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« Last post by pa-farmhand on February 26, 2017, 06:22:01 PM »
well i picked my name because i live in Pennsylvania and i am a farmer i farm with 2 of my brothers and my dad. So i know its not clever or witty but it works for me 
« Last post by 220 on February 26, 2017, 05:22:02 PM »
Lake, stream? what method?

Have a bit over 2 miles of creek through the farm here in Aus that is a nice little trout producer (brown and rainbow) only small water and small fish 8-12" most of the time although it does produce a few around 20" each year.
Haven't done a lot this year but early in the season I caught 10 in an hour a few times, I throw most back and just keep the odd one for the smoker.
Why don't you ask the freight costs to your region
Liberals don't read the Federalist Papers.
« Last post by yes2matt on February 26, 2017, 03:57:30 PM »
spring is crazy time with temps. but bees do have tricks to make it thru.
In my area this is a very risky time to meddle in the hive.  It has been my experience that anything that I have done to help the bees resulted in disaster.  The best thing I can do is worry about them but stay out.  If the bees were allowed to, they have organized the hive in the fall in such a way that the majority of the times they will survive to the next season.  If mites are going to be their downfall then they are already dead.  If you did not cut short their supply of resources they will make it if the queen makes it.  It would be easy to blame weather for colony loss but it is unlikely that is the case if the hive was not disturbed in some fashion prior to spring nectar.  At this point in the climate change cycle the earth is getting warmer not colder.  Except for catastrophic hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and drought weather will not be a major issue for bees until the next ice age.
I think if I move north I will have to relearn beekeeping. Last year I made a split second week of Feb. I'm in the brood boxes looking for swarm cells. Didn't find any :)

I'm not worried about the colony, but I only hope I didn't lose this whole round of brood by trying to get more. :/ that would be justice, though, wouldn't it!

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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Best place to buy beekeeping gear online in aus?
« Last post by JD-BEE on February 26, 2017, 03:49:36 PM »
Thank you guys, i will definitely look into going to a local beekeeping association meeting next time there is one on. It will be great to get some more information and advise off some locals.

I will check out the suggested websites, i may wait until we go visit family in sydney next and pick up some larger items to help bring down the total cost rather than paying for freight.
« Last post by Kona Bob on February 26, 2017, 03:22:32 PM »
HI all

I bought some plastic frame and foundation all in one frames from nuplas. it seems i can fit 9 frames in my 8 frame box. i usually only run with 7 frames in supers so there is lots of spare room. does anyone use these frames. if so have you found the same thing with them being narrower than other frames. i thought the top wide section of lang frames was a standard measurement.
im also interested in how the bees take to the plastic. mine seem to be taking to it very slowly. but its been so bloody hot in west sydney for last month or so i think that has slowed things also
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Late season swarms
« Last post by 220 on February 26, 2017, 02:58:31 PM »
@hollie don't worry about the slight change of direction, I'm interested in hearing how you go with them so keep posting updates.
DISEASE & PEST CONTROL / Re: Things I learned about the Small Hive Beetles
« Last post by iddee on February 26, 2017, 02:57:00 PM »
""You have to work it into the soil but Salt will kill the larva and Adult Beetles as they emerge.""

Kinda impossible, isn't it. If it kills the larva, how can the adults emerge?
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Best place to buy beekeeping gear online in aus?
« Last post by 220 on February 26, 2017, 02:49:07 PM »
Freight is a killer on small orders adding substantially to the cost.
I have been getting most of my gear off Hornsby Beekeeping. Im lucky in that I usually have a family member travelling to Sydney every couple of weeks. I phone my order through and pay over the phone, they put it together and I get someone to pick it up. Their Mt Druitt store is only about 5min off the M7 so works well for me.
I'm sure most of the suppliers would do like wise so if you know someone that travels past one fairly regularly you can eliminate the freight costs.
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