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« Last post by Switchback on January 31, 2015, 12:53:05 AM »
 An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard; I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head; he then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

 The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.

 Curious I pinned a note to his collar, ?I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.?

?The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar, ?He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 and he?s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow??
HUMOR IS A FUNNY THING / Re: My son - the veterinarian
« Last post by Switchback on January 31, 2015, 12:50:36 AM »
HUMOR IS A FUNNY THING / Re: My son - the veterinarian
« Last post by sawdstmakr on January 31, 2015, 12:32:42 AM »
It is a great idea. The only chance of catching an Africanized hive is if you have a beekeeper who brought his bees from south FL up there and then they swarmed. I do not know of any commercial beeks that go from S FL to NE PA.
We do not have a problem with AHB even down here in N FL. They do not survive.
REQUEENING & RAISING NEW QUEENS / Re: Questions about OTS queen rearing
« Last post by sterling on January 30, 2015, 10:43:11 PM »
You probably won't try raising queens until there is some kiind of flow. By then you should have drones. When it warms you can start feeding syrup 1 / 1 is what people usually use for build up.
perhaps you could set up a temporary fourm or topic when the schedule might come around and pm people who want to ventrillo?
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Anyone use plastic bee hives?
« Last post by Richard M on January 30, 2015, 09:56:03 PM »
Over the years I have tried most new things in Beekeeping ...and have come to the conclusion that timber, wax and Stainless Steel ( for wire) is best accepted by my bees and I stick to it.

As a time-poor hobbyist who can't be bothered with spending hours of downtime and cleaning up the mess of, preserving and painting or watching stuff go rotten, the idea of plastic hives suits me.

Having seen wild hives which have voluntarily established themselves inside derelict car bodies, piles of tyres, 44 gallon drums and plastic compost bins, I think the bees will accept anything as long as it's reasonably weather-tight and sufficiently spacious.

I took delivery of a couple Nuplas hives this week - assembly took maybe 2 mins per box; the bases and lids are ready made, no assembly required and they are built like the proverbial brick sh-thouse, very robust.

They were a bit pricey, compared with buying timber components but by the time you price in the cost of paint, the time taken to paint them; [I'm self-employed with limited spare time, so unless it's something I actually enjoy doing, (I hate painting), then the hours spent painting are very costly to me] so I reckon that they are cost effective in the long term.

I'm sticking with timber/wire frames though. I enjoy making those up, wiring & embedding, so the above stricture doesn't apply.  :wink:
VIDEO, VOICE and TEXT CHAT HERE. / Re: when does most people usually go on ventrillo?
« Last post by buzzbee on January 30, 2015, 09:52:16 PM »
We had  an ajax chatroom used much less than ventrilo so it didn't get carried over into the new format. The ventrilo program was widely used at one time .
You may can sign up on a swarm call list in your area.  Join your local bee club, someone there may help you out with some bees.  I have in the pass caught more swarms than I had supers for, called beeks that had lost their bees and gave them some.
After you get some bees seems like you will see more swarms, and some won't bee yours.  When I started I had 3 hives, caught 7 good size swarms in a week.  Good luck

thank you all! what would you expect my produce would theoretically be if the colony was new and it was the end of the season?
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