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    DE Hive reviews?

    Has anyone run the DE Hives produced and sold by The Bee Works of Orillia, Ontario??

    They advocate running a three deep DE hive to build colonies while also preventing swarming, and thus...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Gentlemen! Can we disagree politely? I regret I will have to use the unsubscribe option for this thread!
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    I think you are in Tennessee, Pops? The warmer winters might be the reason you still find ferals. I wonder how they managed to keep ahead of the Varroa mites, though.
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    I have asked a few bee scientists here in Canada and the consensus has been that, thanks to disease, pests and pesticide effects, in our cold weather areas there are no true ferals left. One...
  5. Re: Viper's bugloss (Echium Vulgare) as a honey plant

    I would be very happy with 10 acres of just about any bee plant! Here in the Pacific Northwest lack of forage has been cited in WA state as the number one challenge to honey bees, ahead of Varroa and...
  6. Re: Viper's bugloss (Echium Vulgare) as a honey plant

    E. candicans is almost impossible to get here in Canada, although you can start it from seed. What is generally planted in gardens is the much smaller (2' x 1') E. vulgare, a pretty indigo blue...
  7. Re: Viper's bugloss (Echium Vulgare) as a honey plant

    Phoebee, I did have a patch about 4' x 6' last year and the bees were all over them! I will check my sparser plants this year, which are in a mixed phacelia/mustard bed.

    I was interested last...
  8. Re: Viper's bugloss (Echium Vulgare) as a honey plant

    Phacelia, lovage and fennels are great pollinator plants too.

    As for the Echium vulgare, I found in my garden it reseeded but very sparsely. I planted two similar sized beds, one of Echium...
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    Re: Black Larvae?

    John, you have just experienced the practical side of the beekeeping learning curve (as opposed to the academic side). As a new beekeeper, you have not seen everything, and so sometimes (since alas...
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    Re: Queen cells Please analyse my pics

    Your hive looks, from the photo (too far away to be informative, sorry), to be very crowded! Would you like another hive? If so, this one is ripe to split: already in two deeps and stuffed with bees....
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Awesome colonies, Lauri! I got 19 out of 20 colonies through the winter, thanks to putting on sugar bricks all winter above the cluster, in spite of having many of them go into fall light. Now as...
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    Re: What would you do with this equipment?

    Yes, purchased nucs are always a risk. My local inspector advised any time I buy a nuc I should put it in a quarantine yard. Good advice.
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    Re: What would you do with this equipment?

    I had a run in with purchased bees last season which turned out to carry EFB. My whole apiary ended up under quarantine and I lost my entire honey harvest. So I am not a fan of buying and rehabbing...
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    Re: Mannlake

    I have found this generous fit in their 8 frame boxes, the 10's and the nuc boxes. I love that Select grade wood, but the boxes I get locally (wood is not as nice) fit the exact number of...
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    Re: Mannlake

    Am I alone in finding the Mann Lake boxes are a bit big? There is always room for ALMOST another frame, but not quite. This means you have to space them out, which means the comb extends past the...
  16. Richard Taylor's "How to Do It Book of Beekeeping"

    I have not been able to find a copy of this book for sale anywhere...for a reasonable price. Does anyone know if some kindly library has it digitized? I would really like to add it to my library!
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I had some big problems in my apiary last summer, problems that left me with under-provisioned hives by the end of the year. The bees were not at fault, and I not only fed them up with syrup in the...
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    Re: february panic

    Enjambres, great idea to feed back excess spring honey, the only worry maybe is that during the storage period (spring to fall) the honey may crystallize?
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    I tried another method...where you fill your moulds with sugar, pour in 2:1 syrup and put everything in a warm dry place to cure. I found that a bit messy. The syrup did not reach all the sugar, and...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Enjambres, let us all know how your hives do over the winter! Your weather is a bit colder than our here in the PNW, but drier, I would think?

    I moulded 2" balls of pollen substitute and flattened...
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    Re: My recipe/method for sugar blocks

    Thankyou Lauri! I checked my hives today as it was just warm and sunny enough for them to take cleansing flights and some need more sugar bricks...will be cooking up a storm tonight, using your...
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    Re: experience with horizontal langstroths?

    What were the advantages over holding in nucs?
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    Re: experience with horizontal langstroths?

    Lauri, what lovely workmanship!!! How did the horizontal colonies work for you? Am thinking of running a couple next year and would appreciate hearing how they do and what is involved.
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    Re: Long/Horizontal Deep Langs questions?

    I am thinking of running some horizontal hives and documenting the process in a paper (part of the service points needed to earn my Master Beekeeper certification). I would appreciate hearing from...
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    Fondant components

    I have successfully made fondant slabs out of sugar syrup, adding some Honey B Healthy and honey during the cooling/whipping process.

    But I wondered if you can use some dandelion/chamomile tea in...
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