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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    The wood carver has made some progress on the faces and I have made the quilt box so he can carve a structure to top it off.
    Here's some updated photos and a short video......
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    Thanks, BeeMoose. I'll give updates as I get them from Brian and Zada Vorwaller (the couple that's working on it now.)
    In the meantime, here are a couple of 'prequels...'
    This first one is the...
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    Thanks, Ray.
    I like your quote. :)
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    Re: I'm building another log hive...a big one

    For me, hollow logs are hard to find. It's tough (and probably illegal) to get them off the beach, so when I'm interested, I'll ask a tree trimmer or logger if they find a good log that's not too...
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    I'm building another log hive...a big one

    This log hive is being made from a Monterey Cypress that we had to cut down because of the danger of it to the house. Unbeknownst to me, it had a big rotten spot probably caused by someone pounding...
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    Re: Beekeeping on the Oregon Coast question

    I bought Michael Bush's book, "The Practical Beekeeper." That is where I learned there are over 32 kinds of mites in the hive. Consequently, if you are poisoning to kill varroa mites, you are...
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    Re: Beekeeping on the Oregon Coast question

    Did you get your questions answered? I just came across this thread. I've been keeping bees on the south central Oregon coast for about three years. I am basically a non-intervention natural...
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    Re: Is all of this management necessary?

    Most of my beekeeping friends are more into management of the hives for maximum honey production. I suppose I fit into the 'beekeeping idealist' category. I'm more of a "hands off" beekeeper. I...
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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    If I wanted to see your video, where would I go?
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    Re: bees grooming themselves

    I'm not too particular as to who poses for the video...I'm usually just lucky to keep a bee in the view finder while trying to hold the camera steady. :)
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    Yes, there is so much energy from the bees when they are flying around and around. It's almost like standing in a vortex. Them going into my empty log hive was truly unique. A very thrilling...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    I've got the details here...
    Carving out the inside: http://solarbeez.com/2013/04/26/pats-new-log-hive/
    Carving the face: http://solarbeez.com/2013/04/27/bee-atrice-the-carving/
    Torching it out...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    They don't call me bee brain for nothing. I had my camera ready. :) I just wish I could have shot the "lift off." I was close, but since it was after 2 pm, I figured they wouldn't be going that...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    You will absolutely never regret it. I figured I would use it to throw swarms which I could either keep or trade for biodiversity. It's also a great yard ornament. I carry around pictures of it to...
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    Re: Just about as natural as you can get

    Well, I carved the INside...For the outside, I contacted the resident chainsaw carver in town. (I had my wife's permission) :) He's the one that came up with the idea of a pivot hat so I could get...
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    Just about as natural as you can get

    I call myself a 'natural beekeeper,' but this was just plain luck. An August swarm appeared on our plum tree behind my Bee-atrice log hive. I knew it probably came from the log hive and sure...
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    Do you see lots of bees on the blossoms? I spent lots of time (I won't say 'hours') but many different trips were made with cameras in hand to try to get some footage with bees. I kept wondering if...
  18. Honeybees pollinating Tulip Tree blossoms

    When I found out what kind of tree this was, I looked around the internet to see if bees pollinated the blossoms. Apparently, east of the Mississippi, Tulip tree blossoms are a big nectar source. ...
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    Re: May flowers attract more than bees

    For many of my gardening years, growing flowers was more of a luxury. Flowers take up space, demand precious water, and can't be eaten. Then I started beekeeping. I realized that to be a good...
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    Can a hive throw two swarms at once?

    I left this nuc hive in the tree all winter. It survived without any intervention on my part. No sugar, pollen substitutes, or meds. Now it's trying to swarm, but the bees have formed two distinct...
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    I'm not sure if this answers your question or not...Hal uses some old comb as well as a little capped honey. I asked how/why he kept the honey. He says he just keeps the 'not so pretty stuff' for...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    In my other Warre, I just put a swarm into a three box hive about 10 days ago. Originally it was supposed to be two boxes, but when I was dumping the swarm into the top of the two boxes, I used an...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    Is anything wrong with getting the bees to build upward in a Warre?
    I have had great success in getting the bees to move upward using these 'ladders.'...
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    Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    Well, I admit that's sort of a contradiction of terms. If you 'keep bees' that in itself is not completely 'natural.' And catching them in a bag on a pole? You're right. It probably would have...
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    Re: Using a Steinkraus-Morse Swarm Catcher

    I like that long pole you're using. Did you say that was extendable? I've seen a very expensive fiberglass version, but can you give me the name of the company that makes it? I don't shop Walmart...
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