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    Re: switching brood hive bodies

    as with all things beekeeping, there are no end to opinions on how to do it. if you wish to switch boxes, switch away.

    i am not into "natural beekeeping" as that is commonly understood. i do...
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    Re: switching brood hive bodies

    i have had queens like that :).

    swarming in spring is the natural inclination of a strong hive. there are any number of less disruptive things you can do.

    if you have a queen that won't...
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    Re: switching brood hive bodies

    i skimmed through here and it seems most of you are in favor of switching boxes. why?

    consider the natural progression of a hive in the wild (or your package): the bees begin building at the top...
  4. Re: Name One Important Lesson You Learned in Last Year

    tuck your shirt in when reaching for high swarms.
  5. Re: Washington/Oregon Beeks! What to do, what to do?

    it is not to early. growth issues aside, this is prime starvation season around here. it warms enough for them to go through stores, but there is no flow yet. they bring in pollen and begin to...
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    Re: Small Cell Bee Management

    agreed. i just hate to see people spending money on something like this if there is a specific benefit they expect, like mite reduction...

    if cost is not an issue, there is no harm in it as far...
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    Re: Small Cell Bee Management

    may i ask why you wish to spend the extra money on small cell? perhaps, if you wish to have your bees in a more natural environment, you would want to consider natural cell? there is a difference,...
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    Re: Lots of dead bees on the front of my BB

    that's a problem. even the latest swarm should have time to be fed up. if not, you can try some kind of internal feeder, but if the syrup is cold, they do not take it, and depending on where you...
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    Re: Which comb honey system?

    cheapest way and also lest apt to fail :) there are tricks to using those comb systems and they often defeat new beekeepers.
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    Re: Removing Wild Bee Hive - Help

    try again closer to spring. no one is thinking about removals right now and probably no one wants to commit to a removal this early. these kinds of bees are what those of us who keep survivor hives...
  11. Thread: Why 1:1 and 2:1

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    Re: Why 1:1 and 2:1

    2:1 also stores better. less water, faster curing and capping. 1:1 is a better simulation of spring nectar flow.

    consider the cost as well. you may need to carry less, but do you want to use...
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    Re: Lots of dead bees on the front of my BB

    this is a bordman feeder? if so, the simple thing is to get rid of it. they are notorious for causing problems. my favorite is a canning jar or = with some small holes in the lid placed over inner...
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    Re: Lots of dead bees on the front of my BB

    i do the same. it does no harm, and may do some good. it should be remembered that it is not a substitute for having them well fed in early fall.

    where i live, there is no telling how wet and...
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    Re: Lots of dead bees on the front of my BB

    it also may be normal die off, but if the weather has been cold or wet, the dead do not get carried away. after a cold or wet period, the bees will clean house. sometimes it looks like there has...
  15. Thread: Senate Bill 510

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    Re: Senate Bill 510

    a bunch of stuff was missing and now it's back. forum gremlins at work! ;)
  16. Thread: Senate Bill 510

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    Re: Senate Bill 510

    i read the bill and like all bills, it's an eye crosser. IF the bill were to implemented and enforced to the letter, the (perhaps) unintended consequences could be severe for all of us who engage in...
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    Re: considering going to foundationless

    very true. this is what some totalitarian governments have done when they have forced their populations into (or out of) the fields. with profit in the mix, production is geared to what the people...
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    Re: Will bees suffocate snow on bottom entrance?

    if you don't have so many hive that it would be impractical, you can take a bit of plywood and make an A frame against the front of the hive to keep the snow from the entrance. the bees will want to...
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    Re: considering going to foundationless

    i hope this is not a repetition of what has been said, but i confess i have not read all 3 pages.

    i have been doing foundations for years. i started to cut cost, and continued because i am a lazy...
  20. Thread: Hi from Oregon

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    Re: Hi from Oregon

    yes i am, and yes i would be. if you get anything going please email me and let me know!
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    Re: Why do YOU raise solitary/mason bees?

    my husband started keeping mason bees before i kept honeybees. they come out at just the right time for his fruit trees. we don't have a lot, but he keeps a couple of bundles. they are back in the...
  22. Thread: Hi from Oregon

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    Hi from Oregon

    some of you i might know from beemaster. thought i'd come over here too, as i have been directed to this site over the years for info.
    i have been beekeeping for a few years, and have found that...
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