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  Topic: Which varroa treatment???

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon May 26, 2014 8:53 pm   Subject: Which varroa treatment???
Feral bees die.

They may do in Stoke on Trent, but I know of a number of feral hives that are long established and are doing just fine.

Bees can survive without treatments.
  Topic: Rose Hive method

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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun May 25, 2014 7:32 pm   Subject: Rose Hive method
Tim talks, at least in the first video, about splitting the brood nest which sits in the bottom box. So everything above that must be lifted. be it one box or five, at around 25kg each with the indent ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method

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PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun May 25, 2014 11:14 am   Subject: Rose Hive method
for that, I'd suggest you buy tim's book, or do some more research yourself

You've been offered advice by an horizontal TBH expert and a vertical TBH expert who've questioned what your planning bas ...
  Topic: Apology for the downtime...

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PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:20 am   Subject: Apology for the downtime...
I'll wave the flag for [url=]Bitfolk who have provided hosting and support that are second to none.
  Topic: Will my bees die if I stop treating them?

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:42 pm   Subject: Will my bees die if I stop treating them?
There are treatment free beeks quite nearby to you who will be happy to advise on how you might plan to become treatment free. Have a look at or pm me here.
  Topic: BBC Documentary What's killing our bees?

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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 1:55 pm   Subject: BBC Documentary What's killing our bees?
Yes I did learn something.

Bill has covered most of the bases including talking to scientists. He broke the subject down well, covering varroa, pesticides and modern agricultural practices as the m ...
  Topic: BBC Documentary What's killing our bees?

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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:38 am   Subject: BBC Documentary What's killing our bees?
Barbara, it's on BBC iplayer so you can watch it there. The outcome... probably depends on your outlook; everything we're doing as human beings was the answer that I took from it, but maybe that was m ...
  Topic: Oscar Perone is retiring...?

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:32 pm   Subject: Oscar Perone is retiring...?
Yeah I can too, it's an obvious way of removing stress when it's all a bit much.

One thing I will say is that it's a shame to lose his sites; I've been thinking about setting up a beekeeping wiki f ...
  Topic: Ridiculous honey cost

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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:24 pm   Subject: Ridiculous honey cost
I've been pondering whether or not to go to the National Honey Show in October, as I'm not particularly interested in what appears to be a lot of poncing about.

Well... as you do, I was looking thr ...
  Topic: natural beekeeping network ireland

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, UK and Ireland   Posted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:42 am   Subject: natural beekeeping network ireland
Look I say an email mailing list first.

These really are incredibly simple to setup and run, they pretty much run themselves. Should you all decide you want one, but think you don't have the " ...
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