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    Re: bees and maple trees

    Most years around here it's to cold for the bees when the maples are running and/or blooming. Last spring it was warm when the sap was running, and bees were clustered on cracks in the trees taking...
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    Re: Did feeding/cost of feeding discourage you?

    Re: cost of feeding.

    50 dollars buys 100+ pounds of sugar, more than enough to provide supplemental feed to a hive for two years. How long can a dog survive on a hundred dollars of dog food? In...
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    Re: I had no idea!!!

    I keep a tally of frames and yield when we extract. Overall it averages 3.5 lb (1.6 kilos) per medium frame and 6 lb (2.75 kilos) per deep frame. These are our rough averages over 4 seasons. From...
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    Re: Weighing hives

    I use this scale

    http://www.lowcostscalescanada.com/MY-WEIGH-HD-300-HEAVY-DUTY-SHIPPING-SCALE-SC-HD-300.htm

    The platform slips easily under a hive with a solid bottom board, and we can see the...
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    Re: Wintering question for northern beekeepers

    I think a common mis-conception about insulating hives, folks think it's to 'keep them warm'. But that's not the case. Reference the chart below, which has temperature plots from one probe out in...
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    Re: Ditch spraying

    This comment reminds me of a situation in an Astronomy group that I was a part of a few years back. That group had been lobbying city council to reduce light polution for years, and it was all...
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    Re: Getting over the hump

    In our first year, we did that same method for checking. One hive had a count of zero, the other had a count of one. By all reports here, and elsewhere, that's a tolerable mite load, no need to...
  8. Re: Phrases I just wouldn't have expected to say till I started beekeeping

    Wooohooo - The dandelions are blooming.
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    Re: Ditch spraying

    The ditches around here get cut in the middle of the summer to keep the brush down. Today, they are full of goldenrod, hawksbeard, and asters.

    We've only been here for a year (as of this...
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    Re: weighting bees

    I did a few bits this year. A medium super, with 10 empty drawn frames, weighed in just around 15 pounds. A deep, was 24 pounds with 10 empty drawn frames. All of our frames are Mann Lake Pf-5xx...
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    Re: Does mowing field massacre bees?

    The first time we extracted honey, we had bees in a residential neighborhood, and I took a bottle of honey to all of the neighbors that spent the summer tending nice looking flower gardens. The...
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    Re: $$ dollar value of hive

    At this time of year, in BC, it's worth the price of used equipment.

    If you are set up to extract already, then capped honey in the comb may have some value to you. If you aren't already set up...
  13. Re: Frame arrangement in double deeps and 3 medium brood boxes?

    Our bees come home from the mid-summer yard tonite. I'll be making a change to the configurations this weekend. These will all be double deeps for the winter. Honey supers will come off, then the...
  14. Re: Long range forcast for another nasty cold winter in central-southeast states, rat

    I guess it all depends on what you view as 'normal'. Talking to folks in my home town, that have lived there for 10 years, they thought this last winter was brutally cold. Talking to my little...
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    Thanks, that's very helpful. Seeing a flow off of this stuff here is a pleasant and unexpected surprise. But that is the whole point of leaving one colony on the scale for the year, it's a pretty...
  16. Re: Active brood nest VS winter cluster movement.

    I put my bees to bed in the fall, double deep, top box full of honey, brood nest in the bottom. When I look in March, the brood nest is usually in the center of the top box, and the bottom box is...
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    Ok, to make Mark happy, i will try rephrase the question, to extract the answer I'm looking for.

    In your experience, in years gone past, how long does the goldenrod continue to produce, on a...
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    We've never had a flow at this time of year before, but now that we have moved a couple hundred km up the road, looks like we are getting input from the goldenrod here. The scale hive is up 12...
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    Re: Dearth Nucs...

    I had a couple robbed out this year. In prior years I always made them on a flow, this year the blackberries didn't produce, and the nucs became robbing targets. I wasn't really careful about...
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    Re: Fall Flow Is Starting

    I saw some goldenrod starting to bloom last weekend. The scale says, bees found something they like last friday. They have put on 10 pounds in the last week.
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    Re: Large scale Nuc production

    I think you read that article in the latest edition of HiveLights too. You, me, and thousands of other folks across the country. Most of them have watched Michael Palmer's video's from the National...
  22. Thread: Insurance

    by grozzie2
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    Re: Insurance

    The risk of losing in a lawsuit involving your bees is likely very low. The risk of being on the winning end of a suit, should one come along, is much higher. If one is on the winning side, for...
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    Re: Insurance

    I agree, but, if and only if, you take your bees up into the bush, or place them on other folks property. If you keep them all on your back lot, and never take them elsewhere, the fire fighting...
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    Re: Using a Fume board with excluders on...

    I believe the post in question was a few days ago, regarding bee escapes, not excluders, in a thread about 'useless gadgets'.

    To each his own I guess, it was a response to something I posted,...
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    by grozzie2
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    Re: Insurance

    Aren't you a member of the BC Honey Producers Association ? If you are, then for 50 bucks you can have insurance on your beekeeping activities thru the association group coverage plan. If you...
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