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  1. #1
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    Hi everyone,

    I have finally got some space where i can have bees and would really like to start beekeeping after attending a workshop and speaking to a few keepers around my area.

    Unfortunately i think i have missed the boat this year. Am i better to wait until next year or can i get a head start this year somehow.

    Im in southern ontario, and our winters are fairly harsh (-40), so i just dont know if my hive would survive given the short winter preparation.

    Any suggestions,

    Paul.

  2. #2
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    Farmington, New Mexico
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    If you can get a complete hive that's already established they'll probably do fine.
    Nobody ruins my day without my permission, and I refuse to grant it...

  3. #3
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    Your best answers will come from that workshop and the bks in your area. Coyote's right that a complete hive will make it but anything else can only be answered by someone who knows your climate.

    Sorry,

    Hawk
    KC0YXI

  4. #4
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    What part of Ontario??

    Here I am told if you get a Nuc going by Aug 1st it will do fine. Provided you feed.

  5. #5
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    Getting a full hive, if only for the experience, would be great, but costly. Subscribing to the "Get out there and do something, even if it's wrong" principle as I do, I'd go ahead and start up a NUC ASAP but you should be prepared to feed them heavily right through fall. The experience would be worth it.

    I'd suggest Carniolan bees because they maintain a smaller winter cluster than other varieties and therefore require less stores.

    George-
    Dulcius ex asperis

  6. #6
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    I agree with George....

    Carniolan's will build quickly if nectar or feed is available. They are said to winter well (this will be my first winter).

  7. #7
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    A nuc should make it ok but you'll need to feed it alot.You might also try and catch a swarm.Yes you'll be way ahead if you can get a hive or nuc and feed and over winter.

  8. #8
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    Sep 2004
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    Oregon
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    if you do start, don't be surprised to do 1 part beehive 2 parts syrup, top of that, theres no saying they'll last.

    how about order your stuff today for next year?

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  9. #9
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    Buy a hive if you can.

    "If you're not making mistakes you're not learning anything" (My version of "If you not making mistakes you're not doing anything")
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