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    Re: My first year with 8 frame mediums

    Yup. I use only 8 frame mediums. I over wintered one hive in 3 boxes, the other hive in 5 boxes. Both survived our long, cool, damp Pacific Northwest weather.
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    Sweet! Not bad. Gives me hope for next year!
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    Good idea.
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    Re: My attmept at grafting

    Well the moment I open my big fat mouth, I find something to contradict me. This person says he has good success introducing eggs/just hatched larvae into the cell starter:
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    How's your honey harvest? I'm not expecting much ..only have two hives this year that I can rob, only one of those really produced much honey and it wasn't much. My other hives are all first year.
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    Re: My attmept at grafting

    I kinda figure the first time is going to be the most difficult ..just such a weird concept, grafting queens. Pack your cell builder with tons of nurse bees! From what I understand, you don't want...
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    Re: My attmept at grafting

    Was able to check today and move to the finisher hive. I seem to have gotten 8 or 9 out of 12 accepted by the bees. I'm very pleased with my first attempt.
  8. Thread: Hop Guard II

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    Re: Hop Guard II

    Section 18 availability by states:

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/hopguard/availability/
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    Re: My attmept at grafting

    I too just grafted queens for the first time. I'll find out tomorrow how well I did. I only grafted 12 for my first attempt. I think I grafted well, I think I had enough young bees in the starter ..I...
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    Re: Hop Guard II

    I've used Hopguard I and it's good to use if you really need to when the supers are on and also as a winter treatment. The problem with it is that it only lasts as long as it is all gooey and sticky...
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    Re: Why use a queen cell finisher?

    Thank you Oldtimer - a very interesting answer and helped me understand why a finisher is used. Thanks!
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    Why use a queen cell finisher?

    I'm a noob at queen rearing - so sorry for the question.

    I understand the need for a queen starter but why move them to a finisher? Can't the bees in the starter finish working with the queen...
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    Re: The 150 rule (heat plus humidity)

    Love the nitril gloves after working in the hot sun. When done, just poke a hole at the end of a finger, squeeze, instant squirt gun.
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    How's everyone's bees doing? The blackberries are out in force and bees are bringing it in but not like I expected. Hives are light all over the island. Hope you all are faring better. I'm curious if...
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    Re: 1st Year Russian Hives

    Keep us up to date ...I'd be very interested in how your Russian bees come along!
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    I've had two call, one that was for a cut-out (beyond my skills) and the other ended up being bumble bees in the attic. No real calls yet.
  17. Re: They swarmed....where did I goof..or are thy just disloyal?

    Swarms from new packages isn't that uncommon. Even for a package. There's a point where bees are emerging, you're feeding, and a flow is going on. They bringing in nectar, they're sucking down your...
  18. Re: Second Year Bees....not much honey so far. Is this OK?

    Another danger is that they back fill the brood's nest. This happened last year and then the bees swarmed. Didn't get honey out of that.

    I do agree though to feed to get the to build ...just be...
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    Re: 8 frame Med. foundationless swarm week 1

    Sweet!!
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    Sticky: Re: Post your bloom dates 2014!

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    Himalayan blackberries
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    I went to a favourite place of mine that has blackberries all over the place ..lots ready to pop but only a few open. I think, this is it though for my area ...more will open every day - by next...
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    Surprising how much a difference that makes! Our salmon berries have been blooming for quite a while now. Awesome set up with the scale - I like that and I think I want to do something like that as...
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    Re: Western Washington Beekeepers 2014

    I've had to do the same with feeding my stronger hives - and I'm planning on the same thing this weekend, adding supers to those hives that should be ready to make honey. I'm curious as to how this...
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    Re: Summ, Summ, Summ...

    Kinderlieder deutsch - Summ summ summ Bienchen summ herum

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKzoXXXar9I
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    Re: How many medium brood bodies?

    3 and sometimes she's laying in the 4th ...last year one of my hives laid a small bit in the 5th. ...but I could three medium boxes as equal to 2 deeps but let her have what she needs.
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