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    Re: How frequently can a hive swarm?

    Once we had a very nice hjive swarm itself out of existence. The primary swarm, plus multiple virgin swarms. For some reason the virgins did not fight just left with more of the bees. When they...
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    Re: Killed a queen today

    I do not know what you did with that queen, but I have had queens "faint". It happens just like you describe. Mine were not in the sun though. Give them a few minutes and they revive and are just...
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    Re: Mice

    Another version of this trap involves putting a piece of dowel through the coke bottle so it spins freely. Then suspending the stick across the bucket. The mice climb up, jump onto the baited...
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    Re: huge drone???

    Diploid drone. They develop from a fertilized egg when the sperm and egg have the same sex chromosome. Usually the nurse bee eat them as soon as they hatch. Occasionally they are not eaten and...
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    Re: Semantics of the Nuc

    I agree with the above comments.
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    Re: Dumb Question, Sugar bricks.

    Exmar I do mine the same way. My bees do just fine. All the other stuff is just fluff and feel good stuff.
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    Re: mites have exploded

    My bet would b eon the robbing hitchhiker scenario.
  8. Re: What temp disfigures a plastic honey bottle.

    I have used a 140 degree water bath to thaw crystalized honey without problems.
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    Re: Patching a hole in a hive

    Here is one more exmar. steel wool. Mice will enlarge even a small hole. They will chew through duct tape. I have even had them go through the fiberglass type window screen. Steel wool will stop...
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    Antibiotics

    When did antibiotics become available again through the internet? What happened to needing a prescription to buy them?
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    Creamed honey

    Has anybody made creamed honey by simply filtering the honey without heating it and adding starter? What sized filters did you use?
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    Re: The top 20 bee plants

    In the west do not forget Sainfoin. There are not a lot of acres planted, but it is very drought hardy, good nectar producer, with good amounts of pollen.
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    Canola Honey as winter feed

    How do bees winter on Canola honey? Is there any truth that it crystalizes so hard the bees cannot use it?
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    Re: Yellow Flowering "Bush" ID

    It is a Buckwheat, Eriogonum species
  15. Re: Does adding a frame with eggs to a queenless hive usually work?

    It usually works to get a queen hatched, but you still have to get her out on mating flight and then back in the hive. That is the risky part.
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    Re: a tail of two queens

    Sounds to me like she did not get bred. They have to mate within the first three weeks of their life or they will not, so she is probably too old to mate. This does not explain the lack of activity...
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    Re: When to remove entrance reducer?

    I never change mine. They are on the larger slot year around.
  18. Re: Hubam clover, I think I missed the mark....

    Sweet Clovers prefer alkaline soils. If you have acidic or neutral soils it will not be happy. Also as stated above the seedling does not develop top growth rapidly. Initially it establishes root...
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    Re: Please Help ID This Flying Insect

    How about a clear wing moth? swat one down and post a better picture.
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    Re: Albino bee - pic!

    Fusion Power you may be right about the eye color, but this bee has bands on the abdomen. They are pale, but they are present. That is not albinism, it is leucism.
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    Re: Albino bee - pic!

    Actually to be technical that is a leucistic bee not an albino. The eyes are dark, and it has dark stripes. In albino they cannot produce any dark pigment, so there would not be any stripes and the...
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    Re: I have a Swallow Problem

    We have Cliff Swallows and Barn Swallows around our hives all the time. Bunches of them. I have watched them, and after nine years I have yet to see them take a bee. Others complain about birds...
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    Re: Package install right before the snow

    The risk in this is if the cold keeps the bees clustered in the box without feed until they starve.
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    Re: Help me understand where I goofed

    Apiguard and api life var are temperature dependent. I doubt yoou have the temperatures in Seattle to make them vaporize this time of the year. They will not control your varroa or hurt your bees...
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    Re: packages.....as bad as i've heard?

    One of the big problems with packages is the supercedure rate at about 2-3 weeks after hiving. New beekeepers frequently miss this when it happens. In the first month after hiving about 1/3 to 1/2...
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