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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Hello from the southern Caribbean
« Last post by Maggiesdad on February 12, 2016, 05:25:49 PM »
Welcome to Beemaster!
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Hello from the southern Caribbean
« Last post by yotebuster1200 on February 12, 2016, 04:40:06 PM »
Welcome to the forum, What part of the caribbean are you from. I lived in Trinidad for about 16 months. 4 months in Guyana, and 4 months in Barbados. 
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Swarm Catching Business Cards
« Last post by Dallasbeek on February 12, 2016, 04:22:56 PM »
Iddee, somehow that sounds like the government.  Or maybe a lawyer at work. 
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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Apiary Layout
« Last post by hilltophermit on February 12, 2016, 12:52:12 PM »
I was taught, and It has always been my belief that the first consideration of hive orientation is the prevailing winds. You want to turn the back of the hives to the wind so it wont be constantly blowing into the front entrance. In practising  this, all hives will face the same direction. This might not factor in, in an apiary that is gets moved through out the year, but is certainly important for a permanent site.

As for the original question, I believe Mr Bush's response and the suggestion to stagger are correct. How you work your hive should also come in to consideration. I have the room so I use the "one row method"  and have almost exclusively. First i rarely ware any protective clothing well working my bees. With a single row I can avoid being in front of the hives, out of the flight path and not raise the interest of the entrance guards. Secondly, during harvest i can drop the fence along the back of the row and have unhindered access to all colonies. I back the tractor up close and set up the blowing station near by . for me, this  works best. double rows or scattered hives would require walking around one row, or taking down more fence or some other hindrances.

The bottom line is play around and find out what works best for you.

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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Swarm Catching Business Cards
« Last post by iddee on February 12, 2016, 12:44:36 PM »
One caution, KLB.

I have a couple contractor friends that do cutouts. None of us will take the cutout job AND the repair. There is always a good chance of a new swarm moving in, no matter the precaution taken. If one person does both, it is their fault in the homeowner's eyes, and they expect the second job to be free. After all, you didn't do it right the first time.

If a beek removes them, and a contractor repairs, the beek says, "I'm no contractor. It's not my fault it didn't get sealed."

The contractor says, "I'm no beekeeper. I can't remove them."
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Swarm Catching Business Cards
« Last post by KeyLargoBees on February 12, 2016, 12:23:19 PM »
+1 with idee statement......there are some "interesting" people out there...probably less so in your area than is some of the more urban areas. But yes dont be afraid to walk away from jobs that look too big...but also dont be afraid to come up with new and interesting ways to "skin a cat"...I have a recent friendship with a contractor down here in the keys who is fascinated with the idea of being close to bees....he is itching to come along on my next cutout....gets him work if he can quote the "put it back together cost" to the homeowner and helps me with a second set of hands and a chance to learn the best way to cut out with the least damage :-)

win win win  for all three parties involved ;-)
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HONEYBEE REMOVAL / Re: Swarm Catching Business Cards
« Last post by iddee on February 12, 2016, 12:15:52 PM »
Some do have contracts, I don't.
Number one rule. Don't hesitate to walk away if something doesn't feel right.
If I feel like I need a contract with a particular homeowner, I refuse to do the job.
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49 . . Good on you.

Thanks for the reminder.  -Mike
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Wowza iddee! Congratulations! She must really like your candy.  :wink:

Personally, I could care less. It's just another Hallmark holiday.
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GREETINGS/TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF / Re: Just logged in
« Last post by mikecva on February 12, 2016, 12:05:42 PM »
Welcome! Please alter your profile to include your town and state. That way we will be able to help you better.
Have you found a beekeepers club in your area? Many now have mentoring programs that are there for you.
Good Luck and please keep in touch.  -Mike
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