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 on: October 22, 2014, 09:51:15 PM 
Started by flyboy - Last post by flyboy
I am thinking about moving my three hives to a nice dry area under a section of the house where it is nice and dry. The winters here on the "wet coast" of Canada are not really that cold with only a smattering of small snowfalls, but it is very rainy. Generally it runs around 5 degrees Celsius (41 F) all winter. I was going to build a shelter over them and then figured, why not move them to the new spot? It is about 30 feet away.

In between rain I have noticed lots of bees coming back with pollen. I am totally amazed at that.

So any thoughts on moving the hives. Good idea, bad idea? Any tips?

 on: October 22, 2014, 09:48:10 PM 
Started by nadine_9454 - Last post by nadine_9454
Hello everyone!
I know I have not posted anything in months, but I was busy last semester with seminar classes and studying for comps (a comprehensive exam tells if you know what the hell you're doing and if you can write a thesis). I've been pretty busy, but have finally begun working on narrowing down my thesis topic. I know when I originally posted in the spring, I seemed pretty vague, this being because:
1. I could not (and still cannot) meet contacts to interview or begin research until I have gone through the procedures of writing/defending my thesis and filling out paper work.
2. I had no clue what I wanted to study.
Luckily though, I am in the process of working on my thesis proposal and will soon be out in the field gathering data. The thing is I will need contacts when I go out into the field and people to talk to/watch. People seemed very eager to help the last time I posted on this forum and so now I will try to be more helpful in describing what I'm doing.
For my research, I will be examining the partnership between honeybees and beekeepers and how the two affect and benefit each other. From research and going to the gathering at Mr. Bud's this spring, what I have really found fascinating is the variety of perspectives and methods beekeepers have and how everyone has their own way of beekeeping, this often being linked to their perspective/relationship with the honeybee. I want to compare and contrasts these methods by looking at the broad spectrum of beekeeping and the reasons people do it, whether it for economic, environmental, health or other reasons. I want to look at the diversity of beekeepers from large to small-scale, commercial to hobbyist. If you've got some knowledge you want to share, I'm all ears. And please don't worry about if you have anything to offer. (People worry about this a lot actually.) If you're a beekeeper, you're helpful. Feel free to email me at or just message me on here.

Nadine Armstrong
Cultural Anthropology Grad Student,
University of Southern Mississippi

 on: October 22, 2014, 09:25:24 PM 
Started by GSF - Last post by GSF

The rain was pouring and there was a big puddle in front of the pub.

A ragged old man was standing there with a rod and hanging a string into the puddle.

A tipsy- looking, curious gentleman came over to him and asked what he was doing.

'Fishing,' the old man said simply.

'Poor old fool,' the gentleman thought and he invited the ragged old man to a drink in the pub.

As he felt he should start some conversation while they were sipping their whisky, the gentleman

asked, ĎAnd how many have you caught?'

'You're the eighth,' the old man answered.

 on: October 22, 2014, 09:15:26 PM 
Started by GSF - Last post by GSF
I'm a sick man for laughing at something like that...

 on: October 22, 2014, 09:09:35 PM 
Started by labradorfarms - Last post by labradorfarms
I am new and want to be sure I have my hives set up right for winter.......

Ok I have my brood boxes on the bottom with a med super on to of that....  Then I have  my inner cover with the open notch  facing the front  with my hive top cover over that........
The entrances are reduced to the med opening for now. When it gets colder. I will reduce to the smallest opening and add hardwire cloth to keep mice out.

Should I tape the open notch up? I didn't think wind would get it with the top covering that..

 on: October 22, 2014, 06:30:54 PM 
Started by jvalentour - Last post by rookie2531
Don't give up on local, go to your local group and see if there are any sellers, there should be someone willing to make money. Also, beeks getting too old for the work and others changing to 8 frame boxes etc... Should be able to get some bees from them. Just speak up and ask the whole room.

 on: October 22, 2014, 05:56:22 PM 
Started by WillH - Last post by Sweet!
FYI, applied HGII last Wednesday as indicated--2 strips per deep super. Mites are falling like rain. I'll do a mite count in a week or 2.

 on: October 22, 2014, 05:02:41 PM 
Started by jaseemtp - Last post by jaseemtp
Thanks y'all

 on: October 22, 2014, 04:45:41 PM 
Started by VolunteerK9 - Last post by rookie2531
I have built some solar heaters for both air and water. The ones for air fit in the window and when the sun heats the air, a fan kicks on and blows the hot air in the window. The one I built for the water, is an old hot water tank in a solar box that fills my hot water tank in my house. That way, my tank is filled with hot water instead of cold.

 on: October 22, 2014, 04:37:47 PM 
Started by rookie2531 - Last post by rookie2531
OK, thanks again.

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