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  1. Hive cut-out near Ottawa/Cornwall, Ontario

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    My neighbour has a hive in the wall of her barn that has apparently been there for three years and is now causing problems. I'm not equipped/knowledgeable enough to do a cut-out. She...
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    Re: Ontario 2012 Honey Prices

    $6 for 500g jar, $10 for 1kg glass jar. My friend sells comb honey for about $8/300g. Hmm, maybe time to raise prices a bit. :)
  3. Thread: False spirea

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    Re: False spirea

    The Latin name is probably more helpful: Sorbaria sorbifolia. It may be a form of astilbe, but here it grows as a rather invasive shrub. Anyway, the pollinators go nuts over it. :)
  4. Thread: False spirea

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    False spirea

    I see the honeybees are going nuts over our false spirea bushes. Does anyone know how these rate as a pollen/nectar source? They certainly are popular!

    Natalie
  5. Swarm removal in Dunvegan, Ontario (near Ottawa/Cornwall)?

    Hi there,

    My friend had a swarm of honeybees take up residence in her log house on Saturday, and needs them to be removed asap. (They are definitely honeybees; I have seen photos!) I am a new...
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    Re: How long to feed sugar syrup?

    My thought on their behaviour is that maybe as you get used to the bees, you're moving in a more relaxed and sending off happier "vibes", and the bees are picking up on that. I agree with Nasal...
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    Re: Pollen in November?

    Broccoli, now there's a thought! And who knows what's blooming at the farms around me. Lots of people have gardens around here. After our October cold snap and frosts, we've had a lot of unseasonably...
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    Re: Some of my pics..

    The photo of the bee on the passion flower is gorgeous!1
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    Re: A couple of questions before we wrap!

    Cheesegenie, the Bee Cozy apparently came with something you stuff in the top (I haven't even looked yet!)

    And too bad we got rid of the farm rats, eh? I wouldn't have had to worry about mice! ;)
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    Re: Pollen in November?

    Grid, I live an hour east of you, between Ottawa and Montreal. We did have some snow for a couple of days at Hallowe'en (Ottawa too, as I recall.) I can't find anything alive in my garden but we live...
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    Pollen in November?

    We've had some warmer-than-usual weather this month, and today the bees were quite active. I noticed some of the girls going into the hive with their pollen baskets full. Where on earth are they...
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    Re: A couple of questions before we wrap!

    Hey Cheesegenie! Hubby got those "Bee Cozy" things... did you use the tar paper stuff? I watched a video on how to wrap using that and it looked pretty simple!
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    Re: A couple of questions before we wrap!

    Thanks Omie! We'll wrap at mid-day.

    Natalie
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    A couple of questions before we wrap!

    We are about to wrap our two hives this weekend for the winter. I don't have my mouse guards on yet, and am realize I should have put them on a while ago. What should I do to make sure no mice are in...
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    Re: Whats this plant?

    It does not have a strong scent. It's a hardy perennial and mine are always crawling with honeybee and bumblebees during the fall bloom! It's pretty hard to kill and good for those with a black...
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    Re: plant now or wait tilk spring?

    Hmm, this is interesting. The Wikipedia entry says that milkweed is an important nectar source for bees:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepias

    But it also says that some milkweeds are more...
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    Re: plant now or wait tilk spring?

    We have (regular) milkweed and swamp milkweed all over our farm, and I often see the bees enjoying it. We also have butterfly weed in our garden, which is another type of milkweed that, not...
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    Re: Formic acid- I goofed

    Choodles, don't let me put you off formic acid! I'm know lots of beeks who don't mask up before using it. The thing that's good about it is that it's one of the "soft" chemicals and I think you are...
  19. Re: Can you mix Fumagilin-B and Honey-B-Healthy?

    That's very encouraging! And it smells nice too. :) One of the guys in my beekeeping group swears by it as well.

    Natalie
  20. Re: Can you mix Fumagilin-B and Honey-B-Healthy?

    Rocky and Walliebee, thanks so much! I will mix them together. I think the Honey-B-Healthy is worth trying; I only have two beehives right now anyway. I am just making the "do-it-yourself" recipe...
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    Re: Formic acid- I goofed

    Um, are those the Mite-Away II pads? Did your mentor tell you you're supposed to wear a respirator mask, eye protection and chemical gloves when using them? I'm wondering if you knew, since you...
  22. Can you mix Fumagilin-B and Honey-B-Healthy?

    Can I mix Fumagilin-B and Honey-B-Healthy (actually the homemade equivalent) together in my fall syrup recipe, or is that stoopid? ;) Seriously, would the Honey-B-Healthy affect the Fumagilin, or is...
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    Re: ideas for smoker fuel ???

    I use cardboard tightly rolled up into a smoker-sized cylinder and tied with string, plus wood shavings. But the thing I like best is the new little propane torch I light it with! Sure beats matches....
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    Re: Brood in the honey frame question

    Yeah, that first killer frost is going to turn up in a week or two. :( I could do with a few more weeks of summer!

    Natalie
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    Re: Brood in the honey frame question

    Ah, take the compliment and just enjoy it while I'm still a newbee with much to learn. A few more years of beekeeping and I might think you all a bit less brilliant (but you ARE helpful!) ;)

    And...
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