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    Re: Manitoba Bee Auction

    Options are good, especially in these high honey price times. Even though I sell a fair amount of bees as part of our business plan I can certainly understand why some would want U.S. packages. They...
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    Re: Canadian Senate Report on Bee Health

    Vance:

    You can buy them, taking them across the border legally is another issue. There is far too much red tape for a few queens or even 100 or 1000. That is why very little genetics from...
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    Re: Hotel Hive Management Contracts

    Probably the best way to make it financially reasonable is make it financially reasonable for yourself. The honey will be super expensive for the hotel but that is not why they are keeping bees...
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    Re: Manitoba Bee Auction

    Count on it. Honey for a couple, three years, then we see. World demand for honey is increasing. Burgeoning middle class in third world countries is helping fuel his. As long as honey prices are up,...
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    Re: Manitoba Bee Auction

    Wrote a reply last night and it did not get posted. So here we go round 2.
    I think the weather and the better overwintering brought the bees to the auction... not the prices paid last year. Lots of...
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    Re: I'm Thinking EFB Please Confirm

    EFB.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Bees and Chickens

    First they start with dead bees and bugs, next thing you know it's grandma. Isch what's the world coming to?

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Commercial Beek gifts

    I know I would really appreciate a forklift. It is probably more than you want to spend but it would make a lasting positive impression on me... fwiw.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: How old is your oldest brood comb?

    We have the odd very old comb. Like Jim if they are functional we keep them. We sell a lot of nucs and colonies so generally frames are newer. Bees overwinter better on old comb. This is especially...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Good point Ian. Many also focus on costs. They only see money out. In most farming those that spend money on the inputs get the crops later and have revenue to pay for those inputs, the banker for...
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    Re: April splits

    Swiftwisdom: 4 frames indeed. If hives are exploded then they get what they get. If we are cherry picking brood from multiple hives, then it is mostly 2 frames of capped brood. Need some larvae to...
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    Re: April splits

    Yes a world apart. We are in a temperate rain forest but when it is sunny during spring time at maple and dandelion flow bees can just explode. Bees will avoid dandelion and go for maple. The pollen...
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    Re: Pollination Advice

    No kidding DmacShack. Stationary is so much more enjoyable assuming there is honey coming in. If you have the yards and the flow even if only 50-60 pounds then for sure avoid the summer pollinations...
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    Re: April splits

    The weather man is predicting 9 days in a row of rain starting this afternoon. That will put the brake on things for awhile.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: How do you preserve sugar syrup solution?

    If you are running short on time and assuming not too many neighbors, then you can always open feed. Bees got wings, so no more 4 wheeler. Thick syrup will help. I suppose you need to invest in a...
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    Re: April splits

    Hire out. Never lift boxes. Easy when operating the forklift and only at the home yard. Spinal decompression, massage, yoga asanas, maintain a lean and relatively fit body. Mostly let the crew do the...
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    Re: April splits

    Swiftwisdom:

    It took from about 9 am to 3 pm to do that. Selected colonies that were to be "exploded" were already there. Brood chambers were being prepared by 3 guys. I think 10 others were...
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    Well, they do not really want to stay but mostly they do not speak English. I tried to get another one to stay but he said no. Mostly I want my no 1 guy to have a second or third family member...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    We must do split work. Some are just way to strong. So we split them or the bees split. They are in fields up to 50 days from start to finish with all the different varieties. Too long. Growers like...
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    If you ever need to hire TFW do so under the SAWP program. The Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) takes the same amount of time, up to 12 weeks I think, but once you have that you can have your...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Wished I had split more of mine before blueberries. They too are about to swarm. Just could not get queens. Blueberries are 3-4 weeks early this year. We got the queens first week of April but we had...
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    Yes we are responsible for many of their needs. Back and forth ticket. $15.60/hr including 4%vacation pay. At that rate we can charge rent for a house the company purchased last year. We are in a...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    I looked at the link and did not notice a list of ingredients. What reason(s) did you choose that product Ben?

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    Ian and others:

    Foreign workers can come into Canada through the SAWP -seasonal agricultural worker program. Countries include Mexico and recently Jamaica and perhaps other Caribbean countries....
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    ll leave but these guys are all from Nicaragua. Hard to find Canadians. The industry cannot pay what is required to afford to live in the Vancouver surrounding areas. Family guy would need minimum...
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