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    Re: Apiary Location/Stand Question

    Hey Mike,

    Two questions:

    1- Have the hives in this pic been dipped? If so - when?

    2 - Do you worry that hives with entrances so close and at the same height (as in the pic) might lead to...
  2. Passing the Torch: Who Will Carry On Your Business?

    Over the last couple of years, I've talked with a number of beekeepers who are growing older, and are uncertain about the fate of their business when they can't handle it anymore. People also wonder...
  3. Re: Ontario restricts use of neonicotinoids

    Is it 'not there', Ian? What are they seeing in areas where they have been banned?

    And I'm not saying this sarcastically or rhetorically. I respect your opinions very much. I just feel like there...
  4. Re: Is there a viable business in "Bees Only"?

    Mike, you mbc and Astrobee raise solid points.

    But if you're focused on raising bees, don't you still see how the bees perform as honey producers, winter survivors, spring build-up, temperment,...
  5. Re: Is there a viable business in "Bees Only"?

    Yeah, I think one can pretty safely make some business from selling bees, but the question is whether or not you can sustain yourself on just that. Of course there are many variables, but I'm talking...
  6. Is there a viable business in "Bees Only"?

    Is there a viable business in a bees only operation selling just bees and queens, or do most require additional products or services (honey, pollination, etc) in order to sustain themselves? I know...
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    Re: Full time Beekeeper

    Good Luck, Ben. You've been making a "bee line" for this since you started just a short time ago. But you've known you wanted it, and if you can make the leap - have at it. There's room in Nova...
  8. Evaluating Queens - How long before you know?

    I'm wondering how old a queen has to be before you consider it for grafting.

    Do you evaluate it over one full season with a winter, or do you tend to wait until it's second year of life before you...
  9. Re: Photos of my partial sheet of foundation in deep frames -experiment

    Very interesting Lauri. I may have missed it in this thread, but what is the smallest amount of centrally/vertically placed foundation that you have tried? 1/3? Have you tried less than that? 1/4?
  10. Re: Slingers - A Documentary about Small and Local Beekeepers

    Camera work looks nice. The crack in the wood behind the title kind of makes it read "stingers"... I'll be interested in how it progresses. Especially if it says something that isn't in every other...
  11. Re: Should a new beek start with langs?

    I have found that the learning curve is steeper for the new beekeeper who begins with a TBH. I say this because of the lack of standardization, the near impossibility of finding a tbh nuc, and the...
  12. Re: TF For 5 Seasons of More - Please Stand Up

    Agreed Jim. We're all in this together. No matter what approach we take.

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    Re: Bee-z Smoker ... Any reviews?

    The promo video showing the 'veteran' beekeeper 'trying' to light his smoker from the top with a lighter is insulting to anyone with a clue. That would be where I would stop. A company who would use...
  14. TF For 5 Seasons of More - Please Stand Up

    I'm reaching out to those of you who've now been treatment free for at least 5 seasons. I haven't been very active here for the last year or so, and I'm wanting to check in with you. I'm wondering...
  15. Re: How can you the honey you are buying is not adulterated?

    Agreed. Beekeepers have long enjoyed a "good guy" perception in the eyes of the general public. Keep selling poor quality honey under your own "good name". and the public will wake up. After that,...
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    Re: Mating Nucs

    That's my point though, Brandy. If one does as Lauri is doing, and divides a 10 frame deep into twin 10 mini frames, or twin mini 8's with a feeder - then you're still using the resources of two five...
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    Re: How I winterize my nucs.

    Hey Adrian,

    Do you notice any difference in the hives facing North? Do the South facing hives get going any eariler in the morning or anything like that due to facing the sun more?

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    Re: Mating Nucs

    I don't really understand the benefit to the small frames. Is it that much better to have several tiny frames then two regular deep or medium frames? For instance, Lauri, your divided deeps - why...
  19. Re: What is the smallest "winterable" unit for Northern Climates?

    Thanks for the replies.

    Crofter: I think it's both. If a person was raising a lot of queens and wanted to have a ton of them on hand in the spring, it might be interesting to find out what that...
  20. What is the smallest "winterable" unit for Northern Climates?

    I know this has been discussed in the past, but in light of the fact that so many people have been inspired by Mike Palmer and others to focus effort on wintering nucs, I thought it might be worth...
  21. Re: Why a nuc instead of a full colony?

    Are you still working with 5 frame nucs at all now Mike, or are you switched all over to four?
  22. Looking for junk deeps for swarm traps New England

    I'm looking to find a beekeeper in New England who has junk deeps to give away or sell very cheap. I'm looking to build a bunch of swarm traps, and I like to load them with frames. Using old deeps...
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    Goldenrod vs. Knotweed

    Hello All,

    I'm interested in the importance of japanese knotweed in Northern latitudes. I'm in the Toronto area at the moment, and I've been watching bees and paying attention to what flowers they...
  24. Re: scout bees cleaning out a (potential) new siteż

    Yes, they do. I've maintained swarm traps on my front porch in Halifax for 5 summers now. I have observed bees working and cleaning old combs in a swarm trap for up to 2 weeks before a swarm is...
  25. Huge honey bee losses across Canada dash hopes of upturn (CBC)

    Here's an article talking about Canada's losses being twice what they were last year, and the concerns around that.
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