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

    I've visited another breeder that claims to be utilizing Glenn Apiaries stock, or perhaps their legacy more than anything. He treats "just in case", his stock is some extremely weak Cordovans that...
  2. Re: To be treatment free, get treatment free bees to begin with

    As an addendum to that quote I would add: Source from local feral hives whenever and wherever possible.
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    I have an associate that not only believes in meticulous written record keeping, meaning a journal for every interaction with bees, that she cannot understand why everyone else wouldn't do the very...
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    Re: Why Monitor???

    Considering how much pressure there is to "prove" the validity of TF from skeptics, having some data on hand to counter at least the most spurious of accusations ("TF beekeepers are the anti-vaxxers...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    I'm one of the recently minted LA types, I think you conflate hybrid Italian/AHB feral bees with plain old Central American AHB. As a professional remover and keeper, I meet feral hybrids all the...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    It seems to me that you are already sure of your conclusion, I don't see why anyone would want to volunteer their time to prove you incorrect. I personally have better things to do then spend time...
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    Re: survival of individual colonies

    So the current hoops to jump through to convince PLB and JW that treatment free beekeeping is sustainable are: 1) track TF survival rates like treatment bees rarely are, 2) make up losses using only...
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    Re: SHB and Honey

    "Has anyone encountered this?" Not directly seeing what looks like dead sealed SHB adults in cells, no. They do use them to duck into to avoid being harassed, especially larger drone and storage...
  9. Re: What smell would keep a swarm from moving in?

    [QUOTE=Kofu;1103620]Almond extract, then? Or artificial almond extract?

    I've instructed people to go and buy a bottle of artificial almond extract and use full strength to repel scouts or...
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    Re: Clustering/Festooning on "honey bars"

    If you're having trouble seeing if comb is being built in a festooning cluster a judicious puff of smoke should be enough to clear the bar to make it visible without shaking the bar off.
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    Re: comb created perpendicular

    There's nothing uncommon about your bees making cross comb, this happens in other hives but are a particular problem in TBHs. When your bees are starting out, either package or swarm, it's important...
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    Re: Do I Have Afrcanized Honey Bees?

    I would concur except for the idea that genetic testing would help resolve your situation which it won't (I'm speaking to the OP). I say this because it seems that you think testing is the next best...
  13. Re: How many frames to put in 8 frame box?

    I buy 8 frame boxes from a local supplier that are on the wide side, 14" rather than the standard 13 3/4". It makes enough a difference that I put in 8 frames and get a nice gap on the sides which...
  14. Thread: Ferals

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    Re: Ferals

    @ Jonathan, you have accurately described my 5-10 year breeding plan.



    With respect you cite this observation, mantra-like, every time the issue of AHB hybrid/feral mutts and mite resistance...
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    Re: Ferals

    If that were the case I'd have people begging to take my feral bees off my hands but proving mite resistance isn't as simple as that. Nor are my area feral bees considered gentle or "productive" in a...
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    Re: Feeding back honey

    Why dilute? Just feed it back regular strength, the bees have less work to do to make it useable.
  17. Re: Impediments to importing European stock?

    "One of the biggest challenges is the Honeybee Act, introduced by the U.S. government in 1922 to stop all importation of honey bees to the United States for the purpose of preventing the introduction...
  18. Impediments to importing European stock?

    It's been noted that A. mellifera ligustica hasn't been imported to the US for decades as a pure breeding stock. Does anyone know of any realistic barriers to importing fresh genetics from Italy or...
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    Re: Bee space at the top of the hive.

    Perhaps similar to what others are saying, but what I have are shims on every hive under the migratory cover. My shims are made from 1" x 2" seasoned pine and allow me to feed patties or baggies of...
  20. Re: Essential oil treatments, are they bogus?

    In my defense, I did state my bias and skepticism in the beginning. If being skeptical precluded anyone from asking questions then nothing would ever be accomplished. You seem to think that being...
  21. Re: Essential oil treatments, are they bogus?

    Agreed, nobody need take anything anybody says as evidence that they NEED to do anything for their hives. I really couldn't agree more. The thread is called, in part, "...are they bogus?" and to that...
  22. Re: Essential oil treatments, are they bogus?

    This is part and parcel of my doubt about about EO's in general, as if all EO's had the same properties then they must all do something beneficial. Thymol isn't an EO any more than Aspirin is willow...
  23. Re: Essential oil treatments, are they bogus?

    Reading your link and turning in, wiped. Will follow up tomorrow.

    Cheers,
    Tyson
  24. Re: Essential oil treatments, are they bogus?

    "extracted from Thymus vulgaris (common thyme) and various other kinds of plants as a white crystalline substance"
    Not an essential oil, from Wikipedia.

    "Thymol is only slightly soluble in water...
  25. Re: Essential oil treatments, are they bogus?

    My cut out 2nd yr maintained colony loss rates are currently at 15%. I've only been called to remove one dead out after wax moths had chewed the dead colony to the point of honey leaking from the...
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