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  1. Re: Questions for the Canuck prairie / peace river folks

    If delivered that will undoubtedly open the doors to a market.

    Jean-Marc
  2. Re: Questions for the Canuck prairie / peace river folks

    As long as I have them, there are no issues with selling them. Keep in mind the more of them, the greater the opportunity you have to sell them. I mean that no commercial beekeeper is going to go to...
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    Re: Bee Transportation

    Always best to not and try to reinvent the wheel, especially if you are inexperienced.

    Jean-Marc
  4. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    Ian I would caution you to approach an OA dribble in the spring. This is definitely a task for the boss. Bees coming out of the building are old and tired and OA dribble essentially tires them out. I...
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    Re: Should I become a commercial beekeeper?

    Chanticleer:

    I would agree with all those that suggest you go work for a commercial beekeeper. Good advice. I would add another condition. Make sure he is 45-60 years old, has several unwed ...
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    I guess cooler weather is relative. After the third round we are at 11%. Bee are pretty good, weather on the other hand is pretty bad. Little to no opportunities for the bees to forage, too cool and...
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    Re: Ontario Blueberry Pollination

    The standard is the same in B.C. 8 frames of bees , 4 frames of brood and 1 laying queen. This is a government issued standard. However, the contract for pollination is between 2 parties and the...
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    Re: Lost a good one. Rip soupcan

    Sorry for your loss Brian and family. All my condolences to you. My prayers go out to you and your family. I too will miss him.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Orange Grove trip 2014

    I don't get why you would net the load? Jacksonville and Groveland aren't that far apart are they? For us if we are going for a few hours, I do not bother netting the load. Bees do not fly at night....
  10. Thread: Loans

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    Re: Loans

    I'm with Jodie on this one. It is only 3 zeroes after the 5. The exercise of doing it would be of great benefit. At 1% interest. How can you go wrong? With honey in the drum at $2 plus a pound bees...
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    Re: Question for those who feed sugar

    You need to peak your head in there once in awhile. Start feeding beginning of September so come October, you don't end up thinking they are light. If they are light feed syrup. Bees will easily...
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    Re: Its been a cold windy winter

    Having grown up in Winnipeg, that shot of those sun dogs is a good reminder of why I moved. I can attest that sun dogs show up when "she is good and cold". Nice picture, almost got me shivering...
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    Re: open drum feeding

    Last fall had a yard of about 500 hives empty out 1250L in 3-4 hours. That's more or less 3/4 of a gallon. The way I figure it those bees were awfully thirsty:) It is good to stagger the feedings in...
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    Re: open drum feeding

    We provide a tote for every 20 hives or so. The greater surface area the better for the bees. As surface area increases so does the likely hood of bees fighting. Keep in mind that you do not have to...
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    Re: reusing frames vs trashing them

    With comb being the biggest asset of beekeepers next to the bees themselves, I can understand why these "instructors" are instructing. They would not be able to make it commercially. It is expensive...
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    Re: open drum feeding

    We use open feeding in the late summer/fall. I like it. We can give a lot of feed in such a short amount of time. Just about anybody can drive up to a yard and fill totes or drums. Different story if...
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    Re: Ontario Blueberry Pollination

    The protozoa killer is a plant extract which is highly acidic, combined with sea salt. Makes it difficult for unwanted microorganisms in the bees digestive to thrive.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Ontario Blueberry Pollination

    Jodie: Back in 2007 I am pretty sure it was the start of the ccd thing. We had sudden unexplained losses of adult bees. Nosema Ceranae is definitely associated with this as are amoebas and...
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    Re: Ontario Blueberry Pollination

    I mostly agree with Jodie. Growers are slightly more respectful towards beekeepers now. Demand for bees has gone up, supply has not quit kept up... so growers sorta have to play nice.

    As far as...
  20. Re: Beekeeping 50 Years From Now: Projections From Beekeeping Pros

    New pests will be in the Americas. Troepilaelaps (sp?) will be a game changer, so will the Asian hornet or wasp. You know the ones that tear a hive apart in a matter of a few hours. Honey will...
  21. Re: Yearly expenses estimate NEW - 175 hives - please input!

    Ok, well at this price that changes things a lot. After a run to California, you should have enough good hives to split off the 110-115 nucs you need to hit the 20k in bee sales.

    Jean-Marc
  22. Re: Yearly expenses estimate NEW - 175 hives - please input!

    Benjamin:

    I was looking at your income forecast and it looks like you figure on selling 1 nuc per hive at roughly $110 per nuc to generate close to 20 k in bee sales. This may be a bit optimistic...
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    Re: Predicting winter feed requirements

    Like Ian and Allen mentioned to many variables to give a fast and easy answer but I agree with what they have written. On you post 8 Josh you talk about the speed at which bees consume the syrup....
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    Re: Video blog your pollination service

    Ben follow Heintz88's advice on post 3 except that make sure you unload the bees before going home to crash :) I think you are over analyzing your situation. Feed your bees syrup and patties. Sure...
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    Re: Loading/Unloading Fee

    We charge $100/hr. That would get you a swinger, truck, trailer and a couple of hired guys. Meter starts when we leave our home yard and stops when the guys have returned. I do not like doing it....
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