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      Hello. If you are a new member, and feel a bit apprehensive about posting in the "open" forums, or, just wish to get your "sea legs" prior to posting in the open forums, feel free to post anything you wish to talk about, in the Newbies Forum. No one will bother you, or give you any sort of grief. Everyone there is happy to help you get answers to your questions.


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  1. split aircon clean up?

    Always regularly maintain your air-con.
  2. I think she will start with her province here, first.
  3. Agreed. You may get better staff & treatment, but probably only in Manila.
  4. Until recently, she (Chan) had no intentions of making money off the bees. That was until a guy I met began offering other locations near the farm to place some hives. Give them a portion of the harvested honey, and they would be happy. Now, I need to make splits to expand the colonies, in order to do this. It's amazing how much honey can be harvested from each deep hive body.
  5. It's been a hobby for me. But, everywhere I go around town, people have heard we have honeybees and honey as soon as it is available. So, now she is considering selling jars of honey and comb, for reselling at local shops. My overhead costs were high, due to purposely buying additional things I wasn't sure if I would need. About $1,500 USD in so far, including woodworking tools. Honey flow has begun here. So, I suppose selling could begin as soon as the middle of next month?
  6. I have no idea, honestly, what it will be. I just posted the first thing that came to mind. The labels are between her and the company making the logos for her. I try to stay out of stuff like that and just focus on the livestock at the farm. I'm much happier doing that.
  7. I have to admit, it is crazy, the amount of honey one can harvest from a single deep body hive, containing 10 frames of honey. Over 50 kilograms, apparently, can be harvested. That's 110 pounds, or equal to one slender sized Filipina, per deep box of honey. And, we could have six of these on three hives at the farm, by the end of honey flow? (Possibly even more, if I understand this correctly.) That's quite a bit of honey, just from 3 hives.
  8. Unlike the Philippines, here, I have a retirement visa. The terms for this particular visa dictate that I can be fined and / or jailed for working while under it. Not to mention, I worked very hard to get my visa approved. With that in mind, I will happily sit back and watch her run her farming business, without me attached to it in any way, aside from being able to spend time with my bees. The agreement for honey is between her and them.
  9. A buddy of mine who resides in a different part of Cambodia, started out with considerably more hives than I did. He's up to about 17 of them, if I recall correctly. (His goal is 20 hives.) He bought his extractor (pictured below, still unused) early on, later realizing it was a tad too small for the amount of honey he has coming in. For me, though, it will be a great starter extractor. It is a 2 frame unit. Hand crank, as you should be able to tell. Considering we are looking at no more than 40 or 50 frames to extract, it should suit us well. I'm glad he decided to sell it to us. We will pick it up in the next week or two from his place, located down near Phnom Penh. I was starting not to, but later decided to buy all the other accessories for extracting honey from frames and preparing it to be jarred. The only thing I don't have as yet, are the actual jars to put the honey in - oh, and a proper label. Working on that now, for Chan's Premium Battambang Honey. Other items necessary for extracting honey from the frames of comb are: Uncapping knives and / or rollers, stainless steel honey sieve coarse strainers, honey cloth fine strainers, a refractometer (to check / verify moisture content of the honey), and honey gate valves to mount through the side of buckets, for final processing prior to the honey being poured into glass jars and sealed. Looks like we will be harvesting honey this season. I didn't think we would be able to, honestly.
  10. On another note, On September 3rd, we attempted to start our first hive split, which basically means creating a new hive from an existing hive, while continuing the existing hive. On the 14th, we inspected it again, only to find 3 additional cells in the nuc. So, being the dumb newbie I was and without thinking, I had Chan destroy the new queen cells. This is an event I will not soon forget. But, Chan and I both have been sick since. However, we will head to the farm later this morning and see if we can still save this split, by adding more eggs and capped brood. If I am unable to do that, I will just merge the split hive with one of the other hives and try again later. Not entirely. But nothing to do with the stuff I've had this week.
  11. Greetings: I have been pretty sick for a while. Coughing my guts up, for the most part. Have been delayed in returning to the farm due to the crud that I have contracted. Chan was able to talk with our regular pharmacist, though, who is a godsend for us. Honestly, she should have been a doctor. She recommended the appropriate medication once again, to help me get rid of yet, another illness. I hope to be over this enough to travel to the farm this morning (past midnight here, currently). Anyway, a little while back, I went ahead and moved forward regarding building our own wood ware, even though the table saw deal had fallen through. (For those who may not have read about it, I was issued a full refund from eBay.) I figured something would happen. And, it apparently has. I met a Khmer fellow who grew up in the US, having returned here about the time I came to Cambodia - back in 2012. He also happens to live not very far from the farm. He also happens to have a wood workshop, where we should be able to build the parts necessary for us to build our own hives and such. (I will try to get him involved in beekeeping, too.) So, this too, is a godsend - and for two reasons. Firstly, it has allowed me to meet a guy who is on the same page as me, but also lives near the farm. (Most of the foreigners I know, live within Battambang City limits.) Someone I can relate to on a westerner's level, and who understands what I am thinking about things. In short, someone I can damned talk with, to prevent me from going crazy at the farm. (I seem to recall a certain member, without mentioning any names, who said I wouldn't last six months at the farm. The odds just went more into my favor.) Secondly, he and I can combine our resources and build things that may benefit us both, in our respective interests. It will be great to be able to work hands on, building my girls their own "bee housing". Anyway, I had purchased a 3 horsepower compressor with a 50 Liters tank and two hose connections. I just have not taken the time to use it yet, because I am still lacking in some other tools. It seems as though, my new friend may have what I need, including the table saw. Anyway, here is the compressor and its respective accessories: Brad nailer with 15mm, 20mm, & 30mm brads Staple gun with 8mm staples. Not sure how long the air guns will last. They were only $15 / $16 USD, each. Not seen: 2 each - 9 meters length air hoses with quick disconnect couplings.
  12. Brother, if he is in hospice care, I doubt he will see winter, sadly.