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  Topic: Pollen sources
Naturalbees1312

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:13 pm   Subject: Pollen sources
As it was 65 yesterday, the bees were flying. I was amazed to see them bringing deep yellow pollen into the hive. Does anyone have any idea what that could be?
  Topic: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Naturalbees1312

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 8:02 pm   Subject: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
I've not read any of his books but I have been through his site and watched his presentations and I've perceived him as spot on. Most of what he says appeals to me, rationally.

He seems to have so ...
  Topic: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Naturalbees1312

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:56 pm   Subject: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Ultimately, I agree with you. I thoroughly believe in natural selection. I'd like bees who are survivors, good at cleaning, good at grooming, all around good stock.


It pains me to think that a q ...
  Topic: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Naturalbees1312

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:39 pm   Subject: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Ha! You're reasoning is awesome. In reading about the mite, I've read that their feet are more like suction cups. This is why things like powdered sugar work to dislodge them from the bees. Likewise, ...
  Topic: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Naturalbees1312

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 2:24 pm   Subject: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
For me, natural beekeeping is: no intervention besides bi-weekly hive checks. My pest management begins and ends with a screened bottom board. No chemicals -natural or artificial. No sugar water. Basi ...
  Topic: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Naturalbees1312

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:59 pm   Subject: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
I agree.

This is my first year beekeeping. I used foundationless frames --the bees built their own-- and I managed to get 2 full medium supers of honey plus the honey the bees filled the brood box ...
  Topic: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Naturalbees1312

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:10 pm   Subject: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Haven't been able to find any and I'm not satusfied with the local beekeeper organization which advocates chemical use.
 
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