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  Topic: Hancock Beehive?? my idea for a better bee hive.
Viggen

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:38 pm   Subject: Hancock Beehive?? my idea for a better bee hive.
How are you progressing on your hives?
I like your approach, do it in a simple, gentle way. Simple to build.
The less mystical it is, the more people may be inclined to do something for the bees, an ...
  Topic: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
Viggen

Replies: 28
Views: 31559

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 5:15 pm   Subject: Chaga Mushroom Bee-tea against pesticide poisoning
My understanding is that Chaga grows on White Birch. On the older trees is where it would be found, generally higher up in the tree. And since Birch is short lived, maybe 30 years, that will give yo ...
  Topic: swarming
Viggen

Replies: 4
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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:32 pm   Subject: swarming
I am a bit south of you, central Arizona. Swarming and then returning, like a practice swarm, that has happened twice in the last few years. This is with local bees with their own queens. Each time t ...
  Topic: Solarbeez blogpost
Viggen

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 5:11 pm   Subject: Solarbeez blogpost
Best to have all the information possible.
As to the why of something - will always be a guess. Over several years and many hives(in particular climates) only then can we guess better..
Interesting ...
  Topic: The Russian Scion
Viggen

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:27 pm   Subject: The Russian Scion
Marvelous concept. Thank you for posting it.
I am in a totally urban area and the local bees are quite prolific in their swarming habits - no shortage of swarms. This will provide mush easier initial ...
  Topic: Primary Swarm into a Perone in Arizona US
Viggen

Replies: 6
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:54 am   Subject: Primary Swarm into a Perone in Arizona US
Best wishes on your obtaining a primary swarm.
It took a couple of years for everything to line up - hive, location, swarm, access, cooperation, time,timing.
  Topic: Primary Swarm into a Perone in Arizona US
Viggen

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:29 pm   Subject: Primary Swarm into a Perone in Arizona US
Most of the land in that picture is privately owned.
As for the entire state of Arizona, some 86% is owned by government - Federal, State, Tribal. So although Arizona would by all appearances is larg ...
  Topic: Our Chat with Michael Bush - Treatment Free Beekeeping
Viggen

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PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:46 pm   Subject: Our Chat with Michael Bush - Treatment Free Beekeeping
Such a wonderful interview with Michael Bush.
Take a few minutes and have a listen.
  Topic: Primary Swarm into a Perone in Arizona US
Viggen

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:01 pm   Subject: Primary Swarm into a Perone in Arizona US
The desert is deceptive with regard to pollen. There is a lot of local stuff - creosote bush, Palo Verde, Mesquite, Ash. This location is in a river valley and the river and a lot of things, known and ...
  Topic: Primary Swarm into a Perone in Arizona US
Viggen

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:39 pm   Subject: Primary Swarm into a Perone in Arizona US
While sipping my coffee at 7 am and going over some early morning business email one of my sons says, from the garden, " Dad, get out here, now". Usually the tone is a little more polite so ...
  Topic: Explain the term cast/caste
Viggen

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:52 pm   Subject: Explain the term cast/caste
For myself I call the first swarm the primary swarm - the big healthy swarms like the one we had two days ago.
Anything after that is a cast, or a cast swarm, as far as my terminology is concerned. I ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Viggen

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:35 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
From the urban desert in Arizona.
Our hives are from local swarms - we assume all are nicely Africanized with the queens producing different sized an different appearing workers depending on the seas ...
  Topic: Oscar Perone is retiring...?
Viggen

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:47 pm   Subject: Oscar Perone is retiring...?
Interesting development. All the best to Mr Prone.
It has been nice to have enough of a glimpse at Oscars philosophy and methods to proceed on my own, in the same general direction with some of my ...
  Topic: Videos about PermaApiculture/ Perone Hives in English
Viggen

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:55 pm   Subject: Videos about PermaApiculture/ Perone Hives in English
A link to English videos on this style of Hive.
Several videos.

http://peronehive.com/?page_id=19
  Topic: tanzanian tbh for southeast texas
Viggen

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:51 am   Subject: tanzanian tbh for southeast texas
Your humidity may affect things. And yes, we have about the same sort of heat but your humidity is rough.
As to closed or open bottom, mine were closed bottom.
I also tried a trap hive in that confi ...
  Topic: work on microbes - link to honey bee health!!!
Viggen

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:15 pm   Subject: work on microbes - link to honey bee health!!!
Thank you the links and articles.
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Viggen

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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:41 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
As soon as the site come back online tomorrow I look forward to reading the article.
  Topic: New portable TBH
Viggen

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:52 pm   Subject: New portable TBH
Thank you ivashka.

I built the 48" version first, although no so pretty. Now we weld something for the hive to sit on - we have the steel so we weld.
  Topic: New portable TBH
Viggen

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PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:59 am   Subject: New portable TBH
Today I picked up the 1x12 boards to make a couple of TB Bait Hives. And some 1x6 for the bottom.
How long do they need to be to make the internal volume 36 Liters?

If this should actually work(an ...
 
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