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    Re: Manitoba Bee Auction

    There was 2600 supers, sold to quite a few guys, apparently not sold to any larger outfit
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    Re: any commercial overwinter up north

    You focus on the summer honey flow
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    Re: Manitoba Bee Auction

    just watch... Sales that sell lots, and run then end out cheap end up with more buyers the next year looking for those affordable items... Which in turn holds the floor on those items in the long...
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Just like other animals, an unhealthy gut leaves opportunity for other such stresses, diseases (virus) to take hold.
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    Re: Million dollar rain

    Yes... :) ... A guy can't be blamed for cursing a wind driven snow storm in May...
    Silver lining to this cloud...$$$!
    Shhhhhhh don't tell my grain farming brothers that ;) this weather will mean...
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    Re: Wall Street Journal---CCD Report

    In some beekeepers eyes the sky is falling and they are screaming to get help to hold it up. In other beekeepers eyes they know the sky is falling but find a way to hold it up themselves.
    I think...
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    Re: Million dollar rain

    3" of rain, 5 inches of snow, 40-50mph winds yesterday and -5 degrees C. forecasted for tonight....
    I'm heading out this morning to scrape the ice off the entrances so my hives don't asphyxiate.
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    Re: preventive nosema treatment?

    spend the time and a few bucks on a spore count, your planning to spend the time and money on treatment anyway
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    Re: preventive nosema treatment?

    SugarbeatCo, what's obvious about your nosema infection? Typically it is not obvious. What are your spore counts?
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    Re: How many bee hives do you have?

    I'm training one of my workers to rear queens. I'll have about 60 mini's going this summer. In the evenings after work check up on the progress. I call that my hobby work :)
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    Re: Queen right cell finisher

    don't feed or over feed the finisher... ;)
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    I cant speak for orchard growers but application of fungicide on our crop show no substantial benefit if applied at night. Our farm has worked throughout the night when ever needed, and I can...
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    Re: Queen right cell finisher

    keep the queen under the excluder, cells overtop
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    Re: A lesson in schedules

    G, I read your post yesterday and thought id better poke my remaining cells into cages just in case my cells hatch on day 15 instead of day 16. Good thing, this morning I had a newly emerged lady,...
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    Re: unexpected cold front

    Frost still in the forecast up here...

    Best thing to do? before the cold, make sure they are fed up, then leave them alone :)

    Last week I thought to myself, hmmm the hives look pollen bound,...
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    Oh I am sure, I don't discount that at all. But I doubt your making the argument that its the fungicide affecting the bee itself...? Which ever way the flower is treated with the fungicide, I am...
  17. Re: New incubator set up. Modified slightly, looks good, cheap.

    So... You have to understand I'm doing this small scale, and inexperienced...
    I have cells scheduled to go in Wednesday, hatch is on Friday. But the weather turned on a dime here and Cold Wet...
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    What day after the graft do the cells go in Jim? I did not realize you hatched them also. What's the main reason behind hatching them?
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    Our canola fungicide treatment goes on through out the heart of the day, crop 20% bloom. Im sure there are negative effects from this. My hives are thriving all the same. It is when insecticide is...
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    What kind of a temperature range is okay with these incubators without harming the developing queens? 93 degrees F being optimum, how much room lee way do we have?
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    I also spray the hive with a diluted HBH mix. Instead of smoke, it keeps the hive calm and out of that defensive mood and helps merge new scents within the hive
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    Except for this commercial. Quick work. We place the cages ontop the cell bars, under the quilt in that nice hive tip rim space. After 4 days Pull the quilt back, check on her viability, pull the...
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    Re: Sucsessful Queen Introduction tips.

    Good post Harry

    I get 95% plus acceptance with a 4-5 day manual release. I find the candy so inconsistent between suppliers, 2 day release is too soon IMO

    I agree, minimal disturbance during...
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    Sticky: Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    G, your last few post are right in the mark! Keep up the good work.
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    Re: BEE THEFTS STILL OCCURING IN CALI

    Did I miss that memo??

    ;)
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