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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    If you want answers to those questions, you should open one or more separate threads. It is distinctly off topic for this particular thread.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    You are seeing why I never feed pollen sub in spring. We have had near continuous pollen available since mid February.
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    Re: What bee suits you?

    Decide which breed based on what you are producing. If you need early spring pollination, some breed of Italian is good. If you have harsh winters and an early spring flow Carniolans would be a...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I helped a beginner do spring inspections of his colonies. He had 2 colonies from me and 5 that were purchased from one of his relatives.

    1 - from me, medium colony, good queen, needed some feed....
  5. Re: Minimum number of hives to be self sustainable and TF?

    You have to keep enough colonies to exceed the pressure of mite susceptible colonies in the surrounding area. I pushed my colonies to swarm heavily a few years to move a few dozen feral colonies...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    Oldtimer, while I run my bees on small cell, I have started 3 beginners with bees over the last 6 years. Two of them are using regular foundation from Kelley. One is using PF106 plastic 4.9 frames...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    It is a beautiful sunny day here in North Alabama with temps about 80F. Bees are flying freely and collecting moderate amounts of pollen. I have peach and nectaplum trees in full bloom in my yard. ...
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    Re: Sugar to water ratio

    More beekeepers goof up with fall feeding than with spring. Think of it in terms of metabolic stress on the bees. They have to expend energy and resources to invert sugar syrup. This causes them...
  9. Re: Question: Small cell wax foundation vs. foundationless for bees raised on small c

    Look at this in terms of advantages and disadvantages.

    If you are treatment free, natural comb permits you to avoid chemicals in the wax. No foundation means you won't start with the levels of...
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    Re: 9 Frame Natural Comb

    There are no conditions where I would run 9 frames in a 10 frame box as a brood nest. I purchased some colonies several years ago that had 9 frames for brood. It was a tremendous mess to clean up. ...
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    Re: WHAT DEFINES FERAL BEES

    Ferae naturae - latin term used to describe honeybees. The essential meaning is that all bees are non-domesticated livestock in the sense that a horse can be domesticated, but honeybees cannot. ...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Bright sunshine and 55 degrees today had the bees out in force. They are bringing in olive green pollen. I did top checks - pull off the cover, verify colony position and access to stores - on the...
  13. Re: Treatment Free Study in Northeast Pennsylvania

    The best information is that varroa crossed over from Apis Cerana a bit over 100 years ago. Apis Mellifera was brought into the Primorski region between 1900 and 1930 in an attempt to improve honey...
  14. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    Not many readers here also have read Ringworld and the selection of the luckiest of the lucky.

    The Achilles heel of bee breeding is that the queens mate in the air with whatever drones are...
  15. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    With a good 5 year plan and using stock that is already available, it would be possible to convert entirely to mite tolerant lines of bees with no actual loss of production. It would require the...
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    Re: Bring Back Our Black Bees!

    Arguing with a beekeeper is like mud-wrestling with a pig. After a while, you realize the pig likes it.
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    Re: Bring Back Our Black Bees!

    I dealt with black bees from my first colonies in 1969 until they were nearly wiped out by varroa in 1993. They are not entirely gone. My line of mite tolerant bees are derived from a single 2004...
  18. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    Just going treatment free is not the answer. Start with getting some queens that are from a treatment free program. There are a couple of sources available in Europe.

    There is no good answer for...
  19. Re: Any treatment-free beeks in Central Florida?

    Not answering for the others, but Carpenter Apiaries is an hour or so South of you at Frostproof.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I need to drive up to Rainsville and check the colonies at my mother's place, but the colonies here are all alive and well. We have 50 degrees and bright sunshine. There is still patchy snow on the...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    An exceptional queen can clip out 5100 per day. I've only seen that rate one time about 25 years ago. I've had several good queens over the years that hit 3000 to 4000 per day for brief periods. ...
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    Re: Organic Based Bee Food

    I am in process of breeding a high protein corn (maize) for the specific purpose of feeding chickens. I have lines from ARS-GRIN that increase methionine and lysine content significantly. I will be...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Mudd Creek Barbeque was a treat since I was 4 years old. We stopped many times on the way to my Grandma's house in Pelham TN.

    I shoveled a trail through the snow so I could feed the chickens and...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Snow is 8 inches deep here and about the same at my Mother's place which is 15 miles from Squarepeg. Bees are buzzing strongly in the colonies I keep on the edge of my porch so no problems so far. ...
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    Re: Improving genetics

    Just put an empty frame between two frames of brood and within 2 weeks, with a good flow, you will have a frame of drone brood.
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