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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FORUM / Re: E-bike build using a kit
« Last post by Lesgold on Today at 05:25:42 pm »
That bike has a lot of power. It would be fun to ride but illegal in my neck of the woods.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: How old is too old to keep bees?
« Last post by Lesgold on Today at 05:22:46 pm »
I have used this method quite a few times now. If capped queen cells are spotted, move the hive to a new location a few yards away. Do this is the middle of the day when the bees are flying. On the old site, set up a bottom board with an empty box. Add the frames with most of the queen cells. Shake the bees off these frames before moving them. Fill the remainder of the box with frames of capped brood and one empty frame. No bees are added. Put a lid on this box and also close up the main hive. Flying bees return to the new hive and start populating it. Many bees from the main hive also fly out and return to the old location. Within a couple of hours, there is a good population of adult bees in the new hive with no brood to tend. The queen will hatch within a few days as will some of the capped brood. This then creates all the requirements for a new hive to establish itself. The old hive has the queen, uncapped brood, young bees and perhaps a queen cell or two.  It also has the majority of the stores. The hive will most likely not swarm at this time due to the reduced congestion issue and a lack of flying bees. The hive will take care of swarm cells if the urge to leave the hive is lost. Leaving a swarm cell or two in the old hive is just a bit of an insurance policy.
THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: 13 y.o. kid does good
« Last post by animal on Today at 05:17:12 pm »
He walked in as opposed to breaking in and apparently he was obnoxious but not threatening.. stupid drunk category.

I was in that category one night banging on a door about 3:00 am or so. I had been invited over for an all night gaming session but it had gotten canceled and my buddy wasn't even home. His roommate was and we didn't know each other.

So, when roommate answered the door, the business of a .44 was pointed directly at me and all he said was "what do you want?". I told him. He said "Paul isn't here". I said I was sorry that I woke him and staggered off.
Oddly enough, I didn't feel threatened at all (I could tell he knew how to handle a gun and it was perfectly logical for him to have it pointed at me at the time. My main thought was "If I don't give him a reason to fire, he will not. Therefore, I am safe.")

He ended up one of my closest friends and shooting buddys for many years.  :cheesy:

You can almost smell someone's training level sometimes. A couple of days after the incident, found out he had been a sniper in the Marine Corps and an avid pistol competition shooter.
THE 2ND AMENDMENT / Re: 13 y.o. kid does good
« Last post by Ben Framed on Today at 03:47:23 pm »
NFL QB Chad Kelly placed himself in a situation a few years ago that could have easily landed him in the morgue.

THE 2ND AMENDMENT / 13 y.o. kid does good
« Last post by animal on Today at 01:18:32 pm »
Overall, a good news story. Analyzing it, the mom needed more training or counseling, but the kid took up the slack well enough.
Of course, the bad guy is claiming "he went to the wrong house" ... BS. Yeah, right ; but not in the way he claims.


This one got my attention because the kid beat me by a year. The first time I held a guy at gunpoint for the police, I was 14. My case was different and I didn't have to shoot; but I would have been legally justified as far as anyone else could tell, and there were plenty of witnesses to the event. I wouldn't have missed, and he wouldn't have lived.
In this case, most people are breathing a sigh of relief that the meth head didn't die, if only to spare the kid from knowing he had killed someone. Maybe that's a good thing. At least for now it seems to be.
You never know what the future holds though. In my case, I was proud that I had stopped a crime against a woman while using the least amount of force, and apprehending the offender. A few years later, I was humbled by life unfolding, so to speak. After my bad guy got out of prison, he raped and killed a woman and did other bad things. So for a few years, I wondered how much of her blood was on my hands for not taking the shot when I could.

All we can do is our best under the circumstances at hand, but I do hope the kid improves his marksmanship.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: How old is too old to keep bees?
« Last post by Ben Framed on Today at 12:36:04 pm »
This might be a good link for those who may physically unable to handle those heavy boxes. I posted the same link on another topic, but it might help someone here as well..

« Last post by Ben Framed on Today at 12:24:49 pm »
I have wondered the same thing. No doubt they take all they can 'haul out' in departure. It seems they are well supplied and waste not time building new comb soon after arrival at their new location.

DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Varroa detected in Australia
« Last post by Ben Framed on Today at 12:12:10 pm »
So here we are.  Eradication negated by commercial interests.  Management now means no more compensation for those affected.  We have to suck it up.  Will there be an enquiry into all of this?  Probably not, as those responsible justify their run for cover.  As usual, unlike Allan Joyce of Qantas, those responsible for the failure will have their responses already written. Not me! blame something or some-one else.   Now, what of the fire ant?  More of the same methinks.  An  indictment of government and their servants.  To all beekeepers,I am sorry for your loss.  A sad representation on the incapacity of statutory authorities.

As soon as I read that a few beekeepers had thousands of hives in Almonds and they had to be moved, I knew " game over".
I would not be surprised if most of the large beekeepers will swich to pollination.
Taking supers off to add strips is too much like hard work.
Using a vapouriser is probably the easiest means to control varroa id honey is not harvested.

Most of the crops here in Qld  have been pollinated by feral hives. If they are gone - a matter of a few years - pollination services will become rather profitable

Unfortunately we have been dealing with Varroa Destructor here in America for quite some time now. There is some VERY GOOD information here at Beemaster on the subject, which covers 'every aspect of Varroa' in one fashion or another, by top beekeepers. Great discussions along with quotes, links, and videos etc., which are invaluable shared knowledge in my opinion... Check out the archives for more..

Thanks Reagan. Good stuff!

DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Varroa in the subtropics
« Last post by Ben Framed on Today at 11:59:45 am »
Max there are some topics here at Beemaster covering hive lifts that will be a great asset to Beekeepers of all ages in assistance in lifting those heavy supers. I will try and find something, and get back here with it.


Try this Max
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