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  1. Re: Viper's bugloss (Echium Vulgare) as a honey plant

    We just had the coldest winter here that I have ever seen in my life and it seems to be doing well.

    It's growing out of the rocks along side a railway in a valley. It's a pretty crazy time right...
  2. Re: Viper's bugloss (Echium Vulgare) as a honey plant

    This is my sixth year with bees in the Toronto area. This is the first time it caught my attention that the bees were on it. Bringing back a dark blue pollen. Not super abundant were I saw it, but...
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    Re: milkweed plants

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daea8ALDUk0
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    Re: Different stages of AFB

    Hi Michael, I'm having difficulty finding much recent reference to parafoulbrood. Where have you being hearing it reported?
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    Re: Different stages of AFB

    Here is the updated video documenting my experience with AFB


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnfLPfOeyeA
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    Swarms can build like crazy. If you keep your combs movable, you can always just move a comb or two up or down to inspire them the move. If you have enough bees to keep the brood warm, and a nectar...
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    Re: Moving down into the next box

    I go both ways depending one what I think they could use more. Sometimes I've probably been wrong, but I don't think there is much risk if you have a strong colony that seems reluctant to move down....
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    Re: What am I looking at here?

    We had an awful winter in Ontario. Some of my hives had the worst dysentery I've ever seen this year. Often people think of nosema when they see dysentery in the hive, but we had so few cleansing...
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    Different stages of AFB

    Unfortunately one of my hives was lost over the winter to afb. I'm working to put together a short video of what I saw to show others in my bee club. This is the first draft:

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  10. Re: Importance of water for 24 hour exhibit observation hive use.

    Thanks Ray, knowing I could do something simple like dribble water in the vent holes sounds like a good solution to the problem.
  11. Importance of water for 24 hour exhibit observation hive use.

    I'd like to build myself a simple compact warré observation hive that is 2 frames side by side. I would take 1 brood frame and one frame with stores from a full hive and place them in the observation...
  12. Re: My full size warre style observation hive

    Amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this. I read it from the beginning and was excited to follow the progress and find out what happened in the winter.
  13. Re: Have you ever seen them eat the honey on the top first?

    Don't know what the story is with my hives, i peeked at 3 live hives the last few days and none of them had a cluster visible from the top. Just the one seems to have eaten the upper ring of the top...
  14. Re: Have you ever seen them eat the honey on the top first?

    This hive has only a few small bottom entrances. There doesn't appear to be any moisture issues. I'd guess there's a reasonable population in there(I haven't seen that many dead and they had a good...
  15. Have you ever seen them eat the honey on the top first?

    This was decently strong hive. It was set up with a nuc box on top of some warré boxes. The top box was completely full of honey going into winter. I watched the hive often in the fall and didn't see...
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    Re: Warre - Top Entrance

    There is a man in Alberta, Canada who has discussed the use of upper entrances. You can find his posts in David Heaf's Warré discussion group.

    His use for them was primarily during the winter due...
  17. Re: Handful of bees in the grass that can't fly. DWV, Tracheal mites, another virus?

    Thanks Kincade! I will certainly keep nosema in mind if something similar occurs next year.
  18. Re: Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably.

    From a third year queen.
  19. Re: Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably.

    Ontario bees:

    https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1001989_214352078738237_972866965_n.jpg
  20. Re: Canada Border To Remain Closed…Probably.

    We have good bees up here that have been acclimatized to our winters. You'd have a hard time convincing me to run anything other than local bees.

    We had SHB fly over from detroit a few years ago...
  21. Re: Handful of bees in the grass that can't fly. DWV, Tracheal mites, another virus?

    DWV is always much easier to spot at the end of the season. There's more of it at the end of season and now that it's cold they can't carry them out as far or the bees with DWV can't walk away.
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    Re: Are the Canadians wrong?

    From the report linked above:

    http://i.imgur.com/ckCug1v.gif



    Good question. How much of this stuff in your pollen/honey/soil/water would you consider safe? When it was approved, was it...
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    Re: Are the Canadians wrong?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z9PQRLqC2s

    The above video is from the fall.

    This is the link to the report on the spring deaths.
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    Re: Are the Canadians wrong?

    In five years this is the first time I've had to do any significant amount of feeding, but I don't think my recent observations are 100% unique. Yesterday, only after I added a top feeder, they were...
  25. Re: I want to leep thos thread going on Warre Hives

    These are my notes from recent inspections, :

    The 3rd box of brood is more 'muddled' than the first two boxes as it was formerly a honey box.

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