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    Re: Brazil: 500 million bees die in 3 months.

    Brazil is generally a mess now that they too have a "populist", pro-business elected leader.
    They are going to burn and poison all the can, so few locals down there can get rich quickly.
    Nothing...
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    Re: What recourse do I have?

    you must investigate your exact local context.
    no one can tell you the answer - you, the local beek, must be the expert in your local situation, not some BS folks from across the county (or the...
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    Re: What recourse do I have?

    Last year I spent lots of personal time and effort that paid of - our city has now official ruling and documentation that defines and permits beekeeping within the city.
    What helped a LOT - one...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    What I will do IF really hurting for time - I will do ONE single manipulation - will zip together two Lang meduim frames and will simply stand them up straight, using the ears as the stands.
    Because...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Now, this got me thinking again...
    Last week I was off and managed to slap together another hybrid hive and a batch of frames.
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    I still hate how long it takes me...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    No need to apologize.

    This case brings many interesting contexts - all mixed in-one.

    One of them is this - a priest with all of his worries and time concentrated on, really, just saving himself...
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    Re: What recourse do I have?

    When my new neighbors !!!anonymously!!! complained on my bees - the bees that I kept BEFORE these new neighbors ever moved in and the old neighbors never gave the hoot - I responded that the...
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    Re: Found an open air hive today.

    Tree cavites are hard to come by now days.
    Here is what I took down few years ago (was just starting up and looking for the free bees).
    Well, found them directly on my apple tree - an openly...
  9. Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    No, I don't.
    I only read documented cases where bees lived in the inter-connected tree cavities.
    It was *not* documented how many actual queens were present (I suppose that would be near impossible...
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    Entrances around the corner - a good idea.

    NO interconnections. NOOOO! :)
    Unless you are a priest - then maybe.

    Mice - I never worry of the mice and don't get the the problem - just staple 1/2...
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    GG: one idea - since we are talking of essentially "row of hives", it also makes sense to alternate entrance height (say: low-high-low-high) OR make it configurable so you close the low/open the high...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    This is a case of OVER-centralization with all the associated benefits and risks.
    Maybe a good prayer actually helps.
    Don't know.
    Lots and lots work/maintenance too as for me.

    I like GG's...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Looked.
    Well, this is not for me even IF I had time/resources.

    The main argument against, as of me - this is working against the distributed way I prefer.
    This is worse than a row of the hives....
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    Perfect!
    Envious...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Day 5.
    The brood is starting to smell not-so-fresh.
    Mites are still running around the comb.
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    GG, I need "that barn".
    Don't have one.
    So I just do with what I have.

    Shoot, your idea is very good - "wall of feral bees".
    You could rake out some good raw honey that way and hardly spend the...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    OK, a photo.
    Mite is on my son's shaky thumb.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Indeed, I could.
    There is space for a about quart of liquid up there (a zip bag could work).
    Since this is an experiment, I may try (not that I care of these Zombees enough).
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    Re: Getting follower board to fit

    I just cut up an inflatable mattress (used for camping and gone bad) into strips and stapled them (the fuzzy side outside).
    Like so:
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    OK, so my first log hive is officially up and running.

    The Zombees are bringing pollen and basically look to be normally working.
    On weekend will peek inside.
    I will improve the roof and will...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Here mite is just running up and down the needle:
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    Some acrobat.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Here are the pics.
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    The darn mites are still alive after 4 days.
    I can only assume they feed on open brood.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Well, if you chase a mite with a needle, the mite then just hops onto the needle and grabs onto it.
    The darn thing holds onto the needle like a magnet.
    You virtually have to scrape if off....
  24. Re: Bees are omnivores and need the Amino Acids from microbes in bee bead.

    Well, I meant sarcasm.
    Basically, no one know much (even IF they write a book).
    And so IF crap does not belong, just do not put it there.

    First - do no harm.
    In my exact job - "do nothing" is...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I should.
    I am a bit tired of my desk job.
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