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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Don't read to much into it, I did qualify the observation for the period April thru July, when we have lots blooming. After blooms died down, we had plenty of nice warm days where hive lost weight,...
  2. Re: Please explain the relationship between almonds/packages/midwest delivery

    The bees that come in the package, will all be dead and replaced 6 weeks after they go into the new hive. Even if they did have some african genetics in them, it wont matter after they die. The...
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    Re: when can I count my chickens?

    When the population is about double what it is now, the bees are bringing in lots of pollen, and the hive is looking 'busy'. I've seen a weak colony survive the winter just fine, and even got the...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Except my question has nothing to do with size of the nest, and everything to do with the relationship between temperature and nectar gathering.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    And on this one, I can step up with some hard data, which I gathered last season from the scale hive. Granted, only one colony, in my location, but the numbers were extremely consistent.

    All...
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    Re: Do You Harvest More than Once Per Year?

    The first harvest we hope for, comes in April and is entirely weather dependant. If we had a warm spring and the bees built up early, we can get a super of honey off of the maple flow. The trigger...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    Wowser, no kidding. Seems every time this subject comes up, we end up with pages and pages of stuff, it's more than enough to scare off anybody trying to raise a few on a small scale. Raising...
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    Re: Bee Forage Crude Protien and AA Breakdown

    The last item to me is the big question mark. Palatability. It's hard sometimes to not draw on ones own experiences in this respect, but, there may be some relavence. Earlier in the thread (or one...
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    Re: Dead out now what

    The bees doing the robbing today, will be long dead and gone by the time swarm season rolls around, so no, they wont remember the location based on robbing honey today.
  10. Re: Cluster is at the top of the hive (TN) Winter post

    We weigh all the colonies in the fall, it only takes a minute. Start by putting a ratchet strap around the hive and cinch it up to keep it all together. Then just pick it up and put onto any old...
  11. Re: Cluster is at the top of the hive (TN) Winter post

    1 - No. Ours are always in the top box by early November, they move up a soon as they stop rearing brood. All of my hives are a the top now, spilling up thru the hole in the inner cover if I pop...
  12. Re: An other sort of feeder, for package bees?

    I started looking into this last month. For small batches, you can buy a can sealer for around $250 online, which should do the job just fine. Another option, any place that cans fish should be...
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    Re: Rearing queens for a small operation

    I was at the same stage as you are, last summer. I was somewhat intimidated by the idea of grafting, and the need to build special frames etc. Then when I walked into local bee supply store, there...
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    Re: Collecting cool apiary photos - care to add?

    I really dont get this fascination with 'down south'. I'm WAY farther north than the majority of you, sitting here only a few hundred meters from the 50N line. Here's a photo of one of my colonies,...
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    Re: Bees are out in January 2015!!!

    The bees are starting to get quite active here too, out with the sun the last few days, and the colony sitting on the scale is taking significant dips in weight for each flight, guess after being...
  16. Thread: Lost 1 hive

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    Re: Lost 1 hive

    A dozen mediums is about 40lb of honey. Extract, bottle, sell. Take the money, set some aside to buy replacement bees, use the rest, take your wife out for a nice dinner, make sure she knows it's...
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    Re: Need advice on extractor

    How many hives you have, doesn't matter. What matters, how many boxes of frames will you be doing at any given time when you pull honey to extract. If you are going to be going thru 4 colonies, and...
  18. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    Sure looks like it. And this is what a good patch for bees looks like, this particular photo taken on July 26 last summer. Around here, the fireweed blooms at different times, based on elevation,...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I thought I knew what I wanted originally, then the real world stepped in and gave us some lessons on what matters. When we first started with our bees, we did like most, packages dumped into a box...
  20. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    Do you move any colonies up into logging patches for fireweed in August ? We did for the first time this year, just a few up into a yard the local club puts together for members to use. I was quite...
  21. Re: Pertaining to the Pacific North West..nectar and pollen dates

    I will second most of what Will said, but, with a few changes. Here where we are, things happen about a week to 10 days later than in Vancouver for the most part.

    In May you will see the...
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    Re: Bee Forage Crude Protien and AA Breakdown

    Is it the most important, or, is it just the one DeGroot chose as his baseline, possibly because it's the smallest required, so he measured everything else as a ratio against that one.
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    Re: bees only heat the cluster?

    Only if the cluster of bees has somehow figured out how to prevent warm air from rising.
  24. Thread: SUGAR

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    Re: SUGAR

    Actually, it's not normally, with good reason. It's cheaper to bring a boatload of raw cane product into the plant in Vancouver, than it is to truck the beets from the farms to the plant in Alberta....
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    Re: bees only heat the cluster?

    Physics is hard to deny, and the heat will rise. Now, if they were heating the whole hive, frost would be gone over the entire cover, instead of just a little circle in the center, directly above...
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