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    Re: Pumps and feeding

    Dont really think one needs to mention who has the blue one. Read here long enough, one instantly recognizes that color...
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    Poll: Re: City bees vs. Country bees

    Before we moved, our bees were in an urban location, sort of. At the bottom of the hill is a small orchard, and the entire hillside is a subdivision. When bees out of town struggled with a dearth,...
  3. Re: There has to be a better way (moving hives)

    I think it depends on how many hives you plan to move at a time. I got tired of putting screen on the entrances, and just spent the bucks on a few of the mann lake moving screens. They look spendy,...
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    Re: Top feeder vs. Frame Feeder

    I use both styles of feeder. All of the colonies have a frame feeder, mann lake cap and ladder style. We have no issues with drowning in those feeders. Double deeps have the feeder in slot 1 of...
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    Re: A plan to increase honey production

    That's the theory, and the first time we tried it with one colony, it worked great. So this year we tried it with a few more, and the conclusion was 'not so much'. Pulled queens on 4 of them. One...
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    Re: RAIN

    Do you correct the scale for temperature ? I correct the readings for temperature, and it's quite dramatic at times. If your scale is the typical electronic type, that sets a zero point when you...
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    Re: bees and maple trees

    Most years around here it's to cold for the bees when the maples are running and/or blooming. Last spring it was warm when the sap was running, and bees were clustered on cracks in the trees taking...
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    Re: Did feeding/cost of feeding discourage you?

    Re: cost of feeding.

    50 dollars buys 100+ pounds of sugar, more than enough to provide supplemental feed to a hive for two years. How long can a dog survive on a hundred dollars of dog food? In...
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    Re: I had no idea!!!

    I keep a tally of frames and yield when we extract. Overall it averages 3.5 lb (1.6 kilos) per medium frame and 6 lb (2.75 kilos) per deep frame. These are our rough averages over 4 seasons. From...
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    Re: Weighing hives

    I use this scale

    http://www.lowcostscalescanada.com/MY-WEIGH-HD-300-HEAVY-DUTY-SHIPPING-SCALE-SC-HD-300.htm

    The platform slips easily under a hive with a solid bottom board, and we can see the...
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    Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    I think a common mis-conception about insulating hives, folks think it's to 'keep them warm'. But that's not the case. Reference the chart below, which has temperature plots from one probe out in...
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    Re: Ditch spraying

    This comment reminds me of a situation in an Astronomy group that I was a part of a few years back. That group had been lobbying city council to reduce light polution for years, and it was all...
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    Re: Getting over the hump

    In our first year, we did that same method for checking. One hive had a count of zero, the other had a count of one. By all reports here, and elsewhere, that's a tolerable mite load, no need to...
  14. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    Wooohooo - The dandelions are blooming.
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    Re: Ditch spraying

    The ditches around here get cut in the middle of the summer to keep the brush down. Today, they are full of goldenrod, hawksbeard, and asters.

    We've only been here for a year (as of this...
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    Re: weighting bees

    I did a few bits this year. A medium super, with 10 empty drawn frames, weighed in just around 15 pounds. A deep, was 24 pounds with 10 empty drawn frames. All of our frames are Mann Lake Pf-5xx...
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    Re: Does mowing field massacre bees?

    The first time we extracted honey, we had bees in a residential neighborhood, and I took a bottle of honey to all of the neighbors that spent the summer tending nice looking flower gardens. The...
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    Re: $$ dollar value of hive

    At this time of year, in BC, it's worth the price of used equipment.

    If you are set up to extract already, then capped honey in the comb may have some value to you. If you aren't already set up...
  19. Re: Frame arrangement in double deeps and 3 medium brood boxes?

    Our bees come home from the mid-summer yard tonite. I'll be making a change to the configurations this weekend. These will all be double deeps for the winter. Honey supers will come off, then the...
  20. Re: Long range forcast for another nasty cold winter in central-southeast states, rat

    I guess it all depends on what you view as 'normal'. Talking to folks in my home town, that have lived there for 10 years, they thought this last winter was brutally cold. Talking to my little...
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    Thanks, that's very helpful. Seeing a flow off of this stuff here is a pleasant and unexpected surprise. But that is the whole point of leaving one colony on the scale for the year, it's a pretty...
  22. Re: Active brood nest VS winter cluster movement.

    I put my bees to bed in the fall, double deep, top box full of honey, brood nest in the bottom. When I look in March, the brood nest is usually in the center of the top box, and the bottom box is...
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    Ok, to make Mark happy, i will try rephrase the question, to extract the answer I'm looking for.

    In your experience, in years gone past, how long does the goldenrod continue to produce, on a...
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    We've never had a flow at this time of year before, but now that we have moved a couple hundred km up the road, looks like we are getting input from the goldenrod here. The scale hive is up 12...
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    Re: Dearth Nucs...

    I had a couple robbed out this year. In prior years I always made them on a flow, this year the blackberries didn't produce, and the nucs became robbing targets. I wasn't really careful about...
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