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    Re: Culling Brood Combs

    If you're breeding bees to sell and knocking hives down to 4 nucs and selling 3 and keeping one for yourself, why not? the frames kept back in your nucs can be sold in next years nucs and a continual...
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    Re: April splits

    So the weather man says JM, but who knows. The maples, dandilions, and wild cherries have done the job and we still have the blueberries for the next week or two and the raspberries are right around...
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    I'm glad it's going good for you Jean-Marc. The spring has been good to those who've managed their hives well. I'll be making 400 nucs myself in the next week. It is my biggest endeaver to date and...
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    That would be 4 years to work in canada and 4 years not. It is a new law going into effect for temporary foriegn workers besides other ones. Hopefully something can be worked out for JM to at least...
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    Re: Ring shank Nails or Staples?

    A couple of years ago I finally purchased a good nail gun in anticepation of the high volume of boxes I'll be building through the years. I use the 2 3/4" ringed and resin tipped nails (no glueing)...
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    Re: colony expansion?

    I was going to mention to google Mike Palmer since he's from Vermont too. I remember he mentioned something about how late the pollen starts rolling in and that he getts out there to unwrap his bees...
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    Re: Help!- Bee Mystery

    Sounds like a robbing episode has happened. I've noticed that after bees have robbed out a stack of supers, that there'll be dead bees and wax crumbs on the bottom. There must be an apairy near by or...
  8. Re: Feeding pollen patties to encourage early brood up in overwintered colonies

    I agree with this. The pollen at the end of the season is better stored in the comb. I trap pollen in late spring and early summer when there's a lot of it coming in. I trap a week at a time and...
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    Re: making beehive pallets

    Something else you might try in your main yards is laying down other pallets. They don't have to be good or anything, just something to your good pallets from getting buried in the dirt.
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    Re: The pulse of the commercial operations

    That reminds me that in the spring of 2011 the local paper wanted to do a peice on local bigger beekeepers because one of the bigger beeks in the area had over a 50% winter kill. Dispite that I told...
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    Re: Top entrance size

    I have a 1/2" X 1 1/4" vent on my inner covers, the bottom rim being 1/2" so the vent is flush with the plywood board. I use telescoping lids and have them pulled back to block the entrance in summer...
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    Re: carniolan bee cluster ??

    if they are active and and gathered around the innercover hole i'd lay out some dry sugar or fondant on the inner cover until you get to warmer temps where you can feed then liquid to the first...
  13. Re: Nuc size compared to over wintered hive?

    Depending on when you get the nuc and how well the weather and flora preform for you or if you feed to build them up fast, it's possible.

    I had bought packeges one year that were installed may...
  14. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    yes, thats a nice patch of it right there. We had yards that were at the 700-900 meters elevation, the fireweed would start around the middle of july (fraser canyon area). That was through the 90's....
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    Yeah, the blackberries are hit or miss for sure, most times a miss though. It seems to be they bloom just at the point where you can get heavy rains here and there which knock the petals off, but if...
  16. Re: Introduce virgin queens of a different strain

    A method which is considered fail proof for introducing mated queens and would probably work well for virgins is the hatching brood above a divide board (above a strong hive). the hive below keeps...
  17. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    I'm just east of you in the Chilliwack area. Blooms in your area are usually a week earlier then ours.

    The bloom dates fluctuate from year to year by a week or 2 on either side so I'll just give...
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    Re: Pattie supplements

    I think that's because everyone tries to do whats right by their bees and with respect to their location. Jean-marcs recipe works for him and mine (not much different then Jean-marcs recipe) works...
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    Re: Pattie supplements

    I thought that was top secret recipe Jean-Marc, HA HA, JK.

    I learnt a lot in the years that I worked for you JM and the pollen in the cells was one of the coolest and most beneficial things I...
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    Re: Varroa Still a Major Challenge?

    Since I stopped pollination services I've seen a big decrease in losses. In my pollination years my losses were anywhere from 30% to 80%. I don't necessarly say it was the moving or the crops that...
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    Re: Varroa Still a Major Challenge?

    Or the mismanagement of hives. No one wants to admit to beekeeper error.
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    Re: Running two queen colonies

    For my system, I cull the old queen. The broodnest is 3 standards high. The bottom box has the old queen, a double wood bound excluder seperates it from the 2 boxs above with the new queen. It's...
  23. Re: What is the recommended varroa treatment for spring 2015?

    I'm kinda backwards from what Jean-marc does. Strips in the fall and I use formic in both spring and fall (2-3 flash treatments at both times). The early fall strips after the honey is cleared seems...
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    Re: Apiary Laws

    In BC, It's necessary to register a beeyard, It's illegal not to. Which means there are a lot of illegaly placed hives because I know quite a few who don't register. It's more or less just a paper...
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    Re: Running two queen colonies

    Out of the 27 years of keeping bees there might of been 4 years where I didn't run double queens. For the most part I've usually had between 5 to 30 on the go. For me they produce much more honey the...
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