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  Topic: My journey back to beekeeping.
meant2bee

Replies: 8
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:33 am   Subject: My journey back to beekeeping.
Hi meant2bee,
Funny how this obsession makes you see beauty in things, that most people can't possible understand.
I hope they are as useful a they look.
Your location look like something to lust o ...
  Topic: My journey back to beekeeping.
meant2bee

Replies: 8
Views: 7813

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:47 am   Subject: My journey back to beekeeping.
I'm lusting after those Hive Tools...
  Topic: Bees and horses
meant2bee

Replies: 19
Views: 16744

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:01 am   Subject: ...i hate tree-haters too.
Here as well, we have many who don't like trees because they are "messy".
Few realize, how vital the trees are in feeding the web of life that makes everything that we are possible.
  Topic: Don't try this at home !
meant2bee

Replies: 3
Views: 4250

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 11:47 pm   Subject: haha...
Good for a laugh but probably not a viable tactic.
Would only distract from the very damning fact that the agencies that are supposed to be protecting us from such evils are busily looking the othe ...
  Topic: Bees and horses
meant2bee

Replies: 19
Views: 16744

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:18 am   Subject: horses and bees
My hives are both within 3 meters of the neighbor's pasture - the bees and the horses seem to get along fine so far; I think my girls get more use out of the pasture than the horses do, as it is poor ...
  Topic: Small Hive beetle in Italy
meant2bee

Replies: 16
Views: 19696

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:35 am   Subject: SHB traps
Here on Kaua'i, we did not have the small hive beetle until about 3 years ago; now it is everywhere.

Thanks for the trap idea, JGW07- very explicit pictures. I see very few Small Hive Beetle in ...
  Topic: Hawai'i is "ground zero" for AgroChemical GMO test
meant2bee

Replies: 0
Views: 3210

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:50 am   Subject: Hawai'i is "ground zero" for AgroChemical GMO test
Don't know how widely this is known outside the state, but we are practically under siege from Monsanto type chemical/GMO agribusinesses here, especially on Kaua'i. A nearly year-round growing season ...
  Topic: Are my bees preparing to swarm?
meant2bee

Replies: 5
Views: 6351

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:33 am   Subject: ...update on stuffed hive...
Just checked them on Sunday; they were starting to build comb between the top of the frames and the inner cover. Definitely running low on space in there! My new hive body is still at least a week an ...
  Topic: Are my bees preparing to swarm?
meant2bee

Replies: 5
Views: 6351

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:04 am   Subject: ...maybe not!
Thanks! It looks like they're staying for a while... The orientation flights you describe, Barbara, seem to be what I witnessed! Haven't seen that again since but the bearding still comes and goes ...
  Topic: Are my bees preparing to swarm?
meant2bee

Replies: 5
Views: 6351

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:17 am   Subject: Are my bees preparing to swarm?
My second hive is a Langstroth with foundation-less frames and I'm waiting on a second box because they're running out of room in the first one pretty fast. This morning there was an unusually large m ...
  Topic: Adding SPACERS between bars on Top Bar Hive
meant2bee

Replies: 17
Views: 21753

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:46 am   Subject: Timing on adding spacers for Honey Bars
My plan has been to leave new Top Bars for honey at their default 1 1/4 inch width to begin with, thinking that starting with less space will tend to keep them from wandering too much (starting them b ...
  Topic: To sand or not to sand?
meant2bee

Replies: 7
Views: 6681

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:21 pm   Subject: ...lesson learned...
Thanks guys; as I feared, I'd gotten a bit carried away with my perfectionist tendencies.
A good lesson on thinking of the girls before I impose my own preferences...
  Topic: To sand or not to sand?
meant2bee

Replies: 7
Views: 6681

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:02 am   Subject: To sand or not to sand?
My apologies for bringing up a possibly old question; search turns up related topics but of course "The topic or post you requested does not exist".

I recently made myself some new top ...
  Topic: catenary hive
meant2bee

Replies: 21
Views: 35038

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:57 am   Subject: ...catenary sides to discourage comb attachment?
I have been looking for the reason for the sloped sides of top-bar hives! I have been having so many problems with attached comb I was thinking I should build one with straight sides so the catenary ...
 
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