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    Re: Feeding; buying, preparing bee food

    Know what you mean. I am in No. Idaho about 100 miles south of the Canadian border by Lake Coeur d'Alene. I would do the same with hives needing to build up. Good luck.
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    Re: Feeding; buying, preparing bee food

    First of all. The best food for bees is honey. So if you are building up more hive you should be able to leave them lots of honey and have some for yourself.

    Second, if you don't like that idea...
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    Re: Frames with feces

    So, Tenbears, what you are saying is I should get rid of all the frames where feces is on comb or capped cells since it can live there until it is ingested. I can wash boxes and wood frames but...
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    Re: Frames with feces

    Sample going to WSU Bee lab tomorrow. They analyze for free. Check them out if you need analysis in the future.
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    Re: Frames with feces

    Thanks Vance for the reply. I never treated for it either and now for the second year in a row I have had significant loses with feces all over frames and boxes inside and out. I do not know how many...
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    Frames with feces

    I have a number of frames and boxes with feces on them from Nosema and/or Dysentery. I am having bees tested at Washington State University to confirm what it is. Either way, I am not sure if I need...
  7. Thread: What to plant?

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    Re: What to plant?

    Thanks for all the input. I have thought about the labor and equipment needs and the landowner has both to accommodate the project. I am going over to talk to him this week to talk about what it will...
  8. Thread: What to plant?

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    What to plant?

    I live in No. Idaho, today's high is 17 with a low of 12. Garden planting is not recommended til May 15.

    I place several hives at a nut and berry farm that also has many other flowers for the bees...
  9. Thread: Pricing Honey

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    Pricing Honey

    I am venturing into the realm of supplying a local retail kitchen supply store with my local honey. I am trying to price it at the wholesale level and assume the honey prices in Bee Culture and Bee...
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    Liability Insurance

    Trying to find best source for liability insurance. Retailers starting to contact me to carry my honey.

    Do any of the associations assist with this?

    Thanks,
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    Re: Ethics of selling honey as your own

    What a response. I thought I would get all sorts of nasty replies to mind my own business. It is interesting how people treat this as a right to project an image that is not accurate.

    I did the...
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    Ethics of selling honey as your own

    It has become apparent to me that many people selling honey at farmers markets, craft shows, and smaller venues talk about their honey as if all of it is from their hives when some of it is not. I...
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    Re: MAQS affecting queens

    What if there is very little or no capped brood?

    RAK, I sent you a PM. Any chance of getting together?
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    Re: MAQS affecting queens

    So are you saying they have shut down for the winter and having no brood is normal?
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    Re: MAQS affecting queens

    What if there is no brood?
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    Re: MAQS affecting queens

    Don't know if they had shut down or not. I had taken supers off, extracted, and put wet supers back on without inspecting lower boxes. I think they were still laying though. Went away for two weeks...
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    MAQS affecting queens

    I recently used MAQS (2 strips in double deeps with wet supers). Left them on for two weeks. Now inspections reveal no egg or larvae with very little capped brood. I am in No. Idaho so winters are...
  18. Re: Inspection found a single wasp/hornet in a cell.

    Bald face hornets and yellow jackets in No. Idaho. Saw a hornet pick one of my honeybees out of the air the other day. Did some research and bald face (white face) hornets are actually in the yellow...
  19. Thread: 3 deep question

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    Re: 3 deep question

    Again, and I know I am being redundant, I tried this method more out of curiosity and the desire to have strong hives with lots of resources available for what ever I needed them for. No one in our...
  20. Thread: 3 deep question

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    Re: 3 deep question

    I do understand what you are saying and it is a very good point. So, if I manage my 3 deep hives like that then I do not get the chimney effect the way I might if not managed that way. But I will say...
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    Re: 3 deep question

    In our association classes and monthly meetings it is impressed upon us to move brood from the top brood chamber to the bottom every time we go into our hives for an inspection. This adds work but it...
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    Re: 3 deep question

    Ok, here is what I have experienced.

    1. No chimney effect in any boxes where queen has laid. I work hard at always moving brood down and where there is heavy brood, it is spread across the width...
  23. Thread: 3 deep question

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    3 deep question

    I adopted the 3 deep method with my hives that came out of winter very healthy and strong. Most of what I have experienced is very positive with only a small downside. I like the resources these...
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    Queen cells with added comb

    First time trying grafting and thought I did ok with 3 out of 9 cells started. Tomorrow is day to move to mating nuc. Checked them tonight and two of the three I thought were ok now have added comb...
  25. Re: Beginner Queen Rearing using the Joseph Clemens Starter/Finisher

    Once again, great thread. I have learned a lot of useful information and tips I plan on using.

    In the past few days I have followed the suggestions in building a starter nuc with frames of brood,...
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