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  1. Thread: Notice to Ian

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    Re: Notice to Ian

    Sat 12 Apr -2C Sun 13 Apr-2C -12C Mon 14 Apr -4C -16C Tue 15 Apr -6C -15C Wed 16 Apr -5C -17C Thu 17 Apr 1C -12C Fri 18 Apr 5C -7C


    Here is our 7 day forcast.
  2. Re: Questions for the Canuck prairie / peace river folks

    If you deliver in May you would find buyers across the prairies be it 1 or 1001. Give it a go and I am sure you will be rewarded.
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    We did not have a great deal of snow, I would say about average. I think what helped us out was there was no break in the temps. When we get a few warm days the queens will start laying, bees stay...
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    We got to a 3rd yard that had 50 hives. It looks like about 4 dead in that yard. Hard to believe after the winter we had they have come through this well.
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    According to weather stats we have just had the coldest winter since 1898. We still have a lot of snow but the temps reached 11 c yesterday so it was warm enough that the bees were starting to fly....
  6. Thread: Notice to Ian

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    Re: Notice to Ian

    I think the weatherman is just like a politician, they tell you what you want to here even though it is not the truth.
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    Re: Syrup in cold temps

    I am with Ian on this one. If you have frames of honey you should be good. Once they start raising brood you will need to feed. I am not a fan of frame feeders. They add a lot of moisture and are...
  8. Thread: Notice to Ian

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    Re: Notice to Ian

    I have not been able to give them a good check as of yet. One day when the temp was not to bad I went to a yard. There seemed to be bees at a lot of the top entrances so fingers are crossed. One good...
  9. Thread: Notice to Ian

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    Notice to Ian

    Well Ian, March come in like a lion and it looks like she is going out like a lion. We broke 18 records for low temps last night and tonight is to be colder.
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    Re: Syrup in cold temps

    How are you feeding, bulk, hive top, entrance feeder ????
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    You got your wish!
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    Re: Its been a cold windy winter

    We are in the South East corner of Sask. and snow is about normal maybe even a little less. Maybe all this wind is moving our snow over to you Allen.
    We are about the same as you when it comes to...
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    Re: Its been a cold windy winter

    I do not think the bees use as much feed when it gets cold. All activity in the hive slows right down. To me it seems they use the most when it warms to where there is more activity in the hive. We...
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    Re: Its been a cold windy winter

    Forecast for Saturday shows -39. We will not have to worry about mosquitos on that day.
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    Re: open drum feeding

    That is a tough question to answer. Strong yards will go through a pail a day if there is nothing else for them. The last couple of falls have been frost free for quite some time so ours get a lot of...
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    Re: open drum feeding

    That is the system we use and I tried to describe.
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    Re: open drum feeding

    We use 5 gal pails with tiny holes drilled around the outside of the rim. It is much like using the pail feeders except the holes are not in the center of the lid. We invert the pails, set them on...
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    Re: Winter hive checks

    Our hives went into winter very strong. Our yards are also very well sheltered. About the end of the month we will start checking hives. I use one of those thermometers that will shoot a laser beam...
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    We would be interested in ackages from BC. Another thought is how early could one have queens ready as well.
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    Re: Honey Bucket Hot Box

    we use an old deep freeze with 3 60 watt bulbs. The temperature is controlled by a Ranco thermostat. The bulbs sit under a mesh floor that the pails sit on so that the heat is sourced from underneath...
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    Re: Oxalic acid application Sprayer vs Vaporizer

    We have used both methods. Where we are bees are in tight clusters and have no brood from about mid October on so that is when we apply. We found that the drip was faster but were never realy...
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    Re: Inspection Camera

    I just use an infrared thermometer and take a reading through the upper entrance. We winter outside so when you have good temps in the hive you know it is still strong.
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    Re: commercial pollen sub

    We use 1/2 of a Bee Pro patty in each hive in the spring but we also have a bulk dry feeder with Bee Pro dry pollen supplement in each yard. Where we are there is usually early pollen on willow and...
  24. Thread: Hive boxes

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    Re: Hive boxes

    We use these people as well. They a good to deal with. They will also wax dip for you.
  25. Thread: November COLD

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    Re: November COLD

    I am of the opinion that condensation in the hive may help make canola honey more usable for hives that are wintered outside.
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