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  1. Re: Pattern between farming and success of bees?

    wet years are best here for honey, we are in a massive drought this year and nothing is even blooming, no clover etc just grasses and it is the worst harvest anyone can remember for honey, most...
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    Re: watering bees

    i have never seen the bees on salt blocks but i see them in the manure piles after a light rain and in the pond sitting on plant leafs drinking and drinking from the garden after i water it in the...
  3. Thread: weak hive

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    Re: weak hive

    guess i just keep trying for a few more weeks then if still bad i will combine it into another hive and use the boxes for some nucs i have waiting on more hardware, and name it hive 10 or something.
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    weak hive

    I have one hive that was my best last year but was damp in winter and had a hard time, lots of mold and mouldy pollen etc. This spring they built up fast then lost the queen, i requeened with a...
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    Re: Effects of prolonged rain on hive?

    i live in one of the wettest places on earth and my bees do fine, except moisture in the winter always gets bad in the hive just from the 100% humidity for 5 months straight.
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    Re: Attn: Barehanded beekeepers

    I am an industrial electrician and would never wear a ring to work, they can weld onto a live circuit if you have an accident and then you are stuck getting shocked with no way to pull away.
  7. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    i am in port alberni and the bees are all over maple trees right now
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    moldy frames

    I checked all my hives the other day and most were good and growing faster earlier than ever, but one my best hive last season only had bees in the top deep, the bottom one every single frame was...
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    Re: Drones in central Ohio

    i found 2 entire frames of drone about to hatch yesterday, if it didnt start raining i would have cut them out and let them rebuild again.
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    Re: Did you lose any hives this winter

    4/4 alive in BC with an incredibly wet winter.
  11. Re: Why feed syrup in the spring, when they have plenty of stores?

    also stimulates them to build comb earlier than normal to put all that syrup away so you can get new supers drawn or frames drawn to add to your nucs
  12. Re: How many beekeepers come out even or better.

    If i wasnt expanding and buying more hardware etc, then i would be making a couple hundred a year on my honey and wax sales. but i plan to spend that money and probably more on new boxes and frames...
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    Re: Why foundationless? Newbie questions

    I found that when i used all foundation the bees would build cross comb and burr comb everywhere and fill them with drone, once i stopped putting in foundation in the deeps and let them build drone i...
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    Re: Why foundationless? Newbie questions

    i use foundationless in my deeps but foundation in my supers. that way my frames dont fall apart in the extractor and i dont have to buy foundation in my deeps and the bees can make drones and...
  15. Thread: Apiary Laws

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    Re: Apiary Laws

    you just have to register the hive location and if there are already hives on that location or the location has some other reason for not permitting bees like a civil bylaw then they will not approve...
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    Re: Mixing bee races with new hives

    i believe in hybrid vigor in most animals like chicken crosses and mutt dogs, so why not bee crosses as well?
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    Re: mold in hive

    the back are raised about 1/4" so it slopes to the front to keep water from getting in, i was thinking of opening the entrance bigger but i would have to recip saw it out and i bet the bees would...
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    Re: mold in hive

    i have them fairly open, top entrances, bottom entrance un restricted and entrances in the front of each box as well as the telescopic cover raised up 2" but still getting some mold, not sure what...
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    mold in hive

    i added sugar blocks to my hives the other day and noticed one was very moldy around the top entrance and the tops of the frames and the inside of the telescoping lid, last year i had only a tiny...
  20. Re: Stupid question: how many beekeepers are scared of bees?

    i used to be scared of bees until i decided to get them and now i pick them up with bare hands etc.

    my dad is terrified of bees wont come near mine he stays at least 40ft away even when they are...
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    Re: Homemade Extractor

    i just kept my eyes out for used bee equipment and found a plastic garbage can style manual 3 frame extractor for $70 and snapped it up, works good, not great but gets the job done but is hard to...
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    Re: Bottom Board 3/4" or 3/8"?

    could you not reshape the vapourizer tip with a vice so it was oval shaped and fits under the 3/8?
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    Re: My head is spinning

    check what nucs are going to be in, if you only have mediums but only deep nucs are available its going to be a pain swapping them into the mediums. full deeps are heavy though especially 10 frames
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    Re: MAQS and absconding

    following dosage recommendations from the manufacturer should not kill your bees, you should not have to use half a dose so they survive. my temps were not even close to max at all and were sitting...
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    Re: MAQS and absconding

    lost 3/4 of my queens using MAQS, going to invest in a OA vaporizer next year and try that. looks like all but 1 has requeen itself but no guarantee on those queens being good for the winter.
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