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    Re: Formic Pro Issues?

    These variables could have affected the treatment efficacy: long break between strips (13 days would merit starting over); a bit much hive space for a single strip treatment, especially, to cover;...
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    Re: Hive stands on concrete pavers?

    I don't see why not. One of my hives is on a sloped part of my yard from which I dug out a tree stump. I filled the hole with dirt and then river rock, then covered with pavers on top of which I...
  3. Re: Winter Broodless Period for Northern Latitudes.

    This is my treatment plan from last year.

    Formic Pro Aug. 27-Sep. 10
    OAV 10/13/18
    OAV 10/20/18
    OAV 10/27/18
    OAV 01/01/19
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    Re: Keeping Bee Hive Records

    Whatever works for you--stone tablets even. :) I'm too new to beekeeping not to keep as detailed records as I am able. I need to refer to them later.
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    Re: Keeping Bee Hive Records

    I keep a spreadsheet. Here is a snapshot. 51041
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    Re: Ok to use battery in jeep for OAV?

    ~12V DC is ~12V DC. :)
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    Formic Pro and robbing

    I just treated my three hives with two strips each Formic Pro. I had wondered if the formic acid smell would have an ancillary benefit of preventing robbing during the dearth here. My thought was the...
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    Re: Need advice see video

    Tmac, One of my hives did just that this May. My mentor and I split them the next day, but they swarmed afterward anyway. We think the first swarm attempt somehow did not get the queen along for the...
  9. Thread: Washington

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    Re: Washington

    Snohomish, WA

    This is the same hive.

    Event Date Notes
    swarm 05/08/19 Swarm returned to hive. Mentor confirmed when we saw queen next day of split
    split 05/09/19 left original queen in...
  10. Thread: swarm

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    Re: swarm

    Exactly so: find the reason for the swarm. I just had a hive swarm thrice after a split, and found them to be honeybound during the blackberry nectar flow. This was negligence and lack of experience...
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    Re: Opening hives, I get attacked

    I would prefer a bee sting to a chigger under my skin. All day long....
  12. Re: Ok to use be brush to brush bees away on brood frames?

    I'll never use a bee brush again--the bees got really agitated. Shaking is the way.
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    Re: Are these honeybees in the ground?

    I sent them a link to the local swarm hotline, and the bees have been moved. You can see here:
    https://www.facebook.com/SiskiyouFieldInstitute/posts/10156371136672877
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    Are these honeybees in the ground?

    I got this picture from my mother in Selma, OR. My bee club in Washington thinks they are not honeybees. If honeybees, why are they on the ground, and have been for a couple days now?
  15. Re: Cluster of bees under hive--screened bottom board

    At this point, should I simply swap hive locations, moving the old queen and full hive body to the new location and bringing the split with the queen cells to the old location?
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    Lovely--honey production is only an ancillary benefit; I just want healthy, well-managed hives. I hope his way works. We did see eggs in the hive, though. Hopefully she keeps laying and stays home. I...
  17. Re: Cluster of bees under hive--screened bottom board

    There were at least six fully formed queen cells. We found the queen, so they had not yet swarmed. We split the hive. My bee club mentor said had we not got to them when we did, they would likely...
  18. Re: Cluster of bees under hive--screened bottom board

    I have a mentor from my club who is coming to help me split tomorrow. I'll post back what we find.
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    Understood. I am asking for help from my club, otherwise will make my best effort alone.
  20. Re: Cluster of bees under hive--screened bottom board

    Now they have settled a bit, heavily bearding on the front and side of the hive more than I ever have seen. I could not see the bees moving en masse anywhere, just so many bees flying around and...
  21. Re: Cluster of bees under hive--screened bottom board

    I haven't seen one before live, but I am pretty sure the hive just swarmed. Bees are pouring all over the entrance and thousands in the air. Is there anything to be done now besides try top track...
  22. Re: Cluster of bees under hive--screened bottom board

    The population was high last week, but I did not see capped queen cells. I believe I should be splitting soon. Should I add a third deep until I split? I wanted to split using a survivor stock queen...
  23. Re: Cluster of bees under hive--screened bottom board

    I am gathering I made a mistake in removing it in the first place. That said, I am learning and trying to recover from the error.
  24. Re: Cluster of bees under hive--screened bottom board

    Update: I got out to my side yard at lunch. I smoked them a lot underneath and scraped off the comb they had built. I put the mite board back in and sealed the slot with tape. The comb had some...
  25. Cluster of bees under hive--screened bottom board

    There is a larger than fist-sized cluster congregated under the screened bottom board. The mite board insert has been removed. What could be going on there? I didn't see anything awry on the bottom...
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