any signs there is a need in spring before the blackberry flow, that will be added too.
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    Re: installing 1st pkgs in used top bar hives

    Krista, 10 bars should be just fine for starters. I would leave 1 bar empty between 2 bars with comb. I would place the queen cage there so it is not wedged between two combs and risk breaking one...
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    Re: How many mites before treating?

    Whalers, I will go with Rusty. 1 mite = treatment. I do things a little differently than most however. Every time I decided to test for mites, you will not believe this but, there were mites! Thus, I...
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    Re: Newbe, planning a hive build

    The length of the bottom is not much of an issue, the length of the top bars is an issue. Depending on the angle you set the sides at will determine how long the top bars will be. If the bottom is 7...
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    Re: Screen Bottom Boards

    Like Scorpionmain it seemed the bees stayed as far away from the sbb as possible and would not work the bottom box. I never left the bottoms of them open but it made no difference. It is nice to see...
  15. Re: Essential oils concoction? Does it work? How to use?

    Rader, I agree it is certainly possible and applaud those who are able to make it work. My personal feeling however is that those who can make it work have some undefined advantage that allows them...
  16. Re: Essential oils concoction? Does it work? How to use?

    Rader, they know each other very well and have had links on their websites to each others websites for years. I have found (the hard way) that even with VSH bees (my experience is only with Olympic...
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    Re: HoneyBees and Appletrees

    I have about 20 apple trees and cannot say I have ever seen one of the honeybees on their blooms. I do see a lot of mason bees which do a great job of pollinating the apples. Having tried planting...
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    Re: Beekeeping on the Oregon Coast question

    Check out Michael Bush's website at http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm. You will see ads/links for it on the right side margin of this webpage fairly often. He also has a couple of books which I...
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    Re: Mann lake top bar

    For the $170.00 price tag, I would build one my self. The first one I built I used only a miter saw and an electric screwdriver. Took about 4 hours over the winter to build. I did cheat and have the...
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    Re: What to do with this hive

    Yes I have. Unlike a Lang, there is no easy place to put a sugar block or winter patties in a TBH. This works really well and it is right where the bees are.
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    Fruitveggirl, Thanks for the link to your blog. What a wonderful analysis comparing the to hives. However, judging by your pictures you missed one critical factor in favor of the TBH, it really is a...
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    Re: Foundation or not?

    Yes they can but just barely and the stinger stays mostly in the glove and not in the hand. Thicksters work great but are very hot and sweaty.
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    Re: OAV got them moving

    I also vaporized my hives this Saturday using the Varrocleaner under almost identical weather conditions. It was my first time using it and it was as easy as it gets. As of today every hive looks...
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    Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    In the U.S. it can be difficult to find a lot of local help with management of a top bar hive. However, with Beesource, you are never alone. If your gut is telling you to do a TBH, do so. I believe...
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    Re: My first little harvest!

    Congratulations! It looks incredible. After my first harvest the store bought honey was a pale imitation of real honey and I never bought it again. I am sure yours will be just as good.
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