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    Re: The last explanation for swarming?

    Eduardo thanks for starting this thread.

    Bernhard I find your approach to swarm control interesting. One of the benefits of beesource is gaining knowledge of practices from other localities.

    I...
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    Re: Thermal Image Gun

    I usually run my temperature in the 6 to 9 degree range. If I had equipment for a tighter temp range I would probably run the temp at 7. Smaller hives have an easier time at higher tempers and don't...
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    Re: Thermal Image Gun

    It appears as though some of the hives have a lot of heat coming from the pallets. Is that so? Seems strange.
  4. Re: Partnership with a family member: which model ?

    Get it legally written up. Make sure you have a shotgun clause.
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    And this is why I prefer neonics to foliage applications especially if I am seeing no ill effects from the neonics. No scrambling to move bees away from fields being sprayed and missing half of the...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Yield gain is not the reason seed treatments are being used. They are used to reduce the probability of yield reduction due to insects. They are used because the are cost effective when compared to...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    I stated this in the last thread but for the record

    All my hives are within a couple of hundred metres of corn planting in spring.
    Almost all my hives are monoculture fields of mostly canola,...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    My intake problem is that I have styrofoam damps that can freeze up during periods of prolong cold like last year. I think I would need a continuous high volume air flow for this not to occur. I...
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    Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    From the cbc article

    "Limiting the number of honey bees that die during winter by 15 per cent by 2020"

    I wish Manitoba would enact this type of legislation. I am sick and tired of the bees...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    The intakes can frost up if the exhaust fans is not running continuously in cold weather and warm air from the inside of the building gets in contact with the cold intakes. You can run the exhaust...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I had a problem with my air intakes freezing up last year during the long cold stretch last year. Didn't run the fans was much and the flaps on the intakes froze shut. Cold winters add some...
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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I've started copying the whole message before I submit the message. Of course, since I started doing this I've never lost a message even if I've had to relogin lol.
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    Re: Full time Beekeeper

    Congrats Ben. You will enjoy being able to focus on bees at the proper time of the day.

    I hope to join the ranks of the fulltimers in about 3 years. I'm still a noncommercial by some of the...
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    As the saying goes .'I feel your pain. ' lol. Glad to be done the armstrong phase. I did a calculation once years ago as to how many pounds I lifted in a summer. I forget the number but it was...
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    I kept my numbers at about 300 for the first 4 or 5 years. Time and finances have a way of doing that.

    I felt that if I was going to do beekeeping for profit that there were a critical number of...
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    Is 60 hives doable? Yes very much so. Not for everyone but for many yes.

    I started with 260 hives my first year and maintained a full time teaching job so I did have July and August off. I had 2...
  17. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    lol isn't that the truth.
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer

    Ben if you are using premade mix like BeePro and syrup, a wheel barrow and shovel works well. Mix it to the consistency you like and scoop it out with small garden shovels. Just make sure you dip the...
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Thanks

    Never seen that before either or at least never clued in. Tried to devise a good method for using standard strap ratchets for years and was coming up empty. This is simple enough.
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Wow Keith. Just googled them. I think that is what I've been looking for without knowing they existed. Every time I tie ropes I think there must be a better way. What brand have you found to works...
  21. Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    Not really convinced that this would be the reason. Bees stay in the own hives with or without a reducer.
  22. Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    Been thinking about this one for a while. Not sure if one can get away for a sense of security lead by assumptions.

    Take for example my varroa tests this fall. A global test for varroa came in at...
  23. Re: Breaking the cluster with open feeding (cold/hot temps)

    I consider 60's ideal opening weather. Not a big a feeding frenzy and neighboring colonies won't rob as likely. If we didn't feed at those temps up here we never would.
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    Re: Moving them in

    I keep thinking that spring would be a good window but I chicken out every spring as well.

    I think a dribble in the wintering room early in winter should be fine. I have dribbled some hives a...
  25. Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    No idea Ian. I have not monitored or treated for about 5 years.

    Part of the reason I bought the microscope was to do some comprehensive testing of for nosema at different times of the year and...
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