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    Double candy board winter feeding?

    Will the following configuration increase the risk of moisture build up and/or too much CO2 within the cluster?
    TBH with 5 hole entry/landing board on one end [not side]. Western WA winter...
  2. Splitting- how many brood/honey bars to move

    FIRST TIME SPLITTER
    Background- 18 bar TBH with all but 2 entrance facing combs full to brim of brood or pure honey. Moved combs 1-3 into new hive that had brood and capped honey. Found the queen...
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    Re: What to Plant in 1/4 Acre

    White clover good sure. Lavender a bit high maintenance, but if you are really looking for something in the fall late seasons that are pretty much zero work load, think goldenrod. That will get you...
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    Re: Distance between hives?

    Once again, thanks all! The distance we set up also allows me to get the riding mower in the 'center' of the triangle for tapping the battery for OAV when needed without having to move it around.
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    Distance between hives?

    Yup I realize the simple answer is more is better, but...what would you consider the minimum distance between hives?

    Right now I have them spaced in something of a triangle about 6-7 feet apart...
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    Re: OAV virgin TBH B4 introducing bees

    THANKS! Since there is no real advantage to treating an empty hive, even though we have cartridge masks, I think we'll just skip it and make sure we know what the vendor(s) have or haven't done prior...
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    Re: OAV virgin TBH B4 introducing bees

    Frank, thank you. Going to make sure and discuss last treatment dates with the vendors of both package and nuc to find out if/when either were treated. We've learned to be paranoid about mites.
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    OAV virgin TBH B4 introducing bees

    Not the first stupid question I'll ever ask. So here goes the first one.

    Package and a nuc will be ready for pickup in the next 2-3 weeks weather dependent. Is there any benefit to vaporizing the...
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    Re: Bumblebee curiosity

    Thanks all for the input. Not going to sweat it much. Just the first time I've noticed this. Granted we have only been at it a couple of seasons.
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    Re: Bumblebee curiosity

    Totally agree, we make every effort to give them their place in the world. We have found that they REALLY find great nesting places in our compost pile(s) which sometimes is not in their best...
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    Re: Bumblebee curiosity

    In this case absolutely certain. BIG black and white bumblebees.
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    Bumblebee curiosity

    We are having a burst of warm [for us] weather here in Olympia WA and the bees are quite active for short bursts of the day. Nothing of consequence in bloom yet, not even maples. Not the point....
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    Re: North/South vs East/West TBH

    Thanks ALL for our insights. The list of things I am still learning is long but one for sure is just because it sounds like a good idea, don't mean diddly. And starting with TBHs makes it a whole lot...
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    North/South vs East/West TBH

    If this question has been asked before, apologies. Two of our current TBHs have entries on the end of the hive. Currently they have the entry facing northerly and they are doing fine BUT the primary...
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    Re: Resources on Nectar Flow Timing?

    GREATEST Link I've yet to find and aligns with our local cycles for the plants that grow on our side of the mountains. Thank you.
    Gary K Olympia WA
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    Re: Bottom Board Mite Counts

    Extremely new bee keeping so forgive an odd question not so much about mite drops, but treating in Mid December which is normally in the middle of what is commonly the coldest/colder weather here in...
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    Re: Winter Feeding question

    Similar question in Olympia WA with relatively mild winters. TBH with a few thin spacers between three top bars all with either brood or honey combs. Have been fondant feeding using follower board...
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    Re: Moving hives

    Thanks. We'll get over the paranoia's someday I suspect. Gotta start somewhere eh?
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    Re: Moving hives

    Back to moving hive. Also VERY new to the world of bees. 3 feet 3 miles rule presents something of a problem for us. We need to move our TBH about 30 feet and are thinking one move in the winter...
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    Re: How to insulate long hives?

    "Has anyone had experience using natural materials as insulation in a hive? like straw or wool? " Our world in addition to just starting out with bees is very much tied into raw fiber, mostly llama...
  21. Re: Beeproof top bar hive screened bottom, not so much

    [QUOTE=Loudo;1741133]They said good judgment results from bad judgment, so I'm fulfilling the traditional beek noob role by making a few mistakes. I could not find for the life of me screen material...
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    Re: Pollen Color Chart?

    [QUOTE=Kuro;1750391]I have not found a color chart specific for Western Washington. I think this Wikipedia site is still the best (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pollen_sources).

    Thank...
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    Pollen Color Chart?

    We live in a rather rural area of Western Washington State. Our nearest neighbors are invisible from a human line of site with most land owned in blocks of 5-100 acres. Lots of time surrounds us. And...
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