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    Re: swarm left nuc box two times need advice

    the queen went in the nuc box each time. Perhaps she still wanted some mating action? It is a large swarm (over 1/2 the hive flew out) so it might be a bit tight in the nuc. I'll try switching it...
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    swarm left nuc box two times need advice

    I captured a swarm on Monday without any issue, they walked right into a spare nuc box. Then today I saw another swarm emerging and quickly put it into a spare nuc box. An hour later it had moved out...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    One of my hives swarmed yesterday. it only moved 2 feet from the hive and lay there on the ground. Most of them moved into a nuc box that i had handy, but I could not see the queen. i gave them some...
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    Re: unexpected bee death

    So, just to give an update, there are now 20 beekeepers in Ontario reporting sudden bee death due to "suspected" pesticide use. The Ministry of the Environment has been notified and we hope they will...
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    Re: unexpected bee death

    Well, here in Ontario we no longer have weed killers allowed, even for dandelions(unless they get smuggled in from the US)
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    Re: unexpected bee death

    I picked up some dead bees and bagged them up. Saddly more dying bees are on the grass today. Also my other two hives seem to be bringing in the same orange pollen. I might have all three hives in...
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    Re: unexpected bee death

    I'm going to check into it, took some pics of the bees clumped together in the grass. A sad day. Took a drive around the area but could not see anybody still spraying trees. Likely was in the...
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    unexpected bee death

    I just walked past one of my best hives, and the grass in front is covered with a thousand dead and dying foragers. All of them full on their pollen sacs but unable to move or dead. I'm thinking...
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    Re: When to unwrap?

    Ok, sounds like i should hold off for a while and let the girls get toasty on our warm spring days.
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    When to unwrap?

    temps are fluctuating qite a bit latley up here in Ontario. It was -10C on Friday then today it is up to +15. Bees are quite active today and might even be feeling a bit warm since the hive wraps are...
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    Re: D.E. hives- your thoughts?

    I only have three hives, two of them are DE hives. Personally, I think they are geat. So well built that very little propolis is stuck around the frames making it its easier to lift and handle them....
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    Re: Queenless and Broodless for More Honey?

    intersting original post. Sounds a lot like the "Juniper Hill Method" that i heard about last night at out local beekeepers meeting.
    Alfred
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    Re: Frustrated with Vandalism

    Game cameras might still be a good idea in some places. Up here if you have a 'smile you're on camera' sign, the nuts will hunt down a steal the cameras.
  14. Re: How do those with tall hives get their supers off safely?

    Our Canadian 25 ft. hives are quite a challenge until you get a system going. In the winter we get so much snow that we can keep stacking the supers while wearing snowshoes. In the summer a...
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    Re: Heat gun uncapping

    Heat gun works for me. It is faster than a bread knife, and not a messy. I also use a hot wire to level off the comb after I spin out the honey. There is not enough heat/time with a heat gun to even...
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    Re: Planning ahead - What if it works?

    If you have a good product, 300 pounds will be gone fast. Friends tell friends who tell friends and so on.... This year was my first season with about 145 pounds of honey. I'm down to 60 pounds now...
  17. Re: this is my bee hive inventory(help me plan for next season)1st year beekeeper

    sounds like you are heading towards full time beekeping. (which is fine) But if you want it to just be a hobby, consider keeping the hive numbers down to a managable level. With my three new hives i...
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    Re: Saw golden pollen brought in Today !!!

    Do you have goldenrod in the ditches? Too cold up here for pollen collection, bees are just peeking their noses out, but no flights.
  19. Thread: Winter Wraps

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    Re: Winter Wraps

    So... how soon should the hives get wrapped up for winter? Getting pretty cold here in SW Ontario, and frost likly in the next few weeks.
    A
  20. Re: Taking honey supers off for Fall - hive too crowded?

    I had the same thing happen to me a week ago. It takes a few days for the bees to make room in the reduced space, but since it got cold the last few days, they are all inside now. Do not add honey...
  21. Thread: lesson learned

    by alfredd
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    Re: lesson learned

    maybe you could try a small illuminated magnifier. I keep one in the pocket of my bee suit since my eyes are getting old also.
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    Re: NC Town Has Banned Beekeeping;

    in a round about way, we already have bees banned in Ontario cities. Hives need to be at least 100 ft from the property line when a dwelling resides next to your lot, so unless you have an older...
  23. Thread: Burnt honey.

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    Re: Buirnt honey.

    Well then, maybe can i sell my old burnt honey as imitation 'buckwheat'... ;)
    Seriously, I do not find the strong caramalized molasses smell in buckwheat honey like it is in the burnt stuff.
  24. Thread: Burnt honey.

    by alfredd
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    Re: Buirnt honey.

    burnt honey can be used for baking. It has a smell like molasses. Dark honey does not have that molasses smell. I burnt some a few years back when i was softening up a tub of it.
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    Re: Screens above inner cover

    Try do a search for D.E. hive design. It has a top screened to increase ventilation in hot weather. I have two of these hives, and they have not shut the screens down with propolis yet. My third...
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