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  1. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    Yes he did, video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RriNoKaroHw

    look at 23 minutes 30 sec
  2. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    Important breeder queens are confined to small nucs, so that they cannot lay much. Egg are larger, plus the queen holds on longer.
  3. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    No wonder hearing all those complaints from US that queen bees donīt even live half a year. A sure sign of poor quality.
    No wonder Brother Adam explained how many things there is to think about to...
  4. Re: study: Life span of worker honeybees reared in colonies kept on small-cell combs

    In figure 1 it is shown that when they compared small cells bees with normal cell bees(5,56mm , is that normal ?! in Finland normal is 5,3mm)
    they found out that 2011 bees from normal cells lived...
  5. Re: study: Life span of worker honeybees reared in colonies kept on small-cell combs

    I wonder would this page ever put anything negative to small cell as a link on show...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I found that one, it is not the same, very much same topic and authors though.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Lauri might have a very good point here.

    "Varroa tolerance in Africanized bees explained"
    authors Stephen Martin and Luis Medina
    year 2003 or younger

    Couldnīt find the original with Google, I...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Thanks Bernhard.
    It is very hard nowadays know, what have the original bee races looked like, before the influence of man.

    Take example of my limited experience of Carniolans: in early 1990īs I...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Some comments on Lauris very skilful and well thought system.

    1. Good stock from the beginning, VSH and Carniolan. Carniolan bees have a better brood hygiene than Italians. They also make lees...
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    Re: Treatment free strategy

    Yes it could. I would add that after some years (how many years? make the decision today and stick to it, maybe 2-5) stop treating totally.

    My plan was reducing treatments little by little, plus...
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    Re: Artic blast

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    Nucs, comb area equals 4 Langstroth frames, -25 last week, wintering fine with right genetics
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    Re: squarepeg 2015

    This procedure will seriously mess up the breeding evaluations, not only this year but coming years too.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    No idea yet, Dr. Prof. Peter Neumann wants to collect surviving bees all over Europe, probably to find a common genetic dominator. Details are open.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Same here , samples are going to Switzerland
    Institute of Bee Health (http://www.bees.unibe.ch)
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    WHO are they?

    http://www.rawbeekeeping.com/bee-blog

    Blog about bees, but no names. Does anyone know them?
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Snl: Although I have never tried this method, Think of it from the bees perspective, they are 5 days queenless, what is their mental state? answer: "New queen is coming very soon"
  17. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Great post Fusion _Power!

    This is exactly what I meant in post 91. Expanding the island. It is something a beekeeper must work hard to create. It is the center idea of Josef Koller in Germany,...
  18. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    This is a very serious problem, and it is the same all over the world.

    Suggest to the beekeepers around you, that they either

    - start to maintain their own stock
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    - that you supply...
  19. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Ask them, I know nothing about their circumstances.

    Diversity is very important, virus resistance too.



    I donīt get you, how come inbreeding would be a problem when swarms/ferals are used?...
  20. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Genetics mostly, environment has a role, but selling them into other countries and getting good reports from other breeders has convinced me that probably the role of environment is not as important...
  21. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Exactly, thatīs the way to do it. Network is everything. Task is huge: to get all beekeeping in Europe treatment free. One person is nothing, together we can do anything if the goal is clear.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I think you have a very clever system, combined with good stock and management. No wonder you are thriving.

    My hives have 2 inches of free space beneath the bottom box, so they can rear as much...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    As I wrote, I recall 6, during the summer, systematicly as they are drawn, all 232x448 mm (=9 1/8 x 17 5/8 inches??) in size. He is a professional beekeeper.

    Iīm worried about his mating drones...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Lauri: There is one beekeeper in Finland who is totally treatment free and who claims that his secret is that he cuts a lot of drone brood. I think about 6 whole size Langstroth (232x448mm) frames in...
  25. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    Finnish lamb is famous for its breeding qualities, especially fecundity, every mother lamb nurse in average 2,5 lambkin. With other races it is 1-2/ mother. That is why they are exported to 40...
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