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  1. Re: Finding a rural location for 60 hives?

    Excellent suggestion, thank you Wayne.

    What is the benefit to a landowner to hosting so many hives? I can understand a few for the goodwill, and a few more for the pollination, but 60 seems...
  2. Finding a rural location for 60 hives?

    A friend is looking for a rural location where he can put 60 hives. He's an experienced beekeeper, but relatively new to Canada, and lacks contacts. I'd like to help him, but as a small-scale urban,...
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    Re: Neighbor using Roundup weed killer.

    Is it because the corn is GMO, or is it because the corn is corn?
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    Well thank you! I will check out your page as well.
  5. Re: Any one see this design for a horizontal hive?

    I build an observation longhive a few years ago. more or less the same, but the entrances are at the end(s), and it has windows.

    It is not a hive that performs well for me. My vertical Langs,...
  6. Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    Too true. My garden has fallen into disarray in recent years as the beekeeping took over. At least I don't have to listen to folks congratulate me on the "Money I save" from growing my own...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    Any new colony can do well for its first few months, but without experience, how does one know what thriving is?

    This post lends a clue to answering the question of the OP: Some new top bar...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    I suggest this would be an issue of inexperience, rather than hive type. I built my own TBH ("The Calgary Top Bar Hive") after about 4 years of already keeping Langs. By then I had sufficient...
  9. Re: How long do most neew beekeepers keep at it?

    Awesome observation, Nocalkyle.

    Some people like the idea of beekeeping, but aren't interested in putting in the work required to actually be a beekeeper. They like the idea that others would...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    Similar experience here. I built one out of curiosity. It is neither easier to manage, nor cheaper than my langs. It does make for an interesting living lawn ornament... But it is not what...
  11. Re: Very Very New and Need LOTS of Guidance and Support (Buyer beware LOL)

    Hi WWW,

    I find it interesting that you've recommended a Mentor as a starting point, but not an Extension beekeeping course. This rather dovetails with my other thread about folks choosing...
  12. Re: When do you guys feel comfortable not to wear protection?

    Only after we've both been tested together.
  13. Re: How to stop bees from drinking pool water

    Word.

    Unfortunately, your neighbor provided your bees with water earlier in the season than you did.

    Resolving the situation will require draining his pool, while continuing to provide your own...
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    Re: Thermal Imaging Camera

    I've done residential cutouts with thermal imaging. Wouldn't consider doing without, really.
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    Re: Bee Die Off Story

    And it's cyclical: Such folks manage to obtain bees, but never progress from "Having bugs in boxes" to actual beekeeping.

    The inevitable failures result, which they vocally blame on...
  16. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    I would agree, Acebird. Every year, I do end up forming a relationship with someone that I feel I have good interpersonal chemistry with, is a good student, and has a baseline of knowledge. ...
  17. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    Thank you for everyone's replies. They have helped me better understand this dynamic.

    Please understand that I have no issue with the idea of mentoring - Only with those who show up expecting...
  18. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    Wow. Insightful. And I appreciate you exposing me to a new word "Threshold knowledge" - This really does help me understand the dynamic at play here and better articulate what I'd be looking for...
  19. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    Yes. Moreso, those who show up *expecting* to get a mentor, without having done their own Due Diligence in terms of taking a bee course.
  20. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    Have you taken a beekeeping course? Are they offered by your local BKA, or Regional Ag Extension?
  21. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    Quoted for truth, and the good points you've added. I don't think that those I've learned from would ever have consented to the lock-in of a formalized relationship - But I've learned tons from...
  22. Re: "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    Thank you, Shinbone.

    Further extrapolating your observation, it occurs to me that some get involved in beekeeping with good intentions ("Save the bees!"), but perhaps not prepared to do the hard...
  23. "Hi, I want to learn beekeeping and I'm looking for a mentor"

    Regularly folks show up at our local Beekeeping Association asking for someone to mentor them so they can start beekeeping.

    These queries always cause me to raise an eyebrow: Why not ask where to...
  24. Acetic acid fumigation: Why 80% instead of 100%?

    Does anyone have any insight into why 80% was used?

    Perhaps it is the sweet spot between maximum damage to microorganisms, and minimum wear on hive equipment?

    Perhaps it was what was...
  25. Re: Electrical help: Using car battery charger as power supply for OAV.

    This model was also recommended by Michael bush - And looks promising.

    Unfortunately, I've already bought a comparably priced one locally, and would have a hard time justifying paying twice.
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