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  1. #1
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    Dec 2011
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    Default hello from scotland

    I plan on getting bees sometime next yr as i will be moving to the philippines .
    Beekeepers are a bit thin on the ground in the pilippines so i will be going it alone apart from sites like this for help .
    There is one beek in cebu city i hope to get my first bees from but i will be 90+ kms plus a 2 hr ferry ride for anything i need .
    I plan on making all my own mediums frames and swarm traps . Also hope to be totally treatment free and foundationless .
    A merry xmass to one and all
    dougie
    Last edited by oldbackpacker; 12-26-2011 at 09:13 PM.

  2. #2
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    Belpre,Ohio, USA
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    Default Re: hello from scotland

    Good to hear from you Dougie, all my best in your new adventure..... Bill

  3. #3
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    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: hello from scotland

    Welcome Dougie!
    americasbeekeeper.com
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  4. #4
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    Danbury, CT
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    Default Re: hello from scotland

    Welcome

    I have worked with Philippians a few times and beekeeping there is very different than from what we do in the rest of the world. For starters they keep Indigenous bees (Api Cerana). When the European honeybee was first introduced there, they were quickly wiped out by disease. Api Cerana is resistant to mites and has little or no disease to contend with, so treatment free will be no problem. On the down side they are very aggressive and produce smaller crops of honey than Api Mellifera.
    Always question Conventional Wisdom.

  5. #5
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    Dec 2011
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    edinburgh scotland
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    Default Re: hello from scotland

    thanks for the heads up about api cerana .
    when i was over there in cebu the beekeeper i met had me out in his garden right next to all his hives .
    He even pulled a couple of frames for me to look at . A few bees checked me out and i got bumped a few times but apart from that there was no problem with them . I was offered a veil but declined (nobody else was wearing any ) . If they are as aggresive as you say i will just have to be very carefull of them .

    i believe there are 2 main honey flows a year over there so i hope there smaller honey crops will not be as bad as if i had only one and then have to winter the bees .


    dougie

  6. #6
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    Dec 2011
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    Driggs, ID
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    Default Re: hello from scotland

    Welcome and good luck with your new adventure.

    Doug

    mylocalbees.wordpress.com

  7. #7
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    Jul 2011
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    Crenshaw County, Alabama
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    Default Re: hello from scotland

    Best wishes on your adventure, sounds like a thriller!!! Oh, and welcome to the forum!!

    Ed

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
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    edinburgh scotland
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    Default Re: hello from scotland

    Thanks to everybody that replied to my post .
    yup it will be a life changer for me .
    look forward to learning as much as i can from this site between now and next yr .
    dougie

  9. #9
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    Sep 2005
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    Greensboro, North Carolina
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    Default Re: hello from scotland

    Welcome to the site!

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