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    Re: Baiting a swarm trap - your methods.

    I'm beginning to think LGO is a myth. All I've been using the last 2 years is old comb and my catch rates are about the same or a little better than when I baited them. Bees like to reuse old bee...
  2. Re: Issues with Doing Cut-Out of Hive Recently Sprayed with Wasp Killer?

    Here is one I did that was sprayed, I use this to educate people about spraying bee hives. There was enough pesticide residue in that mass that residue left in my pails killed bees. I took it all to...
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    Re: The cut out of my Life!

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Bumble bees entering honey bee hive

    I have seen many Bumble Bees enter my hives and most times they are never bothered. Because of their solitary life cycle I do not begrudge them a little honey. Especially in the spring when the Queen...
  5. Thread: 2 lb package

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    Re: 2 lb package

    All the packages I have ever started have been 1 kilogram packages or 2.2 lbs. I start them in the spring and they will build up and give me 100lbs of honey by the fall. It probably depends on your...
  6. Thread: Mead problem

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    Re: Mead problem

    I did some calculations, and at the present rate of consumption I will have to make 65 gallon batches in order to get a taste of my mead at 4 years old.:eek:
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    Re: Mead problem

    Excellent information I like the beer keg idea.
    Thanks
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    Re: Mead problem

    I'm making 4 gallon batches now and if you build it they will find it!

    12 to 15 pounds canola honey
    4 gallons water
    EC1118 yeast
    Energizer and nutrient as per instructions
    let rot until time...
  9. Thread: Mead problem

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    Mead problem

    I'm having trouble getting any of my mead to age more than 3 months. Everybody likes it so much the bottles always end up empty.:eek:
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    Re: Strange place for a swarm

    I've seen this numerous times in videos and I watched one video where they put a cross piece on top of a post and affixed a sack to it. The post was installed in the apiary for when bees first swarm...
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    Re: Any one see this before?

    Nice drone brood pattern!
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    Re: Oh my GOSH! Massive hive removal!!

    Yes but I just did one today as a favor I owed and all I got was some stinkin bees!:D But that aside, I think people are not charging enough. It takes some acquired skills to do a proper cut out...
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    Re: Oh my GOSH! Massive hive removal!!

    I charge a $100 per hour plus expenses plus my helpers wages and I keep the bees. Last one I did was $1650 and they closed up the wall.
  14. Re: Over-confidence, or over-stupid? (smoking bees)

    I've come to believe that the less you use smoke the more your bees will become aggressive towards you. They will come to recognize your pheromones as coming from the one who always bothers them....
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    Re: The things no one mentions...

    I installed some last night after dark for some turn key hives I sold. No flying bees, stepped on bees or bee poop. It has to be dark and there will be some crawlers so wear gloves. Use a red light.
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    Phlox Hoodii Foraging

    In my local I believe that Phlox Hoodii is better than Dandelion as a forage for my bees. These small white flowers are prolific and being close to the ground offer some protection from strong spring...
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    Re: Installing packages after dark

    I install all my packages after dark using a red light. Less stress on the bees, beekeeper and helps reduce drifting because they've all night to get used to their new home. It has to be dark, not...
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    Re: About To Give UP TF

    When I stopped listening to the Bee Gurus and started listening to my bees that's when things got better.
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    Re: Winter inulation for bees and how they did

    Beekeeping is different wherever you are. Here in Alberta, we get -40C with windchill to even lower temps. So when I see all the commercial guys in my area wrapping hives every year I tend to notice....
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    Re: Winter inulation for bees and how they did

    There is no doubt that hive insulation is better for bee survival. My bee supplier winters 15000 hives through Canadian winters. 5000 he wraps with insulated hive wraps the other 10000 are wintered...
  21. Re: Wow! I am noticing a big difference between Apivar & OA vaporization results. W

    Absolutely! If you use Apivar only/always you will develop resistant mites. I use a rotating regimen of mite treatments both organic and synthetic.
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    Re: Removing hive insulation, do or don't

    Watch the commercial guys in your area, when they unwrap it's safe for you to do so too.
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    Re: Swarm trap frame question

    I agree, I have old 10 frame deeps purchased from a commercial operation for a buck a piece. The insides are black and they smell like bees and propolis. I too put in a couple of old drawn comb and...
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    Re: When to open up entrance?

    As winter runs on I'm starting to close off parts of my top entrances because as winter progresses the clusters get smaller and it's easier on any brood they are raising. Around here we can still get...
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    Re: May have finally turned the corner ...

    The 800 lb Gorilla in the room is that if the swarms were caught late, they have had a bit of a brood break by leaving a lot of mites behind in the mother hive and the queen isn't laying right away....
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