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    Re: Please Stop...

    I appreciate this thread, having just completed my third season. Each season has brought different mistakes, hope I have learned from them all!

    As a new-bee, I read what I can, seek and get lots...
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    Re: Theft

    I have some hives in a community garden that is open to visitors...a local man who also beekeeps has been hanging around there a lot, watching our bees. I know tampering with hives by other...
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    Re: Label Design and Printing

    Vistaprint does not offer transparent labels, and the round one comes only in a size too small, with the other size too big!
  4. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Perhaps some university bioengineering program will devise a Varroa-ending drench. It would be great to rid North America of this pestilential pest!!

    And if I were Monsanto, or some other mega...
  5. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    The question of opening up the USA Canada border to allow importation of USA bees into Canada was examined last winter. The border remains closed, out of fear of importing resistant strains of AFB,...
  6. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Mike, just to clarify...we used to have feral honeybees in abundance in Canada. The cold was not the issue there, and it is no bar to "kept" honey bees either. They tolerate extremely deep cold very...
  7. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Nicely put Mike, but one thing troubles me....what if the bees cannot adapt quickly enough to an imported/new stressor ie. Varroa??

    Here in Canada, bee scientists have told me there are no feral...
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    Re: Puzzled Here: Input/Info Needed

    That does work...I had to to a shakeout of a hive with a laying worker two years ago. I shook them onto a sheet, and the mature bees flew home, leaving all the young ones on the sheet. The next...
  9. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I would think that the spores could be there in the honey and wax, and once bees go to an unmedicated environment, or are robbed out, the AFB spores germinate when ingested?
  10. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    Randy Oliver is quoted in an earlier post recommending "Elimination of American Foulbrood Without the Use of Drugs" by Dr. Mark Goodwin. His book seems out of print, and pending one surfacing, can...
  11. Re: Newbees, Mediums and AFB -- a cautionary tale

    I think it's reasonable to think that at least some commercial beekeepers, including pollination services, medicate their bees prophylactically to prevent AFB from "expressing" in their...
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    Re: Puzzled Here: Input/Info Needed

    In our area, bees are reluctant to draw comb unless there is a good nectar flow on, and with our hot, dry summer here (unusually so), the hives stopped drawing new comb after our early summer...
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    Label Design and Printing

    Can anyone recommend an online label printer? I am thinking of two designs, one a black and white on a simple white sticker, or printed on a transparent sticker.

    I have no idea where to go to have...
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    Re: What to plant for bees

    I could use some planting advice too. There is a derelict farm next to my apiary and the owner is holding it just as an investment. I think he would be open to my over seeding the land with forage...
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    Re: My 8 Frame reflections, so far.

    Michael, thankyou for your comments...I am not sure though that I understand what you mean by managing your colonies "by the box"...can you explain for me?

    Regards,
    Janet
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    My 8 Frame reflections, so far.

    I tried 8 frame setups this year, running them side-by-side with the typical 10 frame boxes. I also had one top bar hive, just for fun and to see how they work, and kids love the viewing window it...
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    Re: New ultra breeze suit arrived/worn

    I think there are times you need a full suit:

    1. when you are a new-bee! I was terrified my first year, and the suit allowed me to feel calm.

    2. when you have to do something really disruptive,...
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    Re: branding wooden ware

    I bought a brand off Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GAQFPS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    $65, well made, can have other brands made to put on the tip.

    It takes...
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    DE Hive reviews?

    Has anyone run the DE Hives produced and sold by The Bee Works of Orillia, Ontario??

    They advocate running a three deep DE hive to build colonies while also preventing swarming, and thus...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Gentlemen! Can we disagree politely? I regret I will have to use the unsubscribe option for this thread!
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    I think you are in Tennessee, Pops? The warmer winters might be the reason you still find ferals. I wonder how they managed to keep ahead of the Varroa mites, though.
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    I have asked a few bee scientists here in Canada and the consensus has been that, thanks to disease, pests and pesticide effects, in our cold weather areas there are no true ferals left. One...
  23. Re: Viper's bugloss (Echium Vulgare) as a honey plant

    I would be very happy with 10 acres of just about any bee plant! Here in the Pacific Northwest lack of forage has been cited in WA state as the number one challenge to honey bees, ahead of Varroa and...
  24. Re: Viper's bugloss (Echium Vulgare) as a honey plant

    E. candicans is almost impossible to get here in Canada, although you can start it from seed. What is generally planted in gardens is the much smaller (2' x 1') E. vulgare, a pretty indigo blue...
  25. Re: Viper's bugloss (Echium Vulgare) as a honey plant

    Phoebee, I did have a patch about 4' x 6' last year and the bees were all over them! I will check my sparser plants this year, which are in a mixed phacelia/mustard bed.

    I was interested last...
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