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In which Vancouver neighbourhood or other community do you live?
Please tell us which areas of Transition interest you. For example: growing more food/urban agriculture, relocalizing our economy/local currency, Permaculture, transit, energy efficient buildings, the arts, urban homesteading, preserving seed diversity, placemaking, potlucks, outreach, organizing events, community-building, having fun while saving the world, or...
beekeeping, alternative power supply, urban farming
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At 8:01am on September 12, 2011, Brian Campbell said…

The Richmond Beekeepers Association is meeting this Tuesday evening Sept. 13th from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Kinsmen Pavilion at Richmond Nature Park.  There'll be a question and answer panel on autumn management.  That would be a great place to bring your question and to learn more about beekeeping.


To answer your question in brief, Wow!  Sounds like a lot of bees and honey. 


In general bees need about 30 lbs of honey per brood box to survive the winter.  3 brood boxes means you'll need 15 to 18 frames filled with capped honey.  If you have more frames of capped honey than this I'd take the surplus.  Definitely take the queen excluder off.  Try to find where the queen is in all those boxes.  Maybe the bottom box or two has little in them.  If you don't see the queen look for evidence of the queen (eggs, and young larva).  If she is in the top brood box reverse the boxes to put here in the bottom. 

Don't leave any empty frames to overwinter in the boxes.  If there are empty frames (no wax, no honey, no brood) take them out and fill the empty spaces with frames of honey.


Hope to see you Tuesday.  Brian Campbell

At 7:31am on September 7, 2011, Ross Moster said…

Welcome to Village Vancouver, Fiona!



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