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  1. Re: Can bees truly survive with zero interventions?

    FusionPower is spot on: the critical factor to _treatment free_ is freedom from vulnerable genetics. Period.

    Of course you also need strains suited to your location.... and yes, freedom from...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Using first order information to guide the production of the best queens is simply essential husbandry.

    Mike (UK)
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I think its very helpful to know which queens are heading thriving colonies that have managed their own mites for several years. they are the only ones you really want to be taking genes from. So...
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    Re: How long foundationless will take?

    Yep. They need to have the genetically-derived qualities that enable them to manage mites effectively - and do everything else they need to thrive.

    I agree about critical mass - sometimes a...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Its good progress SP, well done. Comb building takes a lot of energy away from honey production. You'll get better figure when you have more comb.

    Mike (UK)
  6. Re: Can bees truly survive with zero interventions?

    ... using only selected genetic material SP? I'm harping on here I know... but all the time this idea is left out, beginners are forming the view that bee husbandry entails only 'splitting'.
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  7. Re: Can bees truly survive with zero interventions?

    Making increase via a systematic health-seeking selection scheme is another, and more fundamental form of management, and will make a vast difference compared to the entirely unnatural practice of...
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    Re: No wire on foundation-less deep?

    I find it isn't an issue, more of an opportunity. The strongest hives make far more drones... exactly what I want for my virgins.

    I agree, radial extractors are much kinder. I use frames with...
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    Re: No wire on foundation-less deep?

    Always hold your frames vertically. I have no problem, though you do have to be very careful with young comb that isn't yet fixed to the sides and bottom.
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    Not the first thing that comes to mind when I think 'husbandry' Bernhard. The term has lost its proper meaning.

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    I'm hoping to go into winter with about 80 colonies Bernhard, up from just under 50. I was held up by personal stuff this year, and didn't get nucs made and splits done in good time, but if... we...
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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    I use foundationless for brood frames (where it might make a difference) and wired foundation for stores. I also have a percentage of unwired because I like to sell cut comb. As I run an unlimited...
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    Re: New Seeley Paper

    As noted in Clayton Huestis' thread on the same topic, there is a good summary here: http://www.beescientifics.com/varroa/some-exciting-news-for-survivor-stock/
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    New Seeley Paper

    A new study made by (among others) Thomas Seeley has compared the pre and post-recovery genetics of a naturally adapted bee population around Icatha NY. Interesting reading. Though I can't pretend...
  15. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    I seem to be almost completely untroubled by swarming this year. I'm running unlimited brood nests on starter strip. I keep them wax building by using 2:1 comb or foundation alternating with...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I think that's farming (in the traditional sense); and its when industrialists try to iron the ups and downs that the trouble starts. You have to live with it, and budget for the bad years. Round...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    I consider it a success already! So many experts insisted for so long that it would quickly end in tears! Instead its exceeded my expectations - so far! I'll sell nucs just as some as I think I...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    I think its best for me to regard these colonies as weak because they don't have whatever it takes, genetically, to be strong. (I'll be wrong in some cases, but its a rule of thumb thing) I'd...
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    Re: City TF Drones

    If you can shift the odds favourably why not do it?

    You can arrange matings in better and worse places

    You can influence the proportions of better drones in your own backyard

    Breeders (of...
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    Re: City TF Drones

    Does the scientific paper use the vague terms 'benefit', 'miniscule' 'effort expended'?

    Let's suppose the 'effort expended' by 'a number' of beekeepers was individually 'miniscule', what would be...
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    Re: City TF Drones

    How do you tell which things are beyond that power? Or is that beyond our power too?

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: City TF Drones

    To survive, and be thriving after two years is a very promising start. I wouldn't wait for supercedure - I'd want the original mother's offspring, not her daughters' - particularly if local drone...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    (From http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?309877-Natural-Selection-Management&p=1249848#post1249848)

    Hi Cathy,

    Sorry, it isn't clear at all. (If you're just beginning I wouldn't...
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    Re: City TF Drones

    Much will may depend on how many older buildings there are in the city district, how much greenery, how tolerant people are of feral hives. Where I live the two closest towns have largely Edwardian...
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