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Bcrazy 

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Talking to a friend who keeps bees over the pond and he asked if I could supply him with a skep.

No problems said I.

I now find out the Customs & Excise of the USA will not allow a straw skep because it can be used for keeping bees in.

Skeps are banned in the USA due to the problem with disease treatment, only moveable frames are permitted.

Strange.

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Send him a kit to produce is own(less the wheat straw provided) plus maybe a book, may I suggest .
SKEPS-Their History Making and Use by
Frank Alston :)ISBN 0-907908-38-1
Published by Northern Beebooks
Scout Bottom Farm,
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

John.
 

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and yet they are about in Canada, I have hefted one there. :)

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Hi John,

Thanks for the information I'll pass that on to him.

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Why not send it as a waste paper basket :) they look about the same
 

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Veg, that's a good idea.
I use a super market purchased linen basket to collect swarms in. they are cheap ,made of coiled straw, lined with hessien and complete with a lid.
Ok they only last three or four years (then again I rough handle them, forcing them into peculiar shapes to reach my goal :)) So describe as waste paper basket/ linen basket :cheers2:
John
 

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the devilish smuggling schemes of the british beekeeper :)
 

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