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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Let me just tell all of you, after all the fees, insurance and high interest rate the bank wanted to tack on to the loan, I decided it would be cheaper to use my credit cards if I needed to bridge...
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    Rose Geranium Oil for ticks

    Has anyone used this? I have read reviews online that people put a drop or two on their body and never get ticks. Also supposed to work for dogs.

    I absolutely hate ticks. Finding one and I feel...
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    Re: Indoor Wintering Mistake

    I had 13 hives in an 8x10 this winter. R12 insulated r20 on top and still needed a space heater to keep temps above freezing. Only lost one hive though.
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    Falling Canadian dollar

    The Canadian dollar is below .90USD. How does that affect your operation? Are you looking south for business opportunities?
  5. Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    aprox. $250 per new split. on average of 3.5 drawn comb supers, top, bottom, excluder and queen bee.

    $10 per hive in medication
    $20 per hive for winter feed, spring feed, pollen patties

    year 1...
  6. Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    Just 13, everything is ready and in order to go to 50 this spring. also have canola and 3rd alfalfa agreement for this season. I cant wait to see those bees flying through fields of yellow and blue....
  7. Re: What are the limits to growth? Expanding apiary.

    I am currently expanding an apiary. I am expanding by 4x and my greatest limit to growth is that my bees do not produce enough honey with the heavy splitting to cover all my equipment costs. In my...
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    Re: worst spot you have been stung.

    I took one on the tip of my earlobe this past weekend... 5 days later and it still hurts. I didn't even notice the one on my wrist until I saw minor swelling an hour later.
  9. Thread: Indoor wintering

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    Re: Indoor wintering

    If the humidity was at the optimum level within the shed would the hives not leave the water alone? I know there are many factors within the hive that require more or less moisture with them. But on...
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    There is a lot of open air space and I have to do supplemental heating as the hives do not throw off enough heat to keep the temps steady. I think that contributed to the original low RH.
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    I guess I just thought if the humidity was low they would bring it up to the level they preferred. Over 60 seems a little to high to me. Mind you I didn't think the small amount of water they took in...
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    I put in the dehumidifier I am going to keep it under 40%. If the bees want the inside of the hive higher they can drink up. Bottled water is cheap
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    I recently poked holes in the bottom of water bottles to water the bees. Humidity was at 15% in the shed and I was concerned. They have taken down about 250 ml each in 2 days, and now the shed is at...
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    Ian, I am very happy that my hives are inside! I did leave one hive outside, It did not make it through that first cold snap, the polar vortex as they call it, I call it regular winter weather.
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    Re: Indoor wintering

    I am Looking forward to next years indoor wintering already. How often will I need to exchange the air with 50 single in 640 cubic feet of air space? Looking into what kind of ventilation system I...
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    Re: What else do I need to extract honey?

    Buy used.... There is not much to an extractor that will need replacing/repair. I bought a used 36 frame SS for 1/4 the price of new and it works like a charm.
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    Re: Ridding bees from the hot room?

    Last year I used a shop vac and just vacuumed them up as I extracted, as I grow that could become a large number of dead bees although now the damage is minimal. It worked alright but the wasps and...
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    Ridding bees from the hot room?

    I will be using my wintering shed as a hot room this summer. There were always some bees left in in the honey supers after using bee escapes for me last year. Wondering if there is a way I can entice...
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    Re: More entrances/exits = more honey?

    Thanks I am very happy with the results so far. This has all been done before and I owe it to ian for pointing me in the right direction
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    Re: More entrances/exits = more honey?

    I am doing this to build up my numbers quickly without purchasing any colonies. Last year I purchased 5 singles and split them each 4 ways giving me 10 double nucs, 20 colonies. 18 colonies accepted...
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    Re: More entrances/exits = more honey?

    I am interested in this concept for running my honey producing double nucs, Currently I have to use a modified bottom board as I need a half entrance on both sides of the bottom board. I believe...
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    Re: More entrances/exits = more honey?

    I thought that swarms usually left with the old queen leaving the fresh queen behind.

    Do you open a bottom entrance for winter?
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    Re: More entrances/exits = more honey?

    Would having only an entrance above the excluder keep hives from swarming? What happens when the hive wants to swarm but the queen cant get out?
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    Re: prepping for the big chill

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    All things considered I am looking forward to Friday! minus 46 (that's -51 for the americans) is just a little too cold. Glad my bees are in the shed at 5 degrees. Try telling me that weather...
  25. Re: Dillemma over singles vs double deeps; please input!

    I know we have spoken about this in the past ian but with 1000 hives how does one make sure the queen is below the excluder and not injured or killed on all the hives? Alot of man hours? Alot of...
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