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  1. Thread: TF genetics

    by StevenG
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    Re: TF genetics

    Sqkcrk, I was wondering about Dan Purvis myself...I had great good fortune with his queens.

    Terry C and AR Beekeeper, thanks for clarifying your source of bees/queens.

    Years ago, before this...
  2. Thread: TF genetics

    by StevenG
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    Re: TF genetics

    sigh... I do so enjoy living a myth... bought B. Weaver packages and queens beginning in 2005. Have NEVER done mite treatments, not even mite counts. My annual losses run 6-23%, and are weather...
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    Re: Can you go treatment free after treating?

    Sally, I have been treatment free since 2005, others have longer. My short answer is, No, you cannot go treatment free after treating bees and expect them to survive more than a season or two. The...
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    Re: What bee suits you?

    I tested several types of bees in southern Missouri before moving to the St. Louis area: Russian, MnHyg, B. Weaver, Purvis, Russell, and local swarms. My goal was a bee that survived the winters in...
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    Re: requeening - what's best

    Martin, you want to go treatment free, but are uncertain whether to buy "local" bees that require treatments. OR Non-local bees that are treatment free, but supposedly have been bred in a climate as...
  6. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    FWIW after I tried several different strains of tf bees, all failed here in Missouri except B. Weaver's bees. Every year I buy 5-10 queens, make splits, requeen weak hives, and I also do some...
  7. Thread: Kelley Bees

    by StevenG
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    Re: Kelley Bees

    If you live in KY and are decently close to Kelley, and have a large order, how about driving down and picking it up? Ask (nicely) for a tour. A few years ago I had a pickup load order, expensive,...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Squarepeg, I am sooo glad you're doing this report! It is a great addition to the body of work advocating treatment free. As Oldtimer mentioned early in this thread, I did a blog here ca. 2009 for...
  9. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    Thanks Squarepeg...
    I think but have no empirical data on which to base this assumption, that you are correct. Infestation rate does not tell the whole story - the ability of the bees to deal with...
  10. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    To address a couple of questions/issues raised in previous posts... After a few years testing several different types/races of "treatment free" bees, I settled on the one breeder I started with. I...
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    Re: Looking for Treatment-Free Study

    Folks such as I have had great success using "treatment free" bees developed by some of the breeders. My guess is some of those breeders did not do any studies per se, they just kept breeding...
  12. Re: Why feed syrup in the spring, when they have plenty of stores?

    Just be sure to stay on top of them as they develop. In most of the country, more colonies die of starvation in March than probably any other time of the year.
    Regards,
    Steven
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    Re: Mountain Camp or Syrup?

    I put candy on my bees today... Still a chance for a good cold snap, but some hives light. 1 quart honey, 1 quart water, 20 pounds granulated cane sugar, bring to boil, pour into 8-12 foil loaf...
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    Re: Dead Out Numbers/Winter Losses

    My losses coming out of winter were 13%. And I do not treat for mites, never have.
    Regards,
    Steven
  15. Re: Beekeeping Photobomb (How NOT to market your honey)

    Thanks for sharing, that was soooo funny! :lpf:
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    Re: Label Design and Printing

    Design your own. Get Label Factory 4 Deluxe, get your label stock from Linton Labels, print them on your color printer, and you'll save a bunch of money!
    Regards,
    Steven
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    Re: Large Beekeepers and Treatment Free

    I would say that is more than significant! Do you mind if I ask what kind of bees you had, and where you got them?
    Regards,
    Steven
  18. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Dan, that is indeed part of the problem...everyone claiming to have the magic bullet. I've read studies that indicate cell size is irrelevant. For me, I've never used small cell, and have had...
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    Re: Large Beekeepers and Treatment Free

    When you say significant losses, what is significant? I've been TF since reentering beekeeping in 2005. My annual losses range from 6 to 20%. However, this past year I was devastated with a 30%...
  20. Thread: Why Monitor???

    by StevenG
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    IF you are a TF beekeeper, and decide to do mite counts, will the knowledge gained change your methodology? If you find high mite counts, are you going to then treat to knock them down? Or are you...
  21. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Dan (beemandan) I think we may just be on the same page. :gh: The one hive I observed DWV in several years ago came thru just fine, and is still going strong. I have been preaching all along it is...
  22. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Beemandan, first off, seriously, no offense taken at your comment regarding your recommendation that all TF beekeepers not test, that way they can blame their losses on other causes, because they...
  23. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    sfisher, life has overwhelmed me the last two weeks, I'll try to find what you're asking about and post it early next week. I assume you're referring to the blog that ran on this forum for a couple...
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    Re: Melting/Heating drums

    :D I'm looking forward to see the uncapping machine you're building at work!
    Steven
  25. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    A person should not go into any kind or type of beekeeping blindly. Some do, but they usually fail, or learn the hard and expensive way. I had kept bees about 20 years before quitting due to a...
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