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  1. Re: importance of treating neighbours in TF beekeeping

    Dead hive = Dead out

    All hives dead = Die out

    Sorry if I have been unclear. Everyone else seemed to understand.
  2. Re: importance of treating neighbours in TF beekeeping

    I went to Colorado with 16, left with 7. Started 2016 with 6, 5 swarms caught, 21 successful splits, 32 total. Go ahead and update your spreadsheet.


    More like 9. Spectacular genetics survive,...
  3. Re: importance of treating neighbours in TF beekeeping

    Well, I apologize, nobody told me that my bees have largely died off, so I didn't know.
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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    As expected, if not more so.

    And that's exactly why treaters don't understand. For you guys, every problem needs a treatment.

    Nope, I understand the climate just fine and am having the...
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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    Or it could be a move from humid subtropical Arkansas to arid cold Colorado. The treaters can rarely understand changes in climate, I have found. I have also found that Mr. Chesnut's...
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    Re: Best TF quote ever lol

    Yes, license has been taken.
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    Re: Setting up a "seeding" hive?

    Seems like if you don't open it, the learning possibilities are necessarily limited.
  8. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    Oxalic acid is not treatment-free. It's a treatment.

    Also, you can't keep bees without losing bees, treatment or not.

    Yes, it's possible, I've been doing it for 12 years, and I started with...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    Hill Top,

    Where your analogy (which is not bad by the way) breaks down is that unlike fleas and ticks on dogs and cows, mites are much larger in proportion to the bee (maybe like a dog with fleas...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    In my humble view, commercial is possible TF in exactly the way it has been done in the past and is already being done, stationary honey (and other hive products) production.

    Bees weren't meant to...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    If you had read the forum rules, you'd know.
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    Re: Treated first time today

    I haven't caught a swarm in 2-3 years. I am not dependent upon swarms to keep my operation alive.
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    Re: Treated first time today

    Yup.

    1. That is a false dichotomy. As we all know, treating is no guarantee of survival.

    2. If you do not exercise the proper methods, how can you expect success?

    3. Many find my...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    I could never agree that treating is the right decision.
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    Poll: Re: Treatment Free Steps

    Treatment Free Steps (from experience):

    you must not treat.
    you must multiply your hives.
    you must allow sick hives to die (or kill the queens yourself).
    you must multiply from the surviving...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    I wonder what the OP really planned to happen here. It appears that the small cell plastic foundation (and foundationless) was intended to be some sort of treatment. Of course, you can get most...
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    Re: Treated first time today

    I see this situation as very sad.

    This is how I'm interpreting it:
    1. I wanted to be treatment free.
    2. I started keeping bees.
    3. The bees got mites.
    4. I treated.

    That's the end of it...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    This hive was not weakened. As I said, it was the strongest hive in the yard, 9 years TF without requeening. The robbing event was set off by an inspection that morning or the day before, I don't...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    It's the same scenario I have been here talking about for years. I don't have to believe it, I saw it. I relate my experience. Somebody says something, and I go: "nope, not how it happened for...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    If I were to postulate, I would say that the chances are slim of a treatment-free hive with good hygienic qualities of bringing home an infection.


    I think it's fair to say you don't post any...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    In theory, yes, in practice, no. I have in practice actually burned every hive with AFB that I've come across.

    In fact, that statement was made after the first time I suggested that AFB was not...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    Well, when my associates come back with reports of people impugning my character, it needs to be checked out. Turns out some of it is accurate except for the repeated assertion of my actions being...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    According to the science, it sure is. So we do the same thing we do with varroa which is to let it ride. The resistant stock will survive and thrive and the non-resistant stock won't. And we can...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    It was a gripping gripe. I was griping and they were gripped.
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    http://hal.inria.fr/docs/00/89/19/03/PDF/hal-00891903.pdf

    "Highly significant" that's a scientific term by the way.

    18 hygienic colonies, all inoculated, seven became infected, 5 recovered,...
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