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    I pulled them due to bear season. The bears are...

    I pulled them due to bear season. The bears are just about to gorge themselves for winter. If they get through my fence at least I haven't lost my honey.
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    Robbing supers in storage

    Is there any trick to stopping robbing from supers stored away in a not air tight space? There is nowhere around here available for storage aside from a shed, and the bees are having a hay day. They...
  3. Prepping excluder-less colonies for winter?

    Seems all the hives that don't have queen excluders are sitting with 3 brood chambers each with brood.
    The honey flows are done now, and I would like to keep my hives in just two supers over winter....
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    Thanks for the help! When I said brood/pollen I...

    Thanks for the help!
    When I said brood/pollen I meant honey/pollen.
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    Literature to offer buyers?

    I'd like to offer some information along with my unpasteurized honey (benefits or what have you). Is there a good source of proven information on the internet? Official or even government websites...
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    It's true, out of about a dozen hives, only a...

    It's true, out of about a dozen hives, only a couple needed feeding in spring, most had at least two full frames of honey left over, some had 3-4 full frames extra honey to start spring with.
    just...
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    What exactly to leave for winter?

    There's only a month and a half before frosts, and the main honey flow is nearing it's end. Last year I waited too late to remove supers and left too much honey in the hives. Hoping to correct that...
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    Two combining questions

    I'm about to combine about 20 hives, most having two brood chambers plus super. All with newspaper.

    Chances are good I will have trouble finding a queen or two for pinching. If I combine two...
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    Why did you leave the birdseed out as an...

    Why did you leave the birdseed out as an attractant after the first hit? I'd invest in electricity TODAY, not tomorrow. And BAIT the fence. First touch had better be the nose or tongue or you're...
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    Swarm questions

    Two questions. My beehives have enough space (2 brood chambers with no more than 70% drawn comb. There is good
    airflow, I crack the tops on sunny days. There are carni queens and two different...
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    Did you use smoke? My worst stinging experience...

    Did you use smoke?
    My worst stinging experience was when I just wanted to take a quick look and didn't think smoke was needed. (never adjust your veil even if there's a bee in it)
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    Thanks Jean-Marc- I'll check both out. We can't...

    Thanks Jean-Marc- I'll check both out.
    We can't import bees into Canada from the states.
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    Looking for other bees for experimenting with in...

    Looking for other bees for experimenting with in my climate but can't find anything.
    Anyone local have an idea?
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    Check your local conservation laws wherever you...

    Check your local conservation laws wherever you live. Out here you need the conservation officer to make a visit before any problem animal is destroyed. Too many gun owners making poor judgement...
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    For frames full of honey maybe even washing off...

    For frames full of honey maybe even washing off the mud with clean water and then replacing them on a strong hive? I wish you best of luck with that. You guys were hit pretty hard down there.
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    That'll teach you? Basically you shot a bear that...

    That'll teach you? Basically you shot a bear that got into 'your' garbage.
    Until you have a secure beeyard you shouldn't have bees. Just like you shouldn't leave household garbage on the curb in...
  17. Biodynamic farming is actually an accepted way...

    Biodynamic farming is actually an accepted way with strict regulatory standards, at least here in BC Canada.
    It takes a minimum of 3 years to become "Certified Organic" and then a minimum of two...
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    I use skids (pallets) to keep them off the ground.

    I use skids (pallets) to keep them off the ground.
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    I'm surprised at how lax beekepers here are with...

    I'm surprised at how lax beekepers here are with the bears.
    We have real populations of bears around here, see them almost daily this time of year.
    If you get caught with hives, garbage, chicken...
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    After reading the title I would have said of...

    After reading the title I would have said of course, but 16' x 16' isn't big enough for both.
    I have bees in with my poultry, they have a run aprox 50' x 50'. There is about 10' around the hives...
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    OK thanks. That should help.

    OK thanks. That should help.
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    Newspapers may be a little 'distant', why not try...

    Newspapers may be a little 'distant', why not try ads at any message boards around your area.
    If your newspaper is really local/small town then I'm sure it'd work.
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    This is another species of knotweed. Similar to...

    This is another species of knotweed. Similar to Japanese but it's only 2' tall with tiny pink not white flowers. Haven't seen the bees on it yet but they aren't working the clover either.
    I can't...
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    Can anyone suggest a good list? My locally...

    Can anyone suggest a good list? My locally produced book has "major and minor" bee plants but is missing the species that are currently blooming around here. Thanks in advance.
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    Like many of you my hives are a little light...

    Like many of you my hives are a little light right now. I have no idea where my bees are foraging currently.
    Blooming in neighbouring fields:
    Hardhack (Spirea douglasii)
    Knotweed (Polygonum)...
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