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  Topic: Unusually nasty sting reaction
John

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 7:54 pm   Subject: Causes of hypersensitivity
Human hypersensitivity to insect stings is triggered by an antibody called Immunoglobulin E, (IgE), which binds to mast cells in the body tissues. When IgE specific to bee venom reacts on the surface ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
John

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Views: 396117

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:59 pm   Subject: Shakespeare a contemporary of varroa
At risk of going off topic some wag at Beesource has "Two Gentle Mites of Varroa"! The bard was contemporary with Charles Butler, dying in 1616, 7 years after the first edition of "Fem ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
John

Replies: 228
Views: 396117

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:58 pm   Subject: Maybe William Shaekespeare kept bees ?
.... To set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.

If the bard did keep bees h ...
  Topic: Simple hive-building jig
John

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Views: 52144

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:35 pm   Subject: jigs
Been away for a while, but I must have missed this post becos it wasn't that long ago. Excellent! Time to make some more TBH's.
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
John

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Views: 283932

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:50 pm   Subject: Pig with a wooden leg
Cutting the ham out of the pig without killing it.

Wink

Bernhard

A man visits a farm and is being shown around by the farmer. In the farm yard there is a pig with a wooden leg.

'What' ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
John

Replies: 117
Views: 283932

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:06 pm   Subject: Skep honey and poo

In Skep keeping days the comb was eaten brood et al & the eater probably benefited from the extra protein, vitamins & minerals it contained even if the bees didn't? & the extra little bi ...
  Topic: Harvesting honey from a Warre hive
John

Replies: 117
Views: 283932

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:47 pm   Subject: Has anyone tried this

My motive for starting this thread was and still is because I want to be convinced by those with experience of "crush and strain" harvesting that it's going to be safe for me to harvest ho ...
  Topic: Plan Bee - please watch film and send your comments
John

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Views: 39986

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 3:11 pm   Subject: coop film
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Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

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