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  1. Thread: April splits

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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...
  2. Thread: April splits

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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...
  4. Thread: April splits

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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
  5. 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...
  7. Thread: April splits

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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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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    Good for you Ian. Basically a herniated disc ended my beekeeping career as a owner/labourer/manger. It forced me to turn it over to employees. Set up systems and hope for the best. We have a good...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Good move Ben. Generally speaking bees development will more less match with the season. If season is late the bees will also be late. It is more of an event thing. Pussy willows then dandelions then...
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    Re: The Joys of beekeeping

    Bet that sucked. So you unloaded the Bobcat... somehow separated the gooseneck trailer... moved the truck ahead, used the Bobcat to move the trailer... reattached the trailer... loaded the Bobcat......
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    We have 11 guys Ian, 12 with me but unfortunately I do not spend too much time in the field. Mostly checking their work and planning the next move. We are running more hives than ever and it is a...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Purchase some nucs from B.C. I hear they are having a good spring;)
    Delay the queen order.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Spring on the West Coast.

    The good part about selecting the best ones to explode is that it helps alleviate swarming issues. Those good hives can generate good $ and so they should. They cost a lot in feed and labor. The rest...
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    Spring on the West Coast.

    Hi everybody. Spring on the west coast of BC has been impressive. We have low losses. We wintered 4500 and 10 days ago we were just shy of 4000. Last Wednesday we split the best for a long time good...
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    Re: hfcs ok or not

    Way more expensive if you do not feed. Bees develop better when fed. That cost is more than offset by the increase in production. Either HFCS or sucrose is fine.

    Jean-Marc
  24. Thread: April splits

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    Re: April splits

    600 yesterday. 200 tomorrow. Thinking they will be fine. More to go.

    Jean-Marc
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    Sticky: Re: honey sell

    Thanks Jim. I was doubting $2.40 U.S. but $2.00 is still a good price.

    Jean-Marc
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