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    Odd place for honeybees

    Last week I observed hundreds of bees all over a friend's laurel hedge. They were gathering something from under the leaves in the middle of the day. Has anyone else observed this? Does anyone...
  2. Thread: EFB question

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    Bjorn Bee, thanks for the link to the topic. ...

    Bjorn Bee, thanks for the link to the topic. It's a good discussion.

    -Judy
  3. Thread: EFB question

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    EFB question

    On the bottom of page 47 the the March, 2008 Bee Culture magazine, a parenthetical reference is made to bee colonies often coming down with European foulbrood when they are pollinating blueberries. ...
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    Just my little humble opinion... Nothing makes...

    Just my little humble opinion...

    Nothing makes a better beekeeper than experience experience experience. And hanging out with beekeepers who've been at it for over 30 years and keeping current on...
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    As I recall from a lecture given at the 2006...

    As I recall from a lecture given at the 2006 Oregon State Beekeepers meeting, the SHB needs a softer soil than the soil in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Our soil is hard clay and in the summer it...
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    How about lots of wings and legs on the bottom or...

    How about lots of wings and legs on the bottom or screen. You could have had a yellow jacket problem. Did some of the honey look robbed?
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    If you have a large cluster from combined hives,...

    If you have a large cluster from combined hives, just be sure to feed them. I'm feeding fondant now (weather cooling down where I live and my bees won't have to work so hard to evaporate water with...
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    Since I first posted this thread I've decided to...

    Since I first posted this thread I've decided to treat with Apiguard. The hives with the highest mite counts got treated with powdered sugar a week before the Apiguard. The hive with a lower mite...
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    If your honey is truly over 18% water, you can...

    If your honey is truly over 18% water, you can sell it to mead makers. Advertise in beer and wine making stores; I bet you get lots of calls! I can't believe bees would cap unripe honey. Did your...
  10. If you are going to use sugar in lieu of syrup, I...

    If you are going to use sugar in lieu of syrup, I think the best thing is to make fondant and place it on top of the frames. My bees adore fondant, and all it contains is sugar and some water...no...
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    Actually, I always wondered if the oregano would...

    Actually, I always wondered if the oregano would make the honey taste 'Italian', but it's mixed with so many other late summer blooms I can never tell. Those bees do look Italian, but there are...
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    Some photos of my bzzzz

    These were taken within the past 2.5 weeks with a little Canon powershot A710. All but the last pic were taken with the macro.

    They are high res and load verrrrry slowly if you use a modem...
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    Apiguard vs Apilife Var

    For those of you who treat with thymol do you prefer Apiguard or Apilife Var. And why? I'm trying to decide on which to use this year.

    -Judy
  14. Thread: Organic Honey

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    In February the Lane County Beekeepers...

    In February the Lane County Beekeepers Association in Oregon had a talk by an Oregon Tilth inspector who said that organics and beekeeping can be like "a square peg and a hexagonal hole." The USDA...
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    If a laying worker hive is united with a queen...

    If a laying worker hive is united with a queen right hive is there a danger that the queen will be killed by the laying workers? (This is assuming that the hives are united with a double layer of...
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    Not quite, but I know that chickens ADORE drone...

    Not quite, but I know that chickens ADORE drone larvae! If you're using drone frames and have chickens, throw them the frames instead of putting them in the freezer or scratching them open.
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    Wade, the diagram I used was based on Glorybee...

    Wade, the diagram I used was based on Glorybee Food's diagram. Since I live around 1.5 miles from Glorybee (and you live nearby, as well), I think I'll have a talk with them and show them my old...
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    Definition of "super"?

    Last week I was preparing a talk on equipment for our annual one-day 'bee school' for beginner beekeepers and found a confusing definition for a "super".

    A long time beekeeper supplied me with a...
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    Big leaf maples - March 17 - Eugene, Oregon ...

    Big leaf maples - March 17 - Eugene, Oregon

    (big leaf maples at higher elevations outside the city are not blooming yet)
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    Hummingbird, I agree... where on the internet can...

    Hummingbird, I agree... where on the internet can we get the very latest updates on CCD?

    The local Eugene, OR newspaper called our bee association president this AM asking about the latest info....
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    The Beekeeper's Handbook (Sammatoro and...

    The Beekeeper's Handbook (Sammatoro and Avitabile_) is a wonderful resource, especially after you get through the first year.

    (I loved Sue Hubbell's A Book of Bees, which got me interested in...
  22. Thread: COLD Snap!!!

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    It's been dipping into the 20's here in the...

    It's been dipping into the 20's here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon at night. Going into the 40's during the daytime. Even when it went into the teens I didn't wrap the hives. Bees still alive...
  23. Lady beekeeper here, too. Not too long ago...

    Lady beekeeper here, too. Not too long ago someone posted that the average time a hobbiest lasts is 5 years. Well, I'm a hobbiest going on her 6th year and just became VP of the Lane County...
  24. Mike, I keep bees in town. My city allows one...

    Mike,

    I keep bees in town. My city allows one hive per property, but my neighbors like the bees so much I keep another just over the property line. I have 2 on my own property, one of which will...
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    When it's warm enough I notice bees covering a...

    When it's warm enough I notice bees covering a huge patch of ivy in a neighbor's yard. There are very small flowers with pollen and that's what they are packing in the hive.

    -Judy
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