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    Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1yXO648Zto

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAhUWscg-50

    videos from 2007


    It is absolutely normal. I wondered too if it is something what happens only in my...
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    Re: virgin vs. original queen

    Bees reaction to virgin queen depends on their needs. If their old queen is not working well they will not kill the virgin queen, but putting a virgin into hive like this might still be a challenge....
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    Re: Virgin Queen or Laying?

    Queens have variation in size. Italian queens are huge compared to some buckfast or primorski lines. How she has been fed is one important thing too.
    Your queen looks perfectly normal to me, more so...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    I WAS mistaken, here it is:
    http://www.owa.cc/?p=content&c=6&i=39

    Something like this I would like to see more.
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    In fact I did not find the referring to a comment of a scientist I recall seeing there before.. This scientist had studied various bees (claimed to be resistant) and found their to be one of the most...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    This is important. I would not even dream of calling my bees treatment free (= suitable for treatment free beekeeping) if I did not have testimony from another beekeeper. You can boast , write as a...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    Kirk is using 5,2mm cells and we had good laughs when talking about this phenomena...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    I have normal 5,3mm cells, and have never even considered changing to smaller ones. 6 years without any treatments, last year crop 34kg average, 80 hives.


    In a Finnish beekeeping book (...
  9. Re: Feeding pollen patties to encourage early brood up in overwintered colonies

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    If you have hives like this two weeks before willow blooming, there is no need for patties. Make sure you are overwintering strong colonies, that is the secret for spring crop.
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    As I told, if you read, a lot of that happening in Finland.
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    I wonder. There are at least in Finland a lot of beekeepers saying that they do not have mite problems( they treat with all possible methods) but they have virus problems.

    Something well...
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    The sentence "Earlier 95% treatment efficiency was enough, today 99% is needed." is more like the official statement, answer to me by a beekeeper adviser when I asked how come beekeepers are...
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    Virues (which don´t need mite made holes to infect, quote of opening post) have become worse. "Earlier 95% treatment efficiency was enough, today 99% is needed." This is how it is seen in Finland.
  14. Re: Feeding pollen patties to encourage early brood up in overwintered colonies

    If you are a treatment free beekeeper, I would not try to encourage early brood up. More brood more mites. Brood rearing is a heavy burden on bees, I would like the bees to start as late as possible,...
  15. Re: How to re-insert the last frame without crushing bees?

    Most of the factory made boxes are too narrow.
    For me the right measure= width of the frames plus 35 mm(one extra frame fits in when the frames are brand new). Some of you say it is too much, but...
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    Re: Drone colonies per queen

    Great post! Are there other beekeepers in your area? How many and how far form your mating nucs?
  17. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Breeding without the control of mating is useless. As Oldtimer said, no advance in his beekeeping carrier. Someone once said that the only progress has been made in queens egg laying capacity. My...
  18. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Nearly all gene alleles are there already, we cannot make new ones. Mutations are rare, and mostly harmfull.

    Selecting from what already exists is what breeders mostly do. In all breeding. Who is...
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    Thanks Pete!
    Testing mating stations is so easy, I have done it with 5 mating nucs. So you have tested Dartmoor, cool man!
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    Pete,
    Do you think it is possible that the drones from beehives in Abbey home yard flew the way to mating station?

    When reading that at least in some occasions worker bees from Abbey home yard...
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    Thanks Pete for the correction! BA did however himself describe that at least one time he noticed black bees carrying a heather crop from the moor. How big was the distance from Abbey to the mating...
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    Brother Adams breeding success happened because he was using an isolated mating station, Dartmoor. This station had one particular drone line, hives with sister queens. This resembles II.

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  23. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Answer to topic question:
    According to German studies with Carniolan bees (several decades timespan) about the same as with pigs, 2%/ year.
  24. Re: Great Randy Oliver Post from Bee-L on Honey Bees and Smoke

    My point was it is a unnecessary risk, on top of the possibility to get run over by a truck.
  25. Re: Great Randy Oliver Post from Bee-L on Honey Bees and Smoke

    Smoke is a health hazard to the beekeeper. Minimal use is a good advise.
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