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  1. Thread: demaree ?

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    Re: demaree ?

    With the two supers between the brood boxes the lower queen did not swarm but I was certain she would. When I found the open queen cell I just left it alone until I had eggs in the top box (I was not...
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    Shallow frames in a medium box: advice?

    I have a bunch of shallow frames and wax ready to go and only medium boxes I am wondering if I could get away with putting an entrance in the bottom of the mediums rather than cutting down the box? I...
  3. Thread: demaree ?

    by minz
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    Re: demaree ?

    As long as you do not have a hive full of swarm cells you are not too late to start. I missed that window this year and ended up breaking the hive and giving the queen and a few frames of brood to my...
  4. Re: Western Washington/Oregon/British Columbia Beekeepers 2015

    I lost two queens in September, I took about 13 into winter. Half of them were in a single deep with a wet super in September. I did an OA dribble in mid December and had some queen issues in early...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    I got a call that one of my traps was full this weekend. Ran over the following day and nothing. I went and looked at one yesterday, I could not get within 10 of it for all of the bees. Just went to...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    Well this year I went for the Swarm Commander here at work, hoping it would give me the edge in our ongoing swam catch completion. My nemesis informed me on Monday that he had filled all of his dead...
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    Re: Where have all the hive tools gone?

    I have the opposite problem: I don’t take them out of my back pocket! I stab myself getting in the truck, tear open the seats, scratch the kitchen chairs and sometime I do not take my wallet out...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    What is the status of your apple blossoms (nectar management dates reference)? I thought we were about the same in climate but we have been about 30 days ahead of normal and well into the battle of...
  9. Re: dud queen found this spring, what do you think?

    I kept feeding frames of new eggs to one of my hives that I was certain was queenless. Last inspection there she was with a big ol’ red spot of paint on her back. I killed her with the hive tool and...
  10. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    you can always tell the Broom is on when the bees come back looking like a Cheetos! Lilac starting to bloom, Wild cherry is done, all of the apples are open here from the early Crab's and Gravenstien...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    Pretty drastic measures if they are not already in full blown swarm mode already. You could place your supers between the deeps (demaree) and after 3 days you will know the box with the queen. If you...
  12. Re: Demaree or 2-queen method - has anyone done this?

    I have done the demaree and ended up with a two queen system (went to check the top box and had an empty queen cell). I have a 3/8” shim (middle entrance) that allows the bees to get to the center....
  13. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    Still not certain what I am doing this year with the goofy weather. It turned back wet and cold. I have apple blossoms on all the trees a good 3 weeks plus of normal so with nice weather forecast...
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    Re: Next Question about painting plastic frames

    I have tried plastic again this year (yeah I know but it was on sale). I used a wok that I got at Good Will and as small 3” roller. When the wax was hot it rolled on just like paint. I did 60 deeps...
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    If you are only considering static conditions doesn’t that make the entire thread not make sense?
    “My Seismic restraints work well as long as there is not any earthquake”. My bee hive cover holder...
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    Re: Mark queen method?

    I have always used Testers model paint from a hoby shop. It’s up to $5 a small jar, which is only bad when I spill it all the way down the hive, my pants and boots. I can say it wears well! I think...
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    Re: Max time to wait before swarm

    I was hoping for a booming hive for the best cells (lots of bees for best cells). I already broke them in half once and did not want to take too much from them to get some nice queens this early.
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    Re: Touched bear fence

    I got a goat fence for my chickens and I was going to move the charger. Before I would run a second wire to the first few fence posts, now I drove rebar 8’ in the ground and am thinking about a...
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    Max time to wait before swarm

    How long can I wait for a Queen cell to finish without them swarming? Checked bees on Thursday since the weather is 30 growing degree days ahead. One hive was in swarm prep and I pulled 3 frames with...
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    Re: Confirmed bee plants

    [QUOTE=Rader Sidetrack;1242453]>> Do they even sell goldenrod in bulk?

    Here is one source:

    Always funny when somebody sends me a link to the store an hour away for something I have been...
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    Re: Yellow Jackets are out in the Pac NW

    Harry, how large are the bait stations? I do not mind paying for the poison but it seems spendy for the kit. I also seen on a yellow jacket control site that flea treatment control with fipronil...
  22. Thread: Scrap wood

    by minz
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    Re: Scrap wood

    Way to go Squirrely, Now you have an idea. If you were to leave the spacing the same, increase the depth of the cut to get them flush. Increase the length of the cuts to twice the extra wood width....
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    Re: Confirmed bee plants

    Let me also through in timing. Here in the PNW we do not have a goldenrod. So we have no fall flow of any sort. After Blackberry it is pretty sparse. I have been trying to fill that fall gap....
  24. Thread: Swarm lures

    by minz
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    Re: Swarm lures

    I staple through the ziplock bag. For air holes, I also put a drop in the back of the box. You would be surprised how much that stuff really smells. I would almost think that it would be overpowering...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    It does look like the website is fixed. I was able to place an order. With all of the trees 30 days early I had better get on the ball and get some traps in the trees!
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