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The Vanishing of Bees video

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Just watched it.
I know there has been a problem with honey bee deaths for awhile but I had no idea is was this grim.
Oh my god the poor Bees and Farmers. Colony Collapse disorder. Thousands and thousands dead.........millions dead.
If you get a chance to watch it, please do. It gives the average person some ways they can help the bee populations.
Without Bees we are in huge trouble.

http://www.vanishingbees.com/trailer/

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Shared on FB... we'll be totally up a creek, without a BOAT, if the bees die out.

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Pineapple is the fruit of hospitality.  Beans, while musical, are not. 
Please join me in my One A Month NY Resolution http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=434518
I am looking for Saphira Hatching Eggs, if you have any please PM me.
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I am building a TBH (Top Bar Hive) this winter, and I plan to encourage a small local swarm to live in my back yard.  As in the case of having huge populations of one breed of chicken, or swine, or even a single strain of any one crop or plant.  Keeping huge numbers of bees in one location where they can spread weakness and disease... well you all know!

TBH beekeeping doesn't produce a lot of honey, though you do actually get more wax than a commercial hive which is good, and it allows the bees to live in a healthier more natural way.  I'm not thrilled with bees in general, but I'm not frightened of them either.  I'm looking forward to spring!

check out this site and investigate on your own.  We can help bees too, not just chicken breeds.  http://www.biobees.com


Edited by PortageGirl - 11/11/10 at 12:21pm
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Thank you both for the links!

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Originally Posted by PortageGirl 

check out this site and investigate on your own.  We can help bees too, not just chicken breeds.  http://www.biobees.com


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Thank you both for the links!


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Outstanding thanks for the info on CCD I have four hives out of 5 , not sure the loss was CCD  but have had friends lose 20 to 30 hives at a time.  I have yet to take honey off of my hives this year.  I might just leave it for them but that causes problems also.  Poor things they work so hard at their best well fair and now this! barnie

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Some scientist theorize that if bees were to go extinct completely the world would be without food in as little as 2 years time. hmm

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post #9 of 20
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I think Penn State and U of Delaware is doing the research on CCD. Maybe you could contact them and ask?

Another video on CCD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajmqUrJtmOg&feature=related

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http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2009/08/20/the-bee-problem-is-hfcs-to-blame/
"Beekeepers
know that when there isnt nectar readily available to their hives, as in the winter months, some turn to supplements. Traditionally it was (guess what) honey. But thats what you want to harvest, so many turn to cheaper substitutions. Cane or beet sugar, mixed with water, was seen as acceptable as long as you removed the part of the comb containing the sugar once bees started producing again. It was important to keep the bees fed so theyd keep brooding and ready to produce honey.

Except it hasnt only been the occasional sugar-water substitution. Weve substituted the substitute. People have also turned to high fructose corn syrup.

And once again, it seems our need for convenience and affordability has cost us: a new study shows that a contaminant from heat-exposed HFCS may be killing off the bees."

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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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