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David Heaf recently posted this on the e-mail list he maintains. I might arrange the order a bit differently, but I like it. David does have rather more experience and knowledge than I, though, so I'm inclined to defer to him.

there's a bit of context left out, but the list should provide the main idea:

David Heaf wrote:I consider everything from putting a swarm in a container onwards a

Here is a tentative 'Richter scale' of honey bee treatments:
1. Putting bees in a container (e.g. skep, hollow log)
2. Providing top-bars with comb guides (e.g. Kenyan, Warré & Perone hives)
3. Providing frames
4. Providing frames with foundation
5. Providing plastic foundation
6. Providing a mesh floor
7. Nadiring / Supering
8. Opening the hive
9. Transporting the hive
10. Feeding (e.g. a. planting forage; b. honey.)
11. Removing honey
12. Controlling swarming
13. Drone suppression
14. Practising brood nest spreading
15. Providing a queen excluder
16. Clipping the queen's wing
17. Feeding sugar in emergencies.
18. Artificial queen breeding
19. Regular transportation of hives as in migratory beekeeping (i.e.
20. Removing too much honey and feeding back sugar syrup
21. Medicating with so-called organic treatments (e.g. a. powdered sugar; b.
organic acids present in the hive; c. essential oils present in the hive)
22. Medicating with synthetics and antibiotics

what do you think?
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