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    Re: Neighbor's pool over fence watering plan

    I have a pool that is located 50 ft from my hives last year we had 12 hives, I put a water container right at the hives, tried adding salts ect. Nothing seemed to attract them away from the pool . We...
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    Re: Lauri's bricks down to an Art!

    hi,
    I have seen in various forms of this recipe, some add citric acid and essential oils, as well as electrolyte powders. Looking at the essential oils has any one just added a couple of tea spoons...
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    Re: Hello from NE British Columbia

    Hi Susan,
    I suspect you are not too far from some people who know a lot about bees, there are some big honey producers in your neck of the woods, I wish you lots of success.
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    Re: Spruce Woodenware

    Spruce is probably the easiest wood to work with, hand nailing screws without pilot holes, or air nailers. Most house framing in our area is spruce.
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    Re: Spruce Woodenware

    Hi,
    In our neck of the woods, white wood, or #2 SPF, spruce pine and fir is common, I buy pine if I can I prefer to work with it , it smells nicer and machines a little better but the construction...
  6. Re: Splits over the origional coloney with a screen

    Vance,
    Can you clarify, you add two frames of brood, bees and honey to a 10 frame deep divided in half? or in thirds? then pull one nuc and divide the box into two five frames? When is an early...
  7. Re: Splits over the origional coloney with a screen

    Hi Michael,
    Thanks for replying, I am ok at finding the queen but my idea was one Saturday to stick a queen excluder between the two deeps and the next Saturday see which side had open eggs. I am...
  8. Splits over the origional coloney with a screen

    Sitting in the Interior of BC after shoveling a foot of snow off the drive way. Just confirmed an order for five early queens. They will arrive in early April. Some years here we are ok to split some...
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    Re: cost of starting ???????

    I buy a 1 by 12 locally for 23.00 I get 5 deeps out of two boards. Figure with glue and staples , 10 dollars cdn each. Frames are cheaper from Beemaid than I can make them.With plastic foundation...
  10. Thread: 120 V OAV

    by ABruce
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    Re: 120 V OAV

    How about a 115ac to 12v dc transformer? 30 amp or better a quick google and I see them for sale, around 100.00 usd. You find them used in RV bone yards.
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    Re: What Beekeeping Goodies did Santa Drop Off?

    Santa came with a total surprise here, I got a flow hive, kinda interested now to see it work, maybe be able to get single varietal honeys like apple blossom next spring. Something new to learn...
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    Re: Best Treatment to Pair With OA?

    I used Formic this year using the "Mitegone' system. Bill the owner of Mitegone is a local beekeeper and he and most of the people in our local club have used it for many years. In our climate they...
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    Re: Black Locust Thorns vs. Honey Locust Thorns

    We probably live on the edge of the Locusts range, two years ago we got a large bloom from our three 50 ft trees. and from two hives over 100 lbs of Locust honey. I didn't know what the taste was...
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    Re: How often do you requeen?

    I am coming into my third full year and have definitely found that I need to mark queens and keep records. I have one hive out of 8 that went into winter with the original queen, the others have...
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    Re: Advice on splits

    Thank you all for taking the time to provide your thoughts, I appreciate all the information
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    Advice on splits

    We have not had the best year, poor start, some kind of weakening in hive strength, possibly pesticides, and then an abnormal hot dry summer, our main flow is over and barring a weather change late...
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    Re: Marking Frame Production Year?

    I am fairly new a few frames are three years old. I am using a lumber crayon, the same color as the queen marking for the year.Only takes a minute to mark a box full of frames, lumber crayons 79...
  18. Thread: Capping Punch,

    by ABruce
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    Re: Capping Punch,

    Grozzie, can you explain the strainers you use . I bought the plastic ones from Beemaid, they were out of the metal ones , if we didn't have a fire ban you would see the smoke, they plugged in...
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    Re: Never seen this before

    I am very interested in your outcome, I have had a similar situation this year. All tests came back negative, but hive strength has been poor, multiple queen failures, came out of winter with eight...
  20. Thread: Capping Punch,

    by ABruce
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    Capping Punch,

    Just finished extracting this weekend, was looking thru my local suppliers website and I see a capping punch, looks like a paint roller with blades, apparently cuts the capping with minimal waste....
  21. Thread: Swarm behavior?

    by ABruce
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    Re: Swarm behavior?

    Thanks for your advice and help. I have screen bottoms wide open, and will put screen over the top entrances. I have just finished extracting so every colony will get a wet super should keep them...
  22. Thread: Thick honey

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    Re: Thick honey

    The local area is lots of orchards, apples , pears, plum and the like, wild choke cherry and saskatoon, some black locust and, large fields of alfalfa which this year has been to dry to produce any...
  23. Thread: Swarm behavior?

    by ABruce
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    Re: Swarm behavior?

    So I inspected and found the swarm cells, it wasnt hard I had a prett ygood idea which hive was bursting at the seams. I can not find the queen, so I pulled the swarm cells and a couple of others,...
  24. Thread: Swarm behavior?

    by ABruce
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    Swarm behavior?

    I was looking at my apiary yesterday afternoon, and the activity looked like a swarm, their were more bees than I have ever seen all flying in circles. It was a hot afternoon and it looked like we...
  25. Thread: Thick honey

    by ABruce
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    Thick honey

    I am trying to extract six supers of honey, I have a 20 frame electric extractor I cut the capping of and ran the extractor for 20 minutes, it seemed very thick. Temp was in the low 80s F I turned on...
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