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    Re: Tired of the nasty tempered hive.

    Back in the '80's (long before Africans arrived) I had a junk yard dog mean hive. I hated that hive. I armored up every time I got near it...is was second in a row of six next to an alfalfa field...
  2. Re: NY Times Editorial: "Risking Another Silent Spring".

    If it's the soccer game, game over. Now what? :popcorn:
  3. Re: papers provide conclusive evidence that the pesticides are causing the mass death

    :popcorn: wow.... I should have taken a sedative before reading this thread and all the insults....
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    Re: Newbee questions - So. Cal.

    From the video looks like they're doing fine, a nice normal hive. You mentioned installing a screen over the entrance, if you've not yet done it, I would not. Absolutely no indication of robbing in...
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    Re: Help a first timer please!

    The bearding is normal. I would strongly suggest adding another super, extracting one if you have it. They may or may not draw out the foundation, but it will at least give them more room in the...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Congratulations on your good fortune with the queens, squarepeg! It will be interesting to hear how they track over the next couple of years.
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    Re: Newbee questions - So. Cal.

    I've started with cinnamon sprinkled on the inner cover. If that isn't enough, the second time I treat the inner cover and also sprinkle a band of cinnamon around the colony. That seems to have...
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    Re: Newbee questions - So. Cal.

    Stoney, I've used cinnamon successfully to deal with ants also.
    Regarding treatment free, a lot of us find our greatest success by using bees that have never been treated, rather than trying to...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    That was certainly part of it. But there is also the reality that while he was free with his criticism, much of it justified, some was not. And when called on it...
    history repeats itself.
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Some of you will recall Mr. Borst bailed out on the Beesource Forum like this a few years back.
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    hmmmm where to start?

    Research is crucial, and deliberate scientific research is important, but there are usually limitations to each study. Limitations related to funding, to the criteria used...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Points well made and clarified, Peter, thanks.
    Re your P.S., personally I made my claim in 2005 and 2006 and have been proving it since. 9 years treatment free, no crashes.
    Regards,
    Steven
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    Re: serious varroa infestation

    Treat for the mites, and requeen with a B. Weaver queen. They are still available overnight. I've used them for 8 years and have never treated for mites, nor lost any colonies to mites.
    Regards,...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    And the European study cited by Peter Loring Borst started with bees that had been treated for mites, to get the colonies on a level playing field. My question is, if the bees were treated, and...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    :lpf: understand about annoying! I have never, in all my years of beekeeping, going back to Starline hybrids, never been able to work bees in a t shirt. My meanest hive was back in 1975, and only...
  16. Re: Massive Die Off from SHB. Is There A Treatment Free Solution?

    jbeshearse and David LaFerney, thanks for the replies, most helpful to the group. Also loved the pix jbeshearse! And David, congratulations on no losses this winter!
    Regards,
    Steven
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    That is wonderful news! And I am being sincere in my compliment to you. We had long-time experienced beekeepers here in Missouri lose 60% of their colonies this past winter. I myself experienced...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Peter, I think my earlier posting in reply to your question about chemicals and bees did not quite answer you. From what I've read in the literature, all appearances are that bees which have been...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Hi Peter,
    To answer your question in post #62 above, I have no knowledge or experience of "once bees exposed to chemicals they cannot live without them."
    What I have discovered is that when I buy...
  20. Re: Massive Die Off from SHB. Is There A Treatment Free Solution?

    I seem to recall that beekeepers in the south discovered early on that the small hive beetle can destroy even strong colonies. The bees really have no way of combatting them. They do dismember...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Thanks squarepeg. Now that I'm "back in the saddle" I hope to get my losses back down to around 10% a year. I plan to look for additional sources of queens so I can mix genetics and hopefully...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Squarepeg, good to be back to an almost normal life after the move and relocating (and neglecting) my bees for nearly three years.

    Over the years several of us treatment free beekeepers have...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    "so called treatment free beekeepers" in the opening statement... wonder what is meant by that? Several of us, myself included, are treatment free, and have been successfully so. Do you apply the...
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    Re: Praying Mantis redux

    A couple of years ago a link was posted on the forum to a youtube or some such video of a mantis sitting under the bottom board of a hive, enjoying dining on a honeybee.
  25. Re: Received conflicting advice on going treatment free

    Heaflaw, I don't mind telling... I've been telling for 7 years now....and I do not mind repeating myself. Appreciate you asking, for the benefit of some new readers.
    My most successful bees have...
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