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  1. Re: Feeding pollen patties to encourage early brood up in overwintered colonies

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    If you have hives like this two weeks before willow blooming, there is no need for patties. Make sure you are overwintering strong colonies, that is the secret for spring crop.
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    As I told, if you read, a lot of that happening in Finland.
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    I wonder. There are at least in Finland a lot of beekeepers saying that they do not have mite problems( they treat with all possible methods) but they have virus problems.

    Something well...
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    The sentence "Earlier 95% treatment efficiency was enough, today 99% is needed." is more like the official statement, answer to me by a beekeeper adviser when I asked how come beekeepers are...
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    Virues (which donīt need mite made holes to infect, quote of opening post) have become worse. "Earlier 95% treatment efficiency was enough, today 99% is needed." This is how it is seen in Finland.
  6. Re: Feeding pollen patties to encourage early brood up in overwintered colonies

    If you are a treatment free beekeeper, I would not try to encourage early brood up. More brood more mites. Brood rearing is a heavy burden on bees, I would like the bees to start as late as possible,...
  7. Re: How to re-insert the last frame without crushing bees?

    Most of the factory made boxes are too narrow.
    For me the right measure= width of the frames plus 35 mm(one extra frame fits in when the frames are brand new). Some of you say it is too much, but...
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    Re: Drone colonies per queen

    Great post! Are there other beekeepers in your area? How many and how far form your mating nucs?
  9. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Breeding without the control of mating is useless. As Oldtimer said, no advance in his beekeeping carrier. Someone once said that the only progress has been made in queens egg laying capacity. My...
  10. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Nearly all gene alleles are there already, we cannot make new ones. Mutations are rare, and mostly harmfull.

    Selecting from what already exists is what breeders mostly do. In all breeding. Who is...
  11. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Thanks Pete!
    Testing mating stations is so easy, I have done it with 5 mating nucs. So you have tested Dartmoor, cool man!
  12. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Pete,
    Do you think it is possible that the drones from beehives in Abbey home yard flew the way to mating station?

    When reading that at least in some occasions worker bees from Abbey home yard...
  13. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Thanks Pete for the correction! BA did however himself describe that at least one time he noticed black bees carrying a heather crop from the moor. How big was the distance from Abbey to the mating...
  14. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Brother Adams breeding success happened because he was using an isolated mating station, Dartmoor. This station had one particular drone line, hives with sister queens. This resembles II.

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  15. Re: How Much "Breeding Progress" Can Really Be Expected?

    Answer to topic question:
    According to German studies with Carniolan bees (several decades timespan) about the same as with pigs, 2%/ year.
  16. Re: Great Randy Oliver Post from Bee-L on Honey Bees and Smoke

    My point was it is a unnecessary risk, on top of the possibility to get run over by a truck.
  17. Re: Great Randy Oliver Post from Bee-L on Honey Bees and Smoke

    Smoke is a health hazard to the beekeeper. Minimal use is a good advise.
  18. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    Yes he did, video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RriNoKaroHw

    look at 23 minutes 30 sec
  19. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    Important breeder queens are confined to small nucs, so that they cannot lay much. Egg are larger, plus the queen holds on longer.
  20. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    No wonder hearing all those complaints from US that queen bees donīt even live half a year. A sure sign of poor quality.
    No wonder Brother Adam explained how many things there is to think about to...
  21. Re: study: Life span of worker honeybees reared in colonies kept on small-cell combs

    In figure 1 it is shown that when they compared small cells bees with normal cell bees(5,56mm , is that normal ?! in Finland normal is 5,3mm)
    they found out that 2011 bees from normal cells lived...
  22. Re: study: Life span of worker honeybees reared in colonies kept on small-cell combs

    I wonder would this page ever put anything negative to small cell as a link on show...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I found that one, it is not the same, very much same topic and authors though.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Lauri might have a very good point here.

    "Varroa tolerance in Africanized bees explained"
    authors Stephen Martin and Luis Medina
    year 2003 or younger

    Couldnīt find the original with Google, I...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Thanks Bernhard.
    It is very hard nowadays know, what have the original bee races looked like, before the influence of man.

    Take example of my limited experience of Carniolans: in early 1990īs I...
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