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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Thanks SP. It sounds like its all working for you! I don't track my queens, and I wonder how many poorly performing hives are just worn out queens. Certainly I've had some suddenly burst into life...
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    That's a good average SP. Can you go over your methods/management for us briefly? In particular are you replacing old queens?



    Hear hear

    Mike UK
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Here in the UK, in my experience, this isn't the case, and I think it might be something of a factoid - a theory about how ferals beat varroa that's come to be accepted as true. Most of my bees...
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    Sticky: Re: treatment free member listing

    Colour-coded pins?

    Mike (UK)
  5. Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Does any of this mite-monitoring truly improve on traditional make-increase-from-the-best, when 'best' is the most productive under hands off condition?

    I guess most of the need for more intensive...
  6. Re: Why should people care about the honey bee?

    One way is by encouraging small children to become interested in nature. Not all will bite, but an effort to enchant small children with the beauty present in the natural world, the elegance of the...
  7. Re: Why should people care about the honey bee?

    I think that is incomplete. In rough terms: we can (and are) destroying large numbers of species. Those species at risk, and the species that depend on them, do need us (to stop destroying them). ...
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    Re: Culling drone brood

    He does? Can you show us where?

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Culling drone brood

    I think anything that restricts them from doing what comes naturally is a potential stress - but not necessarirly a terrible one. Life is full of stresses.

    But failing to allow genetic health...
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    Re: Culling drone brood

    It may also be an equally, or more, important mechanism, by which populations gain resistance. Those individuals that are worse at controlling varroa have fewer drones to spread their genes. (That...
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    Re: Culling drone brood

    Wow!

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Culling drone brood

    And there you have the recipe for sickening a population. Unless of course you are raising queens properly elsewhere. But if that is the case, that should be stated.

    Otherwise all this drone...
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    Re: Culling drone brood

    It all about spreading genes Peter. You don't need to make sperm. But you, and every other male on the planet does. Think about it this way: the genes of those individuals that didn't are long...
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    Re: hypothetical question

    Can you quantify 'huge' for me JW?

    Can you also quantify 'hybrid' for me? Could you respond to Randy's account of the relationship between aggression and mitotype that I posted above?



    And...
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    Re: hypothetical question

    Aghh! There had to be flaw somewhere!

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: hypothetical question

    No, it was a necessary question, which you've gone some way to addressing. Thanks.

    Does this not clash with your interpretation of the necessary relation between mitotype and behaviour?
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    Re: hypothetical question

    JW could you tell us please what an 'Africanised bee' is?

    Is it a bee with 10% African genes for example? 20%? Does it matter which genes they are, or would any 20% do?

    Or is it an...
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    Re: hypothetical question

    Sounds like you met an interesting species of traditional bee husbandryman! A breath of fresh air doesn't cover it. He probably doesn't get fantastic yields, but probably gets more honey per input...
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    Re: hypothetical question

    Portable?

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: hypothetical question

    What would be the point of that? A continuous colony is a continuous colony. All that can be questioned is the likelihood and evidence of continuity.
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    Re: hypothetical question

    What do you say to those who point out that by maintaining lines that need treatments you are condemning future generations to a worse future?

    'Husbandry' is first and foremost about taking care...
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    Re: hypothetical question

    John Kefuss: A few leads for you here. He tends to keep his head down.

    Comments on: “Varroa destructor: research avenues towards sustainable control”
    Robert G Danka1*, Thomas E Rinderer1, Marla...
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    Re: hypothetical question

    As far as you go I think you are right Dick. But its worth pointing out there is a larger context here. I'm sure many farm animals look very healthy on their diets of antibiotics too. That doesn't...
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    Re: hypothetical question

    That's the spirit. And that spirit is what a tf beekeeper needs almost as much as mite-managing bees.

    Add John Kufus to your reading list. He is the architect of the 'bond test' which is what...
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    Re: hypothetical question

    I've never bothered looking for mites. I want mites - they keep my bees' genes strong. I've gone from no hives to (current) 68 in 5 years, without buying a single bee, or treating or fiddling in...
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