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  Topic: Would you ever go for this?
mrwaltner

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, AUS and NZ   Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:38 pm   Subject: Would you ever go for this?
Thanks for the advice; you've basically summed up my own thoughts on it over the last couple of days, which is good confirmation. The hives are on a property that is part of my 'distributed apiary', ...
  Topic: Would you ever go for this?
mrwaltner

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, AUS and NZ   Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:34 am   Subject: Would you ever go for this?
I had someone tell me recently that they go through a lot of honey every year, but they don't want to learn to take care of bees. What they want is to buy some of my hives and have me manage and extr ...
  Topic: Newbie to beekeeping, tbh in sydney
mrwaltner

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, AUS and NZ   Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:29 pm   Subject: Newbie to beekeeping, tbh in sydney
I haven't logged onto the boards in a while but just had to chime in here - I keep TBH and Warre in Mt Gambier, SA, and we got the 46 degree days here too.

The bees make lots of lateral connectio ...
 
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