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    Loss of 2 hives in Alberta

    I lost both my hives this year in Alberta. Bad winter with warm temperatures in January and extreme cold in February. I am assuming condensation was the cause? When I opened them up there appeared to...
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    venting for winter and other questions

    What is the best way to vent a langstroth hive for winter? I live in Alberta. How many mite strips should I use on the brood box? When should I start mite treatment? When should I add the antibiotic...
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    Bees not moving up

    The super above the brood box is full of honey but the bees are not moving up to the next super. Should I transfer some full frames up to the next box to get them started? I live in Alberta and the...
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    Last years honey

    I have some chrystalized honey from last year the bees did not use. How can I get my bees to use it? Where should I place it? There is a fair bit and I do not want to waste it. The honey is on...
  5. Thread: Hive weakening

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    Re: Hive weakening

    I thought the queen should be laying by now. Does it make sense to buy a new queen from Bee Maid and try a split with my one healthy hive? One hive is doing great and I have a NUC ordered for another...
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    Hive weakening

    So my hive survived the Alberta winter but I am noting fewer bees at every visit. I did see the queen tonite and she looked good. I could not see any new eggs. Should I expect to see eggs now? What...
  7. Thread: How to proceed?

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    Re: How to proceed?

    Thank you. That makes total sense to me and that is how I will proceed.
  8. Thread: How to proceed?

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    Re: How to proceed?

    I decided to add 3 inches to the bottom of the 8 frame medium to make it an 8 frame deep. This will accommodate the deep nuc. I understand the nucs have 5 frames with a queen , brood and honey. As...
  9. Thread: How to proceed?

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    Re: How to proceed?

    Not sure what you mean by building on the bottom? Can I not just add medium supers on top. Should I add a medium to the bottom? I am confused.
    Thank you
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    How to proceed?

    So I bought 2 packages of bees and installed them successfully in medium depth supers. One of the hives absconded. I am looking to purchase a NUC but the only ones they sell here are deep frames. Can...
  11. Thread: Bees left

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    Bees left

    I installed a new package on Saturday in a ware hive. All went good. I was back Thursday and the bees left.
    There were a few dead ones on the bottom screen but they all left. I left them sugar...
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    Re: Barrel feeding by commercial bee keeper

    Thank you to all. I have 2 small barrels and only 3 hives. I will give it a shot in the fall.
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    Re: Barrel feeding by commercial bee keeper

    For barrel feeding do you have to fill the whole barrel with sugar water? Do they need something to land on inside the barrel?
    Will that cause the bees to drown? Is this the best way to feed them...
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    Barrel feeding by commercial bee keeper

    I was out checking my bees yesterday and stopped by a commercial guy down the road. He had thousands of bees around two 45 gallon drums. What would he be feeding them? How does that work to prevent...
  15. Thread: Neonicotinoids

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    Neonicotinoids

    Some flowers in Canada are being treated with the above chemical. If bees forage on thes plants is it dangerous to our hives?
    Thank you.
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    legs for base to keep ants out

    I am about to set out my hives in Alberta and am looking for legs to keep ants out of my hive. WHERE CAN i BUY THESE LEGS IN CANADA? i saw these last year after I lost one hive to ants.
    Thank you....
  17. Thread: How to proceed

    by Opto55
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    Re: How to proceed

    Thank you to all. I was out there today and the bees are very active and I think the queen is alive and doing her job. I will do what you suggest.
    Thanks again.
    Barry
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    Re: How to proceed

    I will go out tomorrow and take my time to find the queen. The bottom box is empty. There is honey in the top box. The bees seem happy but not sure there is a queen. The queens are hard to find among...
  19. Thread: How to proceed

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    Re: How to proceed

    Should I put a new queen in the top box? I will check for brood tomorrow. Could those bees in the top box be from fall? There are many of them in the top box. The bottom box looks dead.
    I started...
  20. Thread: How to proceed

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    How to proceed

    I checked my hives and they made it through the winter. There are two supers and the bees have moved up to the top super. The bottom super is empty. There are thousands dead bees on the bottom board....
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    Beginning second year

    I checked my bees last nite and they made it through our cold Canadian, Alberta winter. I am going out this pm to feed them sugar water until the flowers come out. Should I treat them with a mite...
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    Re: Feeding bees with lst yers sugar water

    How would I know if the sugar water is fermented? Smell taste color?
    Thank you.
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    Feeding bees with lst yers sugar water

    Is it ok to use sugar water from last year? I stored it in my basement.
    Thanks.
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    Wintering in Alberta

    I noted the commercial guy down the road leaves two deep boxes for winter. He does wrap them and leaves entrances open. I assume one brood box and one filled with capped honey? All the posts on this...
  25. Thread: Winter Wrapping

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    Winter Wrapping

    I live in Alberta an this is my first time wintering my 8 frame medium hive. I bought a bee cozy for winter but I am wondering if I should use tar paper to wrap the hive and then put the cozy outside...
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