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Another year, almost gone. As usual it was unique, and therefore presented us with unique challenges. Your bees are hopefully cozied
up and have winter-feed in their reach. We will talk briefly about winter feeding at the upcoming meeting. We will also touch on some
of the things you can or should be doing over the winter to give your bees a head start.
The world is sitting together in Paris arguing about how we need to behave, such that we will not disturb the delicate balance in nature.
As bee stewards this does affect us closely. We see the consequences of changing weather patterns for our bees and we
need to adapt in our beekeeping efforts. We do have an obligation to speak up for the interest of our bees. Doing it will be in our best interest.
On December 16th, our Christmas meeting, we will get together to celebrate and enjoy the company of our fellow club members. Bring
something to share, be it a story, a song, food, drink, candles, art, you choose. There needs to be joy and happiness. We leave our sorrows at the coat hanger outside.
Looking forward to seeing you December 16th …
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Modern beekeeping requires beekeepers to keep track of a lot of information to meet current regulations for bee biosecurity and food safety. One of the challenges they face is sorting through extensive documents that they are sometimes overwhelming and confusing. The Canadian Beekeepers’ Practical Handbook to Bee Biosecurity and Food Safety is a new tool to help beekeepers keep track of the information needed to meet current regulations. It is available on the Canadian Honey Council (CHC) website (www.honeycouncil.ca on the left hand panel under “Beekeepers’ Handbook).
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* Information taken from: Apiculture: An introduction to Bees and Beekeeping. By Dr. Mark Winston
Many commercial beekeepers feel that their honey crop does not suffer if they practice top supering, i.e., placing additional supers on top of those already on the hive. They usually do not use queen excluders.
Timing is very important. Empty supers should go on the hive before there are any cappings on the combs already in place. If there are cappings in the lower supers the bees may tend to ignore the empty super above and congest the brood nest. The empty super is best placed under such capped honey in these instances.
In discussing supering it is implied that only one super is added at a time. When a heavy flow is in progress
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Swarming can be an issue during May. Please also read our Article about "Swarming"
Cutting Queen Cells
By tipping the second brood super and glancing along the bottom, the presence of swarm cells can be easily detected. A few puffs of smoke along the frame bottom bars will drive the bees up into the super and will help to reveal queen cells which may have been covered with bees. If no queen cells are present, it is usually safe to assume that the colony is not at present preparing to swarm.