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  1. Pollen quality f1 hybrid perennials vs open pollinated

    Interested in the highest nutritional value for my bees. Considering planting a few F1 hybrid perennials or sacrificing newer attributes and planting the open pollinated variety of the same plant...
  2. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    Nice post. I wonder the same thing. How much over wintering death is from dehydration?

    I’m keen to watch December weather. The stretches when its in the 30’s and dry when the cluster cannot...
  3. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    My first 2 colonies did not make it. Moisture was one of many reasons. I did not run an upper. So while it may be too dry right now I’d rather err in that direction until I have more experience...
  4. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    I think that's spot on square. The broodnest also requires humidity. After they have cleansing flights or fed water I can smell honey in the air.
  5. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    6a- they call us high desert so dry is common. Running small upper notched entrance and wide open bottom with mouse guard, vivaldi board with feeding shim and burlap, 2 inch foam under and over top...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    Love Saskatraz. Just not from a package. Even the best packages are like chaos in a box. Even if you put them on drawn comb (which I did) they may well supersede her as many packages do. If I...
  7. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    As a follow up for those intrigued by the water thread....

    Noticed the sugar bricks looked dry and not touched. So I spritzed them with water just to see if the addition of moisture would...
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    Re: Australia’s fires

    What I like about the rural aid site is that it was set up by the Australian Honey Bee Industrial Council so I'm more comfortable knowing money will go where it needs to go. This is directed to pro...
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    Re: Mountain camp vs. honey

    2nd year 6a - 5 hives have feeding shims, ample fondant, winter patties, ample honey stores and super dry cavity. Noticing they go for the honey stores when they can get out for water. After those...
  10. Re: A new Year. What are your goals for the bees in 2020?

    Keep it simple- live bees, keep it fun, make more bee friends, continue being observant and listen to the bees. Much more detail to this, but like so many things it boils down to only doing a few...
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    Re: A VERY hot hive - what next?

    2nd year. Installed a nuc that was different to work day one. Likely Russian. Had considered requeening- however landed on another strategy that's working for my skill level. I built and now use...
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    Sticky: Re: Today in the Apiary

    All 5 alive and flying today. 6a high desert Oregon. Especially proud of the mid August swarm thats thriving in their resource hive. Kept the mites off and fed them heavily. Sold on 4 over 4...
  13. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    That was interesting. I didn’t see any top entrances on his hives either. Do you have plastic covers over your frames?
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    Re: Top Feeder Setup

    Mason jars are a close 2nd. To get super picky I think you need 3 types for different conditions, 1) dearth- trickle feed to avoid starvation but avoid swarming, starvation and stagnation, 2) spring...
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    Re: Merry Christmas Bee Source Beekeepers!

    Happy Christmas from the small but well loved Alldredge Apiary.

    Favorite free hive tool gift- a feather. Use one all the time to tease bees off stuff. Enjoy.
  16. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    After seeing them dive on the droplets I can understand the enthusiasm. Anecdotally, a few days after this they all had cleansing/water gathering flights and calmed down considerably. Not a peep...
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    Re: Asian Giant Hornet

    At a little over 6 minutes you get to see the queen. Holy cow. Wow they were brave for going in at night and sticking their hand down that hole after blowing CO2.

    I think I’m glad you posted...
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    Re: Top Feeder Setup

    2nd year 6a and super fussy about top feeders. I landed on the rapid feeders (2 liter) that can be purchased on ebay. Biggest downside- escapees under the cup when they run dry. They also come in...
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    Re: Bee cozy and quilt boxes

    2nd year 6a. I’m using Bee Cozy’s and a quilt box as well. From the pictures you are also using twine to bind. That may be part of the problem if you’re not allowing moisture to escape through the...
  20. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    Yes, I meant out of the colonies. In my winter config I'm using Bee Cozy's on the outside to match the r factor of a tree. I'm also running a small notched top entrance with a vivaldi board with...
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    Re: Asian Giant Hornet

    Found this very useful article from Honeybeesuite about a beekeeper in France that has been dealing with them. He has some successful measures and controls. Rusty also updated it with the local...
  22. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    I live in the high desert of Oregon. My climate is much different than yours. I’d like to know more about dehydration death or if its even studied. It seems this year I've learned how to keep...
  23. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    Really appreciate your response. I’m not there yet for my skill level. I had too much condensation my first year. However I’m seeing some heavy insulation no vent models that look intriguing. ...
  24. Re: Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    Really good idea GG. Been wondering how to rig something. Fed even more water today. You could smell honey in the air. My guess is some of their honey crystalized and they needed water to liquify...
  25. Fed water droplets/ landing board- they went nuts

    6a cloudy snow on the ground and 40. Experimented with spritzing water droplets on the landing board or around top entrance. They went ape. The nozzle was quite close and they would dive on the...
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