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    Re: What is pollination on shares?

    Does it mean they would like to share the honey instead of fee for pollination?
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    Re: Southerners: 1 or 2 deeps for winter?

    I use 1 deep and 1 super. I'm in a zone 5b and we got to -2F this winter and last. I do give them sugar blocks in Feb when they start brood.
  3. Thread: Dark/nasty wax

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    Re: Dark/nasty wax

    I've also heard that you can just put sawdust in it without melting it. Kind of just fill the cells in.
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    Re: Easy swarm capture

    Nice to have it easy isn't it.

    My brother in law called last night and said a friend had a swarm in his yard close to him, 35 miles and did I want it? So I went over this am and picked it up. ...
  5. Thread: Adding deep

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    Re: Adding deep

    When that box is 80% drawn out. Move the outside frames that are drawn out up into the center of the upper box.
  6. Thread: Did I do right?

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    Re: Did I do right?

    Sorry shaper, that's not correct. That will result in splitting your broodnest. The 8 frame was ready for a new box. You may want to consider moving the outside frames that have activity on them up...
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    Re: queen mating flight

    I have read that virgins are usually gone for about 1/2 hour each day they go out. I would suspect that's not long enough to alarm the workers.
  8. Re: Just saw 4 drones enter the hive within in a minute

    They didn't find any queens to mate with that day so they came home for the night.
  9. Thread: what to do

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    Re: what to do

    It looks like bearding due to over crowding or over heating. How many frames have they filled out. If 8 or 9 it's time for another box. If less remove the cover to the SBB for more ventilation.
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    Re: 10 frames from 9

    I'm moving towards foundationless also. I've started to use Lauri's method of using 1/2 frame in the center surrounded by foundationless. That seems to work OK on the honey supers. I'm using wax as...
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    Re: My Little Bee Bee tree!

    As an ex landscaper I can tell you that I wouldn't cover the new trunk. For some trees this smothers them and kills them. I don't have any experience with that species per say but you may be...
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    Re: Our girls out in the rain,,,,

    Aren't you still in your rainy season in the northwest? If they didn't fly when there was some rain would they ever be able to get out?
  13. Correcting Poorly Drawn Foundationless Frames

    I had a hive that started to connect one frame to the next frame at the ends. I've tried to push them back to their own frame but they keep going back to the next frame. Do I need to cut the ends...
  14. Thread: No reaction?

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    Re: No reaction?

    As a former licensed massage therapist I'll give you my opinion about your sciatica. There are deep lateral rotator muscles that move your hips. When one of them goes into spasm from being...
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    Black Locust started this weekend in mid-Missouri. I have thornless blackberries in my yard. They are about halfway to being open. I know they are a week/week and a half later than the wild ones....
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    Re: 2 new packages - not queened right?

    DianeG, One of the comments you will see every year is that package queens don't always work for that colony. They are superseding for their own reasons. If they are capped as virginiawolf's...
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    Re: Small Hive beetle Screen bottom

    I used Rusty's plans too. Thanks Rusty. They work great. I had 7 colonies last year and all of them made it through the winter OK. One of the guys in my new club said he wanted to change over to...
  18. Thread: picky eaters

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    Re: picky eaters

    I read recently that most pollen has a "shelf life" of about 2 weeks. Unless they cover with honey to overwinter it for spring.
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    Re: Fast cheap hive scale

    That works if you only have one hive. I have multiple and I weigh in the fall to be able to get them through the winter OK. I'm running mostly 1 deep and 1 medium. When they get up to 85 lbs to...
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    Re: What is your "Regular Hive" setup?

    This year it was mostly 1 deep and one medium. But also 2 deeps and 1 medium, 3 mediums. This coming year I'll try to go all 1 deep and 1 medium. That give them plenty of honey to overwinter here.
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    Re: Hive location question

    I'm not sure how close the garden is from #3 but I think 100' or more helps the bees get to your garden better than under 100'. That also gives you a buffer during the dearth when they have high...
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    Re: Epipen guidelines

    If you haven't had an allergic reaction yet why are you getting an epipen? Your fears of developing a reaction are just that. I keep liquid benadryl with with me and I haven't had to use it yet. ...
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    Re: Nighttime bee yard work

    If you do use a headlight try a red one. They will come after a white one. They may come out but they are close to home and will go back when you leave.
  24. Re: combining brood from different hives question

    The fellow that started the new club I joined had us over to his place to hive his new queens and make splits on the 17th. He just opened up the hives as he went along and moved frames to whatever...
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    Re: Field Mice in a trap hive

    I use mouse guards to keep mice out of my hives in the winter. It sounds like you need it now too. Lot's of choices to buy. I make my own out of aluminum flashing bent 90 degrees with an opening cut...
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