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    Chalk brood and thyme

    We have odd weather this year and chalkbrood is hitting hard right now. I have heard that products containing thymol can reduce chalk brood. If I put some sprigs of thyme in the top of my hive will...
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    lacewings in a hive

    I have one hive which has a screened base and a little tray under it that catches debris. Every time I have checked over the past few weeks there are many lacewings. Adults and various instar...
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    Re: Cost of package in 1959

    Let me think...average house prices in Sydney were $10,900 for a 1/4 acre block within 30 minute commute and the average household had a single income of $5,016.

    Today the average house price is...
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    Re: Tilting the telescoping cover

    That is what I do. I have never met anyone else who does it so I thought I must have invented that idea! Now I know other people far more knowledgeable about beekeeping than I am think it is a good...
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    I thought this may be the case. Thank you all for the replies!
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    What is treatment free?

    I have read a little and am confused, can someone please explain what treatment free beekeeping means?

    I haven't heard of anyone here doing treatment free, but I live in one of the few countries...
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    Re: Cover Crops and how close to hive???

    I have always heard that bees won't forage close to the hive, but from my observations this isn't correct. I would love for someone to publish some research on this as I can only comment on why...
  8. Re: Queen present, multiple eggs per cell, what to do

    There is a lot of worker brood and some drone brood now. I am still seeing multiple eggs per cell, eggs in cells that have larvae, and even eggs in cells with honey. It looks like everything should...
  9. What do bees do with blood and urine?

    We have all seen bees collect urine or blood or even drinking water off cow dung, but what do they do with it? Do they consume it straight away, do they store it and mix it with their honey? Will...
  10. How long do bees survive after they sting?

    I always assumed that after a honey bee stings a person it dies within a few minutes as the venom sack, some nerves, and things are puled out. A while ago I was told (by a source that is not always...
  11. Queen present, multiple eggs per cell, what to do

    I have a hive where I am seeing multiple eggs per cell, lots of drones, but the marked queen is still present. What should I do? Will this resolve itself?

    We had the warmest winter on record,...
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    Re: A Dreadful Sting...

    It may just be a hand thing? When my hands get stung I react similar to that. It takes about a day for everything to get back to normal. When I get stung on the back, or arms, or on my nose I...
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    Re: Beehives and summer shade

    Thank you all, I had assumed (and hoped) this was the case.

    I have the bees in my chicken run which is surrounded by 7 foot tall fences that are either solid or covered in shade cloth so bees...
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    Beehives and summer shade

    I know keeping hives in sun vs shade is a controversial topic. I don't want to open that can of worms in this thread.

    After moving from acreage to town we got bees again. As space is limited the...
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    Re: How long does robbing last?

    I have been feeding late afternoon and all the food is gone by morning. I was mostly doing it to help them get established.

    I will look into robbing screens. I haven't heard of anyone using them...
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    How long does robbing last?

    It is spring in Australia, even though it is very dry I got a nuc a few weeks ago. As there is so little feed now and plenty of other more established hives around I reduced the entrance before...
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    Re: How long until you get relief?

    Thank you so much for your replies!

    This is the first time I have ever reacted at all so wasn't sure what to expect. I have a bit of a cold at the moment, and the end of the stinger broke off...
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    Re: How long until you get relief?

    So, after a lot of research I started bee sting therapy. I was getting one sting every second week, then started to get one per week, and it halved the medication I needed to take. Each sting...
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    Re: Ligurian bees

    Thanks little john,

    my understanding was that ligurian were a subset of italian bees that were meant to be calmer. Kangaroo island claims that they have the only pure ligurian bees in the world. ...
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    Re: Ligurian bees

    A follow up question to this is are ligurian bees noticeably more inbred than other bees? Do their hives perform worse as a result of this?
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    Ligurian bees

    Has anyone kept ligurian bees? Are they noticeably more docile and easier to work than any other Italian bees? I would love to hear people's experience in keeping them, especially if they have also...
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    Re: PVC periscope hive entrance?

    Hi ozbee,

    Why had I not thought of that? It is so much more simple than what I had planned!

    The observation hive I saw with the clear pipe entrance did have a lot of dead bees in the bottom of...
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    Re: PVC periscope hive entrance?

    Hi tech.35058,

    yeah 'weatherhead' may be a closer term. I want to get a pipe out the entrance a little, then go directly up until in line with the top of my fence, then horizontally until it...
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    Re: Building a top bar hive

    Hi Yunzow, plywood is easier to get and cheaper than most timber I have access to. It should also be relatively simple to cut. From what people are saying, it may not be the best choice.
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    Re: Top bar hives

    Thanks for the replies!

    pahammer I have sent an email to the place you linked to asking about price etc. I have a feeling that I will be building some though, I just need to find some cheap...
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