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  1. Re: Will bees consume capped frames of granulated honey in the spring when other fres

    If you scratch the cappings and put them in the lower brood box they will use it faster. You can scratch the cappings amd place the super 100 feet or so away from the apiary on it's end for quicker...
  2. Thread: Noah and bees?

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    Re: Noah and bees?

    With bees he would have been able to take just a bred Queen and a worker.
  3. Re: Cross your fingers northeast, here come the arctic temps

    Don't move just yet, winters not over and 40 below for us could be right around the corner. All it would take is one polar vortex in July.:eek:
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    What to do with left over shims.

    Here is just one thing I do with the left over 1" shims from making boxes. I was tired of fighting loose sugar when cleaning out the left over MC sugar in the spring. I mix 9 cups sugar to 1/3 cup...
  5. Re: Cross your fingers northeast, here come the arctic temps

    Our winter has been milder than usual and my clusters were so strong going into winter that I went out 2 weeks ago to put more sugar cakes on just to be safe. I use Vance G's wrapping method with a...
  6. Re: Rookie "What If" Question- Installing a Package.

    I install my packages after dark to control drifting. Use a red light and install like you normally do. The amount of bees that try flying are few and when they do they go about a foot and usually...
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    Re: Dandelion question

    Around here the girls seldom work dandelions, there is a wild species of flower called Phlox Hoodii. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phlox_hoodii It is an important early season nectar and pollen...
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    Re: Is genetic diversity necessary?

    This talk by Debbie Delaney about genetics came out yesterday.
    https://youtu.be/w2sjccgWZcY
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    Re: 2.5 lb packages vs 3 lb packages

    In Alberta, our package bees come from New Zealand and are 2.2lbs(1kg). I get a 100 lbs of honey from each of those packages first year but I start them off on drawn comb and all my supers have drawn...
  10. Re: Installing new packages in established apiary?

    I put an empty hive body over my top feeders which are on the inner cover and put on an outer cover. I install my packages in the dark which almost completely stops drifting because no bees are...
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    Re: They don't even try to hide it.

    You are totally missing the point of what the article implies. The Chinese are removing the pollen so it can't be traced back to them because some of their honey is contaminated. From the article:
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    Re: They don't even try to hide it.

    That's a good way to do it. People need to know where their food comes from. Since I started this thread I've continued to contact my government representatives about there being a lack of labeling...
  13. Re: All Deeps - How Many Do You Plan On Per Colony?

    It all depends on your honey flow and how much time you have. Unfortunately our busy concession season overlaps our peak honey flow. I could only get home every one or two weeks for a day. This is...
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    Re: Warm hives as opposed to ventilation

    There is an interesting video on "The National Honey Show" YouTube channel that may interest you.
    https://youtu.be/Pok9lAs-QR0
  15. Thread: Mite Bombs

    by Colino
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    Re: Mite Bombs

    Below is a quote written by Randy Oliver in ABJ:
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    Re: Warm hives as opposed to ventilation

    Another reason that ventilation is important is because higher hive humidity promotes brood rearing. That is one of the main reasons for feeding 1:1 syrup in the spring, it causes higher humidity...
  17. Re: Advantages and disadvantages of polystyrene hives

    Hello Joerg:
    The boxes I've made up to now are going to be replaced with EPS boxes after my next honey harvest when I have the coins. The best price I got was $22.00 each but that is cheap when you...
  18. Re: Advantages and disadvantages of polystyrene hives

    Below is a link to what I'm doing with my brood boxes. As soon as I have the jingle after my next honey harvest I'm switching all my brood chambers to polystyrene(EPS) boxes. Even with these semi-eps...
  19. Thread: Happy New Year

    by Colino
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    Re: Happy New Year

    The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. :)
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    Re: cost of starting ???????

    I've started building Nuc boxes and will be selling Nucs this year, I've got a couple orders already. I can't get full into that yet though because I want to double my apiary from 15 hives to 30 in...
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    Re: cost of starting ???????

    Just to clarify things "Beemaster2015" is from Canada we do not have access to inexpensive bees. The border was closed to American bees for us years ago so our bees come mostly from New Zealand....
  22. Re: Ottawa couple reports 30,000 honey bees stolen over Christmas

    "Bee Band" does sound like "Be Banned."
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    Re: cost of starting ???????

    I'm guessing but I probably spent $1000 but that doesn't include any wooden ware. I scavenged all that. I spent the most on drawn comb, about $500 bucks, then there was $360 for 2 packages of bees....
  24. Thread: Happy New Year

    by Colino
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    Re: Happy New Year

    Happy New Year Vance!
    I made a batch of mead with 13lbs of mustard honey, 4 gallons of water, EC1118 and the appropriate amounts of yeast energizer and nutrient. While being a little more alcohol...
  25. Thread: Insulated hive

    by Colino
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    Re: Insulated hive

    My biggest fear with sustained warm weather that we have had up to now, is from starve outs because the bees are too active. Thankfully our temps have dropped to double digit minuses which should...
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