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  1. Thanks for your advice. Last year this time...

    Thanks for your advice.

    Last year this time when I opened my one hive to get honey for Christmas, it was empty, there was no honey. This year... :scratch:

    I'll put the advice together and...
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    Where do you get hardware cloth

    Here downunder the smallest I can find locally is 1/4 inch wire mesh. For 1/8 woven mesh I have to pay $40 freight... plus (for 504 stainless) $69 a square metre...

    What exactly is your hardware...
  3. Help - Honey comb built in all the wrong places

    If reached 90f here two days ago and I had gobs of bees hanging out of three hives too lethargic to work... I swung into action on the only hive I could immediately handle. I wired and embedded...
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    Thanks for sharing your experience guys. I'm...

    Thanks for sharing your experience guys. I'm using bottom entrance at the moment - I thing most Aussies do, however I had heard that there was some benefit to the top entrance. We don't have the...
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    I'm feeding the swarm thick sugar syrup and they...

    I'm feeding the swarm thick sugar syrup and they are bringing in pollen. I'd say that's a good sign.:)
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    You guys would make a great standup comedy...

    You guys would make a great standup comedy team.:D

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=OGFz9gt0-Fc
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    I find that straining the honey through a babies...

    I find that straining the honey through a babies muslin blanket/sheet works great... Just take the bay out first!:D
    Beautiful clear honey!
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    Top Entrance and Wax Moth?

    I was thinking about top entrances until I realised that when the bees were clustering in cold weather, it would allow quite ready access to the Wax Moth.
    So in preventing wax moth in the hive....
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    Hived swarm with a caged queen

    Today I collected a swarm and was able to cage the queen with some escorts in a queen cage with some queen candy. I place the queen in the nucleus underneath where the swarm had been (on top of a 10...
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    So if it is about disease and pathogens... Well...

    So if it is about disease and pathogens... Well managed bees with healthy immune system should fare better... Is this what we are seeing?

    However if it is a poison, then no amount of good...
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    How is the status of the Bee's Health, eg immune...

    How is the status of the Bee's Health, eg immune system - not related to it's ability to fight off exotic diseases/pathogens???

    Noel
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    Had a boxed swarm in the back yard. My...

    Had a boxed swarm in the back yard. My brotherinlaw, "the hobby apiarist" never moved it and someone had to look after them. I stepped up to the challenge. I was kind of scared at first and have...
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    A toad stand

    I was having problems with little black ants but have solved the problem now. I placed the hive on what we in Australia call a toad stand. But any four leged stand will do. Just wrap some hemp or...
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    Greetings from South Australia.

    Let me introduce myself.

    I am relatively new to Beekeeoing but have learnt a lot by reading and doing. However I have also learnt alot from the mistakes I have made.

    When I see some of the...
  15. Thread: skunk problems

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    Top entrances

    If you rearrange the hives and have the entrance at the top or as has been suggested already place the hive on stands, the skunks should not pose a problem. The skunks scratcha round at the entrance...
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    Nutrition related? Maybe.

    IMHO I believe that the bees first line of defence against disease or chemicals is a Healthy Immune System. We still do not know all the functions of the immune system.

    Bear with me while I lay...
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    My first attempt to leave a posting failed and so...

    My first attempt to leave a posting failed and so this will be the abridged version...

    IMHO in the first case - Find the Queen and put her below an Excluder in the Brood chamber. the Drones will...
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