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  1. Re: What is your favorite hive configuration?

    I like deeps.

    Only experience beek should attempt TBH.
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    Re: package vrs nuc's

    I would say survivability would be at the top of the list.

    http://mysare.sare.org/mySARE/ProjectReport.aspx?do=viewRept&pn=FNE10-694&y=2010&t=1
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    So your saying 20% dead from a package is unacceptable.

    What would you say about a 72% death rate over winter packages? (See Lauri's link from above)

    Maybe that's why;




    People still...
  4. Re: Craigslist deal worth it? (New to beekeeping)

    I case of AFB/EFB Priceless!


    A failed beek selling his stuff on craig’s list.

    The price is a little high, you should be able to talk them down quite abit.
    I would research how to treat AFB...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    When ACE says package bees are spent he's correct in the fact that when the package arrives at its final destination quite a few of the bees are already dead from old age (it is considered acceptable...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    This is even worse that I thought and confirms what I said about packages bee/queen being inferior.
    "28% survivability of the conventional package bees"
    Who would want them? Better odds at Vegas.
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Treatment free often comes from feral stock. Sources can be found if you look hard enough. They always seem sell out quick.
    But it's like organic, most know it's better for them but don't want the...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    >If this isn't the most dumb if not slanderous conjecture I have run across on BS in a long time

    If just from this thread alone (and there are many more like it on BS) that state that packages are...
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    Re: I will never buy packages again.

    Packaged bees are not bred to stay alive. It is much better if they die and you have to replace them every year. Most of the problems you read about here on beesource come from packaged bees.

    IMO...
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    Re: pollen subatute question

    http://www.beeccdcap.uga.edu/documents/CAPArticle10.html

    http://www.tc.umn.edu/~reute001/pdf-files/Haydak%201.pdf
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    Re: Mann lake bee pro

    I would research EOs before you feed it to your bees.
  12. Re: What is the big attraction of pine saw dust??

    Put out some dry pollen sub, they will leave the saw dust alone.
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    Re: Queen Prices

    Your bee raised local queens will be far superior than anything sold by a bee supply store that doesn't raise bees.
  14. Re: An other sort of feeder, for package bees?

    Pint size mason jar.
    They also come in plastic.

    The new owner will be happy the package comes with a reusable feeder.
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    Re: Separating honey from wax, best method?

    I too use a clean water rince to make mead. Extractor, buckets, knife, cappings...

    >have a nice brew to drink on cold winter nights.
    or warm sping nights or hot summer nights or cool fall nights....
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    Re: bees only heat the cluster?

    So how many hives do I need to heat my house?
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    Re: Help lost 2 hives this winter already

    There is nothing in the pictures that indicate AFB. If anything picture one shows it is not AFB because the brood died before it was capped leaving that spotty brood comb pattern. Which is a result...
  18. Re: Nuc size compared to over wintered hive?

    I would not plan on splitting a nuc.

    Your goal should be to get it to 2 deeps in size and get enough honey to make it through a Oregon winter.

    And if there is a little honey left that is a...
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    Re: House Construction and my Bees

    I would move the hive a few feet a day (during flying weather) and make sure the entrance faces the other way.

    A lot depends on your bees.

    Ask the workers if they are allergic.
  20. Re: Dumbest thing you ever bought for beekeeping ?

    There are several youtube videos of homemade foggers that used oxalic acid.
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    Re: Best ventilated bee suit?

    Me too, ordered the jacket on black friday sale + free shipping.
    Had good reviews and the price was awsome.
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    Re: Help lost 2 hives this winter already

    The first picture shows when there was brood in that frame it was a poor spotty pattern.

    EFB or PMS.
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    Re: diy oxalic acid vaporizer

    >Let's challenge ourselves to come up with one that we can make for under $30.00
    It's already been done. YouTube is full of DIY OA ideas; cost me .50 worth of pipe.

    >After the strips are dried...
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    Re: hives on someone else's property?

    Sound like he will have you labored out making his equipment, tending his bees.

    A nuc is worth $200.
    Wood is cheap. Is your labor worth cheap wood? Who's going to buy the primer/paint,...
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    Re: What the heck is the problem?

    Did you inspect your hives? How often? What did your brood pattern look like in the spring, summer and fall?
    Did you take any pictures of open brood while the hive was going?

    >The mite count is...
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