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    single broods

    I live in New Brunswick, Canada, and we have some harsh winters some years. Most people winter bees in two deeps but there are a couple of guys that run singles only and their losses are in the...
  2. Thread: wintering

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    wintering

    would like to hear from beeks in Maine. Does anyone winter their hives as single boxes ? I would like to try this but I want to know the pros and cons of it. Thanks
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    names

    sterling's little stingers
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    mites

    I am a big believer of essential oils. I use wintergreen oil in my smogger (in mineral oil) and I put fresh leaves from bee balm or anise hyssop in the smoker. I figure if mites don't like minty...
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    ants

    Here in my part of Canada, I fight with what we call pismire ants. They will get under (and over) the screened bottom boards and try to build nests. I never know what the true mite count is because...
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    kids or bears

    Bear hit my hives twice in one night last week, apparently it don't mind shock therapy. The brood boxes were strewn all over the place so I just started sticking them back together, didn't know what...
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    losses

    I spoke with a fellow beekeeper last week who lost a lot of hives (1200) and he said all his losses were in the corn growing area of the province. 2 + 2 = dead bees
  8. feeders

    I have been keeping bees since 1999 and open feed every fall , in drums at first but after reducing numbers, went to three gallon buckets with rigid styrofoam floats on top of the syrup. I also use...
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    nasties

    I have been a beek since 1999 and have only run across two nasties. One, a man, said he could buy the same size jug for half my price at another source. I told him that's where he could go then...
  10. Thread: forage

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    Okee-dokee thanks everybody

    Okee-dokee thanks everybody
  11. Thread: forage

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    forage

    Hey everybody------is anyone familiar with white bedstraw and do bees forage on it. There are several fields here overrun with and if it's good forage, i'll put some hives on them.
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    Here in the Great white North, the Natives lay...

    Here in the Great white North, the Natives lay claim to eagle feathers. I hope they don't hear about the feathered bees.
  13. Thread: White Worm?

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    white worm

    What you may have is waxworm. Check out the internet, see if you can make a comparison
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    manuka "honey"

    Just came back from grocery shopping at a Loblaws and saw bottles of manuka honey on the shelf. I always look on the labels to check the origin and ingredients and lo and behold--- Busy-bee has...
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    Queen acceptance

    Put a weak sugar/water mixture in a spritzer bottle and pull the frames up, spray the bees on both sides of each, then spray the queen and dump her in. Works every time.
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    cell phones ??????

    I promised my customers I would not let my bees use cell phones. That said I'll throw in two cents worth. If indeed cell phone radiation is causing the bees to lose their direction, what are the...
  17. checked one yard of 12 hives last week and found...

    checked one yard of 12 hives last week and found two killed off by shrews.
  18. God help you, your daughter will never be the...

    God help you, your daughter will never be the same after living in Cape Breton. Seriously though, next to Newfies, the Capers are the world's friendliest people and yes Cape Breton is beautiful. The...
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    queen introduction

    When I introduce new queens into a hive, I remove a few frames one at a time and spray the bees with a thin sugar water mix. Then spray the new queen and release her into the hive. I have never had...
  20. Great white north

    Hi Sasha
    I live smackdab in the middle of New Brunswick here in the maritimes and we had a pretty good winter weatherwise than most years. One day it would be freezing cold and maybe two days...
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    tax writeoff

    Hey Sundance-----here in New Brunswick, we can only claim the girls as a tax deduction when we buy them. Shame we can't insure them isn't it.
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    I have been using honey as a cut and sore remedy...

    I have been using honey as a cut and sore remedy (and sore throat) for years and can guarantee you it works---who cares why or how. The wife heats it and soaks the ends of her fingers when they get...
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    I put hives on white/yellow sweet clover for...

    I put hives on white/yellow sweet clover for three summers before it dwindled out and in an area near that was an abundance of birdsfoot trefoil. It is a low growing member of the clover family and...
  24. Thread: feeding

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    Has anyone tried Honey-B Healthy and what results...

    Has anyone tried Honey-B Healthy and what results did you see ?
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    I have a headcold now and to help me breathe...

    I have a headcold now and to help me breathe better I put two teaspoons of honey in a cup of Earl Grey tea (with bergamot) Works for me
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