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    Re: Heard a taLL tail. Is it true?

    The former, if this is claimed as an average.
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    Re: MAQS and Queen kill

    When I do FA treatment I expect a certain amount of queen loss, it happens. 3 out of 4 is rather high but each hive is a risk, you only treatred 4 hives, and just got unlucky.

    Agree with the other...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Demise

    Oh OK if that's what you guys say, my schoolboy level of understanding was that viruses could last a long time but maybe that's just what I always thought but I'm wrong.

    Always learning something...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Demise

    Since you have saved it and have it safely stored, may as well go ahead and use it.

    My reason for suggesting you throw it is I don't know if you will treat for mites or not. The brood comb will...
  5. Re: Small Scale VSH genetics and hybridization

    That's forgetting that historically the more common outcome has been extinction. Have you studied the effect of new predatory organisms Mike? What has happened in my country over the last thousand...
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    Re: Top Bar Hive Demise

    Hi Thomas I read your blog, your analysis of what went wrong is exactly right. I magnified the second pic, and a number of dead brood can be seen, showing signs of pms, and there is also a queen...
  7. Re: Small Scale VSH genetics and hybridization

    I believe Jonathan to be correct, in that just because you can theorise or speculate how a method of resistance might happen, does not mean it in fact does happen, in real life.

    Take an easy to...
  8. Re: Small Scale Treatment Free (Mediterranean) Experienced Advice Needed

    Thanks Jonathan I stand corrected, you are right. :)
  9. Re: Small Scale Treatment Free (Mediterranean) Experienced Advice Needed

    Can't really help experience wise, but since nobody else has answered, can give you a little encouragement which is that some of the survivor ferals in the US are descended from Portugese AMM. Or so...
  10. Thread: bees are dead

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    Re: bees are dead

    Please report back on their findings as it's useful for all.
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    Re: Upset/Disappointed/Confused/etc.

    Don't know if you would normally have brood in your hives at this time of year. But if you do, then the hives did not die of varroa because if they did, the hives would have had dead brood, that's...
  12. Re: Positive strategies for the migratory vs. hobby conflict

    Hoping someone will answer that because I would like to know what US commercials do also, under harsh conditions like the one in the picture.

    For me, a big hive does not get it's entrance...
  13. Re: Positive strategies for the migratory vs. hobby conflict

    Very true, mostly.

    This is where some hobbyists could learn from the practises of commercials. Everything larger beekeepers do to their hives, robbing and it's prevention is in the back of their...
  14. Re: does crush 'n strain honey crystalize more slowly than extracted honey

    If you just have a jar or two keep it in the deep freeze it won't crystallize. ( Not the fridge different ball game ).
  15. Thread: Question

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    Re: Question

    I see you did not answer the question in post 2 but I'll ask one anyway. How is the brood, patchy looking with some dead ones? Are there bees crawling in front of the hive? Are there any bees with...
  16. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    >Most of the treatment free gurus lose massive amounts of hives.<



    Among other things, Math.

    I read what people say. When I see a TF guru talking about the huge number of splits he is...
  17. Re: Have not even started and already discouraged...

    Try this. Get your bees from a treatment free source (Wolf Creek isn't one). Then run your hive treatment free but learn how to monitor for mites.

    If your monitoring shows mites are not a problem...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporising Bulk Hives

    My experience also, have singed a few bees. I think the US built one is better in that respect. Best I can tell it heats the crystals in a chamber, then blows the vapour in using cool air. The...
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    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporising Bulk Hives

    Looks good does it work OK?
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    Re: Mouse invader/what to do with honey?

    Are you able to take some honey for eating from a different hive and replace it with the mouse contaminated honey?
  21. Thread: wild pigs

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    Re: wild pigs

    Here's my pig fence it keeps 2 pet pigs out. When I first put the bees there one of the pigs came over and while I watched went from hive to hive tipping them over for fun. So the fence is set just...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    Having read that, guess I should add to what I said before that there was not much difference in production between my small and large cell hives. But that could be a little misleading because I...
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    Re: Tracheal Mites Must Be Extinct......

    Fair summary but got to admit being surprised after reading you on the subject for several years to discover you do not have an opinion on it.

    But pleased to find you don't, as there is no proof...
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    Re: Tracheal Mites Must Be Extinct......

    Isn't that an oxymoron?

    Bottom line, the recent evolutionary leap is conjecture. It has become a popular theory because it suits perfectly the dogma held by some that every evil that has ever...
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    Re: Small Cell Benefits

    Didn't know you had large cell bees to compare the difference to Mike.

    However I agree with the statement, firstly there is a difference between hives anyway, and after that I couldn't really pick...
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