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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    Yeah, they will grow significantly faster in those temps as well
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    What time of year are you considering the start of the flow?
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    You won't typically get as much honey from a split as a big production colony... For a hive to make 200 lbs in our climate for instance that third box on top should be wall to wall with bees. You...
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    Re: Splitting/Equalizing 6 weeks before the flow

    Depends on a lot of factors. Do you have drawn comb for the rest of the frames? If so four frames of wall to wall capped brood would probably be close to a good production colony in 6 weeks. Keep...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    I really think you'll be further ahead knocking your queens back a bit and splitting out of a stronger colony... A monster hive can have brood robbed just about weekly as long as you don't get too...
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    Re: re-queening strong hives

    Is that to say you had 100% success on the ones that didn't tear your cells down? Did you have a marked queen in the beginning and an unmarked one a few weeks later?
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    Winter Feed Consumption

    So winterís dragging itís heels going out this year and I have a whack of strong singles with a few frames of brood in them and itís concerning me about how much food they might burn through. ...
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    Re: requeening / making splits on 4-way pallets

    I've done it on 6 way pallets randomly oriented with good success... Even made up 12 nucs on a 6 way as an experiment (divider board in the middle of each box and a dadoed piece of wood separating...
  9. Re: Cowen 60 Sump In floor or On floor Opinions needed

    The sump I use is about a 135 gallon infloor model with about a 16"x16" piece dropped below the base of the pan by 1-1/2" in one corner where the pump sits. The whole pan has fall to that corner and...
  10. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    That queen is likely to be dead by spring either way, only difference is whether you let the hive go with it. Look at it as a cost of early expansion in Canada. Maybe try requeening half and see...
  11. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    I got a couple hundred Olivarez Italians to make the deadline for pollination last year and was pretty impressed with their buildup, can't speak to their wintering yet though. I really think that...
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    Re: Pattie supplements

    What's the problem with using sugar syrup so long as the volumes are adjusted correctly?

    I saw the results of the OBA tech transfer study and the gap between that recipe and global and the third...
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    Re: Pattie supplements

    Ian have you tried this recipe? We made around 10,000 lbs of it this spring (First attempt at making protein patties ever) and found we had to almost double the amount of water called for in the...
  14. Re: If gas prices stay low ($2/gal. aver.) what impact will it have for you as a BKP

    I'm just not sure if fuel is a big enough cost percentage wise in a beekeeping operation to affect the sorts of things a beekeeper does to their hives the way it affects big construction outfits and...
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    Re: Separate heating system for uncapping knives

    I've got a tankless propane water heater that runs all the domestic hot water as well as pumps it through the in floor heat lines of the building. I added an additional pump that sends the water...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    It's definitely a 150lb recipe we've been doing... We run it around 10 minutes I'd say but I would say it could be cut back to closer to five minutes if a person was rushing, more a matter of...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    It seems to work well and not spill any over the sides with around a 150 lb batch. It mixes pretty fast, the real bottleneck seems to be getting the bags in front of the chute in a timely manner. ...
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer?

    I bought one of these off of Amazon this spring and so far have been quite impressed. The three paddle scraper seems to keep all the junk off the sides of the drum.

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  19. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    I've used Apivar a number of times and have always been satisfied with the performance... I've heard from a number of sources that the full 56 day treatment is important though as it has little to no...
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    Re: open drum feeding

    Another way to look at it is that the hives with a higher population are getting more feed than the ones with lower... Not necessarily a bad thing especially with singles but that being said I think...
  21. Thread: Bee Shield

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    Re: Bee Shield

    How many easy payments will it be?
  22. Re: When a Queen fails in Winter - what does that look like?

    Same as if it died of mites really... Still food stores within reach of the cluster and no dysentery on the comb but a dead hive none the less... Remember as with varroa damage the hive will...
  23. Re: When a Queen fails in Winter - what does that look like?

    Generally speaking even if you give them brood there won't be drones flying that early in the year to mate with the new queen. Also the bees in the hive will all be old and thus poor royal jelly...
  24. Re: When a Queen fails in Winter - what does that look like?

    Yeah you can tell which ones they are by the sound on warm days... I usually end up with three or four a winter... Not much to be done economically to save them up where I am though, just knock em...
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    Out of curiosity what's the demand level for nucs out on the prairies? Do you guys just prefer packages? How many brood frames do you guys like them? I'd also be interested what the price point...
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