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  1. Bee Forum
    I keep my Airstream trailer in storage in North Ft. Myers from approx. April-January. I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and try to spend a couple of months in the Ft. Myers area in the Airstream. This year it was delivered to our site with a colony that had taken residence under the front jack...
  2. Bee Forum
    I've been inspired to write this post after reading the thread 'What actually works to convince Newbees to treat mites?' and also because of quotes like this one: Please read this entire post before replying: This is a classic example of the oldest beekeeping misconception available; everyone...
  3. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Here is a fun thought! In learning about TF beekeeping I keep on concluding feral local colonies may be a great way to go. Before I go any further, I'd like to clarify I would rather capture swarms from a feral colony than to remove a feral colony. Anyhow, I think it would be fun to do some...
  4. Welcome Forum
    Hello! We are new beekeepers and have had some good luck with a swarm capture and moved an established swarm out of our slump block retaining wall to another top frame hive we built just yesterday. The bees were very angry yesterday and Mr. Man was stung so many times. We left some brood and...
  5. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I need help "encouraging" a colony to move up into a hive body. I relocated a large birdhouse which was heavily colonized (1'x1'base, 2' tall) to my bee yard. I did not have enough spare deep boxes to put around the tall birdhouse so I made a modified bottom board/adapter thingie by cutting a...
  6. Diseases and Pests
    http://ucanr.org/repository/CAO/landingpage.cfm?article=ca.v052n02p9&fulltext=yes peer-reviewed research article Blessing or curse? Varroa mite impacts Africanized bee spread and beekeeping authors Robert E. Page, Department of Entomology publication information California Agriculture...
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