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DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Native Stingless New Home
« Last post by Bradless on July 07, 2015, 02:52:33 AM »
Thanks weedyau i am in brisbane near browns plains. i have mounted the three pieces to a plank of wood but i would like to set up something more permanent. 
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Pine Street Bees
« Last post by JP on July 07, 2015, 01:30:37 AM »
Didn't forget, just seem to get busier & busier these days!

...JP
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Treatment/Treatment Free is a circular debate. I think everyone would love to be treatment free. I also think that there are some people that see it as irresponsible to watch a hive dwindle. Soloman, If one was to take the treatment free approach from square one, buy 5 local nuc's or packages whatever to get started, and they all crashed, how would you suggest one replace the bees to start again? We dont all have swarms on the doorstep.
I think everyone wants to have a sustainable apiary and never have to buy bees. Screaming "don't buy bees" is counter productive. Perhaps you never bough a bee, but I doubt that's the case. We all had to start somewhere.
I am doing my best to keep my bees alive and free of treatments, All of my current hives are led by queens raised off of original VSH stock open mated to feral drones. They are doing well at the moment, and my hopes are high. I don't think that means if it looked like my whole yard was crashing, I would not take action and try to save them and continue to get more of the local genes working on the next round of queens.
At the end of the day we are managing our bees. There are different management styles in all aspects of Farming, as in Life. To each his own. Belittling someone because they take a different path, solves no mysteries. Also, whats up with the random question mark? Makes it a little hard to read your posts. Good Luck to all. G
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Caucasian Hive
« Last post by biggraham610 on July 07, 2015, 12:22:24 AM »
Can you tell much of a difference in the appearance of the bees? Are they darker? I think the main difference is they are able to forage deeper nectar sources right? I just filled a half dozen medium frames with beautiful broodcomb drawn on the bottom of medium frames in a deep. Its was tough for me  in the transition from deep to mediums to force myself to drop in medium frames to a deep box at first, but once I saw the results the bees offered, it made it much easier.
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Talking with bees
« Last post by biggraham610 on July 07, 2015, 12:16:54 AM »
I say a few choice words to one when she stings me, but otherwise, I stay sorta quiet.  :angry:    :grin:

 :cheesy:

I talk, Im not sure if its to them or myself....... isn't that a sign of something?
Talking down a pissy hive in a dearth does not work. Talking yourself into believing the bees were gentle as lambs during a heavy flow because you were asking them to is easy. Reality, we are always just an intruder letting light in. I think their reception has alot to do with their current responsibilities. Busy= Smooth, Idle= Cranky. G
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: My first honey.
« Last post by biggraham610 on July 07, 2015, 12:12:02 AM »
Nothing like it, that first honey, enjoy it. Good Luck with continued success. G
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Queen finding
« Last post by biggraham610 on July 07, 2015, 12:11:11 AM »
I overwintered some singles last year that easily could have been compressed into nucs. We had a long cold winter for our climate, and they came thru fine. I am splitting, and making up some nucs with mated queens, and some with cells after the flow is over to get my hive count closer to my target. I dont foresee any problem here overwintering nucs, Michael Palmer has a great program. Also his climate is similar to yours. I think his lessons will serve you well. G
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: My first honey.
« Last post by sawdstmakr on July 07, 2015, 12:03:54 AM »
Congrations on getting your first honey.
Jim
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I think that the problem with using the medians for hay is all the trash.  I don't know many farmers that would like to feed there animals hay with trash in it.  On a side note, I always wondered why the don't plant trees in the highway interchanges.  There's plenty of room in the cloverleafs to plant trees, especially fruit trees.



CAO,
As an engineer I deal with placing facilities in ROWs all the time. They are suppose to be maintained clear of trees to be able to maintain those facilities. They are used for phone, power, gas and fiber as well as the dot facilities. Another reason for keeping them clear is for providing a buffer zone for vehicle that run off the road.
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