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    Re: So what are you brewing?

    I've currently got some cranberry melomel, raspberry melomel, orange and cinnamon melomel, nutmeg metheglin, and plain old mead. All in their second fermentation phase ready to be racked.

    A...
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    Re: Bee venom therapy - allergy question

    The bee venom therapy is done by a physician specialist. It is not something I do myself. The injections are done in a medical clinic. Thanks for the advice, but again, I'm looking for someone who...
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    Bee venom therapy - allergy question

    Hi folks,

    I'm looking for responses from people who have experience with bee venom therapy. Almost two years ago I was stung and suffered an anaphylactic reaction. Like most of us I had been...
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    Mid June too late to split in Ontario?

    Hi all,

    I'm into my third year of beekeeping. Last year I made one split in early may. This year, I was hoping to make a couple more, but the hives did not over winter as well as the previous...
  5. Thread: Mouse Trouble

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    Re: Mouse Trouble

    thanks,

    I'll do that. What size of wire screen should I be using?
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    Mouse Trouble

    I'm looking for some suggestions from experienced bee keeps. This is only my second winter with the bees, I have two hives. I live in Ottawa. I went out today to take a peek at them (from the...
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    Re: About queen excluders.

    I experimented with some upper entrances this year. I run two broods, with an excluder on top. I installed the entrances above the qx. A friend of mine does the same thing and has never had an...
  8. Thread: Allergy shots

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    Re: Allergy shots

    Yes. The monthly maintenance shots are equal to two stings. However, the way the allergist explained it is that if I were to get stung by more than two bees, I wouldn't necissarily have a reaction...
  9. Thread: Allergy shots

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    Allergy shots

    Hi folks. I posted earlier this summer about an anaphylactic reaction I had to a sting. Strange considering Im the type who has never had so much as an itch or even a minor swelling from being...
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    Re: Allergy Question

    Thanks for all the comments. I have an appointment with an allergist, so we'll see how that plays out. They gave me an epi pen in the mean time, just in case. When I picked it up the pharmacist...
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    Re: Allergy Question

    Oh ya, I'm sure I injected more venom in. I had to give it a good pinch (my fingers were slippery with honey). But I've pinched them out before without a reaction. I was reading online that some...
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    Allergy Question

    Hi folks,

    I wonder if anyone has had a similar experience, or could shed some light for me. This is my second year beekeeping, I've been stung a handful of times and have never had a reaction...
  13. Thread: Help Needed

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    Re: Help Needed

    Update: I took everything apart this morning and found the queen in the top (of two deep) brood boxes. So I've put the excluder back on and I'll just let the brood in the honey supers hatch and see...
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    Re: Help Needed

    Thanks fish sticks. My mistake, they're drones not queens. I'm not sure what I was thinking.
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    Help Needed

    Hi all,

    Question for those with more experience than me. This is my second year with bees, and I have two hives. Two days ago I put an escape board on one of the hives and went to pull the honey...
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    Re: bees not drawing comb

    Thanks for all the tips. I checked in on them a few hours after adding the new pre-drawn frame (with a bit of honey in it), and the bees were all over it, as well as the nearest non-drawn frames. ...
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    bees not drawing comb

    Hey folks. If anyone has any advice, I'd gladly hear it. This is only my second season with bees. I split a hive this year and everyone is doing well, except that I added the first honey super...
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    Where to buy in Ontario

    Hi All,

    I live in Ottawa and have bought from Benson's until they recently closed. Any suggestions on where to buy new equipment that won't kill me on shipping?

    Thanks.
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    screen for bottom board question

    Hi all,

    I've got some old bottom boards that I'm going to cut out the bottom and put a screen on, but I'm not sure what to use for the screen. Hopefully something I can pick up at a local...
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    Splitting in Ontario

    Quick question. I got started with my first hive last spring. It seems to be wintering well and I hope to take a few brood frames out to start a new hive this spring/summer. I'm in Ontario. I...
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    Re: crystallized honey problem

    Thanks for the reply. That makes me feel a lot better. I thought I'd have to use the whole batch for mead...

    Keith.
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    crystallized honey problem

    Hey folks,

    If anyone could shed some light on this problem, I'd really appreciate it.

    This last year was my first year with bees. I took honey off the hive twice. Mid summer and fall. Both...
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    Re: Help! The bees are not happy.

    I live in the city and the bees are next to my deck. I don't have to go far to check on how they're doing. I wanted to see if they were returning into the hive at night and bearding during the day.
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    Re: Help! The bees are not happy.

    Thanks for all the help. I hope they're just cooling off and not planning on taking off.

    This morning I added a third super (deep), vented the top and provided them with a SBB. It's just past...
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    Help! The bees are not happy.

    I returned home very late tonight from a 10 day trip to find the entire outside of my hive covered in bees. I assume it is a ventilation problem as it has been over 30 degrees C here this past week...
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