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    Re: My Indoor Wintering Setup

    I've started copying the whole message before I submit the message. Of course, since I started doing this I've never lost a message even if I've had to relogin lol.
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    Re: Full time Beekeeper

    Congrats Ben. You will enjoy being able to focus on bees at the proper time of the day.

    I hope to join the ranks of the fulltimers in about 3 years. I'm still a noncommercial by some of the...
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    As the saying goes .'I feel your pain. ' lol. Glad to be done the armstrong phase. I did a calculation once years ago as to how many pounds I lifted in a summer. I forget the number but it was...
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    I kept my numbers at about 300 for the first 4 or 5 years. Time and finances have a way of doing that.

    I felt that if I was going to do beekeeping for profit that there were a critical number of...
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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    Is 60 hives doable? Yes very much so. Not for everyone but for many yes.

    I started with 260 hives my first year and maintained a full time teaching job so I did have July and August off. I had 2...
  6. Re: People actually make a living with honey production??

    lol isn't that the truth.
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    Re: Pollen sub mixer

    Ben if you are using premade mix like BeePro and syrup, a wheel barrow and shovel works well. Mix it to the consistency you like and scoop it out with small garden shovels. Just make sure you dip the...
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Thanks

    Never seen that before either or at least never clued in. Tried to devise a good method for using standard strap ratchets for years and was coming up empty. This is simple enough.
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    Re: Flatbed Build Ideas

    Wow Keith. Just googled them. I think that is what I've been looking for without knowing they existed. Every time I tie ropes I think there must be a better way. What brand have you found to works...
  10. Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    Not really convinced that this would be the reason. Bees stay in the own hives with or without a reducer.
  11. Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    Been thinking about this one for a while. Not sure if one can get away for a sense of security lead by assumptions.

    Take for example my varroa tests this fall. A global test for varroa came in at...
  12. Re: Breaking the cluster with open feeding (cold/hot temps)

    I consider 60's ideal opening weather. Not a big a feeding frenzy and neighboring colonies won't rob as likely. If we didn't feed at those temps up here we never would.
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    Re: Moving them in

    I keep thinking that spring would be a good window but I chicken out every spring as well.

    I think a dribble in the wintering room early in winter should be fine. I have dribbled some hives a...
  14. Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    No idea Ian. I have not monitored or treated for about 5 years.

    Part of the reason I bought the microscope was to do some comprehensive testing of for nosema at different times of the year and...
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    Jodie

    Do you find that the hives with entrance reducers on all winter have a greater accumulation of dead bees on the bottom board. To me it seems that my hives with a 3/4 in entrance have fewer...
  16. Re: Using entrance reducers when indoor wintering

    Can't speak specifically to the question as I never use entrance reducers in fall. There is a big variation in activeness if you pop the lids in the wintering room. I get on top of the hives and pop...
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    Re: Moving them in

    Can't happen 3 years in a row can it? First week in April would be nice. March can be a bonus or a headache depending on the weather.
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    Re: Moving them in

    Slightly less than 900 and 300 nucs. Had more attrition this summer than I would like do to heavy swarming. Should have lots of young queens for next year lol.
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    Re: Moving them in

    Chalk lines is a great idea. I have been thinking about tape but chalk is better.

    180 hives left to go for me.

    Nice to get the hives in with out snow on the ground.
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    That's a big reason I am installing ceiling fans. Had them in my old building and they sure keep bees in their boxes in warmer conditions. Just took a while to get around to it in my new building (if...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    KISS Brain

    The devices you add to a set the more chance for things to go wrong.

    I finally got around to adding ceiling fans to my wintering shed. For the last 5 years my wintering setup has...
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    Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    You saved me a post Frank. Heat and temperature are not synonyms.

    If the statement "Bees only heat the cluster, not the hive" means they are not intentionally heating the hive, I agree. If the...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Anecdotally, I am not seeing negative affects of neonics in my bees.

    In spring my bees are all moved to a holding yard. This yard has bush around it but corn, canola, and soybeans are seeded...
  24. Re: Canadian prairie and northern US honey crop outlook

    I haven't talked to many beekeepers here in the southeast part of Manitoba, but those I spoke to had above average crops.
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    Re: Nosema spore counts this fall

    Ian. Would be interesting to see what the numbers would be like in a control yard that wasn't treated and follow those number through winter as well. At this point you don't know whether the...
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