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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Hi Juhani I pm'ed you the contact details for the NZ treatment free guy.

    Your kiwi friend, that is your old kiwi boss? He will be at the Taupo seminar? If so I will keep an eye out for him. :)
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Yes, one day when all known mite treatments have stopped working, we may have no option but import some new bees. But for now, it's a no no. Although there are some beekeepers who support the idea.
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Yes well part of locality may be the bee strains that are wild in that location, so will be interesting to see how your efforts turn out Squarepeg, you must update from time to time. :)

    I am...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    Good point JWC. Where I am we have brood 12 months of the year. Quite a few beekeepers including hobbyists and commercials have tried to achieve TF beekeeping and all have failed, this despite...
  5. Re: I need to move a hive about 50'. i need to know how.

    Yes agree, just move them.

    But here is a couple things I try to do in similar situation. I don't put branch or anything in front of the hive, has never made any difference, for me. But if it's...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    CtyAcres, thanks for your observation how to get bees to survive Treatment Free in Nebraska, presented with humour, and flair. :)

    I am really pleased you presented this from your own personal 4...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    You have made an interesting point Squarepeg. I have often wondered why it is that some strains do not rob much, while it would seem an advantage to them if they did. My personal theory is that for...
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    Re: Top bar in a Lang.

    Ouch! I don't think that would be very nice for the bees!

    Warre philosophy is you are not supposed to be "in" the hive very much, other than take honey boxes off or put an empty box underneath.
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    Re: Top bar in a Lang.

    You cannot stop them from joining the comb. The only reason they would not join it is if they need a bees space for walking to the other side of the comb, or if the hive is just not doing that well....
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    I had exactly the same thing said to me when my TF hives eventually suffered 100% loss.

    People could only make such a statement if they do not understand that beekeeping is local.
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    Re: Bees in a water meter box.

    Best plan would be set the hive up right on top of the water meter box. No bottom on the bee box and all the comb set into the bee box frames. the bees will move right in. Give them a couple weeks to...
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    Re: What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept

    Since it's a big deal, what are your own qualifications Mike?
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    Re: Color of brood cappings

    Could be a bad sign.

    If the hole in the cap is round and in the middle and the larva inside is white, it's just the bees have not finished making the cap. But if there is a jagged hole then the...
  14. Re: NY Times OpEd Piece on Colony Collapse Disorder

    Cheers. :) :thumbsup:
  15. Re: NY Times OpEd Piece on Colony Collapse Disorder

    Yes the mite treatments cause problems also for drones and queens. Between mites & their diseases, and treatments for mites, it's a double whammy. Probably less so for the types of treatments you are...
  16. Re: Bee foraging skills impaired by neonicotinoid pesticides

    Good comments.

    And thanks for that Walt, I did look for that but somehow missed it. However it appears my assumption was correct, the bees were both fed the poison, and sprayed with it.

    When...
  17. Re: Bee foraging skills impaired by neonicotinoid pesticides

    This article has the same old problem that we have been talking about here, circuitously, for years.

    I cannot see the whole study without paying money. But what I can access from the links...
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    Re: Black Sugar Syrup

    Can you ask the guy you got it from?

    But if not, well me anyway, going into winter I would not feed syrup that was black due to an unknown contaminant. A 5 gallon bucket of nice new white sugar is...
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    Re: That wow feeling

    Yes.

    Split a new beekeeper friends hive for them a week ago and put a new queen in the queenless half, and just checked it yesterday. I had explained to them the new queen is not always accepted,...
  20. Re: Swarm retrieval assistance using a drone (aircraft, NOT the male bee)

    I have a drone, dang thing's a lot harder to fly in tight spots than the promo videos make it look.

    In theory yes, it could be used to get a line to the swarm, a slingshot could be easier. Had...
  21. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    Not arguing with you Bernhard, although imo there are still some unknowns.

    Collating everything together that I can on it, my own personal belief is that if, as you probably are, a beekeeper is in...
  22. Re: NY Times OpEd Piece on Colony Collapse Disorder

    It's mites not neonics.

    Before mites got to my country ( year 2000 ) pretty much every queen was good for 2 years, that was the expected useful life. Most of them if not requeened would be...
  23. Re: CAPA Report: 58% overwinter colony mortality in Ontario.

    Yeah, like spraying organophosphates all over the crops. Wonder how the bees are coming along.
  24. Re: Advice for moving hives, 2 deeps and 1 super.

    Suit up, give them a good smoke in the entrance, then just do it. Work quickly but calmly.

    Unless they are very aggressive bees anyway you should not suffer too many stinging attempts.

    The one...
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    Re: Celebrity Beekeeper

    OK deleted those posts incase they culturally insensitive or something.
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