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  1. Re: Over Winter Success in Maine!!! and now some questions

    Condensing point is the key factor. My hives get the maximum draft under the cluster by two full (back and forth) length entrances, but the roof is 2 inches thick insulation board (polyurethan). Warm...
  2. Re: Over Winter Success in Maine!!! and now some questions

    Neither do I.
    In fact using 2 Mediums (or Shallows) instead of one deep is giving an extra bee space and, I should think, more ventilation.
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    Re: Different stages of AFB

    I think the thick clumbs were AFB too.

    The ropy thing is not always so well present as in the video. Good work!

    I think smell is the best way to be sure. Once you learned it you never forget...
  4. Re: Over Winter Success in Maine!!! and now some questions

    Qood ventilation is one of the most important factors for overwintering (in severe winter conditions, lots of snow and long periods of sub zero temperatures).

    My bottoms are wide open in front and...
  5. Re: Does a new queen only have one mating window.

    Sounds bit like some infection to me. Was the tip of the abdomen normal looking tapering or more like bluntended?

    Sometimes they get infections and then they donīt start laying. The queen has...
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    Re: First pollen in southern Ontario

    Today started to come loads of pollen from willow in Central Finland. First willow in bloom on the 16th. The earliest date I have ever seen (37 years beekeeping).
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    Re: Danish Buckfast Queens in the US?

    Is this some kind of loophole in the import laws?

    Iīd love somebody in Canada get my queens, send them to US and start marketing my stock!:D
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    If you ever get funding Iīm happy to provide test bees.

    In one German discussion forum somebody said that Martin Luther University in Halle has done studies with bees from Ingemar Fries Gotland...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Quote from that paper:
    "The number of alleles at the 11 loci varied across populations,
    from one (locus A28 in East Midlands) to 16 (locus
    B124 in Withby)(Table 4). The average number of alleles...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I too have been in wild goose chase for pure Amm in the forests and fields of Finland and driven with car all over the country. What we found were all mixed up.

    But I donīt think you understood my...
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    Be carefull with the water, it can make the bees void and if they do, they die soon. Water is very seldom needed, and even then just tiny tiny drop. Often I donīt give them water at all, in room...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Ok, as you see, I really know nothing about pure race breeding. How do you ensure that genes are not lost unnecessarily because of race definitions? Or have you never had the situation, that "well...
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    Why is it queenless? Just few thousand bees. Sounds a bit worrying. Maybe it is queen- and broodless because the bees tried to make a new queen for themselves but for some reason they failed. There...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    As I wrote, I think what you are doing is importatant, and just because I think it is important, I worry.
    I only worry/hope your race definitions are advisable, reasonable. Of course race...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Yes, I have read the summary of that study before, but I think is not quite what I meant. Shuffling of the card deck, very fast recombination, is going to help, but to certain limit. You are not...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I once met Harald Singer in Austria. He is the son of one of the most famous Carnica breeder. Singer Carnica is a very well known and respected trade mark in Europe.

    Harald said, that what it...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    PLB quote "When Delaplane experimented by introducing more genetic diversity into hives instead of trying to narrow it, he found that everything improved - resistance, honey production and general...
  18. Re: Need advice on supering from those familiar with Tim Ives's methods.

    Yep, that has to be very good area for bees.

    I once worked for a professional beekeeper in NZ. They did mostly pollination of Kiwi fruit, but had about 200 hives in purely honey production, too. ...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I found the evaluation report of my 2009 queens from MTT (https://portal.mtt.fi/portal/page/portal/mtt_en).

    The experiment was done by senior researcher Seppo Korpela, and the bees were in hives...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    The best proof that a breeder has varroa resistant bees is that someone who got his queens claims to have them too. Old fact.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Yes, I agree and this "blind trial" was the point of PLB too, I think.

    It is however a diffrent thing with animals. A machine either works or not, with animals it is trickier (multiple genes+...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I donīt know exactly what do you mean by that, but I just heard, from a local beekeeping advisor, that it has become a normal procedure in Finland to do oxalic acid droppings in spring too.

    So...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    The really big question is how are we ever able to distribute varroa resistant material, bred by the pioners, to all beekeepers. We need a plan.

    It is a matter of 10 years to make varroa resistant...
  24. Re: End Bars: parallel sides vs non-parallel sides

    It is easier to get in middle of two frames in a full box.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    If the beekeeper is not a scientist, and has not got the education, money, time and equipments needed to scientific work, the only possibility to prove his clims is to send queens to other...
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