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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    I don't expect to see any excess honey in my southern Washington hives until the first of June in normal years and maybe mid-May in early years. I don't think our weather is warm enough for a strong...
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    Re: Balling a newly marked queen

    I've marked 20+ queens a year for the past 6 years in the same marking tube and haven't lost one yet. I use testor's model paint. There are actually a lot of advantages to having marked queens. ...
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    Re: Adding a second hive body

    They usually don't draw frames until they use them, so waiting until 7-8 are drawn is pretty much the same as waiting until 7-8 drawn frames are filled. But letting them move on up early isn't...
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    Re: Adding a second hive body

    I personally don't think that it hurts to put it on too early, but when the first box of drawn comb has 7-8 frames with stuff in them (brood, pollen, honey), I'll be sure the add the second box.
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    Re: Bees and Spraying Fruit Trees?

    Mostly Diazinon and Malathion. Back in the commercial orchard in the years that the bees were there, also some Perthane (just before picking) and Lead Arsenate (usually only the first spray of the...
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    Re: Bees and Spraying Fruit Trees?

    I have all of my hives within 20' of apple and cherry trees that get sprayed. A couple of hives have been under cherry trees for about four years without any problems. I spray early mornings or in...
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    Re: Package bees NZ Queen candy ?

    I would think that any creamed honey that I've seen would just run out when at the temperature of a cluster. What I've done is take some powdered sugar and put it in a plate. Make a dam (like...
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    Re: Queen rearing PNW

    When the weather looks like it's going to be fairly good, that's when I try to start. Normally nearer the end of that range, but for me the issue is having enough bees to make up the mating nucs...
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    Re: Queen rearing PNW

    I usually start in late April to mid May depending on weather and how far the bees have progressed since winter.
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    Re: Marking queens with colors

    I started marking queens when I started raising my own. I use the normal colors for each year. I can tell if a hive decides to replace a queen. Before, sometimes I knew a hive was having an issue,...
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    Re: almond spraying, more than usual for you?

    I'm not sure how it works in California, but I used to have a pesticide applicators license in Oregon. Each year I had to report pesticides used, date, concentration, etc. The report was annual,...
  12. Re: Took hive apart--very little brood and a few other things....input requested!

    In my experience they are only noisy for the first day or so after they lose their queen (fanning to find her?). After that they can get mean or very quiet. I found a hive today that has an average...
  13. Re: Took hive apart--very little brood and a few other things....input requested!

    Finding lots of bees on the bottom board is common. More common on weaker hives though, as you can imagine. More bees died over winter and there were less bees to carry off the dead. I went...
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    Re: Total loss

    I think that it could be. I've had bears pull out frames from boxes that they knocked over and walk them back into the woods to lick the frames clean. Even most of the frames were still usable with...
  15. Re: The ancient tradition of honey hunting in Nepal

    That photo was taken on the way up to ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) about 6 years ago.

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    Here is a photo of a wild hive. You will have to look closely. It is just below the center of the...
  16. Re: The ancient tradition of honey hunting in Nepal

    I was in Nepal a few years ago and one of the porters that was with us said that his family also harvested honey. The combs were large (a few feet) single combs hanging from the underside of rock...
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    Re: Drawbacks to using small cell

    When I tried small cell foundation, my bees didn't just draw small cell. They made what seemed like the ugliest frames of comb I had ever seen. I'm not sure that I got any small cells out of the...
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    Re: Bees returned to the old location.

    I've never had any luck with branch or a board over the entrance either. But, if you brush the returning bees into a container and take dump them back in their original hive, very few seem to make...
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    Re: Need advice for duck box transfer

    I got a hive in a wood duck house from some people a few years ago. The bottom half of that duck house was filled with wood chips. I took a side off and removed the comb and used rubber bands to...
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    Re: Queen castles and swarming...

    I have never had a problem with swarming in my queen castles. I do remove the slides and I made mine 3 frame compartments, but the problem that I have had is that they stuff them full of brood and...
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    Re: Brood boxes frames stuck together

    What you are seeing is pretty common if they are all one piece plastic frames. The bees like to completely fill the gap between the frames in the two boxes with comb. I have gone to all wood...
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    Re: managing carniolians for honey

    I've never had Russians, but I don't do anything different for my NWC than I do with my Italians. I get about the same production. The NWC have come from Strachen's and Honey Run Apiaries.
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    Re: Good honey year?

    I have hives that are not too far north of you, west of Eugene and some here in Camas. I don't see much difference from year to year in honey production. The timing changes a little depending on...
  24. Re: Question for those that pull/kill queens at flow time

    I have always taken the frames of open brood and bees, but not shaken extra bees in when doing this before the honey flow. The comb honey hive that I talked about above seemed to be one of my...
  25. Re: Question for those that pull/kill queens at flow time

    I haven't had a lot of experience doing this, but the times that I have I haven't see an increase in what I would have expected to produce with a queenright hive. For example last year I took a hive...
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