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    Monsanto (Bayer) and Bees

    Back about 15 years when I first started beekeeping the likes of Monsanto were hailed as saviors to the bee industry up here in Canada as they provided a load of pollination work to an industry that...
  2. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    My point was I sell 1,000 lbs per month until roughly December and that honey being consumable the demand really doesn't end. $5,000 is a monthly minimum while I have honey and like so many others...
  3. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    I don't understand why folks don't just get that so long as you can pay your equipment off to start with, it is quite easy to sell thousands of pounds of honey at $5/lb over the course of a year. I...
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    Honey from mining reclamation plants

    Interesting story out of Sudbury, Ontario. Many of those 'reclaimed' mine sites are seeded with clover and alfalfa, which of course are great honey plants. Does anyone here know if there is any...
  5. Re: What is the smallest "winterable" unit for Northern Climates?

    I do singles in the interior of BC, average winter temp is -5 Celsius. Check this link for info on wintering singles and nucs, much colder out there on the prairies as well.
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  6. Re: Am I the only one who loves one piece plastic frames?

    I have had none of the issues you mention David. Also, I do feel some guilt over using plastic over wood. By AFB I assume you are asking how I will torch them? Haven't really thought about that I...
  7. Am I the only one who loves one piece plastic frames?

    I always hear old timers bemoaning plastic foundation and don't even get them started on the full plastic frame with no wood whatsoever. I too love wooden frames but a few years ago a bought a few...
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    Re: AFB scale look alikes

    Thanks for the replies and confirming my suspicions. I haven't dealt with AFB for many years (thankfully) so was a little off when I saw this. I always likened AFB scales to little trilobites in...
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    Re: AFB scale look alikes

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    Here are some pics
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    Re: AFB scale look alikes

    They are dead on the bottom of the cells, gravity bottom not foundation bottom. Funny thing is years ago I had lots of experience identifying this, took a break and now am at a loss with what I...
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    AFB scale look alikes

    I'm wondering if there are any look alikes for AFB scale? I was just working through a dead out and my first reaction was a frame covered in scale as many cell bottoms had a dark covering, but upon...
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    Would you put extraction on display?

    Would you put your extraction process on display? I'm thinking along the lines of butchers, microbrews, cottage industry chocolates etc. that seem to display a significant amount of their process...
  13. What does your extracting line consist of?

    I've always wanted to reach a point where my extracting and processing was streamlined thanks to investing in the correct equipment vs. trying to do it on the cheap and maximizing profit (along with...
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    Bee Store Preferences

    Like most beekeepers I can't help but stop when I come upon a bee store, I don't mean just a honey for sale sign but a shop fully devoted to bees and honey. Problem is I can't stand most of them. ...
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    Can you manipulate bee-o-pac frames?

    I'm curious if you can move the frame from the outer box to the center to aid in getting more complete fill on those oft neglected frames? I've heard the plastic isn't very strong so not sure if...
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    I left a small top entrance. Wondering if a...

    I left a small top entrance. Wondering if a larger entrance will help the success rate.
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    that is one option, but I don't want to move bee...

    that is one option, but I don't want to move bee yards. This is easier (maybe not) as I simply expand within the yard.
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    self reared 2 queen colony

    Last year I tried making a 2 queen colony by moving eggs/bees/brood above the honey super; all made cells, only a couple mated. I was thinking this year of doing the same, but moving the queen above...
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    I'm at a bit of a loss. I waited until my bees...

    I'm at a bit of a loss. I waited until my bees were broodless to treat, but during this period we've had storm after storm and I have not been able to treat them. It is a few degrees below freezing...
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    Thanks, I have no idea as to how long it was...

    Thanks,

    I have no idea as to how long it was fermenting for. But I did boil the must - only shortly, and I did use sulphite to begin the process. It appears to be responding well to the yeast I...
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    Thanks, I have no idea as to how long it was...

    Thanks,

    I have no idea as to how long it was fermenting for. But I did boil the must - only shortly, and I did use sulphite to begin the process. It appears to be responding well to the yeast I...
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    I have some honey that smells like it is already...

    I have some honey that smells like it is already fermenting on its own in a pail (was left opened w/ high moisture); can I use this for making mead?
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    I know you should apply when brood is gone, but...

    I know you should apply when brood is gone, but is there an issue with dribbling when it is too cold outside? I just envision freezing wet bees covered in solution.
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    do i burn the hive w/ bees? shake the bees, burn...

    do i burn the hive w/ bees?
    shake the bees, burn the frames, torch the box?
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    No sunken caps or stinky-sticky larvae, but loads...

    No sunken caps or stinky-sticky larvae, but loads of scale. I am well versed no how to recognize scale, but for some reason the toothpick test fails.
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