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Coping with a queen shortage.

My phone is ringing off the hook with beekeepers needing queens to split their strong and thriving colonies.  I’m not really set up for mass production of surplus queens although I do sell some occasionally.  I’m mainly working at being … Continue reading

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Spring 2015

Spring 2015 has been a refreshing change from the last two years of damp and cold weather for April. This year set a new record, moving bees out on the 7th of March, nearly 6 weeks ahead of last year.  … Continue reading

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2014 in review

2014 was another weird weather year in the Red River Valley. We had an exceptionally cold wet spring that held the bees back well into May.  June and early July were also cold.  Then the sun came out mid july … Continue reading

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Beekeepers sue Bayer, what gives?

Two large beekeepers in Ontario have launched a class action lawsuit against Bayer, the manufactuer of NeoNics:  the chemicals most beekeepers think are killing their bees.  I’ve been asked by many people what I think about this.  So… Symptomatic of … Continue reading

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End of Summer???? Update. August 25th 2014

I’m doing computer work today since it seems almost too cold to go outside. At noon it is 12 deg C with a steady drizzle.  After 6 weeks of hot dry weather, it started to rain last thursday, and hasn’t … Continue reading

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I’ve procrastinated updating this page for over a year.  It’s time to face reality. Since my last post the reality is that i’ve struggled with my bees for more then a year. Winters ’12-13 and ’13-14 on the Canadian Prairies … Continue reading

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A New Year

Since all the bees came in by the first week of november i’ve been kept busy running the recreation center in Starbuck.  It has an indoor hockey rink, three sheets of curling ice, and and also serves the Starbuck Hockey … Continue reading

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Help Wanted

Beekeeping Season April 2013-Oct 2013. Seasonal employment opportunity: April, 2013-Oct, 2013. Experience with honeybee hives required. Duties include heavy lifting. Experience with machinery related to beekeeping an asset. Wages Starting at $12.33/hour, depending on experience. Health Insurance and Worker’s Compensation … Continue reading

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Help wanted:

Help Wanted – Experienced Apiarist : Starbuck Manitoba. Up to 3 Positions Available.   Seasonal employment opportunity: April, 2013-Oct, 2013.   Experience with honeybee hives required.   Duties include heavy lifting.   Experience with machinery related to beekeeping an asset. … Continue reading

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Moving the bees in!

Winter seems to have come early to manitoba this year. People always ask me when the bees “go to sleep”.  Actually, they never do, they just don’t fly.  Inside the hives it is business as usual.  They bees will use … Continue reading

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