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    Re: something to think about

    As someone who comes here for info on "treatment-free" I say Thank You to Michael B. for his straight forward, honest answers. I have your book Michael and it is well used, even over the winter...
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    Re: something to think about

    Well pleased to hear you enjoyed our island Michael. Cape Breton Island was ranked #3 in the world, and #1 on the list of Top Island Destinations in the Continental U.S. and Canada – in Travel +...
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    Re: something to think about

    I will start fresh with mite free bees at my home apiary, if I have survivors they will stay at my friends apiary which is no longer a mite free area.

    This forum is not my only reference for...
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    Re: something to think about

    Nova Scotia is not mite free. Cape Breton Island (part of Nova Scotia where I live) was mite free until about 8-10 years ago. There are still a few areas on the island that do not have mites. ...
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    Re: something to think about

    yes, I do know how my hives got mites and it was due to some carelessness on my part. I was helping a friend with a small swarm he had from the previous fall. We transferred some brood from a...
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    Re: something to think about

    I don't think anyone should be offended by Jim's comments because I think most of us (big or small) do love our bees and also have no desire to harm other beekeepers bees. I moved my hives 20 miles...
  7. Re: Isn't Small Cell Just as Fraught with Potential Issues as Large Cell?

    Yes, I agree Adam, I already have bees here that have not been exposed to mites so may not be much to gain there (NFLD). I do have more contacts up here so will keep looking at possibilities. Donna
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    Re: something to think about

    Point taken Jim, to be fair squarepeg did say (treatment or not), however he did seem to single out the treatment free (bond) beekeeper in his last statement. My point is that whether T or TF there...
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    Re: something to think about

    What about all the beekeepers who ARE treating and their hives ARE dying out? Are they good neighbours? Will you call the state inspector in on them?
    Donna 46N
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    Thanks for the contact Adam, I did find his phone number online. I know that newfoundland still has mite-free/TF bees but not sure yet if nucs are available or if I can even import them.
    Donna
  11. Re: Isn't Small Cell Just as Fraught with Potential Issues as Large Cell?

    When I first started posting here I did not have mites and Cape Breton Island has been mite free until recently, may 3-5 years now. I live in one of the little pockets on the island that did not...
  12. Re: Isn't Small Cell Just as Fraught with Potential Issues as Large Cell?

    Adam,
    My bees came from one beekeeper up here in CB. He was a commercial beekeeper for years and is now retired. I do not live in an area where there is a good chance for collecting swarms. I am...
  13. Re: Isn't Small Cell Just as Fraught with Potential Issues as Large Cell?

    Adam,
    Thanks for sharing, sounds like we are both on the right track. I have followed MB's foundationless methods for 3 years now. I have recently read a lot of Dee's information and will be...
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    Adam,
    Are you totally "treatment free" ? and do you know others that are in your area?
    Donna
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    Re: small cell foundation

    Colleen,
    I just have to say "EXCELLENT POST" !!!
    Donna
    46N
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    Adam,
    Are you new to the forum?
    Donna
    CB, Nova Scotia
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    Re: dying hives

    Yes, I will be monitoring closely in the spring and may use the powdered sugar for testing, depends how things go. I fully expect it will not be an easy go, our summers are very busy with our...
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    Re: dying hives

    Kevin,
    My bees have been very healthy because we simply don't have all the diseases and pests here. No need to even consider treatments. Now that my bees have mites I have had to make a decision,...
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    Re: small cell foundation

    Riskybiss,
    Dee's forum is great, I highly recommend. You get top notch no nonsense info from Dee, no excuses for using dopes and artificial feeding. Sometimes you have to read the posts a few times...
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    Re: dying hives

    I agree!!
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    Re: small cell foundation

    You have! Thank You!
    Donna
    46N
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    Re: dying hives

    Just realized my quick reply yesterday started this...not complaining, it's a good question, but I was on the no dopes bandwagon. I have never actually let a hive die out, I have re-queened if...
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    Re: small cell foundation

    absolutely nothing
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    Re: small cell foundation

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    understood donna, and thanks for taking the time to reply.

    i hope you will continue to contribute to the discussion, and share what your real experiences are.]

    maybe
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    Re: small cell foundation

    Kevin,
    With all due respect, that would definitely be a different set of rules, and a new name for the forum. The problem with these discussions is that they go around in circles, at least that is...
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