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    Re: Touched bear fence

    Sorry laketrout, I missed that little fact. Something to think about though is that for me to keep bears out even with an electric fence I have a two stage fence. The inside fence is just a simple...
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    Re: Touched bear fence

    Personally I would alternate hot and ground wires on my fence in your situation.
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    Re: Whiten up the comb--how to?

    Personally I prefer darker comb in the brood area. It makes inspections easier by simply glancing at comb to see eggs and small larva. New wax mean I have to concentrate unless I'm using black...
  4. Re: Ruhl Bee Supply (RBS) is merging with Brushy Mountain Bee Farm.

    Are they going to eventually change the name to Brushy Mt?
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    Re: Placement of hives for best pollination

    In a year with plenty of flying time there may not be a big difference but in years with very little flying time during the bloom you may find that some areas get adequate pollination and others very...
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    Re: Honey Creamer

    I use clear jars also. My favorite creamed honey doesn't flow though...unless you are talking days to weeks. What I strive for is creamed honey that you can effortlessly take a knife and cut out an...
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    Re: Comb Containers

    I use the hard cases. I sell mine for $12 and have sold out each year that I have sold them. I don't sell all that much (I sold 100 of them in 2014) but I like being able to stack them and adding...
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    Re: Grapes and Bees

    I have my hives within about 200' of my 200 wine grape vines up in Elmira, OR. The bees don't split the grapes, but if the grapes have powdery mildew one of the problems is that the grapes will...
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    Re: Sideliner Profitability Study

    One thing that would concern me is whether I could reliably get 70 queens by March 1. I don't think that the timing works without buying queens. Also, I've been raising my own queens since 2007...
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    Re: Weather change. Dead bees

    My view is that I hope to see a few dead bees out front hives. That means that someone is inside and they are trying to keep the hive clean. When I find a hive with no dead bees I start to wonder...
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    Re: Honey warming box air temperature

    Mine cycles between 100-105 and a 5 gallon bucket is liquid in about 2 days. Sometimes sooner if it isn't too solid yet.
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    Re: 1 or two oz jars

    We sold some honey to a bride and she went to Ikea and bought the jars. She filled her own. I saw a sample of one of them and they probably held 2oz.
  13. Re: Not feeding, why??? Low on stores, and not feeding.

    When I see equal strength hives taking vastly different amount of feed, I suspect high nosema counts or queen issues. Sometimes it's neither, but most of the time it seems to be one or the other.
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    Re: Why a nuc instead of a full colony?

    And to me this is a single or full size hive, not a nuc. Just a full size hive put in nuc boxes.
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    Re: Why a nuc instead of a full colony?

    Good question! If I had my choice I would overwinter full sized hives, but the reality is that when I can make up the new "hives" there isn't time for them to get to full sized hives. But if you...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    A troll is someone that comes on a site, makes a fantastic claim of fact and then watches the resulting action. Not someone who asks the troll for proof.
  17. Re: 30% overwintering losses...is that accurate?

    The BIP results that I got this morning are national management results. The one that I got on September 30 was the monthly report on the western states (82 respondents). I believe that they...
  18. Re: 30% overwintering losses...is that accurate?

    The BIP monthly surveys are only to see how other beekeepers manage hives each month. They don't deal with losses. That survey will come out April 1. I think that BIP's goal is to get enough...
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    Re: Moving from bottom to a top entrance

    Why would you say that?
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    Re: Moving from bottom to a top entrance

    Every year or so I seem to have a hive or two that uses the venting that I give them over winter to start using top entrances. I don't understand the attraction of top entrances to beekeepers unless...
  21. Re: 30% overwintering losses...is that accurate?

    If you have ever registered hives with the state, you will get a few requests for reports or surveys (honey and bees) from Bee Informed Partnership and the USDA. I now get a survey from BIP every...
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    Re: when honey is not honey

    White cappings are not necessarily an indication of capped syrup. When we produce cut comb, we try to find the bees that leave a small air space between the cappings and honey. Those bees make...
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    No. I'm saying that those things don't exist in the cells with the raw honey. After extracting they are in the honey and can be strained out without changing the honey from being raw.
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    Mostly wax particles and bee parts.
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    Re: What is raw honey?

    I grew up drinking raw milk 2-3 times a day (for 20 years or so). Back then it was normal around where I lived. We ran the milk through a cream separator and sold most of the cream to a local...
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