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  1. Re: Combining queenless packages into existing hives?

    I believe trying to add bees from a package in the spring would be a total waste of your money. All colonies of bees come into spring with the goal of colony reproduction (swarming). To achieve that...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    The older I get, the less I appreciate mankind's job of artificial selection in other species. One of the purposes in having a wide gene pool within any species is to create differences in the...
  3. Re: Top Bar Package Install Schedule Feedback Requested

    I am not sure that OA dribble is recommended for packages or recently installed packages either. I don't find OAD to be real easy with a top bar hive and if I had to recommend using it on a new...
  4. Thread: Sourwood trees

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    Re: Sourwood trees

    I planted a couple of sourwood trees at the same time I planted 20 black locust trees about 5 years ago. All the trees were about the same size when planted, about 3 feet tall. The black locusts are...
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    Re: Planning for my first bee's come spring

    I would take an opposite approach than recommended by Litsinger. Italians and Carni's react differently to weather, nectar flows and general conditions. If you have two or more different varieties...
  6. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    To get 80-100 pounds per hive and sell all of the honey, you have a lot of "if's" to get through.

    If you can keep them alive over the winter
    If you can keep them from swarming in the spring
    If...
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    Re: Weighing Beehives-Winter Weight

    I have used quart mason jars for years and have never seen bees take the syrup that fast. The most I ever see taken is 2 quarts a day and that much is pretty rare. Is it possible that the holes are...
  8. Thread: queen excluders

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    Re: queen excluders

    I find they are really handy for queen rearing and helping to locate sneaky queens but never use them to keep queens out of the supers. I prefer the metal ones.
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    Re: Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    If you really want to add sophistication, the feeders need to have Dom Perignon and the protein patties will need to be made from real Kobe beef imported from Japan. The bee suit needs to be...
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    Re: Maximum Crop & Earthquake Proof Hive Stand

    I would be really impressed if you did chainsaw carving into the hive stand and made it really artistic. You would have to do it yourself, no hiring an outside artist to do the work. Carvings of bees...
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    Re: Two different bee races in one colony.

    You do not have 2 different races of bees in one colony. All the bees are the daughters of the queen and the difference in the looks of the bees is because they have different drone fathers. All of...
  12. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    I live in the beautiful Pacific NW that is well known for being extremely rainy and humid throughout the winter. It does not get real cold (freezing temperatures) most of the time and we get very...
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    Re: Double queen colonies for honey production

    We have beekeepers in this area that raise one hive on top of another and separated with a double screen. Just before the blackberry flow, one queen is removed and the hives are merged together as...
  14. Thread: OAV or Apivar?

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    Re: OAV or Apivar?

    It is not correct to OAV with supers on the hive unless you remove the supers during treatment or provide a barrier to prevent the vapor from entering the supers. The barrier for the supers can be...
  15. Thread: OAV or Apivar?

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    Re: OAV or Apivar?

    This is not an attempt to hijack this thread but I have 2 questions on the use of MAQS.

    1. The instructions taken from NOD Global's website states "An entrance must be provided that is the full...
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    Re: Oxalic Dribble Method

    If you are doing a boatload of hives, the dribble method is much quicker. In the time it takes to vaporize 1 hive with a Provap, including the warm up period between treatments, you can probably do...
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    Re: Double queen colonies for honey production

    Just to be clear on what you are asking. Are you referring to raising two colonies that are separated by a double screen board?
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    That is exactly why I decided to have ten hives! I finally figured out how to keep them alive and suddenly every swarm in the neighborhood started coming to my yard. I caught 5 swarms this year and 4...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    I will agree with Fatshark. 10 - 12 is a really good number. However, I got up to 22 this year and will be selling off a bunch in spring. Having 10 hives and suddenly you need to be a good neighbor...
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    Re: Lowest observed foraging temperature

    I don't see the bees out in force at that temperature this time of year but in the spring, there are a fair amount at 50 degrees. Most of my queens are offspring of queens from Olympic Wilderness...
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    Re: When to add solid sugar feed

    I am located in Bellevue, just across the water from you. Lift up the back of the hive and see how heavy it is. If the hive has plenty of weight, check it again in December. If it is light, add it...
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    Re: Best way to thin syrup

    I generally find that bees will not take syrup for one of three reasons:
    1. There is a pretty good nectar flow happening
    2. It is too cold for them to take it
    3. The hive has serious mite or...
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    Re: How to feed pollen patties for top bar hives?

    If you want to feed sugar, putting a sugar block in the bag works great. But I have gotten lazier in my old age and I now put the sugar blocks on edge and stand it up on the floor of the hive just...
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    Re: Provap 110 and top bar hive

    Same here.
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    Re: Provap 110 and top bar hive

    I vaporize into 2 different locations on my top bar hives. The vapor does not seem to move horizontally very well in the top bar hives. The two holes are 1/3 of the way from the front and from the...
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