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    First year summer is over

    I am sitting in my chair , nursing my first sting. Got me on the ankle tonight as I was applying OAV to the hives. Apparently waiting for twilight to make sure they are all home is fraught with...
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    Re: Early frost up here in the Peace Region

    Hi Jodie,
    Its been a weird year for weather everywhere. Where do you go south to look for pollination? If you come south for the spring do you come south for the fall and keep them in a milder...
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    Re: New Canadian bee keeper

    Hi Jeff,
    Welcome, hope all goes well, I started this spring, and I am up to seven hives. You will find lots of help here for the questions you will most assuredly have.
    Good luck and enjoy,
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    Re: Hive portal Queen excluder

    WBVC are you starting nucs now? or did you start them earlier, I wondered how late you can start them and hope to over winter in our areas?
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    Quilt boxes

    Hi,
    I am hoping to get a head start on winterizing, we get temps averaging in the 20sF going to 0f for a week or two. Cloudy days with higher humidity when we are above freezing. Our winter will go...
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    Re: How many Hives???

    Sharpdog,
    for what is worth, everything shut down here in the Okanagan by mid July, I have irrigated alfalfa near by, but water is expensive and they sure don't give it as much as the corn fields....
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    Re: $$ dollar value of hive

    Hi,
    New supers are 20.00 each, wood frames with plastic foundation is 4.00 each, nucs in Kelowna were 150.00 each in June,, is it eight frame or ten frame equipment?
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    Re: sealant on stainless steel honey equipment

    Ben,
    If you feel you need to seal it, talk to the people who sell sealants for cisterns and the like, the companies that make them generally have a food safe epoxy for Stainless. We used it in...
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    Re: Feeding in the fall?

    Andrew,
    are you using plastic or metal paint cans? What size holes do you put in them? And where, in the lid or in the base? I could see this being very convenient, my supplier sells plastic...
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    Re: What's happening here?

    I moved the five hives from my back yard to a permanent apiary about 75 ft away. I put sheets of plywood up thinking that would cause them to reorient which it didn't. I had so many bees that were...
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    What's happening here?

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    The first picture is of a frame I swapped in from another hive two weeks ago. During an inspection I couldn't find any uncapped brood. A week ago, I found all kinds of brood...
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    Question on adding supers

    I am a first year bee keeper. I got two two lb packages in April, and three three frame deep nucs in early June. I was advised the packages should build to two deeps easily but doubtful on honey...
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    Re: Considering switching to Oxalic Acid

    I am a new beekeeper this year, and have seven hives, After lots of reading I bought the vaporizer and the oxalic acid. One question I have not seen answered, unlike many other treatment options the...
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    Re: Newbee from BC Canada!

    Hi Irene,
    Its my first year too and I live in a frost pocket. But I talk to people who keep bees in Alberta outside over winter, and in places like Hope which is wetter so I think its all possible....
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    Re: Insurance

    Further to grozzie2 comments, I strongly suggest adding the fire fighting rider. The cost of fighting a forest fire can be charged back to you, and with the dry conditions the insurance add on is a...
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    Re: Newbee from BC Canada!

    Hi Irene,
    Welcome , sounds like you sure don't do anything in a small way. We must be close to one another I am just south of Armstrong. Hope it keeps going well.
  17. Re: Logistics of keeping up with syrup supplementation

    As a newbie, I am not sure I understand, if you are in a dearth and considering feeding, why leave the honey supers on? Would not the bees start to consume them since they are out of ready available...
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    Re: Entrance shim

    Thanks for posting, a picture is worth a 1000 words, I understand it now.
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    Re: No mites still check?

    I am a new bee keeper, I have two packages from New Zealand, three local nucs and two splits with a blend of both. Its been extremely hot here so working the hives has not been fun. I was warned by...
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    Re: Reason to go to top entrances

    That's just too easy, but doesn't that screw up the bee space we are supposed to worry about. I am going to build one tomorrow morning and install it on one of my hives just to see how it works....
  21. Re: Moved bees 100 ft, will foragers find the hive?

    I did the same thing a month ago. I moved five hives 50 ft. I had upset bees at the old site enmasse. A suggestion on here was to place another empty hive at the spot I moved them from, I did this...
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    Re: Reason to go to top entrances

    Tom, Can you expand n your second entrance rim? I would like to go to top entrances and would very much to understand , it sounds to me like you have a separate rim with an entrance as opposed to a...
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    Re: New Member from PNW interior

    Hi Duncan,
    We share a very similar climate, I am a couple hours north of you. It would be interesting to hear what's in bloom and compare notes as time goes on.
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    Re: making rabbets with router

    If you have a lot of cutting to do get a spiral bit, I have found they cut cleaner , longer and stay cooler than a normal straight bit. They are a little more pricy and because they are solid...
  25. Re: A couple pics of this year's first extraction

    Grozzie2,
    May I ask where you got your extractor? Is there a distributor this side of the border or did you get it sent to the other side? If so is it duty free?
    thanks
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