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

    Not the first time that I've been told that I talk nonsense, but perhaps the nicest way:)



    I read that as you're planning to raise queens from 5 out of +/- 30 colonies. We'd be aiming to raise...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Did that back in the seventies at the knees of my grandparents, uncles and aunt. You?
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I also have some on/off transport issues at present but will, if we can agree on a day, hitch over to you -as Norman Rice wrote in his book 'Queensland', we should never let the lack of proper kit...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I've long been a 'fan' of Manley's writings but before making such definitive statements I reckon that we all need to know a lot more about what was going on in his apiaries -John Rawson in his book...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Mike, I'm busy enough through the next six weeks (and I'm probably away during the last week of June too) but if you wish to come down to see us at some point in June, July or August on a mutually...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Before taking this approach Kefuss was already both a trained scientist and a very experienced bee breeder. I don't claim to know whether that helped his chances of success or not but I'd hazard a...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Not sure about Sweden/Switzerland but Jonathon gave a link (on another forum) to research into the (French) Landes ecotype which I think suggested something similar.

    edit: this one from research...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    This one?

    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13592-013-0212-y
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    Re: Clarifying 'Treatment Free'

    I'm not sure that's what he claimed, maybe I'm reading his posts wrong, however the fact that he backed up his comments with the Eva Crane link suggests to me that he's actually done some research on...
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    Re: Clarifying 'Treatment Free'

    That's because I was lazy and made no effort to link directly to any specific text as it was your reference which you thought important enough to mention, so your place to show exactly which bits you...
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    Re: Clarifying 'Treatment Free'

    Mike,



    page 51, Humanity to honey bees, or, Practical directions for the management of honey bees upon an improved and humane plan, by which the lives of bees may be preserved, and abundance...
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    Re: All is Lost..........

    Thanks Mike, for those who don't have the book but would like to read the passage you refer to:...
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    Re: All is Lost..........

    Hi Mike, out of interest could you give us the specific Manley quote/s which you refer to; as you'll know, other than writing three books he was also a prolific contributor to the magazines of the...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    Paul, speaking for myself I think that there's far more to be learnt by taking an active interest than there is by simply ignoring a forum because it's not 'what I do'. Even here, the only...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    Kamon, I'm also interested to see how things work out with your plan and hope that you will continue to update us but I think that Oldtimer's advice about gaining that extra experience has got to be...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    It is a misquote, I often use brackets in my posts, the way I write, so there was no differentiation between what you added and what I may have written. It's also a misrepresentation of what I wrote...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    That I understand and appreciate.

    Unsubstantiated 'stuff' about the harm that drones from treated colonies are causing to a feral (escaped from hives) population in Britain is something else.
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    Hold on there, this MISQUOTE



    appears to have been copied from my post, that is infact NOT the case, unless you think that ADDING words is an acceptable way to present 'quotes'. Apologies for...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    Not too keen on point-for-point posts, but as this was directed at me I'll have a go at answering.



    In your environment, in the British Isles? I'm not too interested in what might be, if I go...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    Mike, I see the problem as being one of how to prove that it's the drones from well maintained colonies which are weakening ferals to the point where they die; it could so easily become a convenient...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    Hardly quibbling Mike, just attempting to clarify what we're talking about. One thing for sure, mongrelized feral populations do not equal 'native' stock however we look at it so it's something of a...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    Hi Mike, how so?

    Also (although slightly off your actual point) in the interests of balance it should, perhaps, be mentioned that by far the bulk of the 'native' population is maintained by...
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    Re: Wintering on light or dark comb

    Totally agreed, just mentioning that there's 'history' to the claim.
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    Re: Wintering on light or dark comb

    The idea certainly isn't a new one, I posted this snippet from Manley's 1946 book 'Honey Farming' on another thread...
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    Re: Wintering on light or dark comb

    Is that subtle humour or a serious suggestion?
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