Monthly Archives: November 2014

Nov 29 2014

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Yesterday the winter mortality insurance adjuster stopped by to count hives and used a Thermal Image gun to prove live bees in my boxes. Not to my surprise the gun proved large heat patches in all my boxes. Today I rented a Thermal Image Gun from RiteWay Rental out of Winkler to see if I could accurately assess hive strength using this gun. I did not get much of a chance today to play around with it but tomorrow I’m dedicating the afternoon to winter shed work. I need to remove all the entrances, sweep the floor and set up the humidifier. I’m also going to calibrate the Thermal Image gun to see if I can read these heat signatures consistently enough to assess strengths.

Finished building and stocking full the Christmas tree Advent Calender. Day one starts on Monday!  With five kids, the calenders worth buying cost us a small fortune. This way they get the good chocolate and we save the fortune :)

Finished building and stocking full the Christmas tree Advent Calender. Day one starts on Monday! With five kids, the calenders worth buying cost us a small fortune. This way they get the good chocolate and we save the fortune ūüôā

Nov 27 2014

A new honey tin for the collection.

A new honey tin for the collection. Glencarnock, Macgregor Apiaries.

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This cold weather has reduced my air flows down to idle speed. The shed’s¬†air flow is about what a table fan would blow on medium. The honey house is well insulated with 15 inches ceiling blown in fiberglass, 6 inch bat wall insulation, and 2 inch foam board under the concrete slab. The hives are maintaining the shed temp at 4 degrees without any supplemental heat. If I needed to I could turn on my floor heat but so far supplemental heat to the wintering room has not been needed. ¬†Many beekeepers have been asking me what I use to regulate the air flows in the shed. ¬†My set up is extremely simple as my philosophy is simpler is better. ¬†The top temperature control unit runs one ventilation fan, is set on 4 degrees C and has a pre set idle speed. ¬†The lower temperature unit with the digital display is set at 10 degreees which turns on and off as needed. ¬†To the right is my ceiling fan control which I have the fans set on medium and will ramp the fans to high late in winter to create a windy environment in the shed to help keep the bees calm and in their boxes. ¬†So basically my shed follows the three basics, well insulated, well ventilated and well circulated.

I finally got a hat out of my guys.

Canadian Western Agribition

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Our farm’s fall time cattle showing continues as Andre and Katie take a string of the herd’s¬†eight¬†elite animals to the¬†Canadian Western Agribition¬†in Regina Saskatchewan. ¬†Two of our top end female’s will be sold at the Canadian Western Agribition Charolais Sale. ¬†Auction starts Thursday Nov 27 at 3:30. ¬†Watch the sale live through a live internet feed provided by¬†Cattle in Motion.

Nov 14 2014

The hives look in fantastic shape.

The hives look in fantastic shape.

Still bringing in the bales.  Two trailers working on this job

Still bringing in the bales. Two trailers working on this job

For the last while I have been working at the grunt maintenance jobs on the farm.   Stock waterer maintenance just about done for another season.

For the last while I have been working at the grunt maintenance jobs on the farm. Stock waterer maintenance just about done for another season.

Here is a picture of the bottom board pallets I have adopted.  The U clips are the key to its entire efficiency.

Here is a picture of the bottom board pallets I have adopted. The U clips are key.

Nov 8 2014

Reserve National Champion Female, Manitoba Livestock Exhibition, Brandon 2014

Reserve National Champion Female, Manitoba Livestock Exhibition, Brandon 2014.  Andre and Katie both showing in the championship.  Katie held the winning lead !

Da Bulls, da bulls, dabullsdabullsdabulls

Da Bulls, da bulls, dabullsdabullsdabulls

Everything looks so big from a little one's point of view

Everything looks so big from a little one’s point of view

Charolais National Sale, full house, hot sale

Charolais National Sale, full house, hot sale

Nov 5 2014

Today I finished tucking in my 25,000,000 honey bee work force for winter. Now they will sleep  away the next five months in anticipation for spring. The room roars with a low content buzz from my bee babies!

Today I finished tucking in my 25,000,000 honey bee work force for winter. Now they will sleep away the next five months in darkness in anticipation for spring. The room roars with a low content buzz from my bee babies!

 

This brings an end to my bee season…what to do, what to do…

Last load and last time I will use the bee arm til next spring.  What a season!!

Last load and last time I will use the bee arm and bee truck til next spring. What a season!!

Nov 4 2014

Moving my new tenants into the honey house for winter

Moving my new tenants into the honey house for winter

The hives look good as I load them onto the truck

The hives look good as I load them onto the truck

Shifting back to standard time... ends my days in the dark... Time to end my days sooner!

Shifting back to standard time… ends my days in the dark… Time to end my days sooner!