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  1. #1
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    Dec 2010
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    Okanagan, BC, Canada
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    Default Hi From Vernon B.C Canada

    Hi Everyone!! I Currently Dont own Bees i am super interested and looking to start in spring. I Have Chickens ducks geese Turkeys and Want to get into these guys! Still picking up info and trying to learn the best way to start!
    I Work at a Furniture and Kitchen manufacturing plant so I am hoping to build my own Hives and frames after my Initial start up. I have been looking at Miller bee supply where i may order some stuff to start!

  2. #2
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    Aug 2009
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    Brady, washington
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    Default Re: Hi From Vernon B.C Canada

    Well welcome to this place. I hope you can enjoy the art of beekeeping
    99.99% of questions can be answered by Just reading books.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2002
    Location
    parker county, tx
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    Default Re: Hi From Vernon B.C Canada

    Welcome to Beesource Zier64! If you're just starting out learning, we have some good information in the just beginning forum, and there are lots of seasoned beekeepers here as well. Hope you enjoy your new endeavor.
    So many weeds.......so little time.

  4. #4
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    Location
    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Hi From Vernon B.C Canada

    Welcome, there are beehive plans on this site. If you don't see a design you are interested in just ask.
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  5. #5
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    Dec 2007
    Location
    Lunenburg,N.S. Canada
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    Default Re: Hi From Vernon B.C Canada

    Hey Zier64:

    Vernon, B.C. a great little town, matter of fact I was born and raised there! My dad built the cityhall and firehall in Vernon.
    A great place to have bees too. You've got Planet Bee Apiaries up in the Bella Vista area as a good resource as well.
    Good idea to build a lot of your stuff if you have the time and machinery but think twice about building frames. Most have found out the time and effort involved versus buying them just isn't worth it.
    Finding this site is a great first step!
    Enjoy

    Perry

  6. #6
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    Dec 2010
    Location
    Ojai, California
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    Default Re: Hi From Vernon B.C Canada

    Congrats! You are in one of the best beekeeping areas in North America. You'll probaly want to know about Dadant & Sons, the oldest beekeeping supplier in America. As others have replied, reading books can help a lot. Order Dadant's catalog, get a copy of First Lessons in Beekeeping, and check out their book selection. Another great hobbyist book is Howland Blackiston's Beekeeping For Dummies.
    Being that far north, look into WBC hive designs or Langstroth-box inside / WBC outside modified hive designs, as you will stand a much better chance of lower winter kill. If you choose standard Langstroth hive boxes, build minimum 2" thick polystryene foam outter box covers and tape roofing felt around them in the winter. Also, in those cold months, you will likely need to feed the bees. By all means use a hive-top feeder, as this disturbs them minimally and allows them to keep much of their heat. Another option is leaving two full honey supers on the hive so you don't have to feed them at all. Also, in the Northland consider obtaining Russian bees right from the start. They are the best bee in cold country. Good luck!

  7. #7
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    Jan 2008
    Location
    Faulkner Manitoba, Canada
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    Default Re: Hi From Vernon B.C Canada

    Hello, and welcome

    There is a book, Beekeeping In Western Canada. Filled with lots of great info. Each province has a beekeeping association, check that out. And there are a few local bee clubs.
    here is a link to the book
    http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex38
    Another link.
    http://www.bcbeekeepers.com/
    I googled BC beekeepers Associations, alot came up




    Best of luck
    HS

  8. #8
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    Nov 2010
    Location
    Tyndall, Manitoba, Canada
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    Default Re: Hi From Vernon B.C Canada

    Hi from Manitoba,

    I am sure you will not have too many overwintering worries ... I am as far north as your are as you may notice ... Jack

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