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    Re: Hello from New Brunswick, Canada

    Welcome, Moon Lit.

    Yes the forum is good, I learn something new almost every time I log on.

    Are you ordering from Country Fields? Are they sold out already? If you want more nucs you could try...
  2. Re: Hi from the Ice and Snow of New Brunswick

    Welcome! Amazing, another beesource beekeeper just down the road. I am only in year 3, so very new to this as well. Ice and snow for sure. More snow here than we need! I must try the Lincoln...
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    I think the method of sticking in a couple of bamboo kebab sticks has got to be the best/easiest way to stabilise foundationless comb? Installed parallel to the ends of the frame, spaced equally from...
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    Re: Ukraine and thoughts of honey

    Several suppliers in the US have it, Douglass King Seeds http://www.dkseeds.com/ seem to have a good price. Find it under wildlife> clovers. Unfortunately it's to hard to import here so I have stuck...
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    Varroa survival in dead-outs

    Many sources of information on the varroa life cycle are surprisingly vague about this, but it seems that varroa do not perist in egg form outside a living colony. In other words, for them to carry...
  6. Re: Growing degree days calculations for silver maple.

    Here in NB the silver maples are pretty much confined to the river valley bottoms, whereas the red is all over. Interestingly, red maple is one species predicted to do better under the warming...
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    Re: Predicting winter feed requirements

    Josh,
    You could try some searches on Google Scholar. Are you able to weigh some of your hives every month or so? This might give you a start on your own dataset, which in the end should be the...
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    Re: Better honey valve

    Not sure officially, but I would guess that given the acidity of honey, you might get some leaching of metals, and corrosion on the inside of the valve if honey sits against it for any length of...
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    Re: I was attacked! In winter!

    That is very interesting. I snowshoed in to my little bee yard in the woods yesterday to check up on things. It has been cold and very snowy here. Anyway, I wondered about the need to suit up, temp...
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    Estimating winter store consumption

    Hi all,
    Is anyone using a formula to estimate how the bees may be going through their winter stores? Bee colony functioning is a multi-dimensional system, but presumably temperature might be...
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    Re: NE Fall flow might be a record breaker.

    Farther along the NE axis, the fall flow here looks good, although I think it is just about over. Some goldenrod still going, though most has gone over. Asters still in full bloom. My hives have 80%...
  12. Re: Love my TBH, don't care much for the Langstroth Hives

    Thanks for the tip, Graham. I read the thread and took a look at the book exerpts. I can see how a high-volume hive design would be well-adapted to cold winter areas. Manipulating such huge frames...
  13. Re: Love my TBH, don't care much for the Langstroth Hives

    Would you have the details of that book, please? Sounds useful. I may try a horizontal lang next season. I have transitioned mostly to lang mediums but have some deep boxes and frames left that...
  14. Re: Love my TBH, don't care much for the Langstroth Hives

    Those who have long langs, do you make a sectional lid/inner cover of some kind so you don't have to open or expose the whole length of the hive when inspecting?

    How do the bees typically...
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    Re: Honey Extractor

    Thanks. Yes, it's really astonishing how much honey there is contained in a comb.
    Does anyone know what RPM rate is normally used in a powered extractor? The only one I have experience with was a...
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    Those of you who have 'long langs', do you have some sort of cross -brace every so often to keep the sides parallel? I find even my std langs sometimes warp a bit in the wet and this can lead to...
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    Re: Honey Extractor

    Right, right. Thanks for the info, Graham and dart96. With the tangential type, do you find that you end up with a lot of honey slathered all over the frame top bars?

    Rob
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    Re: Honey Extractor

    Just wondering why that is? Ability to load more frames? Stability? I just extracted my first harvest using a borrowed 'basket' type extractor. I guess this is 'tangential' (?) It worked OK, but I...
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    Re: Thousands of bees, not an ounce of honey

    I probably watched the same YT video and followed the exact same approach. Those sugar slabs seemed to work very well for me. I checked in March and added a second one on top for insurance, as they...
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    Re: A different way to look at honey

    I was just doing a bit of on-line checking of honey prices - and it's also a good way of seeing how different marketing is done. What about this one?
    https://secure.wendellestate.ca/

    $30 for a...
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    Re: how long to leave on escape board?

    For sure, Brian. :) I only pulled about half what they have made so far. I'm hoping they can make it all up before October. Goldenrod is gaining momentum , some sweet clover is still on hand and...
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    Re: Thousands of bees, not an ounce of honey

    Hi, referring to the original question, lack of nectar locally seems most likely. 'all beekeeping is local' they say, and it seems true enough. I am about 250 miles NE of Arundel Me and here we have...
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    Re: how long to leave on escape board?

    Final outcome - it turned out there were a few capped brood cells in the box they were loath to vacate, just on one side of one frame in the middle, about the size of a saucer. Only about 50 bees...
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    Re: how long to leave on escape board?

    Right - I appreciate that. Don't think there is, but can't be 100% sure until checking. Too wet to check today.
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    Re: how long to leave on escape board?

    Thanks for the feedback. Update on this: went back today after the escapes had been on about 24h. Cracked open the top cover on the first one and immediately out whizzed several handfuls of bees...
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