Re: Beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest, a few questions
I'm further north than beedeetee. Generally speaking (in my area) we have a pretty good blackberry flow from mid/late June through mid/late July. For a couple weeks following that we have a trickle form various things like clover. Early/mid August we get a heavy knotweed flow that will go for about 4 weeks.
I make my last splits for winter nucs early august from queens I rear in July. I also use these queens to requeen my production hives.
I winter in 2 deeps and make sure it is full in preperation for winter. I'm not sure of the weight but would guess 60-70 lbs of honey. Most of them won't need any feed in the spring but a some do.
In my opinion the biggest issue with wintering in the Pac NW is moisture. I tilt the hive forward (to allow water to run out entrance) and use a bottom and top entrance to help with some airflow.
Mites are one of those issues that you'll see a lot of varieation in how people are handling them. I use formic acid in the fall and if it was an excepted practice I would use oxalic acid in the winter when there was no brood.
Beekeeper? Shoot, my bees keep me!
9 years, 100 hives in Western Wa State