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    Re: Selling Honey to Local stores

    The Lady I am dealing with told me that she is marking it up a bit higher then what I am selling it at the farm gate/home. I don't think it makes me look bad, I have to get my price to turn a profit...
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    Re: Selling Honey to Local stores

    Found a store that really wants to sell our honey and I have to tell them what I can give them as a discount and they are going to mark it up a bit over my "Farm Gate" pricing per jar.
    I have...
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    Who is hurting for bees this year??

    I have been hearing that a great deal of Canada is in trouble for bees this year, is this true? I know packages are very hard to come by right now due to the airlines killing most of them ! Cooked...
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    Re: Managing swarm season commercially

    I am not sure if this is a good swarm prevention method or not but I intend on having some drawn comb ready to insert like the "checkerboard" method and remove enough honey frames to keep them from...
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    Re: mann lake patties

    Update on the Bee Builder patties, my 100 packages love them, I had some global 15% patties left over from last year and they are being consumed about the same rate.
    The nutrition values are...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    I build my own hive boxes, but I only have 130 hives at the moment and will have 200+ at the end of this season. I do it in the winter months and it is very very time consuming and cold!!! There is...
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    Re: sanitizing honey containers

    I will call the CFIA and ask what they require, I hope to build an inspected honey house in the near future and I thought maybe someone has gone through this with them before and could suggest what...
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    sanitizing honey containers

    What do you all use to clean/sanitize your jars/pails etc for packing honey that will work on a 200 ++ Hive harvest setup ?

    I want to invest into something I can use for years to come that will...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Just got a new Alternator for my diesel bee truck yesterday, only 650 bucks after core and my discount, regular price 942.00 +tx and core and shipping .. Costs never stop coming and that is life,...
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    Re: newly inst. package backfilling

    I don't like messing with packages before they are settled and established, this is my main reason for asking about this. I will have to go up to the yard today or tomorrow and see what I can do for...
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    Re: newly inst. package backfilling

    There is no flow here, there isn't any pollen coming in yet.
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    Re: newly inst. package backfilling

    I have a bunch of cap and ladder feeders I could swap out instead of an open frame feeder with a float. Maybe I will do that
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    Re: newly inst. package backfilling

    yes they all have pollen sub, I had 6 fully drawn frames with some that had honey/pollen, they have most of them filled up with syrup that contains Fum-B. I thought about just switching a frame or 2...
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    newly inst. package backfilling

    I have a package or 2 out of 100 that is taking syrup down like crazy and backfilling the drawn combs I gave them and I want to know if I should be doing something to help the queen have a place to...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    I know I could have bought another house for what we have spent on expanding 100 hives more with package bees from NZ and the needed equipment to move them properly for pollination, I need to be more...
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    Re: moving recently install packages

    Well I was only concerned about the state that the bees are in right now, they haven't established anything just yet and I didn't want them to abscond on me.

    Ben
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    moving recently install packages

    When would be the safer time to move some newly installed 4 way pallets of bees ? I have 14 pallets I had to install at home and I want to take them 10 Km up the road from me once the farmers...
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    Re: packages from NZ and Aust.

    I thought it went well, I like the tube design way more than a box of bees. I think that there should be a little more quality put into the queen cages though, some smashed in the tubes. If they...
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    Re: packages from NZ and Aust.

    They were good looking bees , just had some issues with 2 dead queens in the tubes and 2 smashed cages in the tubes, I will check those soon to see if the queen is in the 2 that had smashed cages, I...
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    packages from NZ and Aust.

    Just heard it from another commercial that 2 pallets of Australian bees were cooked in transit !! the second year in a row !! New Zealand tube packages arrived for us here on the 1st and we just...
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    Re: Syrup in cold temps

    Time is an issue for me, I currently still work a full time job and I use every single moment to do something related to the bees, I manage to fit in some time to get on beesource and sleep...
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    Re: Syrup in cold temps

    Frame feeders is what I am using with a float in them, some of them are ladder with the wooden cap, but this year I bought the open ones and using a float for the packages. I have a large syrup tote...
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    Syrup in cold temps

    We are putting out 100 packages in a day or 2 and I want to have the feed all out so I don't have to reopen the hives to do it after hiving them. What issues (if any) will I have with cooler syrup ?...
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    Re: Olivarez bees

    Getting some Olivarez Carni Queens and I am looking for an update on your performance with them :) I want diversity in my operation and these are the first Californian Queens NS are importing with...
  25. Re: Leaving off Fumagillin made no difference in survival rate - Thank Jim Lyon.

    Very interesting thread. I will keep this information in mind when deciding what is best for our bees

    Thanks all
    Ben
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