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    Re: Hello from Portland, OR

    Hello from Sisters Oregon. Welcome.
  2. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    So the question is- how different are these numbers for someone wintering outdoors?
  3. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    FYI- Ian (Canadian Beekeepers Blog- YouTube) has 5 gallon pails on his colonies and just went through a snow event. If you have a few minutes it's worth it to follow his videos to see what he's been...
  4. Re: Why the heck won't they gain weight (after ALOT of feeding).

    Gotta say- if money isn't an issue I'd throw some ProSweet on those bad boys. It's super thick, already inverted and will add weight like nobody's business. Also I'd pile it on with a big hive top...
  5. Re: When do you add fondant/mountain camp sugar?

    2nd year- The underlying question to me is- did I feed adequately to get them to winter weight? If the answer is yes then many would claim that you really don't need to add fondant. The best feed...
  6. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    Thanks everyone for your input. I read through all of them. If I notice excess moisture again I have more ideas to fall back on. Taking the tape off and putting foam on the inside and outside are...
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    Re: Best Bee Smoker

    Dadant tall, just got mine- incredibly easy to start and stays lit.
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    Re: oa dribble freqency

    Please don’t make my mistake. I didn’t want to put out the money for a wand and this among other mistakes led to losing both of my colonies last year. It was too hard on the brood. Queens survived...
  9. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    Epilogue- Done. Had some extra foam board and cut that to size and put inside the telescopic cover. Also left the outside foam- outside. Unless MP think that having both will cause a problem I...
  10. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    Will do. Have some ready for just that purpose. So cool that you responded to my post.
  11. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    PS plus a vivaldi board and burlap.
  12. Re: Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    Yes I have upper entrances and 2 inch foam board over my top cover.
  13. Taped seams created moisture buildup- hopefully removed it in time

    I taped the seams of some of my hives a few weeks ago to keep robbing pressure down. It works. Didnít think twice about it when I put my Bee Cozys on during a cold snap. Noticed yesterday my big...
  14. Re: This is getting ridiculous (Varroa and OAV treatment)

    So glad you seeing a reduction. I’m betting on your persistence and determination. These drifting mites sneak in late. My biggest block of mites came after the second round.

    People here...
  15. Re: New Dadant smoker where have you been all my life?

    Wow good to know. The thing is a beast.
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    Re: I left my hive sealed up - UGH!

    Anyone who has the courage to admit a mistake is a credit to his bees. No doubt you've done countless other things that kept them in good health. After reading this I did another round of OAV and...
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    Re: No harvesting?

    Please keep in mind you are talking to a second year here so here goes- You made my day!

    SO glad you found a wand and treated them. The 24/48 hour mite drop on your sticky board will tell you a...
  18. Re: Giganto Hive: How to get them to condense resources

    I had a monster hive like this one and put them to work building a box of deep frames of honey for emergencies. That very heavy box was removed a few months ago and stored. They had medium boxes...
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    Re: Mountain Camp - proactive or reactive?

    6a 3100 elevation 2nd year- fed sugar syrup heavily in September. Noticed they slowed down after mid September so I got this part right this year. All got around 4-5 gallons. So lots in the comb. ...
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    Re: No harvesting?

    As an epilogue- Bought a Varrox wand and started my first series of OAV on 9/30. Had noticed that one of my hives had a climbing mite count from watching the sticky board very carefully. So even...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    Switched to dry winter feed as of 10/1 (bakers sugar, winter patties). Finished small square internal feeders and put in a winter pattie and bakers sugar to take the hunger edge off the colonies. I...
  22. Re: Pro-sweet and fondant from Mann Lake: ripoff.

    I’m budget minded but love using ProSweet for fall feeding. I went through 2- 5 gallon pails on sale for around $50. It’s already inverted so the bees can store it immediately and it really adds...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    First frost yesterday 10/2 in Sisters Oregon (dry high desert 3100 elevation). The tomatoes and dahlias just hated it.
  24. Does a fall swarm ever return to the originating hive?

    Do fall swarms ever return to the originating hive? This colony has a very full deep and very full medium and the number of bees surprised me when I took a good look today. Wall to wall bees. I'm...
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    Re: No harvesting?

    First off- great move testing them. I looked at this article-https://pollinators.msu.edu/resources/beekeepers/varroa-mite-monitoring1/
    If your sample included 300 bees, your nice hive had an...
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