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  Topic: How did folk get on with top-bars last season?
mochasidamo

Replies: 20
Views: 13818
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Fri Apr 04, 14 9:47 pm   Subject: How did folk get on with top-bars last season?

The problem with regular inspection is every time you open a conventional hive you usually have to subdue it with smoke which disturbs the equilibrium of the colony for some time afterwards. Another ...
  Topic: What poo is this, please?
mochasidamo

Replies: 34
Views: 14433
PostForum: Poultry   Posted: Wed Oct 23, 13 6:58 am   Subject: What poo is this, please?
I have no sense of smell - which in most cases is an advantage!

Sometimes - but not when food burns, electric smells, gas if we had any, and smells associated with children and animals in the house ...
  Topic: Llamas....removed
mochasidamo

Replies: 19
Views: 7610
PostForum: Trading Post   Posted: Mon Aug 19, 13 12:18 am   Subject: Llamas....removed
Why didn't you say POA or PM for prices?
Hope this helps.

Because that's usually seen as an acceptable way of selling on forums. I don't think of livestock are "items" and it is surely not a "bra ...
  Topic: Llamas....removed
mochasidamo

Replies: 19
Views: 7610
PostForum: Trading Post   Posted: Wed Aug 14, 13 10:37 am   Subject: Llamas....removed
Is not fair to expect a vendee to both buy and sell your llama, so how much are you looking to get for them?

The PM system thankfully allows genuine animal lovers to offer what they feel comfort ...
  Topic: Llamas....removed
mochasidamo

Replies: 19
Views: 7610
PostForum: Trading Post   Posted: Mon Aug 12, 13 12:09 pm   Subject: Llamas....removed
Advert removed due to policing and down-valuing by forum members. This is an issue that needs addressing on DS - it puts many people off.
  Topic: Wasp Traps.
mochasidamo

Replies: 6
Views: 4119
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Mon Aug 05, 13 8:41 pm   Subject: Wasp Traps.
What I don't like about the jam traps is the large number of moths who get attracted to the jam. As for fruit, honey bees will go for fallen plums if there's little around (also nectarines and peaches ...
  Topic: We are getting bees (updated)
mochasidamo

Replies: 13
Views: 5887
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Mon Jul 15, 13 12:11 am   Subject: We are getting bees (updated)
Did they move in on Saturday or is that when you noticed them? There are only a very few days during which swarming bees can be relocated before the three feet (and less concretely the three mile) rul ...
  Topic: Reminder on hygiene...
mochasidamo

Replies: 0
Views: 2759
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Thu Jun 13, 13 8:08 am   Subject: Reminder on hygiene...
Quite a few people seem to have just left dead-outs uncleaned and open after last winter. If Nosema was the issue that will spread it. Likewise, but less likely, one of the (notifiable) foulbroods.
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  Topic: Travelstained foundation
mochasidamo

Replies: 10
Views: 4649
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Thu Jun 13, 13 8:01 am   Subject: Travelstained foundation
The wax can be melted down (using a homemade solar extractor etc). Frames can then be boiled up with a bit of washing soda and a dash of washing up liquid and rinsed and dried before reuse.

Acetic ...
  Topic: What is the world coming to
mochasidamo

Replies: 13
Views: 6744
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Thu May 30, 13 10:35 pm   Subject: What is the world coming to


Again- if you buy from your local bee association you can be sure they've raised them themselves. But that probably won't be the cheapest option.

Except that you will get redress if there's a ...
  Topic: What is the world coming to
mochasidamo

Replies: 13
Views: 6744
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Tue May 28, 13 10:59 pm   Subject: What is the world coming to


Again- if you buy from your local bee association you can be sure they've raised them themselves. But that probably won't be the cheapest option.

Except that you will get redress if there's a ...
  Topic: Introduce yourself
mochasidamo

Replies: 12
Views: 5294
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Fri May 17, 13 11:26 am   Subject: Introduce yourself
We have a handful of apiaries including two seasonal ones on both sides of the border and supply a few local shops under a regional Sustainable Business Scheme. We selectively breed our own queens (a ...
  Topic: Nettle infusion in syrup increases brood rearing.
mochasidamo

Replies: 17
Views: 21792
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Fri May 10, 13 10:54 pm   Subject: Nettle infusion in syrup increases brood rearing.

Personally, I think a lot depends on the beekeeper - you dont need to open the hive to see if the queen is laying - if the bees are taking in pollen then you know its for brood therefore you have a ...
  Topic: Bees are the new chickens...
mochasidamo

Replies: 12
Views: 8232
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Fri May 10, 13 10:49 pm   Subject: Bees are the new chickens...
....and something rarely considered by the urban beekeeper: the cost of specialist removal and incineration as there will often be nowhere to build a firepit, Beehaus, tbh, or box...
  Topic: Bees are the new chickens...
mochasidamo

Replies: 12
Views: 8232
PostForum: The Apiary   Posted: Thu May 09, 13 8:10 am   Subject: Bees are the new chickens...
Horizontal hives stress the bees less than a conventional vertical hive, but plastic will degrade with time, is non sustainable & non repairable.

Horizontal hives do not stress the bees less... ...
 
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