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    Re: what % of colonies are productive?

    It is possible to run your production hives at 100% effecincy but you'll have to supply the factors to see it through. What you produce from your bees to market will determine in some regards to how...
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    Re: commercial beekeeping

    Well, considering the initial investmest of the equipment you'd need, the expences of running them, the lack of revenue as your increasing them, I reckon it'll be taking a great chunk out of your...
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    Re: uncapping for 100 hives

    Learn how to use an uncapping plane will be a heck of a lot cheaper and just about as fast as a chain uncapper. Maxant sells them and it's what I use.

    In 1992 we had 110+ hives and I extracted...
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    Re: beekeeper pay scale?

    IMO, I don't think a commercial operation is the place to learn beekeeping 101. bringing a healthy knowledge of bee behavior, colony management, ect will help a fella understand what and why the boss...
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    If I knew that, I'd write a book and make a million dollars. The only thing I'm doing different from those years is I'm not pollinating, focusing on honey production, and started using apivar for...
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    That's because your on the north side of the valley. Everytime I looked over your way, there's a big black cloud hanging over your head. Seems all the clouds just pile up along the northern mountians.
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    Re: Winter losses ?

    4% loss over this winter. 3 out of 72 didn't make it. last year 5%, 2 out of 40 didn't make it through. before that, the last previous 8 years I was never lower than 20% and was as high as 60% and...
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    Re: Managing swarm season commercially

    Jon, I have a single screen that attaches to the inner cover. The bottom broodnest w/old queen has an excluder and honey super above it, so the excluder and single screen basically add up to double...
  9. Re: Questions for the Canuck prairie / peace river folks

    JT, I'm the Jr. my father hasn't been in it for 12 years now.

    I thought of the same thing when I heard about the possibility of the border opening. for those folks up north, you could see those...
  10. Re: Questions for the Canuck prairie / peace river folks

    For dollars worth, I would think that the nuc would be the winner. price wise, nucs and packages are almost on par, maybe nucs are a bit more but the percentage of packages the don't turn out versus...
  11. Re: Questions for the Canuck prairie / peace river folks

    Ok, another question selling overwintered nucs. Are those beeks in the priaries alright with buying a nuc that has a queen goin into her second year? Brother adam talks about the queen being at her...
  12. Thread: Apivar

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    Re: Apivar

    I believe I remember that time. I was there with you and said employee. I remember later on you told me that you knew the pallets you did, the pallets I did, and the pallets he did. I think he had a...
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    Re: Managing swarm season commercially

    we were running to hundred hives in the 90's and we would crack the supers every week to check for peanuts and go through hives that had cells and smear them. thats not bad when there are only a few...
  14. Re: Building 4-way pallets: Treated or painted? More questions

    Just my opinion but building 4-way pallets are not as easy as a single bottom board. You might want to pour your heart and soul into it and do it right right the first time so you have something...
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    Re: almond bees stolen

    Being at this time of year, I wouldn't be surprised if they just break the hives down and sell them as nucs. Sorry about the loss and hope they find them soon.
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    Re: Ontario Blueberry Pollination

    Well, if your using Australian stock, you will be replacing them sooner then later. They seem to die a lot. I think it's a matter of how many hives you would lose and how often and whether it's...
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    Re: Ontario Blueberry Pollination

    Still preaching the Caspian Jean-Marc, it's alright, the stuff works good.

    After that loss I had 2 years back due...Well...what ever it was, I can't help but think that what ever the hell happens...
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    Re: Significant Other.

    From time to time she does. she helped feed the bees during build up one spring after I had surgery. I also let her graft eggs for queens once with 76/80 cells accepted, She's good.
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    Re: Bees Stolen - Blythe , California

    http://www.findmespot.ca/en/index.php?cid=111

    The service plan for that device on the above link. When you consider the amount of assets your protecting. If you had 10 devices (1 for each yard if...
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    Re: What is your go to pollen substitute?

    I like beepro. I add honey and pollen to the mix as well but unless you know the source (preferably your own) I wouldn't use it. A good simple mix would be a 2:1 syrup then enough beepro to make a...
  21. Re: Where/when did you learn your woodworking skills?

    Wood shop in school where I learned most about safety and from my dad. Mostly in my teen years. Experience after that. We built a lot of our own bee equipment, did our own reno's, makng our own jigs...
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    Re: Russian or Buckfast?

    I bred some buckfast from a daughter of a breeder queen that came from Denmark. They mated with a majority of my carniolan drones and they are showing great promise. I haven't lost one of those hives...
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    Re: Fall bees dwindling

    It sounds like what I had 2 years ago. Beginning of August, 2011, I had over 100 hives and all of them were three high and still bringing in good honey and they were strong. I moved some to the...
  24. Re: Growth on limited budget/ waiting on financing

    I think I would just explode those ten hives 4 ways and give them all a new young queen and then build them up to a double to go 4 ways later in the summer. It just doesn't seem that the old queens...
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    Re: I would like to be a commercial beek

    Yeah, something like that. In as far that, if I just left my hive alone with out touching them at all through a season, that there would be no difference then that of a hive in a hallow tree or a...
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