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FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Poison Ivy.
« Last post by herbhome on Today at 12:28:12 AM »
I used to be very sensitive to Poison Ivy. Used to have to get shots almost every summer as it would cover most of my body. I started raising dairy goats about 30 years ago and they love PI. Within a year of drinking the milk daily I stopped being affected by it. Keeping goats strictly because of Poison Ivy is rather drastic but if you know someone selling the raw milk and the goats have access to wild forage you might give it a try.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Thermosolar Hive
« Last post by MT Bee Girl on Today at 12:20:03 AM »
Hahaha is that a joke? lol It should be if it isn't. lol Now, after reading that article in Bee Culture about HMFs, it makes you wonder how good this really is. Maybe great for getting rid of mites, but what are the side effects? Here's the article I mean... http://www.beeculture.com/a-closer-look-feeding-sugar-syruphmi/   all news to me
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HUMOR IS A FUNNY THING / Wife's Lover
« Last post by sawdstmakr on Today at 12:11:35 AM »
Wife's Lover
A man returns home a day early from a business trip. It's after midnight.
While en-route home, he asks the cabby if he would be a witness.
The man suspects his wife is having an affair, and he wants to catch her in the act.
For $100, the cabby agrees.
Quietly arriving home, the husband and cabby tip toe into the bedroom.
The husband switches on the lights, yanks the blanket back and there is his wife in bed with another man!
The husband puts a gun to the naked man's head.
The wife shouts, 'Don't do it! I lied when I told you I inherited money'.
HE paid for the Porsche I gave you.
HE paid for your new 20 ft Ranger Fishing Boat .
HE paid for your Packer season tickets.
HE paid for our house at the lake.
HE paid for your Golf Trip to St Andrews and your new 4 x 4.
HE paid for our country club membership, and HE even pays the monthly dues!'
Shaking his head from side-to-side, the husband lowers the gun.
He looks over at the cabby and says, 'What would you do'?
The cabby replies, 'I'd cover him with that blanket before he catches a cold.'
 
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Bees and Bananas
« Last post by Jim 134 on April 28, 2016, 11:43:11 PM »
Never saw a honey bees on bananas. The only experience I have bananas growing  is on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.



                BEE HAPPY Jim 134 :)
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Not bad then...   I would think that would make a sturdy corner, but making sure the cuts were square would be more important yes?
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Why not regular fumings of oxalic?
« Last post by tjc1 on April 28, 2016, 10:55:37 PM »
In part, what got me to wondering about the original question was that I waited until my hives were brood free to treat with the OAV (on Nov. 7), but that turned out to be too late - it killed lots of mites, but it turned out the hives were already too far gone and absconded soon after. So, if you only treat in early spring and late fall with OAV, how do you avoid this situation? I guess the answer is earlier in the fall when there is still open brood...?
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   In the 50 hives I currently run its almost all foundation less. Getting it started straight can be a challenge with certain hives. 7 of 10 hives will draw it wonderfully, the other three hives are hell bent on making it crooked, so it takes a little more time to straighten it and get them in line. When extraction time comes I shuffle frames so that the honey frames I extract will be older frames with stiffer wax, that are also connected top and bottom, OR top, and both sides so that it extracts without blowing out the frame.    It takes time, that I once enjoyed, but no longer have the luxury to spend. Not really difficult to do it, just more time consuming. With foundation, only one of those ten hives will screw up when drawing comb.   Transporting hives 1200 miles also takes a toll on foundation less, especially if its 90 degrees outside, and or the comb is not well attached or new/soft. So i guess it is just a matter of taking advantage of the advantages of each in different situations.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Why not regular fumings of oxalic?
« Last post by OldMech on April 28, 2016, 10:36:36 PM »
Aye.. and I will continue to treat my bees with OAV to kill the mites that harm them.   I must also disagree with Michael to a certain extent..   I want to see the research that shows OAV harms the bees please?   I do constantly search for both the good, and bad.  I have yet to see any definitive research done in any believable manner that indicates the bees are harmed by the correct usage of OAV... I have seen NON definitive research claiming a LOT of good, which i have discounted in favor of the more thorough processes done in a controlled manner, which also claim no harm is done.
   Its sort of like researching systemic insecticides by planting a little patch of something treated with said insecticide near some beehives and claiming its safe for the bees...  thats not how it works...    Everyone wants the OAV to be the silver bullet for mites, and much of what i have read seems to be wishful thinking, I would also very much like to read about the other end of the spectrum, but have as yet found nothing I feel confident is accurate.   
   " If it kills the mite, it damages the bee."   OK?  How? When pretty much everything the bees forage on has OA in it to one degree or another.. yes, in trace amounts compared to the amount we stuff into the hives...     What exactly is the damage?
   I have read it harms open brood, but have seen no evidence to support it myself. I can point to several sites that claim it does no damage at all after "much" research, but like Monsanto testing their own pesticides, its easy to ignore any ill effects in favor of the good when you sell those pesticides (or in this case Vaporizors.)
    Thanks!
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Bees and Bananas
« Last post by Dallasbeek on April 28, 2016, 10:07:13 PM »
Honeybees are specialists.  Individual bees work one kind of flower or get water or whatever on a specific trip out of the hive.  Don't know about bumblebees, but since they aren't social (or as social, anyway) they may not specialize.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Bees and Bananas
« Last post by Flycaster on April 28, 2016, 09:58:33 PM »
It seems to take about a week around me of something in flower before bees start taking an interest in it.

Even then it needs to be a decent sized amount of flowers. Anything less than about 1m2 of flowers and they ignore it.

Bumble bees on the other hand seem quite happy to go from random flower to random flower.
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