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Why Did my Honey Bees Die?

I've been getting a few calls about lost colonies this winter. These are some of the common early winter deaths that have been described to me; My hive was big and looked very healthy in the Fall. I noticed a lot honey is left in the top supers. There isn't a lot bees in the hive now, maybe the size of a grapefruit. There are hardly any bees on the bottom board. If you look closely in the cells around the brood, you will see white crystals stuck to the cell walls, looking like someone sprinkled coarse salt in the...

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University of Guelph- Honey Bee Research Centre- Beekeeping Videos

These video beekeeping series are to provide new and advanced beekeepers with demonstrations on a variety of topics ranging from how to open a hive to queen rearing. Please see the link below. These videos are great. http://www.uoguelph.ca/honeybee/videos.shtml  

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Spring Management

With Spring approaching and the weather being a bit crazy, you may want to check-up on your bees. The next few months are the most critical for your bees. With the warmer days we have had this winter, the bees consume more of their winter stores than if it stayed cold. With the days gaining a small amount of daylight every day the queen will slowly begin laying more brood which requires more food.  I always find Spring to be a very busy time of the year, as things in the hive happen very quickly.  A midwinter inspection may be...

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Organic Beekeeping Management

The goal of organic management is to maintain healthy and productive honey bee colonies without the use of synthetic treatments or antibiotics. There are parasite and disease control options available for an organic management system. Organic treatments for pest and disease control are often based on natural chemicals or compounds. Formic Acid, oxalic acid and thymol are examples of organic treatments for varroa mites. These treatments, if registered, can be used within an organic beekeeping operation. For more info: www.ontariobee.com/organic www.naturallygrown.org www.organiccouncil.ca www.cog.ca

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What You Should Know if if you own bees in Ontario

The Ontario Bees Act is the legislation that regulates honey bees and beekeeping in Ontario. The main purpose of the act is to protect the health of honey bees, particularly from pests and diseases. Anyone who owns or is in possession of honey bees must register annually with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and rural Affairs. (OMAFRA). There is no charge for registration. As part of the registration beekeepers are required to identify the location of beeyards and the number of honey bee colonies. Honey Bee Registration: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/bees/info_registration.htm

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