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Miscellaneous articles


Bear Fence

Updated parts list: May 23, 2014. In my area, our apiaries need to be protected from black bears.  Over the years, I’ve developed a simple and effective electric fence design.  You can download a pdf of plans and photos here: Bear Fence PDF Updates to add to the PDF Update Nov 2017–after seeing an excellent […]

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Queens For Pennies

First published in: American Bee Journal, March 2014

Queens for Pennies Originally published in ABJ March 2014 Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com I’ve been encouraged in recent years by the number of beekeepers who appear to be successfully keeping locally-adapted stocks of bees without treatment for varroa.  I am a strong supporter of their efforts, and see them as the wave of the future. But […]

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A California Beekeeper Reports from Down Under

A California Beekeeper Reports from Down Under Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in ABJ in Sept. 2008 Australia is in a unique situation—long-term drought, a massive feral bee population, honey flows every month of the year, a burgeoning demand for almond pollination, and the varroa mite knocking at the door. I’m freshly returned from an […]

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A California Beekeeper Returns Down Under

A California Beekeeper Returns Down Under Randy Oliver ScientificBeekeeping.com First Published in ABJ in October 2009 I’ve never had the means to travel to faraway places. Recently, however, I find myself in the fortuitous situation of having beekeepers actually pay my way to speak at conferences, so I am taking advantage of what is likely […]

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