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  1. Re: Overdramatic? "Responding to an S.O.S. from the Commercial Beekeeping Industry"

    It's an online Webinar, next Monday, April 14th, provided via the Michigan State University extension program:...
  2. Re: Nonlaying (?) queen is holding her own, with a small band of devoted followers

    No brood at all. The other two hives are booming. They must have been raising brood for a month or two already. For the last two weeks or so they've been spilling out the entrance and foraging for...
  3. Nonlaying (?) queen is holding her own, with a small band of devoted followers

    My three hives survived the winter. Two are booming, and one is just getting by. Today I went into the third, frame by frame, fearing the worst.

    And it's worse than that! If the queen was gone, I...
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    Poll: Re: Essential provisions in a (written) agreement

    Good comparison, but I'm guessing that home renovations contractors actually create more damage, more often, than beekeepers and their bees ever do. (Accidentally, of course.) They're much closer...
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    Re: Thought I was Treatment Free

    Can't read all of it, but Google tells me "1859 Danish Krone equals 341.57 US Dollar." For the full foundation press Tavlestøbeform(?), "8850 Danish Krone equals 1625.02 US Dollar." In that...
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    Re: Written agreement -- issues and provisions

    I'll do that and we'll see. The trick is running all the questions along the same line. So in this case I can put a couple of middle positions, for those whose hives are not all one way or the...
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    Poll: Outyards with contracts, or not

    So, Shinbone and I are wondering: How many beekeepers, who are not actually paid to put hives somewhere, have contracts for hives that are off their own property?

    It's hard to screen out those who...
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    Poll: Re: Essential provisions in a (written) agreement

    The poll closes tomorrow. Any last minute votes?

    There's a theory that most of the votes thus far (3, 3, 0, 10) are from beekeepers who don't even have outyards, who are basically saying "IF I...
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    Re: Written agreement -- issues and provisions

    I can do that. But it's hard with the software here to set up an if/then sort of tree. And you can't correlate different responses, they're all independent. So it becomes a human-engineering effort...
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    Re: Written agreement -- issues and provisions

    Most of the beekeepers I know with outyards prefer not to have a written contract. But when the landowner or organization that wants bees also wants a contract, I'm wondering how to set it up and...
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    Re: Insurance For Club Officers

    In a general way, isn't insurance a good idea? It pools the risk across a group of people and/or organizations, so if something bad happens to just a few, the insurance covers the costs. :gh: Right?...
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    Re: Written agreement -- issues and provisions

    The poll is still open (till April 4). Which would you choose, of these two?

    I only deal with people who are comfortable with a handshake agreement (3 votes, 18.75%)
    I generally prefer a...
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    Re: Written agreement -- issues and provisions

    It seems like two essentials are to have insurance (either business or homeowners), and to have the apiary registered so insurance is more likely to apply. Then to keep everything upfront and tidy,...
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    Re: Written agreement -- issues and provisions

    The idea is NOT to get into an agreement with that much detail, but to find a way for the parties to narrow down to what they think is most important. It's like a menu of options.

    Personally, my...
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    Written agreement -- issues and provisions

    I've been poking around, trying to figure out why people choose to use written agreements and what might be included.

    Snippets of what I've heard and read are in this mind-map.

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    What's...
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    Poll: Re: Essential provisions in a (written) agreement

    I'd like to think all parties can realize there is mutual benefit, and mutually agree to reduce the legal entanglements.

    Here's some language I found, in poking around, and I wonder what folks...
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    Poll: Re: Essential provisions in a (written) agreement

    Okay, the situation for me is there's a non-profit organization that's been planting "orchards" in various places around the city, and now they're saying it would be mutually advantageous for...
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    Poll: Re: Essential provisions in a (written) agreement

    Don't they call that an "implicit agreement"? But there has to be some action or situation that "implies" the agreement. E.g., a verified payment, or the fact that someone's hives are on someone...
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    Poll: Re: Essential provisions in a (written) agreement

    Yes, it's from the beek's perspective. The poll questions are meant to cover various positions, drawing mainly from the thread Outyard agreement. Some beeks have a "take it or leave it" approach,

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    Poll: Re: Essential provisions in a (written) agreement

    Which insurance companies, and how do they come into the picture?

    Would they get a copy of the written agreement?

    I'm in an urban location, with home owners and commercial properties, mostly....
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    Poll: Essential provisions in a (written) agreement

    I'm developing a model contract for beekeepers in my area. I've collected some samples from various sources, and read through them to get an idea of what information they ask for (names, dates,...
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    Re: Clarifying 'Treatment Free'

    Thank you. The distinctions are helpful. And it illustrates what we're up against.

    For me, thinking of traditional husbandry, I imagine the Germanic tribes with their cattle, encroaching on the...
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    Re: Clarifying 'Treatment Free'

    I've cut the answer down to the essentials, above. Thanks. So it looks like I'm doing as well as possible under the conditions. I'm expecting a package of resistant bees, but the other colonies are...
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    Re: Clarifying 'Treatment Free'

    Obviously, I didn't look very far, on the topic of "beekeeping husbandry."

    I did not realize that in British Beekeeping, it's a big thing, with a General Certificate available to beekeepers who...
  25. Thread: Ferals

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    Re: Ferals

    One idea is that different types of bees may breed (virgins fly) at somewhat different times of the year, enough so AMM and others don't interbreed very much. Or there may be other, more complicated...
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