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  1. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    I seem to be almost completely untroubled by swarming this year. I'm running unlimited brood nests on starter strip. I keep them wax building by using 2:1 comb or foundation alternating with...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I think that's farming (in the traditional sense); and its when industrialists try to iron the ups and downs that the trouble starts. You have to live with it, and budget for the bad years. Round...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    I consider it a success already! So many experts insisted for so long that it would quickly end in tears! Instead its exceeded my expectations - so far! I'll sell nucs just as some as I think I...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    I think its best for me to regard these colonies as weak because they don't have whatever it takes, genetically, to be strong. (I'll be wrong in some cases, but its a rule of thumb thing) I'd...
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    Re: City TF Drones

    If you can shift the odds favourably why not do it?

    You can arrange matings in better and worse places

    You can influence the proportions of better drones in your own backyard

    Breeders (of...
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    Re: City TF Drones

    Does the scientific paper use the vague terms 'benefit', 'miniscule' 'effort expended'?

    Let's suppose the 'effort expended' by 'a number' of beekeepers was individually 'miniscule', what would be...
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    Re: City TF Drones

    How do you tell which things are beyond that power? Or is that beyond our power too?

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: City TF Drones

    To survive, and be thriving after two years is a very promising start. I wouldn't wait for supercedure - I'd want the original mother's offspring, not her daughters' - particularly if local drone...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    (From http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?309877-Natural-Selection-Management&p=1249848#post1249848)

    Hi Cathy,

    Sorry, it isn't clear at all. (If you're just beginning I wouldn't...
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    Re: City TF Drones

    Much will may depend on how many older buildings there are in the city district, how much greenery, how tolerant people are of feral hives. Where I live the two closest towns have largely Edwardian...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    You clearly haven't read the material I sent, to this thread, on John Kefus. Kefus has to _buy in mites_ in order to have some to test - to continually challenge - his stocks. He is a commercial...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    A few thoughts Snowhitsky

    First I have no experience of VSH bees. We don't have any VHS suppliers here in the UK. I don't focus on VHS - just thriving productively over several years.
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    Re: commercial level TF

    That's it? You measured 'hygiene'? What sort? How? How else did you evaluate for best maternal material? How did you control paternal input?

    Did you bring in any known or anticipated...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    Then stick with orthodox beekeeping, and quit telling us here we're all liars. There's nothing convoluted about that challenge: if you think you've done everything that could be done, and that you...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    The horse is not dead by a long shot. Until you tell us what you did we have no way of knowing how much you know about raising resistance. Having kept lots of colonies successfully using orthodox...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    This again seems to refute my first view Roland. I'm sure I've read something to that effect someplace, but haven't found it yet.
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    Re: commercial level TF

    Simply splitting as a strategy to continue to have enough hives/create brood breaks does nothing to raise resistance. Digging out drone comb, artificial swarming, the same. Anything designed to...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    Huh?

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: commercial level TF

    Unfortunately that sort of testimony does nothing to remove the suspicion that someone might have had more success if he'd done something or things differently. Writing an account can be hard work,...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    Trying to find the ref I found this instead, which appears to contradict my first statement:

    Comments on: “Varroa destructor: research avenues towards sustainable control”
    Robert G Danka1*,...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    Start helping. Work toward being part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

    Spend next winter learning, talking to people, and making a great plan.

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: commercial level TF

    Its true universally. But find me just 2 quotes in the many thousands of post on the Beesource Treatment Free forum where somebody has actually said that will you?

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: commercial level TF

    I'm not a commercial beekeeper, and so I thought what I'd have to say would be of limited use. I was trying to keep the thread on track.

    Thanks for your fine appreciation of my effort Barry. ...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    Was there competition from Chinese and Asian honey then? The market has tightened everywhere in the developed world. We have to run to stand still. What difference has that made?

    Mike (UK)
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