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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Negotiations are still in progress but all's looking good.
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Hi Mike, do you have stats on the ages of the colonies which were lost through the winter? I'm wondering whether there's a common trend in the losses or whether it was an even loss across-the-board. ...
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    Re: Frame wire crimper

    Interesting difference in use/approach between the US and UK. The crimper gadgets are marketed here for tightening wires (at comb change-out) which have loosened for one reason or another during the...
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    Re: Lets talk labels

    As someone who just about 'gets by' where computers are concerned I'd agree with Lauri. Vista's an immensely user friendly system and as she says, you can get some good deals if you've got the time...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    In itself, nothing. Why not contact him and have a chat -he may even be interested in incorporating your treatment free strain into his breeding programme.
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    Big question, what's this person bringing to the business? You already have a couple of hundred colonies and, presumably, the extraction gear and premises to keep going for a while, so what will your...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    A slightly different angle is thought through in this piece from "The Behaviour of Bees and of Bee-keepers by H.J.Wadey". 1948.
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    Re: all in one queen cells cast in wax

    You could cut the cups out prior to use, then use molten wax to glue them to the bar individually.
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    Not a slippery slope at all Mike, just a thought -nothing wrong with thinking.

    If a live/let die approach is taken there has got to be a loss of material which might be useful in other areas of...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    I often wonder how much great breeding material has been squandered by allowing lines to die out just because they're not at the top of the game with regards to handling varroa.
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Apologies but no, this country boy couldn't possibly do justice to what Ricarda Kather explains so eloquently.
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    This is an excellent explanation of why:


    http://youtu.be/fE4emUMyOWs
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Hi Mike, I over winter very small mating nucs with the last queen of the season every year so I'm well aware of how a healthy well made unit can go through winter and drive forward the following...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Natural breaks are fine, we see it to some extent with our carnica type bees some summers, but of course, two and a half months (which I appreciate may have been a misinterpretation of data) isn't...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    The greater cost is the lack of time that it's left for record keeping...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Hi Mike, as I said, your post was tied to a quote from one of my previous posts, so I wasn't sure whether the molly-coddling/breeding weak bees paragraph was actually aimed at me directly :) Thanks...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    As your post was tied to a quote from one of my posts.



    I don't understand the meaning of this line. Would you like to spell it out for me?
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Jon:

    Glad to hear that things are underway, I remember this being discussed on another forum some time back. Sounds like a positive initial approach. Is the forward breeding going to be based on...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Of course not, but a lot must depend on how robust and widespread the initial population is, as Juhani has mentioned with regards to TF, there's an ever present danger of inbreeding if it's not...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Might greater diversity not be more likely to produce results or do you think that there's an equally high chance of successfully selecting from within the available amm genetics? Mike B has...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    I've contacted various people who are TF in the UK over the years and, with one exception, generally been left rather underwhelmed. The exception knew his stuff, but even he (at least at the time)...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Have you come across anyone in the UK who's making continued verifiable progress with TF?
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Thankyou. Of course, with increased stability of your own bees I imagine that there may be real potential for you to narrow those results in future years.
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    May I ask how your colony average compares to that of treated colonies in the same/comparable region of your country?
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    I've noticed over the years (at least on UK bee forums) that a lot of the most prolific posters do so during usual office hours but make few appearances on weekends :)
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