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    Re: cooling wintering shed

    I use a thermostat in my greenhouse which has both a high and low set point, so it will heat or vent. Its line voltage and I got it from Acklands Granger. My experience is they last longer if you use...
  2. Thread: My OA smoker

    by ABruce
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    Re: My verroa smoker

    Buzz,
    What a great idea, I used a conventional vaporizer and was taking between three and four minutes to vaporize two grams. How long till it cools so you can reload. I assume you drilled a hole...
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    Re: Hello from Canada

    Ondras, Welcome , I suspect the few frost free days in Canmore would limit your hives greatly. I used to live there and last frost can be in late June and I have seen the gardens leveled by September...
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    Re: New Zealand Bees Are Worth The Money.

    Colino,
    When did you get your packages. I got my two in early April and after the built foundation and even with the loss of a queen and letting the hive requeen itself I got over 120lbs from them....
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    Re: Dandelion like... what's this?

    Cristian,
    what color is the pollen? I have a similar flower here in bloom, Not much else still blooming and the bees are coming in with an almost florescent orange-pink pollen. Not sure where its...
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    Re: Jack Frost has Arrived :(

    Mcbee7,
    Can you describe your wintering addition? How will you heat it? And to what temperature?
    thanks
  7. Re: Oxalic acid treatments...vaporization...my 1st experience doing it...

    Redbug,
    I have been doing my hives, four minutes to melt the OA and then at least 10 minutes for them to stay inside. I actually leave them longer as I pull the vaporizer cool it in water and...
  8. Thread: OAV and feeding

    by ABruce
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    Re: OAV and feeding

    thank you all for the advice, I am so close, last treatment is this weekend , I will wait and feed after final treatment.
  9. Re: Oxalic acid treatments...vaporization...my 1st experience doing it...

    I just did my second treatment this weekend, I and doing the weekend thing as well, every Sunday morning . I am treating at day break before the foragers are out. They are a little cranky but I think...
  10. Thread: OAV and feeding

    by ABruce
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    OAV and feeding

    I am new to this but I am doing three OAV treatments five days apart. I have just finished my first. Is it ok to put frame feeders in and the do the next two treatments, would one remove them while...
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    First year summer is over

    I am sitting in my chair , nursing my first sting. Got me on the ankle tonight as I was applying OAV to the hives. Apparently waiting for twilight to make sure they are all home is fraught with...
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    Re: Early frost up here in the Peace Region

    Hi Jodie,
    Its been a weird year for weather everywhere. Where do you go south to look for pollination? If you come south for the spring do you come south for the fall and keep them in a milder...
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    Re: New Canadian bee keeper

    Hi Jeff,
    Welcome, hope all goes well, I started this spring, and I am up to seven hives. You will find lots of help here for the questions you will most assuredly have.
    Good luck and enjoy,
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    Re: Hive portal Queen excluder

    WBVC are you starting nucs now? or did you start them earlier, I wondered how late you can start them and hope to over winter in our areas?
  15. Thread: Quilt boxes

    by ABruce
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    Quilt boxes

    Hi,
    I am hoping to get a head start on winterizing, we get temps averaging in the 20sF going to 0f for a week or two. Cloudy days with higher humidity when we are above freezing. Our winter will go...
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    Re: How many Hives???

    Sharpdog,
    for what is worth, everything shut down here in the Okanagan by mid July, I have irrigated alfalfa near by, but water is expensive and they sure don't give it as much as the corn fields....
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    Re: $$ dollar value of hive

    Hi,
    New supers are 20.00 each, wood frames with plastic foundation is 4.00 each, nucs in Kelowna were 150.00 each in June,, is it eight frame or ten frame equipment?
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    Re: sealant on stainless steel honey equipment

    Ben,
    If you feel you need to seal it, talk to the people who sell sealants for cisterns and the like, the companies that make them generally have a food safe epoxy for Stainless. We used it in...
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    Re: Feeding in the fall?

    Andrew,
    are you using plastic or metal paint cans? What size holes do you put in them? And where, in the lid or in the base? I could see this being very convenient, my supplier sells plastic...
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    Re: What's happening here?

    I moved the five hives from my back yard to a permanent apiary about 75 ft away. I put sheets of plywood up thinking that would cause them to reorient which it didn't. I had so many bees that were...
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    What's happening here?

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    The first picture is of a frame I swapped in from another hive two weeks ago. During an inspection I couldn't find any uncapped brood. A week ago, I found all kinds of brood...
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    Question on adding supers

    I am a first year bee keeper. I got two two lb packages in April, and three three frame deep nucs in early June. I was advised the packages should build to two deeps easily but doubtful on honey...
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    Re: Considering switching to Oxalic Acid

    I am a new beekeeper this year, and have seven hives, After lots of reading I bought the vaporizer and the oxalic acid. One question I have not seen answered, unlike many other treatment options the...
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    Re: Newbee from BC Canada!

    Hi Irene,
    Its my first year too and I live in a frost pocket. But I talk to people who keep bees in Alberta outside over winter, and in places like Hope which is wetter so I think its all possible....
  25. Thread: Insurance

    by ABruce
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    Re: Insurance

    Further to grozzie2 comments, I strongly suggest adding the fire fighting rider. The cost of fighting a forest fire can be charged back to you, and with the dry conditions the insurance add on is a...
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