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  1. Winter Broodless Period for Northern Latitudes.

    Conventional "wisdom" used to be that colonies in the north are broodless in December, making them prime candidates for varroa treatments most effective during broodless conditions, which is all of...
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    Re: Where to buy bulk sugar?

    You guys are lucky. A google search shows Walmart sugar at $0.35 per pound, but when I put in my location, and hour and a half north of Seattle in Washington State, it jumps to $.048 a pound. Costco...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Bait Stations

    That's the concern, using sugar water or honey or cappings wax with honey, and not attracting honey bees.

    We're entering post blackberry dearth here. Open a hive, and the YJ are on the open...
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    Re: Yellow Jacket Bait Stations

    I realize this thread is 3 years old but...Has anyone found that later in summer they need a sweet based lure as opposed to meat based? Now that we're in August, the YJ seem after honey, not bees...
  5. Although the small size infers “cheap” I wasn’t...

    Although the small size infers “cheap” I wasn’t thinking in those terms. I’m still basically backyard/hobbyist albeit bigger than some. I’m still working out of my kitchen and garage. A 20-30 frame...
  6. Smallest Radial Extractor for Deep Frames

    Internet searches yield plenty of small radial extractors that are radial for medium/Illinois/western frames but tangential for deeps. I'm looking for options to spin deep frames radially for a...
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    Re: Selling Swarms

    Since this thread has been up, a local beekeeper has advertised a "a fresh swarm caught yesterday" at $65.00 on Craigslist So, unknown origin, no vetting of queen, size not listed, etc.

    Rob
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    Re: Selling Swarms

    One thing I find is that new(er) beekeepers are convinced swarms are "better" than packages. They seem bought in to the idea swarms are "feral/survivor" bees with superior genetics. I have a hard...
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    Re: Selling Swarms

    The ethics of swelling swarms is for each to decide. In my OP, I mentioned (potential) buyers were contacting me. THEY made the effort and the offer to buy something I had not put up for sale.

    Rob
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    Selling Swarms

    Last year, after posting videos of swarms entering traps on a Facebook beekeeping page, I started getting emails from new beekeepers who were too late for packages, that offered to buy swarms.
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    Re: Wax Dipping Tanks

    Greeny, that's why I asked about fuel tanks, as a former commercial fisherman, I'm familiar with them, but unsure if there would be any problems with residual fuel, or aluminum. That crazy YouTube...
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    Re: Wax Dipping Tanks

    Thanks all for the input
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    Wax Dipping Tanks

    Building up from hobbyist to small sideliner. Have 30 hives now, looking to double that soon. I realize painting is faster/cheaper/easier, but kicking around playing with wax dipping. Where would a...
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    Nectar Over Eggs

    We are in the primary nectar flow in western Washington State (blackberry). In multiple colonies, I'm seeing nectar covering eggs. The nectar is pouring in right now, and the bees are dumping it in...
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    Re: Drone layer vs. Queen cells

    Pinched her yesterday. Yes, laying workers and drone layers sure ruin good brood comb in a hurry. Nice fresh comb from the swarm, white wax and all worker because they shouldn't need drone comb for...
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    Drone layer vs. Queen cells

    Combined a small virgin led swarm that finally started laying with a small split raising emergency queens. Turns out the swarm queen is a drone layer. Who will win? Eight days later the drone layer...
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    Drone layer combine

    After combining a small swarm with a small colony raising emergency cells, I discovered the swarm queen seems to be a drone layer. Pinch her and let the cells go, or let them emerge and sort it out?...
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    Re: Always requeen a captured swarm?

    frazz: Easy to assume the "oldtimers" are talking about old queens for the sake of your agreement...that's just not my experience. I only catch about three swarms a year, and out of those, two are...
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    Re: NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE

    Two years ago I had a swarm from one of my own move into a baited 10 frame deep along side my house. My wife and visiting daughter (and a VERY concerned neighbor lady "You who....you're bees are out...
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    Post Swarm Question(s)

    I recovered a small 3 pound swarm 15 feet up one tree Friday (5/26) that was a splinter off a larger swarm 45 feet up a different fir. The beekeepers watched the swarm issue and land in different...
  21. Thread: The drones

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    Re: The drones

    Don't want to highjack thread, but relating to drones: I've been told by "old timers" Italian drones fly faster than Carniolan and Russian drones, and thus are more likely to succeed during open...
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    Re: Splits from Infected Hive ?

    Vita test kit shows positive for EFB. Alcohol wash 1 mite per 300 bees.
    What is false positive rate of test kits?
    There is some very gnarly looking black comb that came in the nuc. Brood pattern...
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    Splits from Infected Hive ?

    I haven't tested with one of the kits yet, but have a colony that was an April "nuc" (split from California almond bees and given a caged queen from Florida) that has EFB symptoms. No smell, not much...
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    Re: pre-nectar flow mite treatments

    Has anyone actually answered the OP's question?

    Throw a "half treatment" of one MAQS pad on them if YOU'RE not satisfied with the OAV results. Not enough time until supering to use Amitraz.
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    Re: To Early For Syrup?

    Yeah, what's up with that? I assume the bees go to the highest point seeking warmth. I use hardware cloth on the top of my rims (a la Lauri Miller), and when giving a quick peek to check sugar, the...
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