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    Re: UPS Lost my bees

    Iím in NE Portland. Hives came through winter well, so if you have trouble lining up what you want from Bridgetown, I can probably do a split and make you up a nuc. Meantime, set your hive out as a...
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    Re: Bee Bee Tree Seeds

    Must admit total ignorance, never heard of the Bee Bee tree. Now full of google-wisdom, tree sounds a treat for pollinators, but there are concerns re: itís invasiveness. Anyone chime in with...
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    Re: Shelter in place...unintended consequences

    Portland OR; havenít seen sanitizer, rubbing alcohol or a thermometer on drugstore shelves in weeks. Providers I know say PPE is very short, and hospital admins warn immediate firing if employees...
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    Re: Painting Supers

    I pretreat endgrain with Titebond 3, rubbed in, recoat when dry. Paint:1st coat: Zinsser 1-2-3 latex primer; if it seems to absorb, I repeat. Then 2 coats exterior latex. Oil-based might be better,...
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    Re: Is backyard beehive feasible?

    Portland OR;residential area, homes on all sides. 6 foot cedar fence. 2 small dogs. 7 hives. Bee suits for grandkids. Dogs ignore bees, vice versa. Bee leaves hive, doesn’t go next door, goes up 30’...
  6. Thread: Acorn frames

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    Re: Acorn frames

    I use wood frames, but have had a few one-piece plastic ones that came in nucs. I just dribbled melted beeswax or food grade paraffin into all the nooks and crannies I didnít care for.
  7. Re: Why does everyone think used equipment is ALL bad?

    Why can he not freeze frames?
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    Re: Propolis Tincture Question

    Havenít tried internally, but I do brush the tincture on inner surface of new hive bodies, nucs, swarm traps, and it does smell FINE. Probably would make a nice cologne, give it a name like ďCalvin...
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    Re: Good overview management article

    Thank you, to all. These look like just what I was asking for.
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    Good overview management article

    5th year beek, with all Langs. Wife has me building her a long lang right now. Before investing in a book, can anyone refer me (her) to an article discussing seasonal frame management in long hives?...
  11. Re: When in the depths of winter on a "warm" day bees come to the top to feed...

    Same here in Portland OR. Mine are primarily in the deep box below, few in the mdium super above, still loade with honey; expect they’ll migrate up in the next couple months.
  12. Thread: Bee's Gone

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    Re: Bee's Gone

    Google: Xentari. Bacillus thurengiensis (microbe that kills wax moth larvae.
  13. Thread: Bee's Gone

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    Re: Bee's Gone

    Bacillus thurengiensis. Google Xentari.
  14. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    660lbs, to be precise. 2.2lbs/kg.
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    Re: Startup Company Making "Super Bees"

    The ABA used in the study was purchased from a chemical company in China. The amount used per treatment was 50uM (an itty-bitty bit, for the non-scientific). My guess is that the profit will be in...
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    Re: Tilting the telescoping cover

    Thereís a saying in medicine, where I dabbled a while before becoming a backyard beekeeper, ďif you think youíve come up with a new idea, you donít read GermanĒ.
  17. Thread: Bone dry nuc

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    Re: Bone dry nuc

    You can lay the comb flat, sprinkle sugar over it, shaking the comb a bit to get it to go deep into cells, then lightly mist it when the cells are about half filled. Ultrafine granulated sugar is...
  18. Thread: Bone dry nuc

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    Re: Bone dry nuc

    When it’s cool, but not frigid, I warm up a quart of syrup in a jar using the microwave, to about 110F (1 minute works), put that on in the morning, in each hive over the inner cover. Usually...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    I see the same in Portland OR. If warm enough to break cluster, my bees go up and eat sugar (block). Seems a good thing, saving stores closer to cluster for feeding when colder.
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    Fully agree. Calm hive can become nasty after one sting. Smoking the sting site can help; better yet, smear a little Vaseline over it, or, even better yet, some Vicks salve (make your own cheaply by...
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    Re: No harvesting?

    Get the shop towels on soon. Once it gets colder the bees ignore them, and the oxalic only contacts the bees when they're in the process of removing the towels.
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    Re: Are these bees swarming?

    6 months late getting into this thread. Had a similar hive this year, from a swarm. 2 deeps, 3 mediums. Nasty from the get-go. Scouts every day hanging out by my back door; soon as you go out, full...
  23. Re: I'm looking for advice on planting around my hives

    Keep in mind that the individual foraging bee takes from only a single flower type on each trip. How enthusiastically it messages itís cohorts on return depends on how rich the site was. Hence, mass...
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    Re: Putting a shallow supper below deep?

    Thanks for the suggestions. I’m assuming you did a newspaper combine when swapping boxes between hives as mentioned at the end of your post?
  25. Re: Free shipping on 5 gallon buckets - maybe more items!

    Have a middle eastern diner nearby; gyro joint. He gets tahini in 5 gal buckets, with lids, gaskets. Gives me as many as I need; I buy a gyro or bring him a pint of honey from time to time.
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