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    Re: Advice on splits

    Thank you all for taking the time to provide your thoughts, I appreciate all the information
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    Advice on splits

    We have not had the best year, poor start, some kind of weakening in hive strength, possibly pesticides, and then an abnormal hot dry summer, our main flow is over and barring a weather change late...
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    Re: Marking Frame Production Year?

    I am fairly new a few frames are three years old. I am using a lumber crayon, the same color as the queen marking for the year.Only takes a minute to mark a box full of frames, lumber crayons 79...
  4. Thread: Capping Punch,

    by ABruce
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    Re: Capping Punch,

    Grozzie, can you explain the strainers you use . I bought the plastic ones from Beemaid, they were out of the metal ones , if we didn't have a fire ban you would see the smoke, they plugged in...
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    Re: Never seen this before

    I am very interested in your outcome, I have had a similar situation this year. All tests came back negative, but hive strength has been poor, multiple queen failures, came out of winter with eight...
  6. Thread: Capping Punch,

    by ABruce
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    Capping Punch,

    Just finished extracting this weekend, was looking thru my local suppliers website and I see a capping punch, looks like a paint roller with blades, apparently cuts the capping with minimal waste....
  7. Thread: Swarm behavior?

    by ABruce
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    Re: Swarm behavior?

    Thanks for your advice and help. I have screen bottoms wide open, and will put screen over the top entrances. I have just finished extracting so every colony will get a wet super should keep them...
  8. Thread: Thick honey

    by ABruce
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    Re: Thick honey

    The local area is lots of orchards, apples , pears, plum and the like, wild choke cherry and saskatoon, some black locust and, large fields of alfalfa which this year has been to dry to produce any...
  9. Thread: Swarm behavior?

    by ABruce
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    Re: Swarm behavior?

    So I inspected and found the swarm cells, it wasnt hard I had a prett ygood idea which hive was bursting at the seams. I can not find the queen, so I pulled the swarm cells and a couple of others,...
  10. Thread: Swarm behavior?

    by ABruce
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    Swarm behavior?

    I was looking at my apiary yesterday afternoon, and the activity looked like a swarm, their were more bees than I have ever seen all flying in circles. It was a hot afternoon and it looked like we...
  11. Thread: Thick honey

    by ABruce
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    Thick honey

    I am trying to extract six supers of honey, I have a 20 frame electric extractor I cut the capping of and ran the extractor for 20 minutes, it seemed very thick. Temp was in the low 80s F I turned on...
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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    Last year I swept them off each frame, slow and a pain. This year I am using bee escapes, set the full supers on top of the escapes come back a day or two later and they are virtually empty.
  13. Thread: whats going on

    by ABruce
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    Re: whats going on

    Your weather is about the same as ours. This hot dry summer has brought about a dearth earlier than usual for us and our bees are cranky about it. As well the wasps, yellow jackets and hornets are...
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    Re: Need Advice Prepping for Extraction

    For what its worth, I am using escape boards, I had the same situation as you, I put the partial super over the brood boxes, then the escape board then the two full,
    two weeks later no bees in the...
  15. Re: Bee nest in the wood of my deck (I want ot relocate) Need advice

    Look up your provincial Honey Producers association , or Provincial Apiculture office. Get the name from them for of a local club, there is probably someone nearby that would be able to help you.
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    Re: Will my bees winter in Minnesota

    Here in Canada, " alittle north of you" a large amount of our new packages are flown in from New Zealand every spring to us .Early queens from Hawaii are common. People on the Canadian Prairies...
  17. Re: When do you guys feel comfortable not to wear protection?

    Can you share what kind of nitrile gloves your using, I have some old cheap ones I use to use for oil changes, but they seem to just split open after 10 or 15 minutes use, not sure if its the age or...
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    Re: Recommendations for extractor?

    I was told , and it seemed to work, 50 cranks and reverse the frames and 50 more cranks, Being new it was all new to me so it went slow, but we had let the bees fully cab the comb , leaving it in...
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    Re: Recommendations for extractor?

    For what its worth, I had five new hives last year. The "book" said they would not make honey. I wound up with about 140 lbs in 4 supers. A friend lent us a two frame tangential extractor. About 6...
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    Hi , I read the post with great interest, but one thing I could not find so a question. I have three local queens picked up this afternoon, they were just caged and have attendants with them. Should...
  21. Thread: frame feeders

    by ABruce
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    Re: frame feeders

    I started with 2 gallon, got a bunch of used one gallon last year. I prefer the two gallon, they need less filling. I don't see a downside to them One gallon work they just need filled more often,...
  22. Re: Electric fence where ground rod is not possible

    We suffer in the summer , our clay soil dries out so much we lose our ground. I have 10 strands of wire,alternating ground and positive. Trust me it works, both the local bear and myself have...
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    Re: Another use for Oxalic Acid Vaporizers

    So If a hive has gone queen-less, no capped brood, a person could protect the honey supers and a single application late in the evening or early morning should get the same kill or better than a...
  24. Thread: AFB diagnosis

    by ABruce
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    AFB diagnosis

    We had a good winter and eight out of eight of our hives made it, One wasted away early in the spring, I assumed we had lost the queen and none were available. I added three nucs , and then moved...
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    Re: New to the forum - Northern Ontario

    Hi and welcome, I was in Timmins and Sudbury last week and saw hives in the fields. Lots of great information on here , helps me a lot.
    Enjoy
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