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  Topic: Has anyone used Fastbees.net to order bees?
Balamut

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:06 pm   Subject: Re: Has anyone used Fastbees.net to order bees?
Russian bees are aggressive but they are stronger and survive better in winter.
  Topic: How to recognize varroa mites?
Balamut

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:40 pm   Subject: Re: How to recognize varroa mites?
You can see little holes on brood capping and also you can bees with undeveloped wings.
  Topic: Feeding
Balamut

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:39 pm   Subject: Re: Feeding
The best food for bees is natural, raw honey.
  Topic: Has anyone used Fastbees.net to order bees?
Balamut

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:35 pm   Subject: Re: Has anyone used Fastbees.net to order bees?
They sell Italian bees and Russian bees.

Strengths

shows strong disposition to breeding and very prolific
cleanliness/excellent housekeeper (which some scientists think might be a facto ...
  Topic: Has anyone used Fastbees.net to order bees?
Balamut

Replies: 21
Views: 13206

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:29 am   Subject: Re: Has anyone used Fastbees.net to order bees?
You need to read beekeeping books before you start with bees. It`s not easy to manage colonies. My friend is a beekeeper for 15 years and he says that he is still learning. Bees are amazing creatur ...
  Topic: Has anyone used Fastbees.net to order bees?
Balamut

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Views: 13206

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:08 am   Subject: Re: Has anyone used Fastbees.net to order bees?
I bought NUCs from Fastbees.net and I hived them. After one month each colony covered 9 - 10 deep frames. I put second deep hive body and then later two suppers. Colonies are very strong now.
  Topic: Zázrivá days, Slovakia
Balamut

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:50 am   Subject: Re: Zázrivá days, Slovakia
It would nice to visit.
  Topic: Diet-dependent gene expression in honey bees: honey vs. sucr
Balamut

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:46 am   Subject: Re: Diet-dependent gene expression in honey bees: honey vs.
I think honey is natural food for bees. It has everything bees neet including all vitamins.
  Topic: SHB - how long before they show up?
Balamut

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:41 am   Subject: Re: SHB - how long before they show up?
Most likely SHB came from area. I had big problems with SHB in one area. They killed all colonies I brought there. I stopped putting colonies in this area. SHB are multiplying in areas where are m ...
  Topic: Sugar versus honey. Winner: honey
Balamut

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:26 am   Subject: Re: Sugar versus honey. Winner: honey
Natural raw honey is always much better than sugar syrup but it`s dangerous when there is no nectar flow because bees will start stealing and killing each other.
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Balamut

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:19 am   Subject: Re: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
I didn`t treat colonies for years. Strong colonies will take care of anything.
  Topic: Pacific Northwest Beekeepers?
Balamut

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:09 am   Subject: Re: Pacific Northwest Beekeepers?
I used to live in Kent, WA. Kept bees there. It was very bad when it was raining a lot in spring and bees could not bring any nectar for weeks. Lost many colonies. It`s not easy to keep bees in No ...
  Topic: Lonely in Ohio
Balamut

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:03 am   Subject: Re: Lonely in Ohio
I guess, its very cold in your area in winter. How bees survive there? Do beekeepers lose many colonies in winter?
 
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