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    Thanks everyone, those who posted privately earlier and on here. We did indeed start off with the YouTube video of Michael Palmer at the National Honey Show. Incidently, anyone wanting to buy the best quality Western Red Cedar hives in the UK should get in touch with Pete:

    http://www.exmoorbeesandbeehives.co.uk/index.htm

    So, some internet resources for beekeepers:

    YouTube. For example ...

    Michael Palmer at the National Honey Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nznzpiWEI8A
    Tom Seeley speaking to his peers at Cornell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnnjY823e-w

    Clubs and associations

    http://www.bbka.org.uk/
    http://www.scottishbeekeepers.org.uk/
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glasg...46942185359843
    http://www.eastofscotlandbeekeepers.org.uk/
    http://www.perthanddistrictbeekeepers.co.uk/
    http://www.bristolbeekeepers.org.uk/ (try the pollen guide)
    http://www.imker-kreisverband-aschaf...ker-bayern.de/

    Mapping, forage areas, selecting apiary sites

    http://obeattie.github.io/gmaps-radius/
    https://maps.google.co.uk/

    Encyclopaedic sites and high quality information

    http://www.dave-cushman.net/
    https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/index.cfm
    www.biosecurity.govt.nz/files/pests/varroa/control-of-varroa-guide.pdf‎

    Beekeeping science

    http://scientificbeekeeping.com/
    http://scholar.google.co.uk/

    Libraries

    http://bees.library.cornell.edu/
    http://books.google.com/

    Beekeeping discussion

    http://community.lsoft.com/scripts/w...S.exe?A0=BEE-L
    http://www.beesource.com/
    http://www.bbka.org.uk/members/forum.php
    http://www.beekeepingforum.co.uk/
    http://www.biobees.com/forum/
    http://www.sbai.org.uk/‎

    Also try the suggestions of SBAi members (some of which are incorporated above):

    http://www.sbai.org.uk/sbai_forum/fo...avourite-Links
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    Apologies for the short posting yesterday … I'd tried to upload an image from my phone of our training session but Tapatalk wasn't playing nice.

    While we're on the subject of YouTube videos … here's a classic:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVY9H5zkRf8&sns=em

    Queen marking (how not to guide).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatshark View Post
    Apologies for the short posting yesterday I'd tried to upload an image from my phone of our training session but Tapatalk wasn't playing nice.

    While we're on the subject of YouTube videos here's a classic:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVY9H5zkRf8&sns=em

    Queen marking (how not to guide).
    LOL! They will not need to clip that one's wings. Not that they'd be able to anyway with that level of dexterity.

    We'll have to try a Warwick/Leamington-Perth (or Dundee) twinning event another time. I couldn't have coped with any more SBAi activity last night. It aint easy holding forth, showing slides and web pages, uploading pictures and keeping an eye on the forum all at the same time, even when you do have 2 laptops on the go. Next time I'll need to drag a lovely assistant out from the audience to help. Did that at the honey tasting in Dundee last week, lovely Colin.

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    That chap should be reported to the RSPCA
    If you want a crown of thorns the plastic ones are useless
    Do you sometimes think some people are not cut out for beekeeping ??

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    The very thought has crossed my mind on occasion DR! And yep if you want a C of T you need the ones with the vicious metal spikes!

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    I agree, no give in the hard plastic mesh !


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    And have you noticed that the Thorne's 'plunger' type queen marking cages they sell in the sales all have the same type of rigid mesh on them. Utterly useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    That chap should be reported to the RSPCA
    If you want a crown of thorns the plastic ones are useless
    Do you sometimes think some people are not cut out for beekeeping ??
    I'm going to stick up for them, from their comments and shiny new kit they're obviously new and haven't done it before. Yes it's a great "how not to..." guide and I will be tucking it away for a session somewhere; but they got the general gist of what they needed to do and for the sake of a minute with someone who'd done it before they'd have been fine.

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    Beside painting the whole queen white they were probably crushing her as well
    Big fat gloves pressing the cage
    Trying to hit a moving target
    Using a marker pen on the cage
    Sorry Neil
    They are Morons

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    Beside painting the whole queen white they were probably crushing her as well
    Big fat gloves pressing the cage
    Trying to hit a moving target
    Using a marker pen on the cage
    Sorry Neil
    They are Morons
    I'm with Neil on this, calling them morons is a tad harsh. These push in queen marking cages are tricky to use properly and dont come with instructions, I find picking her up easier than using them.
    The head and thorax needs to be trapped firmly without squishing the abdomen, try doing this when you're nervous and wearing thick gloves ! a total liability for beginners IMO.
    If beekeepers havent got the confidence or dexterity to pick a queen up but they want to mark her, I advise one of the plunger marking cages as they are much gentler on the queens abdomen, but they do require a bit more potentially dangerous farting around with the queen to get her in there.

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