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    Re: TF until today

    A more appropriate analogy, to my thinking, is for someone to insist on buying from a person who refuses to get medical care for their children...you know....those 'Bond method' parents.
    As long as...
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    Re: What is going on with this?

    It isn't that simple. Looking at the brood patterns...half or more of the developing brood didn't survive to emerge. What do you think that says about those that did survive? Do you think they'll...
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    Re: What is going on with this?

    I did not get to a number of my hives until the past week.....my mileage did not vary. My bees and I will pay dearly.
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    Re: What is going on with this?

    This would be my thinking. I think in an earlier thread the op stated that he had a substantial mite drop. I consistently find these sort of symptoms, this late in the season in colonies with high...
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    Re: Tax Numbers and accouting

    Some years ago when my beekeeping income reached a point that I could no longer ignore it, I began reporting and paying sales tax in GA. I collect 3% on retail honey and 7% on everything...
  6. Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    The thing that would make this especially interesting, at least to me, is if your other hives have good brood patterns but still had high mite infestations. I'm not saying you should test them...
  7. Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see some DWV but that's not always the case.
    For reasons that I can only guess at....this has been a great year for mites.....meaning the infestations seem bigger and...
  8. Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    I can't speak for yours...but at near 10% many of mine would be noticeably spotty.
  9. Re: today's mite count on a five year tf survivor.

    Are your capped brood patterns still looking good?
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    Re: Treatment free vs. good sense.

    There are those who have stated much the same about varroa. I suppose if you are beekeeping in one of the 47 states where varroa are recognized as a serious threat to beekeepers....you might take a...
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    Re: Treatment free vs. good sense.

    I started a tf yard using swarms collected that had no apparent managed source....thinking 'feral survivors'. The first year losses were three times that of my conventional startups. By the end of...
  12. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Welllll....heck. Since you put it that way....why would anyone count mites? OK....everybody.....I take it all back. Counting mites is a waste of time. :)
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    I think that trends would tell much more than single data points....but getting many folks to test at all seems a Herculean task. Getting them to do multiples would be impossible.
    PS....BIP?
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    So....you're saying that Salk created a polio vaccine without any testing or record keeping? I ain't buying a word of it.
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    At last! Good thinking.
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    I find that most beekeepers aren't far apart in their desire for healthy bees.




    Keep in mind that there are those who've insisted that the solution to varroa is NOT genetics but cell size....
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    Why do you suppose those hives were weak? One of the classic symptoms of varroa infestation is a lack of colony vigor.
    I spent hundreds of hours in labor units during the late 90s. During that time...
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    StevenG, I really am not opposed to people going the tf route. I do believe that way too many choose that path long before they have the experience and skills to understand the impact of varroa in so...
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    You've written a book? You are a paid speaker and event organizer promoting your beekeeping techniques? If not, my comments didn't apply to you.
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    I certainly don't think everyone should keep bees the same way I do. I don't care what kind of records they keep. I don't think doing things my way makes anyone a better tf or conventional beekeeper....
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    I still find myself excited about beekeeping. Make no mistake....some days are a grind but....trying to understand the dynamics of the colonies and how they interact are fascinating....to me, at...
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    In my opinion, the importance for hobbyists isn't about 'proving anything'. It is about knowledge. If you test and your infestation is high....and your colony collapses during the winter, you can...
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    Re: Treatment free vs. good sense.

    This, in my opinion, is not 'good sense'. If you wait until your colonies are showing overt symptoms it is often too late to treat. By then treating may only cloud the issue. You treat and they still...
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    Yeah....it's just as entertaining here as it is in the rest of the world.
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    I love it when people take a narrow piece of research and attempt to apply it to a broader application. You should stick with what you understand.
    PS overuse of c sections in this country are driven...
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