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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Oh really Barry, come on.

    You walk around the site loading jars full and half full onto the truck to be taken back to the factory and tipped out by a team of elves. Then go back and ready hives...
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    Re: My son gave me this last night.

    My grandchildren started at a few months. :)
  3. Re: Spotted - strange wild honey for sale in China (scam?)

    The intoxicating honey of the himilaya is highly prized and guy risk their lives to get it. You would be very lucky to find it being sold. More likely after it's collected, it's party time, till it's...
  4. Re: Caspian bees - I'd like to learn more about this line of bees

    Well the Caspian thing has suddenly arrived on the net in my little country, check this, starting at post #35 by Apiqueen.

    Seems Hossein literally saved Canada's bee population after being hired...
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    Re: Do bees know their beekeeper?

    If dealing with an aggressive strain, the more you open them the worse they get. The gentle ones don't seem to mind so much, hives I use for breeding and cell raising may get opened several times a...
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    Re: Bees are definitely africanized!

    Will follow with interest. I have heard they can be hard to requeen as they are more prone to rejecting queens that are not Africanised. One way to at least guarantee you will get rid of their...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Do those bits have to come off to harvest the honey? This is a bit more involved than I thought, a smoker would have to be used, and that bottom piece could be well propolised and quite a mission to...
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    Re: Breeder being superceded

    It's common with breeder queens. By the time they have been in your service long enough to decide they have breeding potential, they are getting on a bit and bees will try to supersede them.

    The...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Oh well, hope someone can, will be interesting to see how they go.

    By the way, it's a shame to put paint on a pretty box like that. But if you don't, give it a couple seasons it will look like...
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    Re: Moving a bee swarm

    Me I just move them within the first day or evening, they reorient no problem. More than a day though you'll get some hanging around the original site, but they are more tuned in to relocating than a...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    With your nectar flow pattern are you going to be able to use them this season Picnic Creek? Will be interesting to follow. :)
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    Re: Beekeeping and autism

    It's because autism can be from mild to severe and is not the same for everyone. There may be different types, such as Asperger's syndrome which falls within the range (or spectrum) of symptoms...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Ha Ha, the discussion has progressed from "it's a scam" and "they will take the money and run"', to "the box looks weak to me, with the big cutouts and spindly knobs and no handles".

    Progress of...
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Yes agree, the box is over engineered. Point of Picnic creeks post though is that they have delivered.
  15. Re: Deformed wing virus in a treatment free hive.

    Thanks for the useful and detailed reply Tony.

    JRG13 also raises a good point, it may not be 100% certain it's the same swarm.
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    Re: Extractor-less honey by Flow Hive

    Nice one, never doubted they would come through.

    Please continue to update.
  17. Re: Deformed wing virus in a treatment free hive.

    Was it a primary swarm with a mated queen? If so this is quite interesting because it must have survived mites in the parent hive OK, but after swarming got a mite / DWV issue. So wondering if there...
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    Re: what to do with slum gum

    Yes you can put it in the compost won't do any harm although (surprisingly) I've found it doesn't do much for the garden plants. Might help with soil structure.
  19. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    Is it working? Once I've been on Beesource 10 years I'm going to run a poll to see if treatment free bees are indeed giving better results than they had been 10 years previous.

    The feeling I'm...
  20. Re: 3 weeks after catching a swarm... less population, high food stores... QueenRite?

    Ouch!

    Perhaps best thing would be do another test with a comb with some eggs. Check after 7 days, if there are queen cells being built kill them and order a queen.

    Thing is, whatever queen...
  21. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    The key word here is Belgium. If you can find another treatment free beekeeper in Belgium, (who has done it successfully for say, 3 years), do what he does, with his bees, make him your friend and...
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    Re: Beekeeping and autism

    This has been an interesting thread for me as it rings completely true with 3 autistic children I know. I have 2 sites where the family has one autistic boy and the other family has 2 autistic boys....
  23. Re: Just drone cells or something to worry about?

    It's normal drone cells, and a few queen cups. The queen cup shown prominently in pic 3 looks like it may have a larva in it but can't be certain from here.

    The drone comb has been built at a...
  24. Re: 3 weeks after catching a swarm... less population, high food stores... QueenRite?

    Following, but too soon for a new suggestion from me anyway.

    The different color drones are not significant they simply reflect the genetic diversity in the mother. I'll bet the workers are...
  25. Re: Something strange happened in one of my top bar hives this year.

    These are less likely or rare, but possible. Occasionally a queen will just stop laying but still be in the hive and suppress the raising of a new queen. This could be due to injury usually done by...
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