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    Re: What is the true cost of foundationless?

    So, we have Hutchinson, a commercial beekeeper, recommending giving foundationless brood frames to swarms which were being put to work on sections because his experience was that foundationless would...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    Kefuss:



    Mike, can you expand on this; reference/personal communication etc?

    Is his son treating their production colonies in France or is he referring to larger operations? It would be...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    I'd be surprised if you did :) Plenty of comparisons over the years have convinced me that there's more of an 'urgency' to infill a gap between top of comb and the 'roof' than there is to start...
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Why not rest the bottom (square?) edge on the bottom bar rather than fixing to the topbar? Apart from anything else, they'll get to filling in the space between topbar and comb far quicker than...
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    Re: Dark Queen

    Although it's an old thread, there's an extra reference from Jay Smith who came to the same conclusion through observation as early as 1923, the following quote from 'Queen Rearing Simplified' is...
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    Re: Dark Queen

    Double post.
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    Re: Queen laying multiple eggs in one cell

    I reckon that you're on the right track with your theory, that and the size of the cluster holding back the manageable comb area.
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Negotiations are still in progress but all's looking good.
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    Re: Natural Selection Management

    Hi Mike, do you have stats on the ages of the colonies which were lost through the winter? I'm wondering whether there's a common trend in the losses or whether it was an even loss across-the-board. ...
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    Re: Frame wire crimper

    Interesting difference in use/approach between the US and UK. The crimper gadgets are marketed here for tightening wires (at comb change-out) which have loosened for one reason or another during the...
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    Re: Lets talk labels

    As someone who just about 'gets by' where computers are concerned I'd agree with Lauri. Vista's an immensely user friendly system and as she says, you can get some good deals if you've got the time...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    In itself, nothing. Why not contact him and have a chat -he may even be interested in incorporating your treatment free strain into his breeding programme.
  14. Re: Partnership with a family member: which model ?

    Big question, what's this person bringing to the business? You already have a couple of hundred colonies and, presumably, the extraction gear and premises to keep going for a while, so what will your...
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    Re: Insects feel pain?

    A slightly different angle is thought through in this piece from "The Behaviour of Bees and of Bee-keepers by H.J.Wadey". 1948.
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    Re: all in one queen cells cast in wax

    You could cut the cups out prior to use, then use molten wax to glue them to the bar individually.
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    Not a slippery slope at all Mike, just a thought -nothing wrong with thinking.

    If a live/let die approach is taken there has got to be a loss of material which might be useful in other areas of...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    I often wonder how much great breeding material has been squandered by allowing lines to die out just because they're not at the top of the game with regards to handling varroa.
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Apologies but no, this country boy couldn't possibly do justice to what Ricarda Kather explains so eloquently.
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    This is an excellent explanation of why:


    http://youtu.be/fE4emUMyOWs
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Hi Mike, I over winter very small mating nucs with the last queen of the season every year so I'm well aware of how a healthy well made unit can go through winter and drive forward the following...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Natural breaks are fine, we see it to some extent with our carnica type bees some summers, but of course, two and a half months (which I appreciate may have been a misinterpretation of data) isn't...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    The greater cost is the lack of time that it's left for record keeping...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    Hi Mike, as I said, your post was tied to a quote from one of my previous posts, so I wasn't sure whether the molly-coddling/breeding weak bees paragraph was actually aimed at me directly :) Thanks...
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    Re: Natural Annual Brood Cycle

    As your post was tied to a quote from one of my posts.



    I don't understand the meaning of this line. Would you like to spell it out for me?
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