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  1. Thread: Finders Keepers

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    Re: Finders Keepers

    i know those guys. they are nice beeks, but they come across as territorial. i would introduce myself, and then talk to them about it later.
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    Re: Huge Mistake = Robbing!

    i made a similar mistake with some nucs last week. when i saw what was happening i grabbed the sprinkler and hose and put it on a short spray cycle just over the nucs i'd fed. i had the entrances...
  3. Re: Hey Montana what's happening with your forage?

    knapweed opened up two days ago, sweet clover is still going strong, borage all over the garden and bees on every flower, collecting pollen from the asparagus beds, some early asters (purple), my two...
  4. Thread: A dilemma...

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    Re: A dilemma...

    you need to have the strongest hives. i've used huge hives to get people to move, and i quit using a nuc yard because another guy had huge hives to close. i couldn't feed the nucs without a lot of...
  5. Thread: Montana

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    Re: Montana

    59820 knapweed flowers yesterday at the home yard. sweet clover and white dutch still going strong.
  6. Thread: Plant ID

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    Re: Plant ID

    #3 is oceanspray (holodiscus spp.). finally grabbed a branch and brought it home.
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    Re: Making a steam heated uncapping knife

    i use fuel line (black rubber with the strings woven in) from the release valve of our big pressure canner sitting on a hot plate. works well.
  8. Thread: Bee's and Wasps

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    Re: Bee's and Wasps

    bald faced hornets aroc. the yellowjackets are my big problem. i buy the rescue traps then bait them with pheramone and banana/sugar puree or meat depending on what they are foraging. probably what...
  9. Thread: Empty handed

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    Re: Empty handed

    bring them on over here Aroc, i am getting plugged out with nectar and pollen. we've got more obnoxious weeds than you guys. i'll bet they are finding stuff to forage. i imagine since gathering is...
  10. Thread: Plant ID

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    Re: Plant ID

    #3 might be ninebark, i can see some farther back in the picture anyway.
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    Re: Hello from Flathead Valley, Montana

    Hey from west of missoula, east of superior.
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    Re: CA Buckeye Poisoning

    i got that info too late, but made sure to feed during the bloom this year. this year the vetch bloomed well at the same time. The symptom was described to me as "pulling an anchor" all summer. slow...
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    Re: CA Buckeye Poisoning

    when i was fighting it a couple years ago the recommendation was lots of thin syrup.
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    Re: Long term honey storage questions

    5 gallon food grade buckets in a heated closet. we keep the closet around 90 degrees and add a bucket when we jar one up.
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    Re: What causes a flower to produce nectar

    moisture followed by heat produces flows here. you want the heat to stress the plants a little.
  16. Re: Does rape seed produce as much honey as canola?

    my understanding is there are two names for one thing. or the seed is called rape and the oil is called canola or something like that.
  17. Thread: Montana

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    Re: Montana

    first vetch blooms today at the home yard. 59820
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    Re: Tree with bees ID help please

    that was my first guess. box elder.
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    Re: Tanager Birds Picking Off My Bees

    they have those owl decoys, or fake snake decoys. cat. they are beautiful birds.
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    Re: Interesting hive find

    i would put that crazy comb above an excluder at some point, and then crush and strain when they packed it with honey. i would wait to make sure they are queenright first.
  21. Re: ideas for getting honey out of overwintered brood frames...

    mine is usually too crystalized to extract the next year. sometimes it just stays in the frames, sometimes the frames come tear apart in the extractor. i put it in splits.
  22. Thread: Is this EFB?

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    Re: Is this EFB?

    the natural treatments won't do anything for a hive with those symptoms. if you use on of the softer chemical treatments you will want to do an ether before and after to know that it worked. i can...
  23. Thread: A ??? moment...

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    Re: A ??? moment...

    perhaps they were bad queens. perhaps the "nucs" were made up of old robber bees. it is good that the brood is hatching in the queenless nucs, so you know the age of those bees.
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    Re: CA $15 minimum wage

    most queen operations are family operations, or they have had the same help for seasons. it's not Mcdonalds. some of the lower paid employees are probably salary.
  25. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    a friend of my wifes was helping us pull honey, a bee got a ways up her pant leg and she was doing the dance. I was standing in front of her with a roll of duct tape saying "tape up your pants" but...
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