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    Your South African is not alone. When I mention...

    Your South African is not alone. When I mention keeping bees myself, well, people already think I am a crazy nutter and keeping bees is the last straw. But one must consider that the normal...
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    Note: I live in West Africa, not South Africa....

    Note: I live in West Africa, not South Africa. But since Varroa got to SA, it is only a question of time for the mite to turn up on our own doorsteps.

    In most of Africa, kept bees are a small...
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    There are SHB in South Africa and they are also...

    There are SHB in South Africa and they are also considered "a minor pest".
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    Varroa in South Africa

    I was curious about the state of Varroa in South Africa, since the mite was first reported there in 1997. But after initial shouts of alarms, nothing really has been heard for quite a while - so I...
  5. Thread: Moving KTBH

    by empilolo
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    What a timely thread. I negotiated to purchase a...

    What a timely thread. I negotiated to purchase a hive located about 300 km of African potholes away.

    I plan to remove some bees incl. queen to make a package and take my chances with the rest,...
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    Bugs an grubs are on the menu quite a bit in...

    Bugs an grubs are on the menu quite a bit in Africa and the Far East. Often considered a delicacy.

    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y32/empilolo/snackanyone.jpg
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    Amazing, is it not ? Pollen most definitely is...

    Amazing, is it not ? Pollen most definitely is not uniform in it's composition, so at least basic information such as Crude Protein content should be indicated to the buyer.
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    A "traditional" type of northern Europe/German...

    A "traditional" type of northern Europe/German hive.

    http://www.bodenschatz.de/

    check out > beutensysteme > einraumbeute

    They are referred to in Germany as "Trogbeute", which translates as...
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    Jim Fischer wrote a tactic you do not seem...

    Jim Fischer wrote

    a tactic you do not seem to be a stranger to. You recently wrote in reply to one of my posts

    Well, I beg to disagree. As far as my humble memory allows, I seem to remember...
  10. Jim Fischer wrote Sorry Jim, there are....

    Jim Fischer wrote

    Sorry Jim, there are. Almost a complete continent full of Apis mellifera (scutellata and adansonii), an area quite surpassing North America in size as far as I know. Yes, these...
  11. Take a Globe and look at Africa - a whole...

    Take a Globe and look at Africa - a whole Continent wrong ? The whole of Africa is Small Cell. I'd go as far as accepting your bet that African Apis mellifera would be around long after your pampered...
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    Aspera The whole "African" issue is fairly...

    Aspera

    The whole "African" issue is fairly muddled. For a start, I would like to mention that newest science thinks Apis mellifera originated in Africa. I would venture to say that todays Apis...
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    I am a lazy bugger, a simple way. ...

    I am a lazy bugger, a simple way.

    http://forum.beemaster.com/index.php?topic=6503.0
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    Perhaps I should try one day to "enlarge" my...

    Perhaps I should try one day to "enlarge" my natural bees (A.m. adansonii) from now around 4.6 mm natural SC to 5.4 mm LC. Modernize my bees, so to say, and see what happens ?

    Every beek here...
  15. As long as it is but ONE criteria. Remember those...

    As long as it is but ONE criteria. Remember those who bred "mite tolerant" bees for years, then realized that they had but small colonnies, little brood viability, no honey production - but of...
  16. Thread: Eucalyptus

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    Get a copy of "Fat bees Skinny Bees" from the...

    Get a copy of "Fat bees Skinny Bees" from the web, which includes a lot of information about Eucalyptus, especially Crude Protein content of different Eucalyptus pollen.
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    The width of my topbars is 32 mm (I have a few 30...

    The width of my topbars is 32 mm (I have a few 30 mm too) at both ends and for 50 mm towards the middle. Inbetween I reduce the width by 4 mm each side, so when you join them there is an 8 mm gap,...
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    A recent Nigerian study arrives at: Return...

    A recent Nigerian study arrives at:

    Return on every currency unit invested

    0.40 for standard crop farming, such as corn, rice, etc

    9.12 for apiaries

    or in other words, there is...
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    I would prefer the book, rather than the eye...

    I would prefer the book, rather than the eye candy. Old fashioned, I guess.

    But writing that book is not easy. I started my own about twenty times in the last ten years (tropical aquaculture)....
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    Worked for me. I checked my location first ...

    Worked for me. I checked my location first

    Warri, Nigeria

    then went and entered: Warri, Nigeria, latitude, longtitude

    but my entry seems to be visible on the natural cell map only ? Never...
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    The colony had been but recently established. The...

    The colony had been but recently established. The beek does not keep records and his information on when the swarm moved in was vague.

    The hive had around 20 bars per box. I counted ten frames...
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    hope it is OK to add a post to this thread - I...

    hope it is OK to add a post to this thread - I was away for the week attending a beekeeping workshop at Ijebu-Ode near Lagos.

    They are using standard KTBH and what they call "modified" Langstroth...
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    The TBH as we mostly see them now were developed...

    The TBH as we mostly see them now were developed in Africa. The issues, apart from producing honey and wax, were low cost and easy to build under local conditions. A frame will add to the cost as...
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    My first ones are square sided, with 30...

    My first ones are square sided, with 30 bars/framed. The width and height are determined by the standard width of planks here, 1' resp 30 cm. Height is one plank, width one and a half

    Top bars...
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    Oooops. Sorry, also wanted to include foll link....

    Oooops. Sorry, also wanted to include foll link.

    http://www.doh.gov.ph/nec/software.htm
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