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7 Erkki 9108 Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:15 pm
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4 barshambees 5783 Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:52 pm
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5 Alan B 5876 Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:44 am
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9 Highlander 12958 Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:51 am
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5 Carlos of the woods 9377 Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:03 pm
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2 Noahsoak 5018 Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:40 pm
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12 DesertDisciple 17157 Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:51 pm
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7 AugustC 8550 Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:42 am
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No new posts Does anybody out there keep Asian honeybees (Apis cerana)?
6 normC 9330 Fri Dec 26, 2014 9:37 am
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2 HowToBee 5169 Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:48 pm
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17 alan 20075 Thu Dec 25, 2014 3:16 pm
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14 rendauphin 18216 Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:16 pm
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6 exmar 9061 Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:54 pm
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7 mbc 10250 Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:00 am
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4 diold 6874 Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:31 pm
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No new posts Did my hive swarm?
4 R Payne 7674 Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:36 pm
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7 thesolarsailor 10011 Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:30 pm
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6 AugustC 7635 Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:22 pm
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4 luk_lak 6645 Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:12 pm
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8 davids 10188 Thu Dec 11, 2014 8:06 pm
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No new posts Disappearing bees and lots of propolis
2 rendauphin 4717 Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:43 pm
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5 Bleith 7077 Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:40 pm
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3 What Now? 6302 Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:34 pm
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6 anepictree 8479 Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:31 pm
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5 PennineFoxhound 7688 Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:27 pm
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11 elderken 12586 Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:16 pm
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6 Astrid 8417 Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:07 pm
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9 joan 10697 Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:56 pm
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6 BlackheathBeez 7243 Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:44 pm
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2 saskclaud 5763 Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:39 pm
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7 Jasbee 7387 Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:37 pm
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No new posts Got our bees on Saturday and on saw SHB fly in...
6 Jasbee 6279 Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:22 pm
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1 dyaboliq001 3337 Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:13 pm
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No new posts Ejecting larvae from hive
4 Alan B 5148 Tue Nov 18, 2014 10:46 am
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6 mbc 8771 Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:20 am
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22 agapetos 27752 Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:03 pm
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3 stevebuzz 5322 Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:47 am
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No new posts Adding SPACERS between bars on Top Bar Hive
17 beeswax4000 28973 Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:46 am
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No new posts How small a hive opening for a new, queenless, colony?
4 elderken 6636 Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:13 am
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No new posts Top bar hive.
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No new posts Wasps ... what Now?
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No new posts Temporary move of hive
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