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    Re: Global Warming

    Using terms such as "deniers" or"believers" and then citing science is confusing.
    Is "global warming" a belief system or scientific theory?
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    Sticky: Re: Successful Queen Introduction tips.

    There's 1000 ways to cook a pot of soup and most of them taste good to somebody.
    Here's a couple of ideas:
    So, you're going to buy a couple of packages with queens and buy a couple of preferred...
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    Sticky: Re: Successful Queen Introduction tips.

    NO.
    BUT, if I did, it would qualify as an activity that I identified in the original post:
    "Cockamamie monkey-motion" :lookout:
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    Sticky: Re: Successful Queen Introduction tips.

    I don't want to contradict a fellow beekeepers advise or experience but here's mine:
    Several years ago I had the memorable (ugly) experience of requeening a bunch of hybrids that were highly...
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    Re: Best way to cull a dying hive?

    Roll a wheelbarrow next to the hive.
    Add about of 4" of soapy water.
    Shake the bees off of the frames into the soapy water.
    store the hive in a cool dry place until spring.
    Dump the wheelbarrow...
  6. Oregon State Beekeepers Association Fall Conference 2019

    Oregon State Beekeepers Association Fall Conference 2019
    The Oregon State Beekeepers Association will hold its annual fall conference on October 25, 26 & 27 2019 at the Florence Convention Center,...
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    Re: Any Beekeeping Podcasts?

    Here's my favorite, from Oregon State University:
    http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/pollinationpodcast/
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    Re: Purchased Queen Never Laid An Egg

    On the other hand:
    We buy box after box of queens, introduce them properly and have very, very few problems.
    All queen producers are not the same.
    Their genetics aren't the same, their employees...
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    Re: Honey Tank Score!

    I have never seen a honey bottling tank that seals air tight.
  10. Re: Why do Queen Bee prices not fluctuate based on seasonal demand?

    I appreciate the free market.
    If the price is too high sales will suffer.
    There are always other vendors that buyers can chose from.
    But what about quality?
    And what about your position of...
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    Re: Commercial - Swarm Prevention Methods

    Oh, I don't know.
    Maybe I was just being a little "crazy".
    :p
  12. Re: Business ethics question. Am I in the wrong?

    I am so very glad to see discussion of "Beekeeper Ethics" taking place.
    I worry that these principles are eroding as time passes.
    Beekeeping is an "agricultural community" and CAN funtion...
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    Re: Commercial - Swarm Prevention Methods

    This is similar to my situation.
    For those of us that take bees into almonds; we manage for strong hives early in the season.
    Without knocking them back prior to the flow, they would all swarm....
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    Re: Commercial - Swarm Prevention Methods

    Is there really such a thing as "swarm prevention"?
    We shake packages, pull nucs, make hard divides.
    Is that "swarm prevention" or are we just swarming for them, but in a controlled fashion?
  15. Re: My first two hives of 10,000 have been ordered :)

    When one has 10,000 hives and no help, reversing 408 at a time speeds things up.
    :D
  16. Thread: Losses

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    Re: Losses

    THAT is the story of the year from all reports I receive.
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    Re: Losses

    I'm not sure what the traditional signs of "CCD" looks like, but DEFINITELY have noticed the cells.
    Almost every single deadout has queen cells in one form or another.
    These queen problems would...
  18. Thread: Losses

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    Re: Losses

    Pretty sad when 25% is viewed as "low" losses.
    Most, if not all of the beekeepers that I know lost more than 25% this winter.

    The worst part is, WE ARE GETTING NO HELP!!
    A "new" video showing...
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    Cold, Wet, Mud, Late bloom

    I have been pollinating almonds in Glenn and Butte county's for over 15 years and this is the latest bloom yet.
    My grower in Glenn county told me that there is not a single bloom on the Winters...
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    Re: Can I Make a Living from Bees???

    It can be a challenge sifting the wheat from the chaff when just getting started.
    It looks to me like you have made two VERY GOOD choices.
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    Re: supersedure from package install

    For the newer beekeepers, I wanted to add a few comments.

    It is very, very important for beekeepers to be able to identify Supercedure, emergency and swarm cells as early on as possible.
    This is...
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    Re: supersedure from package install

    Along similar lines of Micheal Palmer's response, we have always thought the problem is an imbalance of pheromones.
    All of a sudden you have a hive with nothing but eggs, etc so they draw...
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    Re: Hummer-Bee vs Swinger

    https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Shallotman/GrabberLoadin2.jpg

    If a forklift cannot travel at least 60 mph, I wouldn't waste my money.
    :D
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    Re: forklift

    Thanx!
    Some years are better than others......
    Harry
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    Re: forklift

    In all of beekeeping, the element of scale becomes very apparent.
    Whether it is hive assembly, honey packing, hive moving; as an operation increases in size, equipment must have capability to get...
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