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    Re: Cold, Wet, Mud, Late bloom

    Tough on the bees, better be feed in those boxes !
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    Re: CO2 levels with Indoor Wintering Honeybees

    Id recommend indoor wintering here in Manitoba, but out in Michigan, you'd need to do some figuring.
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    Re: Metal vs Wood Bound Excluder

    don't forget Patience lol
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    Re: Radial Extractor Stand

    Either that or a bolt to the floor.
    Actually drilling the floor isn’t so bad. When you want to change the plan, a grind will smooth things down,
    Cheers!
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    Re: Radial Extractor Stand

    Might want to consider building the stand as a complete unit, with a platform to stand on.
    Are you good at welding?
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    Re: Metal vs Wood Bound Excluder

    Oh I hate those plastic, but they are 1/3 the price and got me out of a pinch. I’ve now invested into enough metal bound that the plastic is just by overflow.
    It’s the twisting on the excluder use...
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    Re: How's it going in the cold

    The cold isn’t bad, it’s that wind that makes it hard.
    My hives are inside so they don’t know any difference but the guys who winter outside have lots of snow this year, so the hives should have...
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    Re: How’s everyone’s bees look this winter?

    I did too
    Found Amitraz and a wee bit of neonc
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    Re: How’s everyone’s bees look this winter?

    Suspect pesticides,
    We have labs to confirm poisoning.
    Perhaps there are more issues at play which are compounding the problem
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    >>My emotions started out as sadness to pissed off to developing the action plan for next year.<<

    ha ha sounds like me!

    moisture, yes, a huge factor to consider when preparing the winter set up...
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    Re: CO2 levels with Indoor Wintering Honeybees

    I bought a CO2 monitor, Ive been playing around with it. Low air exhange the shed holds at 2500 ppm, high air exchange holds around 1200 ppm. I turned off the fans for 3 hrs and the levels...
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    Re: How’s everyone’s bees look this winter?

    Jim, did you send any samples away for viral testing? Or any pollen away for Chem analysis ?
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    Re: How’s everyone’s bees look this winter?

    I know you know what Roland is on about. Pesticides. Any thoughts towards that?

    My hives are small because of one noticeable thing. They simply shut down in August. I’m hoping for a short...
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    Re: How’s everyone’s bees look this winter?

    Not secrets, just the basics. I share my philosophy on the bee world as we interact with agriculture and nature.
    In this business, the secrets lie around the edges. The things done without knowing...
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    Re: How’s everyone’s bees look this winter?

    Big timers, I think there will be some that question my presence on here pretending to be a big timer :)

    Hello right back, squarepeg. I have not been here for a while

    While I was in...
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    Re: How’s everyone’s bees look this winter?

    Ha! That sounds exactly like what I had seen this year!

    My hives shut down early. Small winter nests going in. But I have good queens, zero mites and well fed. The clusters look content in...
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    How’s everyone’s bees look this winter?

    Chatting with a guy from California who has contracted his hives for $195 loaded, 8 frames plus.
    He figured the broker and placement would ad another $30, so that’s $225.

    He was talking about...
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    Re: No Brood Leaving the Winter Shed This Year

    Yes, by far the best results are Nutrabee
    I don’t want to step on any other names so I’ll leave that trial to myself.
    Nutrabee has slow consumption, and had trouble with drips down to the bottom...
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    Re: No Brood Leaving the Winter Shed This Year

    Oh ya
    The ultrabee I’m feeding open dry until the bees quit taking open dry when pollen comes out.
    The nutrabee is inside, now through TIL mid June.
    Interesting enough, I’ve yet to see pollen...
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    Re: No Brood Leaving the Winter Shed This Year

    I should buy it by the tote
    I fed 10 bags within a week, they are on soyflour now I TIL I get pollen , hopefully tomorrow
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    Re: No Brood Leaving the Winter Shed This Year

    Well, small, but I’m predicting by mid May after a bit of back work I’ll coUnt under 10% winter losses.

    What does that mean? I don’t know
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    Re: No Brood Leaving the Winter Shed This Year

    yes
    Without feed inside, they wait
    Supplement has stimulated them, we need pollen..., bees are a lot nicer when they have bellies full of pollen
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    Re: No Brood Leaving the Winter Shed This Year

    Brian, I’ve actually completely switched off imports and shifted my entire queen needs to a self sustaining management model .
    So I’ll go with the flow, no more queen shipment stress
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    Re: No Brood Leaving the Winter Shed This Year

    Salty, last year the hives left the shed brooding ( ask B&E because we argued about that last year lol, he won)
    This year not a stitch and weeks later.
    Dan, I think that is a big factor. I’m...
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    Re: No Brood Leaving the Winter Shed This Year

    No pollen here yet,
    It’s April 24 !!! It’s gotta be close
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