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    Re: North/South vs East/West TBH

    I have 6 top bar hives and am about 1 hour north of you. My entrances face in every direction. The bees could care less what direction the entrance faces. I have seen no difference in survival based...
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    Re: Essential oils - food grade only?

    I have heard the same thing about using HBH with formic acid treatments. I am glad to see your experience matches the claims. There are enough risks when using formic acid and anything that reduces...
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    Re: Essential oils - food grade only?

    John, my recommendation is to skip the essential oils all together. While I don't have the links to the studies, there is evidence that using them in supplemental bee food does more harm than good. I...
  4. 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...
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    Re: Installing packages

    I have installed packages into hives that were less than a foot apart with no issues. The installs were done minutes apart. You should have no problems doing them one right after another.
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    Re: Asian Giant Hornet

    I am sure the person who brought varroa or small hive beetles into Europe and the new world said the same thing. Any introduced species has the ability to wreak havoc in their new environment....
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    Re: Formic Pro and Your Health

    All it takes is to get a whiff of formic the first time you use it to realize you need protection. After my first time, I will never and have never used it again without the proper mask, gloves and...
  8. Thread: USGS

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    Re: USGS

    I don't use their service but do keep a journal of bloom dates. I do know from years of keeping the journal that the blackberry flow (our primary one) happens just about 45 days after the apples are...
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    Re: How many honey supers do I need?

    I am a bit north of you in a suburban area and I have never needed more than 2 supers at a time. Your area is a bit drier than me and I would imagine that your summer dearth comes earlier than mine...
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    I use and recommend using a jigsaw for all plastic foundation. Acorn brand plastic foundation seems a bit softer to me than other brands and cuts just fine with a table saw. Other brands have...
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    Re: Nectar Management Question

    Thank you for the link. Very informative.
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    Re: Managing spring build up

    Jason, I can tell you that full sheets do not work at all. As best as I can figure, in the spring the bees see the undrawn foundation as a wall, not something to be building on. That is an issue...
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    Re: Building vs. Buying

    I try and be cheap but my time and out of pocket cost make building the boxes myself way more expensive. Plus, you will need to be sure you have all the equipment to do the job. If you don't, add...
  14. Re: Topic: Expectations and Realities of Beekeeping (The First Two Years)

    A couple of years ago I listened to Randy Oliver speak here in Everett WA. One of the grafts he showed had 4 phases to beekeeping in the order they happen:
    1. The peak of inflated expectations
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    Re: Installing Nuc in Horizontal Langstroth

    As has already been pointed out, the legs are going to be an issue. Any amount of weight and they will split like a wishbone. I have 6 top bar hives I built with similar legs but they are on the ends...
  16. Rain, rain, go away and the importance of local queens

    I am sure everyone has issues in the winter with cold weather and snow but it has been an interesting month here. It is now January 31st and here in Seattle it has rained (or snowed) every day this...
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    Re: What to use to get the natural wood look

    How often do you have to re-do the boxes? When I used to use that on my deck, it was just about every year.
  18. Thread: Acorn frames

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    Re: Acorn frames

    I have used their foundation and been very pleased with the service and the quality of the product. The plastic feels a bit "softer" than some other brands I have used and the bees have drawn it out...
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    Re: Queen Rearing with Michael Palmer method

    I started raising my own queens a couple of years ago and the advice given above by MSL and Kilocharlie is right on the money. I used the David LaFerney's method and continue to do so. Remember, not...
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    Re: Resources on Nectar Flow Timing?

    I would think joining the local beekeeping club and talking to the members would be a really good place to start. As mentioned above, starting a journal and creating your own database of information...
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    Re: Where did my bees go?

    It is like deja vu! Please read the thread in the bee forum section:

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?347723-Anatomy-of-a-mite-crash

    This looks like classic case.
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    Re: Mountain camp vs. honey

    It would not serve bees well to eat all of their stores when other sources of food are available. They will always eat other sources first or they would starve to death in the winter. Sugar blocks or...
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    Re: Mountain camp ingredients...

    I also agree it is not needed. HBH has its uses but not for mountain camp or sugar block feeding. Laurie's sugar block recipe has citric acid added but I never have and plain sugar and water or sugar...
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    Re: Like sending bees to war

    The author does a nice job of pressing every ecological hot button possible.
  25. Re: A new Year. What are your goals for the bees in 2020?

    I want to sell off a bunch of bees with some of the equipment I have collected. I have enough equipment for about 40-50 hives but only want 10, not including the 6 top bar hives that I don't count in...
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