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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Apiary Layout
« Last post by rookie2531 on Today at 03:51:12 AM »
I dont think it matters much. Once the stings start, i have to walk far away. I have had them on me and going for reinforcements up to 100' away around trees. So, if you get one hive mad, can you skip it and go to the next. I think not. Even if the next hive isnt alarmed, the first is still on to you.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Absconded hives
« Last post by SlickMick on Today at 03:10:39 AM »

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Slick, are absconding hives an issue in Australia? I've never heard of it here

Phil it is so foreign to me, I just don't understand it. Others may have heard of it buT I certainly haven't.
There has to be something common to all of those absconding colonies that's the cause. Is it happening in the northern states and Canada? Is it in a cluster of states? What research has been done?..

Mick
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Hello from the southern Caribbean
« Last post by CaribBeeman on Today at 02:19:14 AM »
Hello
I am new to the board. I am a newcomer to beekeeping, sort of.

I dont have my own bees yet, I still have to convince my family that its ok to have bees in our backyard, but I get to help out with 2 hives.
Both hives are owned by brand new beekeepers.
At the first place they have a hive that is one year old that started from a nuc.
At the other location they have a new hive that was given to them.

I have been doing alot of reading and watching videos over the past few weeks.
I am especially keen on find out the risks involved in a newbee beekeeper keeping bees in a residential area. From the videos I have seen it looks like there are quite a few people who keep bees near their homes.

I got the address of this forum from a youtube video.
I am looking forward to learning a lot more from the folks on this board.
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Newbie with upcoming extraction
« Last post by chorrylan on Today at 12:53:15 AM »
I'd take iddee's suggestion and add a super.
Adding a super means that at the end of summer you end up with:
 - at least one additional box of drawn frames
 - enough honey to make extraction using an extractor borrowed from the club 'worthwhile'
 - hindsight to tell you how long the flow lasted and whether later flows kicked in and hence how much honey you're leaving the bees for winter rather than having to guess this ahead of time in your first year of beekeeping

If it's your only hive (which I'm guessing might be the case) then I'd probably add a FD super to get drawn frames suitable for a nuc/second hive, otherwise an ideal super to match the one you have already.

If you have a desperate need to harvest some honey, being the first extraction and all, then grab a single frame and crush/strain it to satisfy your urge :-)
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Apiary Layout
« Last post by Dallasbeek on Today at 12:52:00 AM »
They don't defend the "village," do they?  They defend their own hut.  Question:  if I disturb bees in one of 10 hives in an apiary, do the bees in other hives attack me?  What if a bee from hive A stings me.  Do bees from hives B through Z come to attack as well?  I have no experience here, so it's an honest question.

Seems to me an alarm pheromone should be a call to all bees to respond, like an SOS at sea, but I may be mistaken.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Absconded hives
« Last post by Dallasbeek on Today at 12:46:24 AM »
Africanized might be a good theory except that absconding reports are coming from all over, including placeswhere Africanized genetics don't seem to be present.  Could AHB genetics be spreading beyond the range of Africanized bees?  If so, why this trait rather than some more desirable ones (yes, some people contend the AHB has some desirable traits, tho I'm unclear what they might be)?
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Newbie with upcoming extraction
« Last post by PhilK on Today at 12:25:09 AM »
G'day mate, where abouts are you in Australia?

We did our first extraction not long ago. It was 8 deep frames and ended up being about 14-15kg of honey. We were going to do the crush and strain method but decided on hiring an extractor and I'm really glad we did! It was super easy and quick that way, and the freshly extracted combs went back into the hive for the bees to use again - they had them repaired, cleaned, and storing nectar again in a matter of a few days.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Absconded hives
« Last post by PhilK on Today at 12:22:01 AM »
I find the concept of whole colonies of bees suddenly absconding from their hives leaving stores quite amazing as I am sure all of you who have had it happen do also. I have never heard of it before and it just doesn't seem to fit the concept of beekeeping that I know, especially as it seems so widespread. Is there any relationship to CCD??

I wonder if there have been any genetic studies made of the colonies that have absconded. There must be genetic material left in the hives that can be studied by your beekeeping authorities in an attempt to find the cause/s.

Mick
From what I have read/heard some people suspect that bees with Africanized genes are more likely to respond.. is this true?

Slick, are absconding hives an issue in Australia? I've never heard of it here
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Absconded hives
« Last post by SlickMick on Today at 12:01:44 AM »
I find the concept of whole colonies of bees suddenly absconding from their hives leaving stores quite amazing as I am sure all of you who have had it happen do also. I have never heard of it before and it just doesn't seem to fit the concept of beekeeping that I know, especially as it seems so widespread. Is there any relationship to CCD??

I wonder if there have been any genetic studies made of the colonies that have absconded. There must be genetic material left in the hives that can be studied by your beekeeping authorities in an attempt to find the cause/s.

Mick
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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Newbie with upcoming extraction
« Last post by iddee on February 11, 2016, 11:32:48 PM »
I'm not sure, but I think an ideal is 6 5/8 inch. If so, then yes, that's what I am basing it on. They can fill 10 deep frames of drawn comb in 10 days. One per day. That's 9 5/8 inch deep. I don't know how long your season is going to last.
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