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    Re: How strong for "cut down" split?

    1- mid to late June here.
    2- because I am culling the runt queen and making stronger nucs.
    3- because that's what bees do, particularly when they sense big/bad changes, ie the split.
    4- these...
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    Re: Caught my own swarm off a limb

    Until you see comb with brood in it, dont count your chickens on them sticking around. I hived one swarm a couple years back, and was confident they were going to stay after they had been in the box...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    My take on the concept of going back to gassing hives. The bee industry is getting a lot of good press these days, sympathy press, which helps honey prices. Honey is deemed today to be a healthy...
  4. Re: How to find timeframe of local "main flow"?

    It'll vary some year to year. We were in Duncan on the island the last few years, so timing essentially the same as Richmond and Delta areas. Last year we were moving in the middle of the summer,...
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    Re: How strong for "cut down" split?

    I've done a cut down once before, and got the timing just about perfect. It had many side effects.

    - The hive produced 3x as much honey as those around it.
    - The population on that hive...
  6. Re: How to find timeframe of local "main flow"?

    In delta, your main flow would be the blackberries, if you are far enough out of the city proper, that your bees are anywhere near the wild blackberries.
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    Re: Bee Feeder Question

    We had the same experience. First time we used them, lots of drowning. I ran a bead of silicone around the edge of the screen everywhere, now there are no bees getting thru and drowning. It's a...
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    Re: How many hives are "enough"?

    The original premise, splitting each year means doubling each year, sounds good in theory. But the reality check comes from reading farther. The reason folks are big on carrying a few extra nucleus...
  9. Re: what type of honey is made in late winter, early spring?

    we got a hundred pounds of honey off the maples last year. Some folks think it's divine, others not so much. It has a very distinct flavour compared to other honey we've got from the hives, not...
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    Re: Inspiration to keep going

    Ignoring demand issues for the moment, not hard to pin a number on this. I'll use number regularly quoted here on beesource, at retail level.

    90 US dollars for a package, will turn into 99...
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    Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    I've got a bottle of it here. Tastes just the way a stale urinal smells. I couldn't give it away around here. It's just revolting. We did a 'honey tasting' some time back with some friends, had 7...
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    Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Buckwheat. It produces a revolting flavor of honey.
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    Re: Start of a new year.

    I see you are using a chicken watering gadget similar to ours. When I first put it out, lots of bees started drowning in the rim of syrup. I filled the rim with coarse gravel from the ground it's...
  14. Re: Questions for the Canuck prairie / peace river folks

    Funny how things work sometimes. The liability insurance for my business has a clause that specifically excludes customers on the property. It is cheaper for me to buy 3 tanks of gas and a ferry...
  15. Re: How do you tell which of your hives a swarm came from?

    Agree with Michael on this one. I've had a couple times in the yard, found a swarm in the trees. I couldn't tell which hive it came from, none of them looked at all depleted. Once last summer, the...
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    Re: My (alternative) theory of the Bush Miracle

    Interesting thread. What have I learned after wading thru 10 pages looking for any possible new gems.

    Regarding cell size, nothing new to report. Read it all, heard it all before.

    Regarding...
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    Re: Bears are on the move

    Reports of the black bears on the move now in our area too. I haven't seen any myself, but, there were warnings on the radio yesterday for a couple of the local hiking areas.
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    Re: How to find an unmarked Queen?

    Three years ago, I could never find a queen. It didn't matter how big the colony was, or how long I looked. When I wanted to find her, I couldn't. When we weren't looking, invariably I would spot...
  19. Re: Timing brood breaks and queen building for overwintering nuc stratedgy

    Maples and dandelions are just getting a good start here now. Between now and blackberries, we'll get a number of short flows, a couple of them rather intense. Blackberries start blooming middle to...
  20. Re: Timing brood breaks and queen building for overwintering nuc stratedgy

    When do the blackberries bloom in your area ? Around here, start of blackberries, and solstice are essentially the same date.
  21. Re: Today i inspected my 2 hives and i need your thoughts on what i seeen

    wondering if that is mites on the larvae ? Need to see them up closer at a better angle.
  22. Re: Backyard Beekeeper that develops bad neighbor relation issues ... to the extremes

    When we initially got bees, we lived in a residential subdivision. Before getting them, we talked to all the neighbors around us, nobody objected, some were pleased with the idea. We only kept a...
  23. Thread: Honey Supers

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    Re: Honey Supers

    I am considerably north of you, so, I would expect your stuff to be at least a couple weeks ahead of us.

    I have not supered any hives yet. Spring is somewhat behind where it was last year, and...
  24. Re: Questions for the Canuck prairie / peace river folks

    That is fascinating feedback, thank you. Your area in particular is VERY interesting to me, no need to cross a provincial boundary to get there. I've had april deliver timeframes in my mind,...
  25. Questions for the Canuck prairie / peace river folks

    A little potential market research here today. Back to the same old subject, spring replacement bees for the folks in the colder parts of our country.

    I've only got 4 of these this year, so, this...
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