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    Hi- I don't think a medium and a deep are enough...

    Hi-
    I don't think a medium and a deep are enough room for a brood nest for the spring and summer. If you use a queen excluder above the medium right off the bat, then you will end up before the main...
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    Hi Joe, I have installed packages up in Fort St....

    Hi Joe,
    I have installed packages up in Fort St. John in early April. If you have frames of honey and pollen to give them, I'd go for the packages rather than the nucs much later. But it does depend...
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    Hi Ottawa Please let me know how your bees make...

    Hi Ottawa
    Please let me know how your bees make out. I haven't seen many postings from Canada.
    I'm familiar with your climate as I used to live there. Much, much more snow than here in Calgary....
  4. hi- I've been working on something similar to...

    hi-
    I've been working on something similar to what you've described. My "top bar hive" is really a version of a long hive in that, like you, I am using frames rather than just top bars, for the very...
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    Hi, The picture you posted is defication brought...

    Hi,
    The picture you posted is defication brought on by nosema. But the nosema doesn't just happen. The spores are always present. But when conditions are such that too much waste is present in the...
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    Hi You can get good results with either the...

    Hi
    You can get good results with either the package or the nuc.
    I don't know what your average April is like, but if you get some good weather where lots of pollen and maybe some early nectar can...
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    Re: Food for thought I heard that Canada wants...

    Re: Food for thought I heard that Canada wants to send down 4# packages in August.

    Hello all-
    I just got off the phone with the Alberta provincial apiculturist, Dr. Nasr. He told me that there...
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    Hi Just a bit of personal experience here. I've...

    Hi
    Just a bit of personal experience here. I've used packages to start hives in Pennsylvania, Alberta, and, British Columbia. I've never failed to harvest surplus honey the first year, provided the...
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    Hi Here in western Canada, we have depended...

    Hi
    Here in western Canada, we have depended heavily on Aust/New Zealand bees for many years, ever since the Canadian gov't closed the border to U.S. bees back in the 80's. Planeloads of packages...
  10. Hi I've kept bees in northern British Columbia,...

    Hi
    I've kept bees in northern British Columbia, where temperatures are commonly in the -40 degree F. range during the depth of winter. With proper insulation and stores, they can be wintered quite...
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    The need for cleansing flights doesn't become...

    The need for cleansing flights doesn't become critical until brood rearing has begun in earnest, or until after a very long spell of extremely cold weather. In both these scenarios the bees have had...
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    Few things in this life are written in stone,...

    Few things in this life are written in stone, true and constant under ALL conditions. Beekeeping exemplifies this. That's one of the things which keeps drawing me to it- the opportunity and the...
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    I'm interested in hearing more about screened...

    I'm interested in hearing more about screened bottom boards. Can someone post a picture or description?

    Hello State College! I grew up in Williamsport, but have lived in Canada most of my adult...
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    Hello all, I am in the process of designing my...

    Hello all,

    I am in the process of designing my hives as well. I like the idea of straight sided hives. Reading empilolo's entry, I must pose the question-Why WOULDN'T one frame the top bars, as he...
  15. Hello Ellen, I would help a lot if you put...

    Hello Ellen,
    I would help a lot if you put starter strips in the empty frames. This gives the bees a guide. Also, put empty frames between two drawn combs as much as possible.

    There is no reason...
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    Thanks for the info, guys. I've never had much...

    Thanks for the info, guys. I've never had much trouble overwintering bees here in conventional hives- that is, until the mites arrived in the mid nineties. We get a lot of chinooks here (warm Pacific...
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    I plan to start up some tbh's next spring. I've...

    I plan to start up some tbh's next spring. I've been reading all I can find on the subject. I think this method of beekeeping may pose some interesting challenges in western Alberta, where I live. We...
  18. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I am...

    I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I am interested in learning all I can about about TBH beekeeping. I have not kept any bees since 2000, but intend to start up again. I find the ideas behind...
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