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  1. Re: Ag commissioner of Ventura county forces bee hive to move! Help needed

    Do you know what the extremely high bee activity is that they are referring to? Is there a pool there?
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    Re: Pattie supplements

    This makes a lot of sense. We aren't all trying to achieve the same goals. What works as a supplement and prevents malnutrition during blueberry pollination may not be the best option for building...
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    Re: Pattie supplements

    From the OBJ article on the 2013 test results:

    "The results from the 2013 trial showed a significant difference
    between the products used for protein supplementation. The
    improvement on the...
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    Re: Pattie supplements

    I am pretty sure the OBA got the recipe from David Mendes. It performed better than commercially produced patties in tests done by the OBA Tech transfer Team on colonies sent to blueberries. The...
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    Re: Oxalic drizzle in winter

    I haven't really given it a lot of thought. I treat with it as i wrap in early to mid November. You want the bees clustered without brood. At that time of year it is typically above 0 deg C (32F)...
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    Re: Oxalic drizzle in winter

    I follow this procedure:

    http://www.ontariobee.com/sites/ontariobee.com/files/document/oxalic-acid-protocol.pdf
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    Re: Sideliner Profitability Study

    With this being your first year overwintering 100 hives, I don't think 30% is a high estimate - you also need to allow for losses between July and winter - superseder failure, queen loss during...
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    Re: Bottling Tank using the Maxant No Drip Valve

    Harry, if you don't mind sharing, what ultrasonic sensors are you using and how are they mounted?
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    Re: Screws, staples and glue........

    I was using 2" nails (air coil nailer) and glue on all of the finger joints except the smaller/thinner joint next the rabbet for the the frames. If I used the air coil nailer on the small finger it...
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    Re: Screws, staples and glue........

    With a box joint A screw is probably better due to its superior holding force. For a rabbet joint nails are better as they are more likely experience shear.

    Screws hold well, but are brittle. ...
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    Re: Oxalic drizzle in winter

    It is better to spray/dripple if they are clustered. You can do damage. It is important to stick to the 50ml per hive. It is hard on the bees exoskeletons/carapace. the same bees shouldn't be...
  12. Re: McCormick, alias Billy Bee introduces its new Natural Farms honey, a blend of Chi

    I am assuming they are asking for a CFIA# because it is required for interprovincial trade in honey:
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    Re: Sideliner Profitability Study

    A couple of things I didn't give enough consideration to was the handling of drums of both honey and feed. There is a limit to the number of pails you can efficiently handle and store. How are you...
  14. Thread: Ultrasonication

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    Re: Ultrasonication

    I would think that you would still be adding heat, but perhaps less heat overall. In my other job we use ultrasonics to weld plastics and they can generate a lot of heat.
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    Re: 3 or 4 medium's for brood

    2 10 frame mediums would house all the required brood for most colonies. You could add a third for stores to reduce the need to feed depending on your climate and whether or not you feed in the fall.
  16. Thread: OA Dribble

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    Re: OA Dribble

    60cc syringe works well and is less prone to overdosing than a sprayer. Instructions and recipe are here:

    http://www.ontariobee.com/sites/ontariobee.com/files/document/oxalic-acid-protocol.pdf
  17. Thread: Flavored honey

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    Re: Flavored honey

    Variety is the spice of life. If you are standing behind a table at the market for 4 or 5 hours every week, you might as well have the table full of a variety of different products. Keep to natural...
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    Re: Water jacketed bottling tank maintenance

    If your tap water is quite hard, will using distilled or RO/DI water extend the heating element life by preventing/reducing scale?
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    I have mentioned seeing these maps in presentations previously, but this is the first time I have seen them posted online.

    https://twitter.com/OntarioBee/status/538698582258614273

    Map of report...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Would have been nice if he at least put quotes around content he cut and pasted....
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    Re: Honeybee Genetics and Breeding Bees

    Sorry about that. I picked it up at queen rearing course this summer and quite enjoyed it. Unfortunately, i don't think it is available anywhere else.
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    Re: Honeybee Genetics and Breeding Bees

    I haven't had a chance to watch Dean's presentation, but thought that I would pass along that I found Ernesto Guzman's Elemental Genetics and Breeding for the Honey Bee to be worthwhile introduction...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Also from the PMRA:

    "In 2013 and 2014, Health Canada's PMRA received an increase in incident reports of poorly performing hives later in the season.

    At this time, it is unclear what factors may...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    With a 58% loss there were a lot less bees to lose. The unusual spring also contributed. From the PMRA:

    "A complete analysis is not yet available, but information to date indicates the number of...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    You can only use metrics/data that are available. With the PMRA and EPA unwilling to force studies that look at LDL and chronic effects there isn't a lot of research to demonstrate what the effects...
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