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  Topic: New portable TBH
Stevedore

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 8:17 pm   Subject: New portable TBH
Awesone idea. You could put the baby bars in a bait hive or a narrow nuc and transfer them to the mama hive without cutting the comb. Brilliant.
Looks like you could also put them about halfway dow ...
  Topic: New portable TBH
Stevedore

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:44 pm   Subject: New portable TBH
These would make great nucs for an operation like Sam Comfort's Anarchy Apiaries. Now, if somebody could invent a variable-length top bar. Maybe something hollow with retractible extensions at both ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Stevedore

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:37 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
I emailed the president of our local beekeeping association who is also the bee inspector for three local counties. I asked whether bee inspectors were equipped to collect cultures from hives and hon ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Stevedore

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:00 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
This would make a great research project for a microbiologist. As a former medical laboratory technician with some experience in bacteriology, I can tell you that the mere observation of bacteria un ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Stevedore

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 5:50 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Well, I had to look up the word "meconium" myself. I believe what Randy is saying is that the earliest stools of the pupae are what causes the dark coloring in the comb. He is NOT saying t ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Stevedore

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:32 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
I would humbly suggest that those who are concerned about the purity of natural honey may continue to buy the pasteurized cr@p* that Walmart sells. Of course, it may be imported from China and contain ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
Stevedore

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:03 pm   Subject: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
According to "The Beekeeper's Handbook" by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile:

Cell preparation is accomplished by very young workers, only a few hours old. These young bees remove n ...
 
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