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  1. Thread: April splits

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    Re: April splits

    We winter outside in two deeps. For splits we shake bees off two frames of brood, put an excluder on and move the two frames onto a 3rd super above the excluder. We then add two more frames. Next day...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Our hives are still wrapped but were have been feeding heavy for about 3 weeks. This early spring with no flowers for nectar has used a lot of feed. The poplars and willows have been giving up pollen...
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    Re: snow bound hives/locations

    Do you have top entrances? If so why not plow enough snow to use for open feeding syrup and pollen in the yards. We have had to do this before. Right now our snow is gone. They are using syrup but...
  4. Thread: winters grasp

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    Re: winters grasp

    We have spring weather here. We have pollen feeders out and started feeding syrup in a couple of yards. Snow is gone so it is easy getting around.
  5. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    We get our queens through Bee Maid Honey Coop. We have a standing order with them so we get the same number every spring. I am not sure of all the producers they use. I believe Nunez and Pacific are...
  6. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    We winter everything outside. Last winter was the coldest on record. Our losses run from 6% in the best yards to 15% in the worst yard. We have been using the Chile queens for early splits for 5 or 6...
  7. Thread: Taylor Queens

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    Re: Taylor Queens

    We use Chileans every year for our early splits. They have been excellent producers for us. We have had far better results from those than the California ones.
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    Re: Canadian effects of exchange rates

    Not to sure about the Dakotas having as many bees as all of Canada .If so they have a lot of lazy bees. North Dakota produce about 34, 000,000 lbs. of honey Alberta alone produces over 40,000,000...
  9. Re: Manitoba Beekeepers Association's “White Paper” document

    Manitoba must use a different calendar than the rest of us or else this is huge leap year.
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    Re: Preheating honey for finer filtration

    Why not use a water jacketed bottling tank? It would heat faster.
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    Re: Oxalic drizzle in winter

    Check Beemaid honey in Winnipeg. We are using 4 at a time on about 500 hives. We are looking at a unit that will work on a commercial basis right now. It is run off a generator and air compressor and...
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    Re: Oxalic drizzle in winter

    We do our bees in late Oct and early Nov. As far as temperature it can be as cold as you can stand. Our temps are usually in the minus range. Main thing is to leave the hives until there is no brood...
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    Re: Oxalic drizzle in winter

    We used the drizzle for a couple of years, then switched to vapour. We have found it much more effective. Our winter losses dropped from 25 to 30 percent to the 12 to 15 percent range. We also...
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    Re: Best Forklift for all around Apiary usage?

    Anybody here use a Ghel articulated loader?
    http://www.gehl.com/equipment/articulated-loaders
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    Re: Thermal Image Gun

    I use an infrared thermometer from time to time. Our bees winter outside. I just shoot the beam through the upper entrance. The stronger hives give a higher inside temperature reading. The ones that...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    No BS. Check the facts. That is what we are subsidised here under Sask. Crop Insurance. Well you are at it check out the Ag Stability program and see how much we are subsidised under that. As well as...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Last time I checked base level of crop insurance was subsidized to the tune of 60%.
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    Re: cooling wintering shed

    Take a look at Ranco thermostats. We use a couple on melters and they just plain work.
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Your answer concerns me. In my part of Sask. we are seeing bean acres increase dramatically each year and now corn is starting to follow the same path. Does this mean if we have beans and corn, we...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    " Christy Morrissey says that over the past few years neonicotinoids have been used increasingly on crops in Western Canada and the chemical is making its way into wetlands, potentially having a...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    The article I linked to does not give the study but I believe it was the planter dust issue. This chemical issue is a tough one. Without them the world would starve. With them,....are we poisoning...
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    Poll: Re: Bees, lies and evidence-based policy

    Health Canada has determined that neonics have cause bee mortality.

    For more info check this page out.
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  23. Thread: Fall feeders

    by dgl1948
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    Re: Fall feeders

    We just use a heat gun to melt the screen right into the lid. Works well as long as you do not overheat and melt through.
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    Problem here is most heat tapes have a thermostat and will not turn on until temp. is close to freezing and shut off at to low of a heat temperature.
  25. Re: Canadian prairie and northern US honey crop outlook

    Our honey crop in Southeast Sask was average to a little better than average. We lacked heat and flying days to have that huge crop. All our supers are off and bees are backfilling brood supers now....
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