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    Re: US sugar prices

    Sugar hasn't had a bad trend line if you look at the 1o year trend using Ian's link. A halving of the price from the peak hurts. Down always hurts. But still looks like a great overall trend. No idea...
  2. Re: Solar charger recommendation for a 10'x12' bee yard

    This fencer is rated for "small and exotic livestock, as well as pets" not bears.

    Spend the extra money and get something like the Solar Parmak 12. You won't be sorry.
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    Re: Solar fence sharger for bears

    I have both integrated units and units with separate parts. The fence chargers are parmaks in both cases but for the unit with separate parts I don't have parmak panels.

    For the separate unit I do...
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    Re: Solar fence sharger for bears

    Parmack 12 is an excellent fencer for a bear fence. Parmack 6 are undersized and are more likely to fail to keep a bear out.

    A 5 watt solar panel is adequate for keeping the battery charged unless...
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    Springs are so varied. Willow and poplar pollen usually the last 2 weeks in April. Dandelions for most of May. This year willow will be later but to early to tell for dandelion. Couple of warm weeks...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    And that's all that's happening. There's no honey in that equation.
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    Well JT didn't feel like messing with the bees during winter either. Finally moved my bees out last Thursday and Friday nights and looked at them today. Some of them had no capped brood and some had...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Jean-Marc
    I agree many of the beekeepers who prefer the current state of affair would make use of packages from the US if bees were needed (myself included). Economics dictate one needs to operate...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Best line to come out of this dog chase tail discussion. Always saw you as a glass half full kind of guy.:D
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    Re: U.S./Canadian honeybee open border issues

    >>Fumigillan? $3.50 possibly treating fall and spring.

    Still would require a spring treatment with packages.

    >>Oxalic Acid is darn near free, same with Oxytet. But I do use honey bee healthy so...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    I don't mind things the way they are. Law of unintended consequences could be painful. Many unknowns and who knows how things would end up. Operations could expand very quickly with cheap packages.
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    My take on the economics of wintered vs package. It cost me about $45 per hive to winter and maintain my numbers. Historically I've had a 10% surplus, so at $100 a package (which is probably the...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Haraga, you misunderstood my position. I am happy with the way things are as well.

    I'm concerned that opening the border may well be a case of "the medicine being worse than the disease."

    I...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Ian, what do you think the price for a US package would be if the border opened to packages, in $CND, given the increased demand and the protocols that I suspect that would need to be followed. As...
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    Re: Indoor Wintering Mistake

    Wow at 81F you are very fortunate to not have had a total melt down.

    I'm very surprised you reached temperatures that high with a theoretical 4 min air exchange. Bees should not be producing that...
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    Re: Genetics and feed.

    800 - 900
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    Re: Genetics and feed.

    I think it's probably a combination of genetic and environmental. Some races are more likely to stay broodless during winter. I assume there is variation within a race that could be used to breed for...
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    Re: Syrup in cold temps

    Good to know.i have never used a frame filler for packages. I use it the odd time for splits with very uneven amounts of feed.
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    Re: Syrup in cold temps

    I misread the amount of honey the op had. Looks like a lot so yes I agree scraping so of the middle frames should be adequate. Warm weather can't be that far away.
    Dgl not a big fan of frame feed...
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    Re: Notice to Ian

    We got a good shot of snow apparently and we still had lots.
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    Re: Notice to Ian

    Hey thanks Ian. Saw your email after my post. Sent you an email reply. Will check into it tomorrow. Thanks again.

    Yep back on Friday just in time to move out. Snow disappeared quickly as soon as...
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    Re: Syrup in cold temps

    Good advice beepro. Get the warm feed in the frame feeder as close to the cluster as possible, not on the outside edge. If you have access to a frame filler that would be ideal.
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    Re: Notice to Ian

    14 C in sioux falls this morning and better in Florida tonight. Feels lambish to me.:) Ian I felt a little guilty not heading to cooks and Beal for a pick up instead of heading for Florida.
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    Re: Genetics and feed.

    Jodie I'm always looking for the lazy easy out. If I can get equal results with less work that's the route I will take.
    I use to have a problems with the largest hives starving as well. Changing to...
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    Re: Anybody using MAQS on singles

    I would be interested in your results Chip. I have also been wondering about MAQS on singles. Mite away 2 was tough on singles.
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