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  1. Re: I have questions about transporting queen cells.

    I use a block of styrofoam with holes drilled out to to set the cells in vertically and put that on a hot water bottle in a cooler.
  2. Ontario's Draft Regulations for Treated seed

    Here is what is what is being proposed:

    http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI0NjI4&statusId=MTg3NjY4&language=en

    Basically they will regulate treated...
  3. Thread: Quebec Queens

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    Re: Quebec Queens

    1) yes, but I believe there is a fair amount of red tape
    2) yes, Tibor Jr is still breeding bees. His website is here: http://www.honeybees.ca/#products

    There is also the Ontario Resistant Honey...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    You can set them up next to the original hive - it is the nurse bees that are important. Medium boxes are fine. You can return it to any queen right hive. As suggested, newspaper can't hurt when...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    Matt is right. Even if you want to graft for eight cells I don't think you really need a full sized starter. The one I described was for a full grafting frame of 45+ cells.
  6. Thread: Cheap Nucs?

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    Re: Cheap Nucs?

    This guy does exactly that: http://www.dancingbeehoney.com/Queens_and_Nucs.html

    $167 before April 1st, $187 after.
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    Re: Winter Feed Consumption

    Mark, most of the singles I checked on a week ago were still quite heavy. Especially the ones that were buried in snow. I put about a 2lb fondant patty on anything that felt a little light and...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I don't think a sheet of newspaper would hurt - thought you might want a to entrance of some type for ventilation. Basically when you setup the starter any foragers fly back to their donor hives and...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    They are queenless for the first 24-48hours and queen-right when you put them on top of the single.




    Yes OB is open brood. You don't want eggs, but a frame of open brood will have nurse bees...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    Yes, I missed that.
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I usually leave it as a double, but if you were running all singles you could easily break it up.
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    The theory behind putting the starter above a queen right colony is that it switches the bees from "Emergency Cell Building" to "Supercedure Cell building". In the former, the bees are rushing to...
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    No the starter really on consists of nurse bees, so newspaper isn't required.
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I use just one excluder and remove the cells before they hatch.
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    Re: Easiest type of cell builder for a beginner

    I like a 10 frame starter - after 48 hours you move the whole thing on top of a queen excluder on a queen right single.
  16. Thread: Table Saw

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    Re: Table Saw

    Nice, I am sure that must help with larger sheet goods.
  17. Re: Bees attracted to hot tub and drowning by the hundreds :(

    Our neighbour put in a hot tub last year and despite multiple other water sources with added salt etc, the bees just wouldn't leave it alone. 100's under the cover and in the filter. In the end we...
  18. Thread: smoker fuel

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    Re: smoker fuel

    Sumac, burlap, pine shavings in my order of preference. I mostly used shavings as they are cheap and easy to come by.
  19. Thread: Table Saw

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    Re: Table Saw

    If space is a concern, or you would like to move it around, this saw is a good choice:

    http://www.amazon.ca/Bosch-4100-09-10-Inch-Worksite-Gravity-Rise/dp/B000S5S5CW

    The guard is actually well...
  20. Thread: winters grasp

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    Re: winters grasp

    “We will turn the corner in April, and get near seasonal conditions as we head into May.”

    http://www.theweathernetwork.com/outlook/

    Colder than normal, but the snow is disappearing faster than...
  21. Re: "A Frame for Expansion" Is a 4 frame nuc the new norm?

    4 frame nucs have become the standard here and that is four frames including an empty frame. This guide is helpful.
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    Re: overwinter nuc question

    With you being so much farther south I don't see an issue with what you proposing. Where I am, I like having the two nukes in the same box to cluster together and share warmth.
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    Re: Strange queen loss

    This sounds very similar to the described chronic effects of seed coating contamination that beekeepers in southern Ontario and Quebec have been experiencing. The active ingredients are neonic...
  24. Thread: Quebec Queens

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    Re: Quebec Queens

    I picked up a couple of Olivarez carnies last spring from beekeeper nearby that had some left over. Both colonies produced well and overwintered ok.
  25. Thread: Quebec Queens

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    Re: Quebec Queens

    Last year was particularly swarmy and these were better than some my other stock. The bulk of what I have is more Carniolan in behaviour.
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