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    Re: What Breed do you prefer for operation?

    We have used Kona in the past with success. In western Canada you can only get Kona through Beemaid. That is where the fighting starts. Big demand, short on the supply side. If the supply side was...
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    Re: Neighbors destroying colonies

    Yes, but he has a case number with the police... as the victim not the assailant. Way to stay cool under the circumstances. I am sure the situation is very upsetting. Wonder why this just started?...
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    Re: Bad or good idea?

    Feed.

    Jean-Marc
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    Sticky: Re: honey sell

    John:

    Selling to many small wholesalers is a strategy to help reduce risk. 100 ton packers will remain 100 ton packers no matter the price of honey. He may not be able to purchase 100 ton at 1 go...
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    Re: Western Canada Honey Production Progress

    Yes, otherwise I could see a lot of cattle going to the auction. Hay apparently had doubled in price 2 weeks ago. Likely so more by now. Definitely not good for the area. Apparently some rain fell...
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    Re: Western Canada Honey Production Progress

    Hives are sitting in Elk Point area. We are between Vermillion and St Paul along Hwy 41. We are fairly close to the Saskatchewan border. Very very dry country this year.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: Western Canada Honey Production Progress

    We have some honey on. The flow is just starting. Canola is starting to bloom. Conditions are dry to drier. Some hay fields have half the alfalfa burnt off. So things are kinda bleak but with some...
  8. Re: Caspian bees - I'd like to learn more about this line of bees

    I am not sure what the exact link is other than it is. Some bees Mike P. cannot make capped brood very well. For instance bees that have come to Canada from Australia are notoriously bad at it. If...
  9. Re: Caspian bees - I'd like to learn more about this line of bees

    Almost forgot, the best and only way to make sure that a thread does not continue, is to make sure that you not contribute.

    Jean-Marc
  10. Re: Caspian bees - I'd like to learn more about this line of bees

    Hmm. Let me see. As far as I know the 20 queens that went south 2 years ago to California were given. So I supplied 20 that day, I think Hossein a few more. I got zero dollars from all the gullible...
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    Re: polystyrene hives?

    Must be Allen... he is the only person nearby to Calgary that sells bees in polystyrene. No more wrapping... big bonus. Vance could you not try to act as your own broker and bring 1 box in. After you...
  12. Re: Caspian bees - I'd like to learn more about this line of bees

    I am sure they are Amm. That is what I was told from Hossein. That is the European dark bee.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: polystyrene hives?

    Yes you can stack wood on polystyrene.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: polystyrene hives?

    The advantage of getting these polystyrene hives is you will not have to wrap them in preparation for the winter. The seller I believe sells them with wooden bottom boards and tops... so this is...
  15. Re: Caspian bees - I'd like to learn more about this line of bees

    Colonies are made queenless by removing the queen and making a nuc with her... the queeright and queenless hives are all labelled in case lateron you wish to use such and such a colony for breeding....
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    The bees are Apis mellifera mellifera... not carnies, not caucasians. He called them Caspian likely because of strong nationalistic tendencies. They are good bees.

    Jean-Marc
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    Caspian is from Iran. They may or may not live better with varroa. Hossein makes no such claims. He did have some lines that were better but they are hard to keep going. If anything the bees are...
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    Re: building up colonies

    For the nucs with virgins or cells I would give the open brood. This way the bees have something to do. Later when the queen starts to egg lay brood will hatch shortly. This way you have a balanced...
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    Mike, they are not a Buckfast line... nothing to do with them. Developed by different guys at different times in different places.
    Hossein or Caspian Apiaries, developed Caspian solution and the...
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    Dave Miksa had some last year. That is correct. Caspian bees build very fast in the spring unlike caucasians. They had to because they survived in harsh high elevation conditions. They brood up nice...
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    Robert Russell had nothing to do with Caspian bees. Let`s be clear on this point. Caspian bees are Apis mellifera mellifera based on cubital index measurements. They are however very gentle. The line...
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    Re: New extracting line

    Thanks acbz. I am hoping to be able to redirect the spinner honey back to extractors, loading tables. They have augers. Hoping that works, so no concrete guy etc. It then gets all augered to an above...
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    Re: Advice on nuc with queen cups....

    Good.

    Jean-Marc
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    Re: New extracting line

    If I can auger that high then most problems are resolved. If I can gravity feed into the auger from the wax spinner all will be well. The outlet of the spinner is 11 inches off the floor. Auger is...
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    Re: building up colonies

    Oops my bad... yes to the strong one. Switch from weak to strong.

    The strong hives have population to make capped brood. This extra egg and larvae reduces the swarming tendency. The weak hives...
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