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    Re: Pollination Advice

    We pollinate Low bush Blueberries and the growers know their stuff, I am not sure what restrictions on sprays you have in the states but here in Nova Scotia we make sure we know all of the fungicides...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    Average price for blueberry pollination is 145.00 for the bloom period of 3 weeks here in NS. I get that price. Canada pays more for Packages because of all the freight coming from NZ and...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    The snow has finally subsided and the ground and grass is visible :applause:
    It's funny to go back to the yards we were at 3 weeks ago and had to snowshoe in to and stand on top of the hives to get...
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    Sticky: Re: Pollination prices

    I can't understand why pollination prices are different for different crops !! If your bees are being rented for a certain time frame and doing the same amount of work on a crop, why is there such...
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    Re: Burlap in Nova Scotia

    Dryer lint can have all kinds of different things in it and it burns too fast, that's why dryer fires in homes are so dangerous :)
    I am looking into PEI potato bag company for bags that didn't...
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    Re: Burlap in Nova Scotia

    Yeah I know, buying smoker fuel is a little silly, I have used nothing but pine cones and needles before but I find they go out fast and I have to constantly add fuel to keep it going, it is a pain...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    My problem is the snow and now the muddy fields that are preventing me from driving to the bees, no frost in the ground and snow on top with a lot of rain makes a nice mud bath for a truck.

    I...
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    Burlap in Nova Scotia

    Where do you get your Burlap from in the Maritimes ?? I am currently getting it from a coffee bean roaster shop near me @ 2.00 for an individual bag. IDK if that is a good or bad price but it's all...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    I saw it on your blog Ian, it's still lingering around here in NS and melting away from the hives but getting to them from the main roads is still not good. I am trying to figure out how the heck we...
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    Re: frame feeder/ hardware cloth

    We have a bunch of the 2 gallon frame feeders without caps/ladders, we made them 36" long and 8.5" wide and that seemed to fill the feeder nicely. So the purpose of the block is to keep it tight...
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    frame feeder/ hardware cloth

    We took some advice and used hardware cloth and made ladders by fan folding 1/2" wire mesh/hardware cloth and put them in the feeders, do any of you have anything else you do with them to prevent...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    [QUOTE=sqkcrk;1249995]My blueberry grower doesn't have any problems with me working my bees while at his farm. They usually do need feeding syrup and a protein patty or two. There not usually being...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Sounds good. :thumbsup:
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Probably easier to send you the money for a Beer LOL.
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    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    We finally just got around to the majority of our production hives and we have 111 out of 112 alive and well with lots of honey. The nucs we checked so far weren't as great, we lost 5 out of 18.
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    I'll buy you a Beer if that's all it takes to have bursting hives LOL.


    jean-marc > The standard pollination unit says 8 frames of bees 4 full frames of brood and 2 frames honey. I know that is...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Hives are not to be touched once in the fields.

    I hope you are right about them being crowded before berries.
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    If you click on the facebook link, you will see our issue with the snow in NS and why it will drive everything back 2-3 weeks :waiting:
    But I guess the only good thing about it is that it gives...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    Thanks, you beat me to it :)

    Les Eccles did a presentation about them at our AGM and showed the results in more depth, I already had my patties ordered before the meeting. I get mine from Dancing...
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    Re: Feeding Sub Response

    I am trying to focus on better nutrition this year and feeding more sub. Our season is so short that we can't afford a single drop in production, I plan to feed 5-6 pounds before blueberries and send...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    I contacted the Queen organizer and he got us a delay until the week of the 18th from the supplier, so I feel better now :) We won't be able to get 50% Kona and 50% Olivarez, they will all be...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    I am trying to get the queens delayed until the week of May 18th. I don't really want to split in snow LOL. I will wrap and insulate the tops when doing the splits, we had wraps on hives last year...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    I just got a reply from a Horticulturist in NS that deals directly with the low bush blueberries and here is what he had to say about the situation in NS.

    >>> Hi Ben,

    Got your email through our...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    We checked on another yard the other day and have 100 % alive of the production hives, we lost some of our nucs. They got 2 pounds of sub and look good, nice big clusters, not spread out over the...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    The snow is still to the top of the pallets and we would have to snowshoe in to the yards with a toboggan to carry the feed. around 7-800' to the bees in most yards. Oh yes very well thought out...
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