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    Re: Anyone know what this is

    We call it that here too.
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    Re: Nectar Flow Ontario

    I've been trying to find this information myself, and unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be any sort of centralised information on that front. I'm close to central Michigan, so I've been able to...
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    Resource hive question

    I've been thinking of starting a resource hive as part of my management strategy for my (very small, but as big as I want it) apiary. The idea would be to use it to generate resources to help out my...
  4. Thread: Cold summer

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    Re: Cold summer

    Its the same here in southern Ontario (similar climate to Ohio/southern Michigan). Everything is 2-3 weeks behind; flowers, farmers planting, etc. We started with a bit of strength - good apple/pear...
  5. Thread: Bee Vaccum

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    Re: Bee Vaccum

    A hot lead injection will help with the stink...
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    Re: Rotating Treatments Question

    As psm mentioned, the article you linked to says nothing about the evolution of resistance. From a strictly evolutionary perspective, thermotolerance (tolerance to heat) is relatively easy to evolve....
  7. Re: Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    If its a single pellet, it may just be a missed shot. I don't think most kids would leave after one 1 shot...
  8. Thread: Oak on MEAD

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    Re: Oak on MEAD

    I'm a tad late in replying...hopefully I'm not too late.

    Small casks like this tend to impart flavours into whatever liquid is in them very quickly - much quicker than normal 55 gal barrels. This...
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    Re: need help choosing a yeast

    You are concerned unnecessarily; lots of people brew with unpasteurised, unfiltered honey of questionable origin without issue. Honey is almost entirely simple sugars, meaning that a brewers yeast...
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    Re: Odd? Swarm behaviour

    The queen is rather small; especially her abdomen. I've since released her - the bees drew a bit of comb over her cage, but otherwise didn't do anything. I move the startings of a new comb over form...
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    Re: Odd? Swarm behaviour

    As of last night they were still not doing anything; just huddling around the caged queen in the swarm box I set them up in. It looks like half the bees are either out gathering resources or have...
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    Odd? Swarm behaviour

    I have a question about what I think is odd behaviour for a swarm.

    A few weeks ago I did some quick splits, trying to get the splits in (to limit swarming) before 2 weeks of work travel. Long...
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    Re: May 24 Science Friday broadcast on bees

    Most studies I've seen of varroa resistant bees have found lower infestation rates (e.g. mites/colony), which suggests at least part of the resistance is due to better mite control. But even if we...
  14. Thread: Pigs & Bees

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    Re: Pigs & Bees

    Thanks everyone!
  15. Re: new study on hive density and yard configuration

    Its an interesting study, but with so many variables that its hard to nail down which ones were the beneficial ones.

    The "high density" colonies had 8 hives, all:

    the same colour
    the same...
  16. Thread: Pigs & Bees

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    Pigs & Bees

    I have a question for those here on farms. We're looking at pasturing some pigs next summer, which means the pigs will share space with my hives. Right not we have goats, ducks, turkeys & chickens in...
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    Re: May 24 Science Friday broadcast on bees

    Not much to explain; Puerto Rico bees received resistance by crossing with Africinized bees (which have an intrinsic degree of resistance). This resistance isn't great (infestation is not prevented,...
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    Re: May 24 Science Friday broadcast on bees

    I do some research on evolution as part of my day job, teach about antimicrobial resistance as part of that job (e.g. I understand evolution quite well), and I have to say that I was deeply...
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    Re: Queen Excluder Timing

    It can vary greatly. I've had some bees move up before I could even get the lid on, while the same colony the next year ignored it for over a week.
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    Re: Single brood chambers

    I'm still new at this and am in "growth mode", so I've yet to have a year at full production (even this year I'm planning on splitting all my hives mid-spring, which will limit my harvest). Most of...
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    Re: Single brood chambers

    I'm in 10-frame kit, and some winters they run out (and thus need supplemental feed). Depending on how long your winters are, and how active your bees are, this approach may not work for you,...
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    Re: Single brood chambers

    In the summer its a single deep broodnest with queen excluder and honey boxes above. But you overwinter as a single deep with no additional boxes. Essentially, in fall you remove the honey boxes and...
  23. Re: Did I screw up/ critique my first batch. I wanted a carbonated sweet mead

    It is not easy to make a sweet & sparkling mead without kegging equipment.

    Sweet meads are made by adding more honey to the must than the yeast can convert to alcohol - e.g. the resulting alcohol...
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    Re: Single brood chambers

    Given that single deeps are the norm here in Canada, I'd have to say this is untrue.
  25. Sticky: Re: CCD/Neonicotinoid Data (Studies, Articles, Links)

    I never said that, but ****** science is ****** science. Grist for the propaganda machine, I guess, but no evidentiary value.
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