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  1. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Since our queens mate with area drones, it is our own best interest that as many colonies as possible around us are also treatment free survivors. It also expands our gene pool. I believe that the...
  2. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    That's what Michael Bush keeps saying.

    I believe that we have less virulent mites. It just makes sense. It seems to be the conclusion to Tom Seeley's studies. There are some very good...
  3. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    My way of looking at it is that the amazing virulent genetics are in the treated hives. Only we treatment free beeks and ferals have the non amazing virulent genetics.

    What so you guys think?
  4. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Good point. The ferals make very little surplus honey.
  5. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    My numbers were exagerated for effect from my current opinion but not by much. The reason I think beekeeping practices do not matter much is because of the surviving ferals in forests where there...
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    Re: Bees seem runny but not aggressive?

    I remember reading on Beesource that runniness was(is) a trait of the German bees (mellifera mellifera).
  7. Re: Local absence and local extinction, a confounding factor in TF prescriptions

    Maybe the secret to successful treatment free beekeeping is something like:

    10% Competent Beekeepers
    10% Genetics of the local bees
    80% Genetics of the local varroa mites
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    Re: Hello from N.C.

    Welcome from Lincoln Co. Beesource has a great wealth of information and members are great.
  9. Thread: Purvis Queens

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    Re: Purvis Queens

    I heard his lines were great. Wish I could buy some queens.
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    Re: letting the bees clean frames

    Yes, put them on just before dark. Also, if there is a something of a flow happening they will not go beserk and tear up the comb like they will in a dearth.
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    Re: letting the bees clean frames

    Oops. I meant the hole to the outside, not the hole in the center of the inner cover.
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    Re: Swarm Cells How to Split?

    They probably being supercedure cells instead of swarm cells is a good point. And swarm cells are usually much more numerous.
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    Re: letting the bees clean frames

    I agree with David. I like to put the wet frames above the inner cover (with the hole covered with duct tape) and an empty. My reasoning is to make sure they perceive the wet frames as not a part...
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    Re: Advice w/Potential swarming colony

    Making 2 more nucs is a good idea. You want that hive's genetics in other hives and it should prevent swarming. Afterswarms occur if the hive is very large and overcrowded. I live in a very...
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    Re: Swarm Cells How to Split?

    Moving either all queen cells or the queen might work okay. But, I'd move the queen and support bees, brood and feed. It's easier and you don't have to worry about having missed a queen cell. ...
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    Re: Hi from Cheshire, UK

    Welcome.
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    Re: Is there anything....

    I plant Niger. Blooms in 2 months from seeding if enough water. Bees love it.
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    Re: indicator of queen right nuc?

    Am I correct that the queen should be laying within 2 weeks of emergence? The 30 days is from graft or transfer of day old larva-correct?
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    Re: indicator of queen right nuc?

    I'm careful enough that I am confident that I didn't damage the queen myself. The workers and queen (from a planted queen cell) were not from the same hive. I thought that the queen may have to lay...
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    Re: indicator of queen right nuc?

    Last year I checked around 8 nucs after I thought the queens should have been laying for a few days. I saw all the mated queens and eggs. When I checked again in a couple of weeks, 3 of them were...
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    indicator of queen right nuc?

    How can you tell if a mating nuc is queen right without taking out frames? I have checked for eggs or the queen too early before and it resulted in disasters.

    I placed a little pollen sub on...
  22. Re: I need a hayfield sprayed for briars/wild blackberries...

    I have 70 acres in permanent pasture. Blackberries and especially dewberries had become a big problem in much of it. A few weeks ago I sprayed about 200 gallons of Remedy(don't mix another...
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    Re: Hello from Upstate SC

    Welcome. The more experience you have, the more you realize how little you know.
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    Re: How do I get last bit of honey from cappings?

    Roland, you make an excellent argument. AFB is terrible. I'll never leave honey out in cappings or otherwise again. And I'll be very careful when feeding honey to the bees again either. The...
  25. Re: Flow ended 35 28′ N, 81 14′ W Lincolnton NC ?

    But I haven't seen them bringing in water yet. So, they're probably bringing in just enough nectar to maintain right now----no gain, no loss.

    I am in the process of cleaning my extractor, etc and...
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