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  1. Re: We usually have trouble finding the queen

    Cool photo, thanks!
  2. Re: Any reason to actually use "box joints" other than aesthetics?

    I have equipment with box joints and with rabbet joints. The box joints so far are holding up better for me. The rabbet joints are more affected by the wood "cupping" with changes in moisture.
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    Re: Is my situation right for beekeeping?

    My situation is quite different, but bees are generally gentle, unless they have Africanized genes, or something is spooking them, or they are really hungry. You can generally control these things...
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    Re: Tool bucket replacement ideas

    5 gallon bucket, without the organizer.
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    Re: Hive Inspection *puzzled*

    Bingo! Time to reevaluate you mite management strategy, and to treat immediately.

    i would also look at that drone brood for mites, just for fun. My guess is you will see plenty.
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    Re: 18 month plan - is it realistic?

    Boy that's the truth. This year I decided that I was going to quit throwing money at the bees. So far, income exceeds expenses, so far so good.


    Well said.
  7. Re: 2, 3, 5, or 35 What are the least practical to get out of buying bees every year?

    I think 2 is a good minimum for the first year, and 3 is gooder. But they are a lot of work (it seems) in the beginning. Once beekeepers hits their stride, I think 5-8 is generally sustainable for...
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    Re: Harvest Lane at Tractor Supply

    I have seen them in other similar stores. I was not impressed, but never have bought any myself.
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    Re: Help! Bad at seeing eggs

    Dark foundation helps. Eggs are not wet, they are dry.

    What I do is take a brood frame, and look at the edges of the uncapped brood. Usually I can find eggs there. By "edges of the uncapped...
  10. Re: 2.5 weeks post package install question and pics

    I would do this. But rather than "scraping," I would cut away the excess thickness with a sharp knife, so more like thinning instead of removing.
  11. Re: Cooling of interior by frequent inspection - every 5 days?

    Since smoke calms the bees, no smoke is likely more intrusive overall than using smoke.
  12. Re: Removing capped frames to control colony size?

    I like in the North, and know nothing about Africanized genetics, but I would bet you found some! i would do whatever it takes, soon.
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    Re: Snap decisions in the apiary

    Yep, sure do. When I am in the hive and there is something to do, that I think cannot wait a week, I do it.

    Usually it turns out OK.
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    Re: Possible Mites?

    To me, mites on a bottom board look like little red seeds more than anything else. Until you look close enough to see the legs, they don't look like an insect.
  15. Re: Neighbor contesting our beekeeping permit - advice for the upcoming hearing?

    Though it may be "satisfying" to escalate, doing so will probably cause the other side to escalate as well. Seek to resolve this through information and courtesy, and I think you will find a way...
  16. Thread: HONEY SUPERS

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    Re: HONEY SUPERS

    I don't bother, and it has never caused me any issue. Not a great answer, but there you go.
  17. Re: Swarm Trap Post - no more climbing trees

    I don't climb trees, and I don't use ladders unless I have to, so my swarm traps are for the most part on the ground.

    That said, I don't catch swarms either ... but I try.
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    Re: Caught my first swarm! When to move it?

    Interesting, can you elaborate?
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    Re: How many honey extractions?

    Once in July. I don't get enough honey to do it twice.
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    Re: What do you feed your bees?

    I have never seen 2:1 ferment, and I have kept it for months. I still have 2 gallons of it leftover from last fall, and expect to be using it this fall without spoilage.
  21. Re: New to beekeeping in the Okanogan Valley of Washington state

    Welcome, from Deer Park, not too far away!

    Greg
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    Re: What do you feed your bees?

    2:1 syrup, spring or fall. I have tried adding some Pro-Health (essential oil blend) in the past, and didn't find there to be any advantage that I could notice.
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    Re: Queen excluder on the bottom

    Drones plug it up, and a swarm queen is thinner, so she can probably get through anyway.
  24. Re: the bee genius...brought to you by Budweiser

    :scratch:
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    Re: Hello From Northern Idaho

    Add the second deep when the first is 80% drawn with comb.

    You probably won't need the supers this year, but same principle, add when the previous is 80% drawn. Remove the syrup before adding any...
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