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    Re: Can a noob take care of 60 hives?

    Hi Dani,
    start with planting forage, the dandelion and other plants between your orchard trees. Read loads of books.
    Year two : get a couple of hives, observe, learn...expand.
    Don't rush - it pays...
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    Re: honey bees and sweet clover?

    We took some honey off today - there is definitely some clover mixed in but the real bonus from the clover is that there is plenty of brood - if the weather is OK , the bees will do the rest.
  3. Thread: Acebirds one hive

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    Re: Acebirds one hive

    "It took me two hours to sweep all the bees and hive beetles off the frames before putting them in empty boxes on the tailgate of the truck. They are now in the freezer.""

    Why the bees in the...
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    Re: honey bees and sweet clover?

    The term "white sweet clover" is not used here. I have not seen Melilotis here ( subtropics? too warm?)

    What we have is definitely T repens - Dutch White. Usually a good one for the bees. The...
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    Re: honey bees and sweet clover?

    The clover is about 500m away - the Euc well over 1 km.
    But nothing has changed from past years - I wonder if there is a humidity/temperature relationship which makes the clover more attractive?
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    Re: honey bees and sweet clover?

    We call it Dutch White ( or New Zealand White) - very common here and in other years the bees really built up on it. I will check today to see what they are doing. It is common to get a flow from...
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    Re: honey bees and sweet clover?

    I posted on a related subject a couple of days ago.

    I have 100's of acres of White Clover flowering but have seen very few bee s working it and I wonder why??

    Queensland / Australia
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    Re: Bees closing entrance with propolis

    Caucasian?
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    Clover - little honey?

    I have at the moment a couple of 100 acres of mixed White Clover pasture flowering profusely.( Queensland, Australia)
    I the past the bees really built-up on the Clover and collected a surplus. This...
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    Re: Closed to the public?

    It may make it worse...the insurance company may well point out that you where well aware of a safety issue and did not act.
    Having people just wondering in is not an easy one. I advertise...
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    Re: New ultra breeze suit arrived/worn

    .. There is a bit of a see through quality to it, so I doubt that I will be wearing it with only skivvies underneath"

    Now you'r telling me!

    I better start wearing something under mine!

    They...
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    Re: Gear for melting out honey directly from frames

    Agree, I and many others do the same.
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    Re: How do I get last bit of honey from cappings?

    Thanks to all - sounds like an easy way to get some mead and remember - never offer cappings to your bees!
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    Re: How do I get last bit of honey from cappings?

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    To Max post #30 I just give it what Paddy gave the drum a couple times a day. One heck of a beating if you don't know Paddy.

    I...
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    Re: How do I get last bit of honey from cappings?

    Vance G - I have been toying with that idea for a while. The best Mead I ever had was from cappings.

    When you say "Aereate vigorously for three days " - how do you do this? Using a mechanical...
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    Re: My foundationless experiment

    Thanks for setting up the experiment. I plan to do more of them too.
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    Re: How do I get last bit of honey from cappings?

    Mine are numbered but I only deal with 20 hives or so.
    After extracting honey we make sure the same frames go into the same box. It works.
    Better safe then sorry!
  18. Re: Had to kill a colony... depressing. Can I reuse the comb?

    What is the active ingredient in those pest strips?

    thanks

    max
  19. Re: What's the best way to get bees out of supers for extracting?

    Not sure if we should copy a bloke who can't afford a beesuit?:)
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    Re: Bees will not go past queen exclueder.

    I do something similar. Every spring I move the worst of my brood frames into the second super ABOVE the QE and replace the old frames with new ones.

    I average about 120 to 160 kg per hive per...
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    Re: bee sting after care home remedies

    Good quality Red Wine - internally!
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    Re: The Miracle of Going Foundationless!

    Less drones is true in my experience - not true in the US?
    Also straight foundation, less breakage of foundation when extracting, easy to inspect and more honey - in my experience.
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    Re: What Australia thinks about neonics

    This is how Fibronil is used in Australia ( I don't use them myself) - read the scientific data http://www.apithor.com.au/
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    Re: What Australia thinks about neonics

    Most of our Australian bees are not on Canola, Maize etc but on native vegetation
  25. Thread: Honey B Gone

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    Re: Honey B Gone

    Funny that. I'm sure they said it smelled like roses:)
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