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  1. So far Beemaid Coop in Alberta is sticking to their story that they couldn't supply...just checked again with them yesterday...think they supply about 8000 packages to this area. Beemaid says that it is an issue of air freight charges...in the past there was always return flights from Canada to NZ after the bees had been landed in Vancouver. Now a bee charter flight would require a two-way fee...making the packages unaffordable.
  2. After a 2+ decade process perfecting a system of getting your fall produced packages to Canada this time of year, the rug was pulled out from underneath the Canadian and New Zealand beekeepers...no packages from New Zealand to Canada in 2020. In recent years, we were perfecting our beekeeping operation in the beehouses...using those great bees and fall mated queens from New Zealand. But we are no stranger to apocalyptic events that seem to infect the industry here from time to time...just have to make due. Video below illustrates your Kiwi genetics in action last fall a
  3. Thanks Trevor...I'm old and half blind too but am saved by a 23.5 inch (60 cm) monitor so my apologies for the font size. I used that photo on a beginning beekeepers forum to illustrate that you can have 2 cycles of capped brood on the same frame...did the appropriate labelling and then when I posted it here, I noticed my text describing the area between the capped brood sections was likely in error. To my eye, the egg laying rate of the queen on the second cycle of capped brood (center of frame) has far exceeded that of the rate of laying on the first capped brood cycle...suspect she has been
  4. Any of you astute kiwi beekeepers take issue with my text on the photo..."Fresh eggs and larva...This brood is 1 to 6 days old?"
  5. As far as what laying rate a queen has the potential for, try this out for fun...(something I did during nuc/bulk bee production and just happened to check back later when making up a second round of nucs). Take about 4 strong wintered colonies...2 FD brood boxes...in prime spring buildup time and find the queen in each...and put the queens away for another use. Taranov the remaining boxes full of frames of bees, feed and brood...the older bees fly back to their original entrance locality...the very young bees climb up the Taranov board and cluster on the underside. Take
  6. Honey removed down to second queen excluder and then supered up for final flow...queens are in single brood chambers sitting next to each other...i.e. separated by QE...top queen has QE so she can't go up. https://youtu.be/esiNS25bvFk
  7. In 1988, I saw an abnormal production occurence of a hive in my commercial operation...one hive in 1350 hives...since then my brain has been consumed off and on figuring out how the hell the bees could do that. Still trying to figure and replicate that one by trying various beekeeping methods...last year this is what it looked like...and it involves tall hives. So whenever someone posts a photo of a tall hive, it grabs my attention...thanks Tristan. https://youtu.be/rUjUqxTKxTY
  8. Exclusively...10 frame boxes FD...but with 9 frame metal spacers in brood and honey supers...some guys ran 8 frame metal spacers in 10 frame supers because they thought they got more honey per box that way.
  9. Very cool Tristan...we can only get that if we double queen...is that the case here...don't see a 2nd QE? And how many pulls per season do you get with that configuration...I'm asking this because I'd like to get a feel for how heavy your flows are compared to what we get here. Some years with heavy honeyflows a strong colony needs that much room...best case scenario every 3 weeks here...other years not so much and you get spotty capping on cells not protruding full length from the frame... too much supering ...scratching time...bit of a nuisance. There's a real good beekeeper an
  10. Agreed Dave...the Alberta mentality was to produce more honey too...but they did it by doubling their hive numbers. The exception to that was the work done by Tibor Szabo and Don Nelson at Beaverlodge...selecting stock (Peace strain and Prairie strain) over a five year time period with the end result of an increase in honey production of 20%...quite impressive. Then the government money ran out and the genetics were cast to the wind...some ended up in Chile and I think Tibor and his son run some hives in Ontario.
  11. Fall mite infestation in our part of the world I refer to as the "Musical Chair Syndrome". Watch for this external beehive pattern...bees shifting from one entrance to another...not like robbing but more like an orientation flight. At the end of each day, the music stops...but only to start up the next day with one hive less that is attractive to the bees. Then when the process is nearing the end they ( the unaffected bees I suspect) have found the hive they have the best chances of surviving winter in. This could be your neighboring beekeeper's clean hives or one of your own. Huge early fall
  12. I love that historical information David...didn't know Hastings was from Saskatchewan. And ironically Saskatchewan is also the birthplace of the new bee line now becoming popular...was able to try some for the first time...the Saskatraz queens. I heard from a beekeeper that Olivarez (who bought out Saskatraz and alot of other queen breeders recently including Kona) has switched over almost exclusively to them. Was checking their performance yesterday...after 34 days...don't know the temperament yet:
  13. They weren't promoted to us commercial guys on the Canadian prairies...at least not that I can recall. But these were sure in favor at that time...taken from "Canadian Beekeeping" Magazine...1978 Winter issue. 90% of the commercial guys didn't winter so they weren't popular because of winter hardiness. They just stood on the merits of honey production ability...and there temperment was nothing like the gentle stock I've got from Arataki or Kintail in recent years.
  14. In Canada there sems to be a trend...when there is a regulated situation that becomes too onerous, hopeless, and expensive for the government, regulations (accompanied by the associated enforcement) are replaced by "recommendations". So they wash their hands of the traditional responsibility and say...in the case of AFB...now it's your problem beekeepers...and keep an arm's distance by providing only recommendations. Same thing with the legalization of Mary Jane...happening in the next couple of months in Canada. The situation became too onerous...legal system got bogged down. Plus
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