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  1. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    One of the creators

    It is amazing why their work, VSH bees, have not spread wider US, and into commercial use.
    That is at least the feeling reading this forum. But maybe the users of VSH bees...
  2. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Normal infestation level 1-10%, beyond that only seldom, angry hives, which often cope and their level comes down again

    Breeder queens should have less than 5% infestation

    sugar roll tests
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    Re: Possible bear in uncommon bear area

    Week ago a bear got one hive from a beeyard behind our home. They become arrogant because they are so well protected by law. Bees are no more safe inside human habitat, not even in near cities. This...
  4. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    Mite count is considered high is when bees seem to be having troubles. Which in turn depends on their virus load and ability to withstand viruses.

    Look at their brood patterns. Look at the bees. ...
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    Re: Does buckwheat have a strong smell

    Buckwheat is as its best when mixed with other honeys, like yours propably.
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    Re: Does buckwheat have a strong smell

    I remember having my buckwheat for a taste on the market.

    If I said to the tasting customer that some people described the smell manure, they almost never bought it.

    If I said that it has "very...
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    Re: What can I do about varroa mites?

    This is true to some extent but have you ever done any calculations how many generations you can manage with just splitting?
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    Re: Virgin queens

    It is hard, but some experts from Poland(?) described a method of putting the queen back to queen cell, or look-a-like. On the tip there is a thin layer of wax, which the bees and queen remove, just...
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    Re: Does buckwheat have a strong smell

    Yes it does, some describe it "manure" or "big house".
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    Re: Considering switching to Oxalic Acid

    Maybe 10 bees drop dead on the bottom

    But if you give too big dose or too strong solution, the whole colony might die. I remember in the beginning some scientists gave 10% solution, and the whole...
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    Re: Considering switching to Oxalic Acid

    Oxalic acid dripping is as effective as OAV and does not need any equipment.

    Vaporized gas is a health hazard, do not heal!

    How to make 3,2 % oxalic acid sugar solution for dripping:
    100g...
  12. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

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    To begin, get god queens from a breeder that has already done varroa resistance breeding. Then a good way to save some money is to keep the daughters of these breeder queens in small nucleus...
  13. Re: Average haul from a hive in northern climates?

    It would be good if all of us would count averages in the same way.

    If average is counted on the hive number which was wintered in the previous autumn it takes into account winter losses as well....
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    Re: Wondering about TF and Colony Size

    Your point is that massive swarming has helped Apis cerana and AHB to change genetically? (AND when most of the bees in honey production donīt swarm so much, it is harder for them to adapt)
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    Re: Wondering about TF and Colony Size

    Iīm sure JWChesnut is well aware of the various mechanishms of cerana, but does swarming help, or is it just the way to multiply?
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    Re: Wondering about TF and Colony Size

    You have been writing this swarming tendency of cerana and africanized bees before. Makes me wonder, why havenīt I seen swarming for at least 12 years? If swarming really is that important factor in...
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    Re: Wondering about TF and Colony Size

    What is that, you mean Apis cerana?
  18. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    That is the trouble, we cannot, thanks to EU, import bees from US.

    I just asked the contact information in case someone in this forum is missing them, good to have some information about the...
  19. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    I envy you folks in US, you have a big variety of tf stock to choose from. Just pick up the phone.

    StevenG made a shopping list: Russians, VSH, MnHyg, Purvis queens, and B. Weaver bees and...
  20. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    That is just the plain simple truth.

    Surprisingly many believe in miracles.
  21. Re: Average haul from a hive in northern climates?

    My stock has changed, dramatically, because of breeding work during 2001-2014.

    Some hives are very week, but the ones which are ok produce a normal crop. Only slightly under what normal strong...
  22. Re: Average haul from a hive in northern climates?

    true,
    I average about 30kg/hive, but I have to give them 20 litres of sugarsolution(67%).
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    Re: 2 Year and treatment free

    I donīt know exactly, but I made it in 8 years (4-5 generations?), but controlled isolation matings were used and some counting mites too.

    Swedish professor Ingemar Fries was able to demonstrate...
  24. Re: Average haul from a hive in northern climates?

    Answer to the thread question: about half what normal treating beekeepers get.

    And mostly because of many so week hives, that they produce no surplus. Average counted on the hive number in the...
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    Re: 2 Year and treatment free

    What I meant was, that bees get suited into the environment, but they eventually change genetically, so they can be sent to an other environment and they will be varroa resistant there too.

    As I...
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