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    Re: best way to 2:1 feed in-hive?

    Bottom line, feeding any ratio of sugar water should only be done when necessary.
    Ideally, your bees will bring in ample nectar and pollen so as to put your feeding services out of business. But the...
  2. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Here, SW WA, my hives that winter over and get built up before the flow, depending on the size of field force and their bent on haul'n nectar, I get from a single med super to about 3 supers per...
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    Re: queen excluders

    I have metal, but have tended another's hives with plastic. I prefer the metal, for stability, and have found no difference in bees going through them, metal or plastic. With both, ya want the...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    Not foraging. About 42F, and bees are outside the hive on the porch on a sunny day, or doing bowel "vacate" flights.

    Foraging, 45F - 50F depending on how much sun, rain, nectar/pollen...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Me, once I began consciously to treat for mites late summer/early fall, and had high numbers/percentages of hives wintering over, then my basic +-20 count became a drudgery. Where before, that is...
  6. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    Langstroth hives is a standard system, and yes, I do the double deeps with them even though I built the bulk of my early hives, including frames. Had no reason to change a system my mentor used for...
  7. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    No, it ain't "global warming", but it is "climate change". And it doesn't necessarily happen over the long haul. It can happen from one year to the next without there being a quantum continuing in...
  8. Thread: Frame rack

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    Re: Frame rack

    I find all my "extra" frames fit in a nice small area unassembled. And those that are assembled, just happen to "strangely enough", just fit right in my empty hive bodies. And bodies without bees get...
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    Re: Hands off Beekeeping.....for the most part.

    Me, I find generally speaking, my gals do far better on their own than with me attempting to ultra manage anything "I" want them to do and whenever "I" want them to do it. Here, SW WA, my bees do...
  10. Thread: Queen issues?

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    Re: Queen issues?

    Clearly, mites have created a game changer.

    But bottom line, good queens are a combination of, good egg from a good queen, good feeding while in their peanuts, good weather when mating, ample...
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    It is an extremely vague and misused term, often only addressing whether or not a beekeeper does or doesn't use certain chemicals (of which sugar dusting may not be one of them) to control/kill...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    Proactive. It is winter and I place thin 12:1 sugar cakes between frame tops and inner cover bottom. +-3/8"h space. Not a lot, only about 6"X6" cakes. If my bee cluster makes it through the crown,...
  13. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    I'd suggest 1st, that you determine you are not causing the swarming. A/the main reason for swarming is over crowding. ie. Make darn sure they have more than enough room, specifically a fair amount...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    Me, never seen that. Even last year when the flow (rain) ended mid May and was followed by +-5 months dearth, my hives for the most part had honey crowns formed in their top deeps by backfilling...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    Me, generally, am suited up with jacket, veil, and goatskin gloves to do my inspections. I care not what anyone says about being dressed with less to do bees. I use PPE, period. And I generally do...
  16. Re: When getting 1st hives they should come with a warning label

    MariahK,
    "Hi, I'm John and I'm addicted to beekeeping..." Welcome to this confound beneficial beekeeping addiction.

    Mental max number of hives is 20, and have enough double deeps to maintain just...
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    Re: Will bees chew through wood?

    I've had some serious chewing of the wood along the bottom edge of the first body above a hive entrance. Enough so that it leaves a 1/16" - 1/8" gap when body position is reversed with another body.
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    Re: 9 frames in a 10

    The only benefit is for honey frames, ie 9 equally spaced to fit 10 frame body, the bees will build out the comb farther on those frames making it a little easier to uncap. And if you...
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    Re: Total newbie asking bar (lumbar) question

    trishbookworm,
    First, the top bar hive I made was not for myself. As soon as I built it I gave it to the new beekeeper I built it for. As I have stated already, my top bars were made by cutting them...
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    Re: Total newbie asking bar (lumbar) question

    Yunzow
    I challenge you to do the actual research on honeybee combs. Both feral hives and managed hives.
    Over a century ago, Langstroth and other beekeepers during the same period recognized the...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Litsinger
    #4 Tablesaw, or money to buy retail.
    #5 & #6 Inside or out side the hive? Inside, bees will deal with it appropriately (in the manner they were designed to do). In winter, they really do...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Juhani, As to the mattering of the Y being right side up or upside down, all I know is I don't care at all whatever direction they are, and as long as my comb is the fairly flat 1" thickness all the...
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    Re: Total newbie asking bar (lumbar) question

    What I made my top bars out of was standard 1x2 (ie. 1"x2") material. That designation represents the rough cut size of wood that is then finished smooth all four sides and is actually much closer to...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    odfrank, From my own near 2 decades of beekeeping, that is a well said reply.
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    Re: What to do with pulled honey frames

    20+ hives, close to 2 decades.

    Totally depends on all the details, including location, ie whether prone to wax moth and hive beetles.

    Here, SW WA, I can generally get away with simply placing...
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