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    Re: Refractometer tips

    You don't need to cover the whole plate. You just need a very small smear across the middle. When I first got mine I was worried that it didn't work correctly until I just put a drop on the plate...
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    Re: How Does Rain Affect Nectar Flow?

    For me rain has a short term negative impact but a positive long term impact. Obviously it depends on the frequency. In our area I think that a half to one inch rain once a week is ideal. Tree...
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    Re: Cloake board disaster

    I once went out to place cells only to find one virgin had hatched and one cell had been chewed open on the side and the queen inside was dead. The other cells were still fine so I left the hatched...
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    Re: How to store honey frames?

    Are the uncapped frames in comb that was already drawn? My bees won't cap honey in comb when the flow stops before the cells are filled. I use a refractometer to verify moisture content and then...
  5. Re: Help With Requeening/Combining After a Vertical/Snelgrove Split

    I wouldn't worry about caging the queen. There are many ways to add a new queen, but I think that the safest is:

    I would kill your old poor queen (I've put her body on the landing board in the...
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    Re: Is having only 1 hive manageable?

    I don't have any experience with Africanized bees. I take capped brood from my strong hives and places them in weak hives to control swarm inpulse. Since you won't have weak hives, you could use...
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    Re: Is having only 1 hive manageable?

    There are a couple of ways to deal with one hive. Ray Marler gave you one good way. I've always thought that if I could only have one hive I would either:

    1. About the third week in April...
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    Re: getting bees to work plastic

    I've had problems with most plastic foundation, but found that PermaDent foundation works great. Our local bee supply store had it at one time and then went to Pierco. I ordered it from a place in...
  9. Re: Why does some honey crystllize and some doesn't from the same bees?

    Several years ago I got a case of 1 lb jars (24) back from the farm store that we sell our honey in the first part of November when they closed for the year. It was strange because as I pulled each...
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    Re: Filmed my bees during total eclipse

    We went north about 45 minutes to a city park to watch the eclipse. The lawn area was mostly weeds with a lot of yellow flowers. There were a lot of honey bees on them. Maybe 20 or more within 15...
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    Re: Nicot questions

    I can't take credit for coming up with the method. Read the sticky at the top of this forum entitled "My cell builder method" by Michael Palmer. I can say that that it works well.
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    Re: Nicot questions

    I feed the cell builder, even when the flow is on. I take a large 20 frame hive that has had an excluder between the boxes for 9 days with the queen below and had all of the open brood above when...
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    Re: Nicot questions

    In 2007 I purchased a Jenter system which is functionally the same as the Nicot. I used it for about 4 years before I started grafting. I didn't move to grafting because of any deficiency in the...
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    Re: Linux has Changed...

    I've used Ubuntu since 6.04 and Redhat before that for work and home. I bought VMware workstation for Linux and installed windows in it (currently Windows 10) to run those programs. VMware is...
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    Re: forage plants

    The rumor around here is that you need to pull your honey supers before Queen Ann's Lace is the only thing around. Otherwise your honey will acquire a bitter taste. This from a couple of commercial...
  16. Thread: Chalk brood

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    Re: Chalk brood

    Chalkbrood should go away with if it isn't too bad. If it is a bad case the best thing to do is requeen. I had bad chalkbrood back around 2000. I couldn't figure out how to stop it until I changed...
  17. Re: Bees in Evergreen Timber Forests - Pacific Nortwhest?

    I kept bees at 1200 feet about 5 miles north of Washougal for over 20 years (Camas address). They did well there. I was surprised how much they worked Cascara. I put honey supers on about the time...
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    Re: Swarms As Comb Builders

    The fastest that I saw was a large swarm during our honey flow was given a deep with two drawn frames and eight frames of foundation. After a week they had drawn the other eight frames so I gave...
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    Re: Cells with little jelly

    I would say that most of my JZBZ cells are empty when I pull them from mating nuc's after hatching. I rarely have a queen that isn't up to my standards (unlike many of the queens that I was buying...
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    Re: Year 4 with bear issues

    I use the same Parmak fencer discussed above. I built a fence with gate out of 5' welded wire fencing and tee posts. No, this won't keep a bear out. Then I built an electric fence 6-12" outside of...
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    Re: Queen Mating flight

    I've seen what I have assumed were queen mating flights. I've never actually seen a virgin leave or return, but I have seen unusual activity around some of my mating nucs. I've seen a lot of flying...
  22. Re: Move Queen cells early, or during bad weather better?

    I'm in Oregon too and it seems that I'm usually moving cells in the rain at about 50 degrees. I would just move them on Friday. Mine should be on mating flights today, so I was pretty fortunate...
  23. Re: Sloppy marking - Testor model paint for marking queens runs all over the place

    I use a piece of grass with the paint and have not had any problems. If you see a drop of paint on the end of the grass, you have too much paint. The end of the grass should have paint on it, but...
  24. Thread: Grafting ?

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    Re: Grafting ?

    MInz, I've move from Camas to Elmira, OR. It's not too much farther.

    I have a bunch of the Chinese tools. I can get the larva on them, but have a problem getting them off without damage. So I...
  25. Thread: Grafting ?

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    Re: Grafting ?

    I graft right into cups that I take out of the bag 10 minutes before grafting.

    It seems that trying to graft from the smallest, just hatched larva, is pretty hard because there isn't enough jelly...
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