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    Re: Buckfast bees

    My cousin has a Buckfast hive. He has had it for several years, so I'm sure they have re-queened themselves by now. He got two hives dirt cheap since one of them had killed the previous owners dog....
  2. Re: Liability concerns for removing swarms and cutouts

    Davacoles, I've done it this way in the past. I had a removal in a column and I had the company that is going to do the repairs come in with me and shore up the structure first. I would do this on...
  3. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Wouldn't success be someone that doesn't treat and they have a similar loss rate to those that do treat in their area over time? That and having hives for long enough to have meaningful data. I would...
  4. Re: Newbie, Chance to Buy Out Local Man with 2 Hives. Questions.

    Waiting until after the new year is good. Better yet if you can wait until the mid February. This way you can be pretty sure they are viable and you can probably get them in to spring. If you are...
  5. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Bison, isn't that the case with most bee clubs? (few members materially motivated to keep bees) The folks in the club that make money from bees are there either for the social aspect or to sell stuff...
  6. Re: Photos of my partial sheet of foundation in deep frames -experiment

    What about using a chop saw?
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    Re: Sugar Syrup a good idea?

    I'm feeding 2:1 right now. I figure as long as it is going to be in the 50's for this next stretch it makes sense to get some supplemental feed on. You are probably a bit warmer than me.
  8. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    Am I reading the graph correctly? It looks like if people that don't know what kind of queen they have end up with better results. Maybe someone could use that for there business model. Our queens of...
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    Re: For the stylish beekeeper...

    I figured everyone that had complained about the price of equipment in the past would get a kick out of it!
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    Re: YS Organic Honey? Is it a scam?

    I like the part that says harvested with extreme care. I guess the rest of us harvest with wild abandon.
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    Re: For the stylish beekeeper...

    Seems like they forgot a couple things for the aspiring backyard beek. Maybe a hive, hive components and bees? Just details I guess.
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    Re: For the stylish beekeeper...

    My thoughts exactly! Look at those bees working!
  13. Re: Marin Bee Survey: Hobby keepers - a net population sink

    :) Sell them to someone else to let them die!

    I don't think the loss of new beeks has muchto do with the methods of beekeeping. I think people get into because they think it is cool or something...
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    For the stylish beekeeper...

    Williams Sonoma has a Backyard Beehive Starter Kit. "Only" $190 for a veil, smoker, hive tool, brush and gloves!

    Link
  15. Re: Which length is best for a Top Bar Hive? 3 or 4 feet?

    I think the the idea of improving the bars in a TBH ultimately leads to just using Lang frames. But that is just me.
  16. Re: What flowers are supplying the polen in NC now? (northwest Piedmont)

    Mine were bringing in pollen on Sunday, reddish orange in color.
  17. Re: Honey bee rescue needed in Palm Bay, FL

    Here is the only decent photo from the rescue. Dan said that there was about a pound and a half of bees and no stores. He checked them this weekend and saw eggs, so they have a shot of making it.
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  18. Re: Which length is best for a Top Bar Hive? 3 or 4 feet?

    I make mine just under 4 foot, but that is so I don't have a bunch of waste wood when building them. Since most of the wood I get is in 8 foot lengths anything over 4 foot means I will have waste. My...
  19. Re: Honey bee rescue needed in Palm Bay, FL

    Yes. Another member was able to do the rescue. I haven't talked to him, but from the folks that had the hive in the yard I think that it was a fall swarm.
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    Re: The other denizens of a TBH...

    To bad they don't eat SHB!
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    Re: Benefits of Queen Wing Clipping?

    I thought it was a bad idea. The VA State Apiarist, Keith Tignor explained why he does it. First, he clips odd years on the left wing, even on the right wing. He requeens often, so this summer would...
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    Re: The other denizens of a TBH...

    This summer I noticed what looked like pseudo-scorpions several times. I had never heard of them, but I saw a video on them last spring. When I was doing an inspection I noticed one. Then a few weeks...
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    Re: Les Crowder - Topbar Beekeeping

    I read his book after having TBHs. I felt that between Wyatt Mangum's, Christy Hemenway's and Les's book, Les's was the one for someone new into TBHs. Wyatt's has really nice photos, but it could use...
  24. Re: Honey bee rescue needed in Palm Bay, FL

    She said that apparently was a hive in her tree and it broke the branch, now it's sitting on the ground in her front yard.

    I don't have any details yet, I told her that I would put a feeler out on...
  25. Honey bee rescue needed in Palm Bay, FL

    Anyone available near Melbourne, FL (Palm Bay, FL). An open air colony fell out of a tree this morning. I don't have any other details, but if someone is available I can get you contact info.
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