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    A lot of drone brood

    I did the first inspection of a new hive today and it had a LOT of drone brood built up mostly BETWEEN frames. I've never seen so much on a hive. Anybody seen this?
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    Re: Installing nucs today

    Today was nice weather. It was good to see both carnis and italians out on their first day bringing in pollen. Of course there were a lot more italians out but that's because there were a lot more in...
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    Installing nucs today

    Yep. It's that time of year again.


    https://youtu.be/WhkbUYz58VY
  4. Re: Setting up for spring - looking for nucs locally

    That's where I got my last ones. Thanks.
  5. Re: Setting up for spring - looking for nucs locally

    Contact Cary Therriault from the Cascade Natural Honey Company. His pickup is in the Cherry Crest neighborhood at the south west corner of Bridal Trails in Bellevue. He lives a couple of blocks away...
  6. Setting up for spring - looking for nucs locally

    I just finished making a stand for the hives in the back yard. I lost all of my bees over winter so looking for 2 nucs. Any suggestions? I live in Kirkland WA (East of Seattle) so I would like some...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    Sorry, I meant to say 4 in both spring AND fall. I guess I just consider the 4 doses as ONE treatment.

    And yea, I know the order of this thread got kind of mixed up because we were all posting so...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    As I explained below, I did a treatment once a week for 4 weeks, once in the early spring and once in the fall, so I don't think that was inadequate. The reason for thinking that the quilting boxes...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    I treated with a wand, once a week for 4 weeks. We bought 3 nucs about 18 months ago had 4 ( or 5? ) hives going into last winter, 3 made it to spring, and they took off with us having 8 hives by...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    Yea, we did a Spring and an Autumn OA fogging. Last year we did so well coming out of Winter and we attributed it to having used quilting boxes for the first time to mitigate moisture. We did the...
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    Re: RIP little bees...

    Perhaps they would have done better if we would have combined hives so that the hives were really full of bees? Don't know.
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    RIP little bees...

    We came out of Winter this last year strong and thought that the quilting boxes we had put on was the key to our success. But today we probed our 7 hives with the endoscope and with the exception of...
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    Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    Yes.
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    Re: A cove cutting jig for making bee box handles

    No dimensions but the sled will have to accomodate the length of your bee boxes which is probably 19 7/8 or just a little more since you'll have to take into account that you'll need to tilt the box...
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    Re: Making my own lip balm

    Please do!
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    Re: Making my own lip balm

    I tried mixing honey and wax once and had the same problem.
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    a Quick Winterizing (Pacific NW)

    The video is short - extra bonus at the end!


    https://youtu.be/eklb4MgY20Y
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    Re: burlap for quilting box?

    I have boxes on top of the hives with screen and last year I made separate quilting boxes to put on top with burlap stapled to the bottom and cedar shavings on top of the burlap. This year I am using...
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    Making my own lip balm

    I don't sell anything but I like making and giving away lip balm. It's cheap and people really like it. And because I make videos of everything I do, here it is:


    https://youtu.be/5fONWDWPZSA
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    Re: Tilting the telescoping cover

    I had tremendous success this year using quilting boxes. The moisture goes up through a layer of burlap and cedar shavings and condenses on the top. When it drips down, the water is caught by the...
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    Re: Sugar water residue/growth in jars

    Sounds good. I'll give it a try. Thanks all!
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    Sugar water residue/growth in jars

    I've never had this black 'growth' in my jars/jugs. I switched from C&H sugar to a much cheaper sugar this year and I have to wonder if that didn't cause this. I am wondering if this is a mold. The...
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    Re: Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    I was wondering about that. Thanks.
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    Re: Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    Yes it does take too long. I have 8 hives. I think if I had more I would have cut loose with the cash and gotten a vaporizer.
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    Verroa Mite treatment with OA

    This is how I spent my afternoon. It was the third of four mite treatments and of course, I made a video of it because, that's what I do :)


    https://youtu.be/czxU1SDOEOU
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