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    Re: Treated first time today

    Some feral populations seem to have recovered -at least to a good degree - in as little as 10 years.



    You're on the list Alex! It won't be perfect - it will be sufficient if bred well...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    Appreciate your saying so Alisdair

    Mike
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    Re: Treated first time today

    There's a little nugget you could usefully focus on. Why is that? How have beekeepers - and other kinds of husbandry - coped with that problem in the past?

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Treated first time today

    I agree, that contextualisation helps. Discussions about treatment free in a less than full-on commercial context are different.

    But my point is: most of the discussion that are held here on the...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    So which conversation is that? The one where you claim there is no such thing as a bred resistant bee then continue that line despite having been shown a list of such bees for sale, together with an...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    Beekeeping in late May is a busy business. Building a beekeeping business is pretty demanding too. Generally speaking I don't go far out my my way to help people who can't be bothered to be polite....
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    Re: Treated first time today

    I don't live in the US so I haven't bothered tracking them. There was a thread here a little while back in which several sources were mentioned, and doubtless from those leads you could find more. ...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    I hear those who keep ill-bred unadapted bees also lose them regularly.

    If you asked that question nicely, stating your location, somebody might offer you guidance.

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Treated first time today

    If you looked through this forum you'd soon see that no such advice is offered here. The generally accepted position is that outlined by Randy Oliver, which I've pasted below. This is very clear...
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    Re: Extraction Methods: Simple Draining

    Cough up for the radial then... thanks everyone

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Extraction Methods: Simple Draining

    Thanks to everyone for advice. Perhaps I should have supplied a bit of context. I'm expecting to harvest between maybe 850 and 1400 lbs, extracting 3/4 of that (the rest cut comb). Last year I took...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    Its always nice to be told you're stupid, and that what you do on an ongoing basis is impossible, by someone who has never done it, and clearly has no idea how to go about it.



    That's probably...
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    Extraction Methods: Simple Draining

    A long time ago Acebird wrote:

    "Extraction is a simple process to the point where you don't even need a machine. Simply uncap the frames, mount inverted and warm the honey and it will come out....
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    'Native' & 'Local'

    Our (publicly funded, 'stakeholder' steered) National Bee Unit appears to have been swayed by the Black Bee wallahs and are conducting a survey designed to find out what beekeepers think about black...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    I like it!
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    Re: TF genetics

    Can I offer a new concept, illustrated in its descriptive: 'Surthrival'. Kind of 'hyper-survival'.

    'Surthrival' encapsulates the necessity not to simply survive, but to survive better than the...
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    Re: TF genetics

    Same here. The important thing to me is much honey do they store, and do they do it at least 2 years in a row. I don't even look for mites. If I saw DWV they'd get a black mark. I haven't seen...
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    Re: TF genetics

    Interesting: I stand adjusted, thanks. I wonder though how much of that "zero evidence" results from few people actually looking?

    Will you get back to me on that 'trait'/'hypertrait'...
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    Re: TF genetics

    I think I'd say any traits or combinations of traits that are present and useful will be located by natural selection, and refined over time. That's just how things work. That will include HYG and...
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    Re: TF genetics

    Can you tell us what your evidence is for believing that to be true?

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: TF genetics

    (paraphrase) 'All bee races and strains have the genes needed for hygienic behaviours' Marla Spivak

    They are just at low levels in treated populations, and populations unexposed to varroa. They...
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    Re: TF genetics

    That's me.

    Mike (UK)
  23. Re: Put 2nd Box with Foundationless Frames on Today - What to Expect?

    Then give them space and slow feed them with thin syrup, and don't stop. They'll do the rest. Stay calm and let them get on with their job without any further interference.

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: TF genetics

    I think so SP. In (proper) nature where trees grow to maturity and slowly decay, fall and are not cleared up quickly, there are often multiple local cavity opportunities. I've mention before cliff...
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    Re: TF genetics

    It stands to reason [...] there would be less.

    Its a version of planned obsolescence, or 'addiction'. Probably among the most profitable strategies in capitalism.

    Much of the 'beekeeper'...
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