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    Swarm Removal Websites

    If anyone has a website which contains information about bees, beekeeping or bee removal I thought they might be interested in embedding this YouTube PSA video to encourage people to call a beekeeper...
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    Site income

    Don't you think affiliate marketing is the way to go, (see my previous post)?
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    Re: New page layout

    I wonder how far the Amazon affiliate fiasco will go. I can't believe the revenue generated will amount to a great deal. It could have a serious impact on many small businesses.

    Personally I've...
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    Re: De-crystalize honey in plastic jars

    I use an old refridgerater with a lightbulb inside. It's great for warming or liquifying a bucket of honey too.

    Does anyone know where I can get a cheap thermostat which I can wire to the bulb to...
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    Fermenting Honey?

    I was removing a colony from a sprinkler box at the end of October. When I opened the lid the combs were broken exposing the honey in some capped cells which appeared to be fermenting.

    Was this...
  6. Has anyone seen this swarm-waggle dance behavior?

    Today I observed something which I've never seen before and not expected. Last night I noticed a small swarm in a neighbor's Bottle Brush bush.

    I intended to collect the swarm this morning since...
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    What about the Kenya Top Bar Hive?

    Gold Star Honeybees makes what looks like a great kit for those that want to keep all their fingers.

    http://www.goldstarhoneybees.com/sales.htm
  8. Thread: Honey Comb

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    Re: Honey Comb

    It seems peculiar that honey in the fridge usually crystallizes pretty quickly, but putting comb in the freezer actually prevents it from crystallizing. :scratch:

    It also kills off and wax moth...
  9. Thread: Bee Comedy

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    Re: Bee Comedy

    I heard someone told the BP joke to the President. He laughed ...... so did Martha! :D
  10. Thread: New Hive Body

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    Re: New Hive Body

    Hi Bill

    I think I would move a couple of frames from the middle of the 'nest' into the center of the new box. Then another couple from the extreme sides and put them each side of the middle frames...
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    Re: Exposed wild beehive.

    I was originally told it was just a swarm and was going to hive them, but when I realized they'd started building combs I saw the possibility of a webcam, which was much more appealing than just...
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    Exposed wild beehive.

    I have a colony of bees which has decided to build it's nest, fully exposed, in a bush.

    I'm in San Diego so obviously the weather is going to be kind to them, even the rain probably won't present...
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    Re: Swarm Killed on Live TV at Padre Game

    Thanks for that Chick. I've been in touch with them and set them straight about a few things. I'm really hoping that they do call me next time.

    See my post on the other thread "Bees at a ballgame"...
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    Re: Bees at a ballgame

    I live within a few miles of Petco Park and my business is live swarm removal. I get calls all the time from people who are concerned enough about honey bees to seek out a beekeeper who will remove...
  15. Thread: Hive Location

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    Shade for hives

    I was told that hives should have sun in the morning, shade in the middle of the day (out of that hot English sun) and sun in the evening.

    I saw hives in Turkey out in fields without a tree in...
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    They're very tetchy!

    Thanks for the suggestions. The biggest problem is that they are so sensitive that even climbing a tree, which is about 15 feet away, to try to get a rope around the pole prompted them to sting us.
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    How to destroy Africanized bees?

    I'm trying to help someone who has had bees in an owl box for some months. The original intention was to out them in a hive so he can keep them.

    Unfortunately when we approached them to start the...
  18. Can a beekeeper get successfully sued for a bee sting?

    My wife is concerned that if a bee from one of my (illegally sited) hives stings someone, I might get sued.

    Leaving aside the part about the hives being illegally sited, I think it would be...
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    Anyone got ideas for a Solar Wax Strainer?

    I'm refurbishing my solar wax extractor. I always seem to have a lot of old comb laying around because I do cut outs, far too much to mess with old panty hose.

    A while back I saw a post about...
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    Queen cells in a cut out.

    I did a cut out yesterday. The householder said they swarmed a few days before, but the cavity was still crammed full of bees.

    While I was cutting out the combs with brood I found lots of queen...
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    Small Scale Pollination

    I had a call from someone who has 30 avocado trees and wants a hive for about a month for pollination.

    I try to be accommodating so I think I'll do it, but have no idea how much to charge. Any...
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    San Diego

    I think we had a light frost a couple of nights, probably 28. During the day sometimes it's plummeted to below 75. :D

    It's really bad again today, there are clouds! :eek:

    As for rain, I think...
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    I've used it.

    I had some of this when I lived in Fresno and was worried about starting a fire with a smoker. I'm not sure whether it's as good as conventional smoke but it's an interesting alternative.

    I found...
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    Sticky: Is this the last swarm of 2008?

    I collected a small swarm from an olive tree on Sunday 21st, the winter solstice!

    I know our climate in San Diego is mild, but the first day of winter? :scratch:

    Geoff
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    Is it okay to heat the honey?

    Hi, thanks tecumseh

    I'm always a little wary about heating honey. Lots of people seem to think it changes the taste, although I'm not sure how hot it has to be before it changes.

    I think...
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