Getting a last bit of sun

beegood_gwOctober 25, 2013

Still too warm to go to sleep

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Nice,..hope they make the winter, mine all died last.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 8:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
beegood_gw

So sorry to hear that Konrad. You lost all your bees.? Did you get a few more hives going this year?. I sure do hope mine make it. Seem pretty strong but I guess one never knows.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 10:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Yes,..first time in 8 years, got two packages this spring,..installed 2 queen cells with bees from package, then captured 2 of my own swarms,..back to 6 hives now.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 12:13AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
beegood_gw

Good for you. I'm sure this won't happen 2 years in a row. Bees aren't cheap anymore for sure. And to think they used to kill off the hives in the fall. What a waste.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 9:49AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Yes,..I've been fortunate for many years, European Honeybees are very fragile creatures, it was my negligence not to treat for varroa mites for several years, I know they had varroa but not to the level for treatment,..guess found out the hard way that without treatment they're doomed.
I'm still doing less treatment then commercial keepers,..this is my aim as a hobby keeper.

You've been starting over too in spring,..how is your survival rate?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2013 at 1:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
beegood_gw

Yes I have had my problems. One year the bees from about 1/2 mile down the road came and totally robbed my hive no matter what I tried and then last year the wasps and yellow jackets moved in. Not good to have only one hive but that's enuff for me to handle. This years hive seems to be doing good . So far very happy with them. They are also a very gentle bunch of bees. So here's hoping they do OK. PS If you ever hear of anyone selling shallow supers let me know OK Tried KIJIJI and got no response.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 9:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Will keep my eyes and ear open.
Yesterday I squished a bunch of yellow jackets at the hives trying to get in, some do get in, a strong hive can defend pretty good with the entrance reducer on...I see you do. Hope today all yellow jackets freeze to dead,..what a temperature change!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 3:50PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
What variety of Rose might survive in Mid Coast Maine?
I recently moved to Mid Coast Maine (I'm @ 1/2 hour...
mao53
Far North on Facebook
Do any of you remember Sharon, "Crazy_Gardener",...
marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario
Heat Mats
How many of you use a heat mat for seed germination? Our...
nutsaboutflowers
Posting a picture from photobucket.
Over in the hosta forum I've learned how to post a...
north53 Z1b MB
plant swapping in Manitoba
Hi all~ Blustery winter day throughout Manitoba......
bratwithcat
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™