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    Re: My TF foundationless experiment

    I prefer the strategy of free drone rearing. I cannot understand why would they make too many of them, especially in TF beekeeping.

    In TF beekeeping drone rearing success is dramatically lower...
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    Re: Flooding DCAs

    The surrounding beekeepers and wild stock is partly unknown to me, how much unknown, I donīt know. This brings uncertainty to this plan of flooding the DCA. An more, it is not just the number of...
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    Re: Flooding DCAs

    My first 6 years treatment free beekeeping 2008-2014 I used isolation mated queens. Only the best lines were accepted to be drone hives.

    Then, all of a sudden, started serious problems; bees...
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    Re: Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    I have a friend, Kari Pirhonen, who taught me by hand. He also make the devices and has sent some sting hooks to US too...

    All the details are pretty straight forward, it just needs a lot of...
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    Re: Move QC's 10th or 11th day?

    Wondering the same... and all the rest as well...
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    Re: Move QC's 10th or 11th day?

    On the 10th I make mating nucs and move ripe cell to the mini hives. Reason being if you have taken grafts of some larger larvae (up to 48 h old larvae make perfect queens!), there are sometimes...
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    Re: My TF foundationless experiment

    26340

    I think this is similar.
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    Re: Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    Seems to me the best TF bees regulate egg laying. This regulation is done by feeding bees and the queen together? The stock I have at the moment is getting fairly weak in August, after that they...
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    Re: Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    Yep, that is the reason at least for me.
    When the queens are 8 days old I gage them, 1 day before insemination, give them 3-4 minutes CO2 treatment and return them into the hive in cages. Each one...
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    Re: Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    Interesting would be to know how they in these studies counted the length of CO2 treatment and narcosis. Was it the actual time the queen was kept in plastic bag (or similar) or was it the time she...
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    Re: Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    Thanks AstroBee!

    I did the first inseminations on the 17th, so Iīll wait couple days and give them then a short CO2 "treatment" if there is no laying. I have never before done a third treatment.
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    Re: Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    How long do you wait for the start of laying?
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    Instrumental insemination, CO2 time

    Just curious how long CO2 gasification times you folks are using. My system has been over the last few years 3-4 min one day before insemination ( and second gas comes with insemination)

    Is there...
  14. Re: importance of treating neighbours in TF beekeeping

    Correction:
    Actually it is +3C, donīt want to make things look better than they really are...
  15. Re: importance of treating neighbours in TF beekeeping

    Well said OT.

    If I said that I had 20% losses this winter, that is true.
    Then I could add that a treating beekeeper here near by said he had about the same. All true. (endless rain 2015,...
  16. Re: BWeaver queens, mite tolerant yes, aggressive yes, make good crosses yes

    Slow buildup is very typical for genuine varroa resistant bees.

    Here is a quote of JWChesnut from another thread: "Hygienic behaviour is killing your own larvae, and over-enthusiasm with this...
  17. Re: BWeaver queens, mite tolerant yes, aggressive yes, make good crosses yes

    Thanks for this report. The big variation between the 3 queens is a bit surprising for me. I would have thought that an established, long line commercial TF queen producer would be able to sell more...
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    Re: Anyone TF in Eastern PA?

    Agreed, I consider under 5% infestation rate ok, good would be somewhere under 2%. So if you have 20000 bees in your hive there can be 400 mites and that would actually be better that ok.

    Tip:...
  19. Re: Could competitive displacement explain Michael Bush's treatment free bees?

    How did they rule out that Ron Hoskins bees did not have other varroa resistance qualities (taking out infested larvae, grooming etc.) as well? Did they take his bees to someone elses beeyard for a...
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    Re: About To Give UP TF

    We both know that is not what I meant. :D

    If it is me who gets booted, Iīll happy to accept that too.
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    Re: About To Give UP TF

    There should be a democratic method of getting people out of this forum. Some sort of poll. If for instance 50% or more of the voters want somebody out and there are more than 20 people voting. How...
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    Re: About To Give UP TF

    Just came back from a lecturing trip to Estonia. They donīt even have varroa resistance in evaluation of breeders there, nor do they have it in Denmark, they only have hygienic tests. My prediction...
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    Re: About To Give UP TF

    :D
    Well said, I hope the real moderators understand to do something.
  24. Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Wow, what a carni! So much yellow, that you either have wrong hive in picture or the queen has been changed.
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    Re: Allogrooming Is Here!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhD2izhLXFg

    also Primorski related bees
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