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Offline Joseph Clemens

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No rain in Southwestern U.S.A.
« on: January 28, 2006, 05:40:15 AM »
So far it has been an interesting "winter" season. We've been more than 100 days without any rain (and counting), though it doesn't seem to be a serious deterrent, the bees keep bringing in pollen and some nectar. They are definitely working something(s). I even had one hive swarm at my primary apiary, during the first week of January 2006. The swarm clustered on top of a post holding up my shade-cloth apiary curtain. The swarm also drew the attention of one of my neighbors, which brought out the County Health Inspector, he was a brave fellow. He assured me that my bees were not in any way a violation as far as he could see. The swarm was clustered at head height and he stood about 2 feet from them for over 20 minutes to determine that they weren't "overly aggressive". Then he was off to his next appointment.

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Joseph Clemens
Beekeeping since 1964
10+ years in Tucson, Arizona
12+ hives and 15+ nucs
No chemicals -- no treatments of any kind, EVER.

Offline Michael Bush

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No rain in Southwestern U.S.A.
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2006, 06:43:08 AM »
I like the AHB test.  :)  That's pretty much mine.  If they are mean, I don't want them.  If they're not, then I'd like to see how they perform.  :)
Michael Bush
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