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    Canadian PM's Wife Stung

    Great story out of Toronto the other day.... Laureen Harper, wife of Canuck Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in town, and visited bee hives on the roof of the Royal York Hotel. The chef was showing...
  2. Re: Learn wood working the best way... With mistakes!

    Couldn't agree more...! While it can be a PIA building the jigs, once you do, every piece is the same and they're considerably faster to cut.

    Funny thing; I found a tablesaw sled-jig in a...
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    Re: letting the bees clean frames

    For the backyard beek with two or three hives, couldn’t we simply cycle the honey supers on the hives? I have a first year package hive with six boxes (all 8-frame mediums). The bottom three are...
  4. Re: Bumblebee attacked one of my bees and carried it off!

    Bumblebees can be nasty. Here's a Utube video of one attacking a spider that's just captured another bumblebee in its net.
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    Nice of you to ask -- absolutely, please make some -- that's why I posted this, so other folks could copy the idea. I'm sure someone will figure out how to make them better than these, with a...
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    Hey Ragtop, Those look great. Have you 'christened' them yet? I put mine back on a week ago, with just water in the reservoirs. There isn't a natural water supply around here, and this seemed a...
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    Re: How long to leave full honey super on?

    Just so I understand, it's ok to freeze capped honey; then let it thaw and store it for a few weeks? This has no effect on the honey?
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    Re: best place to buy honey jars?

    Has anyone had trouble with this site? My McAfee anti-virus software went nuts when I clicked this link...
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    I built the initial box, to the footprint dimensions of the supers, and insalled a 3/8" plywood bottom. Then drilled the bees' access holes at the drill press with a forstner bit. Didn't even think...
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    Eric, Here's a cross-section of the feeder. The red line is where the hardware cloth goes.

    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5036/14184994834_4716cfbae8_o.jpg

    The wings do touch the bottom of...
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    Re: Homemade Topfeeder

    I took some video of this feeder on a hive. It's about 25 seconds long, here.

    It was 70 degrees when this was taken, so a lot of the bees are out of the hive -- there are not so many in the...
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    Re: Notice to Ian

    Ian, you and our other Canuck neighbours in the far north will not appreciate hearing this, but we've likely set records this past week on the southern island. This is my first year keeping bees,...
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    Re: Can't save my edited profile

    It's all there now. LOL at 'toilet whisperer'. ;)
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    Homemade Topfeeder

    It is amazing how easily bees will drown themselves in syrup. My first design was pretty deadly, so had another go.

    This is the box with a space on either side for reservoirs -- the bees enter in...
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    Re: Building new hive boxes

    There are probably 100 thousand words herein, discussing that exact topic. The second part of your question that you didn't ask is -- medium or deeps?

    There is a good article here --...
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    Re: well, this is a bit heart rending

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    Newb here, so trust this advice accordingly...

    I started my first 2 lb NZ package on March 7 – it’s mild here on southern Vancouver Island, but wet. Anticipating several weeks of temps below...
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    Re: planers

    I've had a Delta portable planer almost identical to this one, for somewhere between 10 & 15 years, and it's still going strong. It was on sale for just over $200 at the time. I'm a hobbiest, but...
  18. Re: True Statement? "OA will not harm either brood or the queen."

    Dean, your mailbox is full -- not accepting new mail.
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    How many 8-frame medium boxes per hive?

    I’ve now built new 8-frame mediums boxes for two hives (for brood boxes and honey supers). I’ve only had experience with 10-frame deeps (and mediums), and these 8-frame mediums are sure smaller when...
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    Re: Favorite Youtube Personalities

    One of my favorite Youtube beekeeping videos is this one -- a newb doing an installation in a top bar hive. Learned a lot about how 'not' to do it, and had a good chuckle at this guy's misfortune. ...
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    Re: Gluing Frames?

    I first heard about polyurethane glues on Norm’s ‘New Yankee Workshop’ many years ago. It sounded like great stuff, so got a bottle and it seemed to work well. I do a lot of fussy wood segmenting...
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    Re: Hello from British Columbia

    Welcome Bruce. Seems like you and I are in the same boat, although I just have one NZ package and one local nuc ordered. BTW, I was born and raised in the Okanagan. Best of luck with your new...
  23. Re: Does water quality in your area effect honey

    This is interesting on another level, too.

    Anyone who's ever contracted 'beaver fever' (giardiasis) after drinking contaminated water will tell you interesting stories. Many wild (and domestic)...
  24. Re: Oxalic acid application Sprayer vs Vaporizer

    I've been looking at this oxidizer on Ebay for backyard use -- just two hives. Has anyone here seen or used one like this?

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    Re: NeeBee 2 hives different races

    I'm in the same boat as you, and asked the same question last summer. I was more encouraged with the answers I received, and still plan to start two hives from different suppliers and different...
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