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  1. Re: Did you know Cuba is treatment-free bee island? It is.

    If you cherry pick your sources and ignore those that dont fit your views, it's very easy to develop a set of data points that do fit your views.
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    Re: Idea for Workshop queenrearing

    Bring in empty mating nucs. I've been to a number of 'queen rearing' sessions over the years, they all seem to be 'cell raising' sessions, and add 'transfer to mating nuc' as an afterthought.
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  3. Re: Should I buy an established hive in Oct in Upstate NY

    I always tell folks, in the spring starting with a full size colony puts you much farther ahead than starting with a package or nuc. OTOH, in the fall, what you are buying is winter risk, and it...
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    Re: High Tech Beehives

    That's an urban legend that has developed a life of it's own. In reality, that's not how it worked, and NASA spent $0.00 developing the ball point pen which was what they used for early space...
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    We had our killing frost on Oct 8, that's two weeks earlier than last year and the year before.
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    Re: Buying an Extractor....

    Not really. When we bought our extractor, it was the Mann Lake 9/18. After exchange and shippiing cost us just under $1800 cdn. That's about 200lb of honey. Putting drawn supers onto 20 colonies...
  7. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    That is my experience as well. Keep empty drawn brood comb ahead of the queen so she can lay, and they stay put. But once backfill starts, the swarm has become inevitable. We have a strong flow...
  8. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Get asked this all the time by new beekeepers in the second year as swarm season ramps up, usually after they have had one or more swarms.

    My answer is always the same. Without a decent inventory...
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    Re: Check Your Bear Fences

    This is the one I'm using, the pos/neg variety.

    https://www.premier1supplies.com/fencing.php?fence_id=149

    Couple things to remember if one goes down this road, do not forget to order a few...
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    Re: Check Your Bear Fences

    ours has 4 hot and 4 cold.
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    Re: Check Your Bear Fences

    A couple of other options. Lay chicken wire down outside the fence, and hook it to your ground. Bear will make contact with the chicken wire no matter if the ground is wet or dry.

    Our summer...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    this all started reference my comments about what I heard from folks doing genetic analysis. Your interesting response is nothing more than a slur at 'smart people' implying that you know better.
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    It's all a matter of perspective JW. When you sit there at 10,000, push the 'make noise' handle as far forward as it can go, then lift the nose. When the altimeter reads fl450 take a good look out...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Comment reminds me of this meme.

    https://pics.me.me/everyone-is-stupid-except-for-me-27110433.png

    No point even going any farther down this road, folks have their mind made up and no amount of...
  15. Re: What is the best way to clean plastic waxed foundation?

    I've done plastic frames by simply scraping with a putty knife, then stick into a colony on a flow. couple weeks later, frame full of brood.
  16. Re: Hive is Creating and Destroying Queen Cells--But Why?

    You are in Calgary for those who dont know airport codes, YYC = Calgary.

    I know Liz and Terry at Kettle Valley Queens in Grand Forks winter lots of queens in mating nucs, so they may have some...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I was in a talk at Apimondia last week where this exact subject was addressed. Genetic analysis of a population of 'local surviving' bees as compared to 'run of the mill migratory stock'. The...
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    Re: Fall Extraction Blues

    Everyone has to do their own risk analysis for how they proceed in various parts of life. If one is not selling a product, then there is little / no potential liability exposure. If one has no...
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    Re: Fall Extraction Blues

    Curious where you get that idea ? Do you have a reference link to a pesticide registration that says it's safe to expose Oxalic Acid Vapour to a food product during production ?

    From the CHC...
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    Re: Todays Honey Prices!

    That's easy to describe. Use this example, I have 50lb of honey to sell, and if I take it to the market for 8 bucks it'll be gone in an hour, whereas if I price it at 10 bucks it'll take 6 hours to...
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    Re: When (time of year) to move hives

    I would pick up the hive right now, put it where you want it, get it over with.
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    Re: Beehive moving device

    When we first started keeping bees, wife and I would occaisionally move a couple colonies, we bought a gadget similar to this, most bee supply places will have one.
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    Re: Bees Returning to Nuc Boxes

    I normally dont even reply for questions from folks that have not stated the location in the profile so it shows in the posts in the top right corner. The only reason I did this time is because in a...
  24. Thread: Apimondia

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    Apimondia

    Anybody else headed to Apimondia next week ?

    We fly out to Montreal on the 6th and will be there for a week.
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    Re: Bees Returning to Nuc Boxes

    A swarm in central BC at this time of year is dead, they just dont know it yet unless they are placed on drawn comb and fed copious amounts of syrup and pollen as there is precious little time left...
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