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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    Thanks to all. Michael Bush, that was exactly the kind of answer I was looking for.
  2. Re: Walts nectar management and single deeps

    WBVC, some in our club are rethinking the double deep for wintering here, especially with the now widespread use of Carniolans. It's not unusual to end up with ten plus frames of honey coming out of...
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    Agreed. Thanks Graham :)
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    THAT'S what I'm talking about !!!
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    It's not about bee space. I think what Walt calls the "gap" between "functional comb" is the width of the top bar plus the vertical bee space between a frame and the next one up plus the thickness of...
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    Why do some feel a queen will lay better in a deep with a shallow, or across two mediums, than two deeps in the brood nest? Has nothing to do with bee space, but a belief that a queen is reluctant to...
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    Re: Could someone explain "gap" please?

    I understand bee space, but not why some think a queen will cross "the gap" between a deep and a medium to lay easier than between two deeps.
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    Could someone explain "gap" please?

    I'm having trouble with the concept of "gap" in how it relates to hive body/frame size choices such as in Walt's nectar management and evils of the double deep, and so on.
    If the space between the...
  9. Re: Walts nectar management and single deeps

    Hope this thread isn't too dead.
    One thing I see is much like Harley describes. In three winters, with a total of fifteen hives, only one has ever entered spring with a honey dome above the...
  10. Re: What is white wax and when is it first seen

    Up here to the north is a mixed bag. The people I talk with have some colonies WAY ahead, others are normal. Yes, it was a mild winter, but old-timers feel we're only about a week ahead bloom-wise....
  11. Re: What is white wax and when is it first seen

    Maple, dandelion, some apple, some cherry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, fireweed, cabbage, knotweed. My location on an island in the valley floor, has some maple, some blackberry. Knotweed is...
  12. Re: What is white wax and when is it first seen

    Yikes! With our only real flow blackberries in June, that means supering in May during a month of dearth, and checkerboarding in April. Right now, the third week of March, three of my four Carniolan...
  13. Re: Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    Only my fourth year, so take it for what it's worth. Our flow in (western) WA is blackberries (basically, ONLY blackberries). Lasts two to four weeks. There is some big leaf Maple in spring, if it's...
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    Re: Management options - ideas

    Congratulations on your success. We've had an historic mild winter in the great PNW. I've one hive that had a full frame of drones emerge this week, and two cups filled with royal jelly on March 8 !!...
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    Re: Supplementing a package install

    Grifon, Off topic, but you can use your Boardman feeder during really hot weather to provide water as well.
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    Replace feral with survivors and you get what I hear (even if they swarmed from this season's overfed CA package) :)
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    Re: Supplementing a package install

    I'm for giving them a frame of brood if you feel your donor hive is strong enough. Even a frame of drawn comb would be better than all foundation. Your donor hive would get a frame of foundation,...
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    Funny, that. I haven't caught many swarms yet, but when I do, I always look for a marked queen.
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    Re: Hello from Washington State

    Welcome. And good luck with your new adventure.
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    Oh, boy, NOW you've done it! This is like pitting treatment vs. non treatment beekeepers against each other. In my area of northwest Washington state, the general consensus at the bee clubs, and...
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    Re: Queen cell/no drones

    Janet, this is a subject discussed on the Mount Baker forum. The queen cell is in one Michael's hives in Bellingham. My hive in the photo is 30 miles further south.

    I check hives when needed at...
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    Re: Queen cell/no drones

    I realize I confused the issue by asking two things at once.

    The hive pictured has a full frame of capped drones, about twelve frames of brood (six upper/six lower), and was given a protein patty...
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    Re: Queen cell/no drones

    I just find it odd that a hive with no drones or even drone cells would try to raise a queen.
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    Queen cell/no drones

    http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t445/rsjohnson2u/IMG_1052_zpsvjkcyke4.jpg
    Sorry to those buried in snow.

    A friend to the north of me has a Carniolan hive with a single capped queen cell, but...
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    Re: How Long for Drones to Sexually Mature

    Buzzy, given your location, I would hope other colonies within flying distance will be producing drones at this time also. Farther north, in Washington, I have an Italian-ish colony that has an...
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