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  1. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    Not many readers here also have read Ringworld and the selection of the luckiest of the lucky.

    The Achilles heel of bee breeding is that the queens mate in the air with whatever drones are...
  2. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    With a good 5 year plan and using stock that is already available, it would be possible to convert entirely to mite tolerant lines of bees with no actual loss of production. It would require the...
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    Re: Bring Back Our Black Bees!

    Arguing with a beekeeper is like mud-wrestling with a pig. After a while, you realize the pig likes it.
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    Re: Bring Back Our Black Bees!

    I dealt with black bees from my first colonies in 1969 until they were nearly wiped out by varroa in 1993. They are not entirely gone. My line of mite tolerant bees are derived from a single 2004...
  5. Re: Conventional Beekeepers Bashing on Treatment Free Beekeepers

    Just going treatment free is not the answer. Start with getting some queens that are from a treatment free program. There are a couple of sources available in Europe.

    There is no good answer for...
  6. Re: Any treatment-free beeks in Central Florida?

    Not answering for the others, but Carpenter Apiaries is an hour or so South of you at Frostproof.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I need to drive up to Rainsville and check the colonies at my mother's place, but the colonies here are all alive and well. We have 50 degrees and bright sunshine. There is still patchy snow on the...
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    Re: Terrible Problem /.=)

    An exceptional queen can clip out 5100 per day. I've only seen that rate one time about 25 years ago. I've had several good queens over the years that hit 3000 to 4000 per day for brief periods. ...
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    Re: Organic Based Bee Food

    I am in process of breeding a high protein corn (maize) for the specific purpose of feeding chickens. I have lines from ARS-GRIN that increase methionine and lysine content significantly. I will be...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Mudd Creek Barbeque was a treat since I was 4 years old. We stopped many times on the way to my Grandma's house in Pelham TN.

    I shoveled a trail through the snow so I could feed the chickens and...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Snow is 8 inches deep here and about the same at my Mother's place which is 15 miles from Squarepeg. Bees are buzzing strongly in the colonies I keep on the edge of my porch so no problems so far. ...
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    Re: Improving genetics

    Just put an empty frame between two frames of brood and within 2 weeks, with a good flow, you will have a frame of drone brood.
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    Take a statement out of context and the meaning changes dramatically.

    All current mite control efforts focus on killing varroa mites, either by the bees efforts or by use of chemicals of whatever...
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    Re: Bees and burr comb

    It is very likely the queen. There is abundant documentation that some races and strains of bees produce more bridge and brace comb than others. It is a selectable trait, raise queens from colonies...
  15. Re: Only 2 Manufacturers of Wax Foundation in US?

    Kelley's foundation building burned a few years ago. While they were rebuilding, they purchased foundation from another manufacturer. I'm not sure who or where, but have reason to believe it was...
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    Re: Screwed up year not sure what to do

    My bees routinely winter with a softball size cluster of bees and never more than a soccer ball size cluster as measured when temp is about 32 degrees F. Obviously my climate is different, but the...
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    Re: Treatment free strategy

    It would be worth reading this thread from 2012. There are several good links worth the effort.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?262775-Varroa-tolerant-queen-breeders-for-2012
  18. Re: Caucasian bee (apis mellifera caucasica) VS AMM (apis mellifera millifera)

    If you read Brother Adam's books about searching the area during the 1950's, you will find that the Armenian bees are a variant of A. M. Anatoliaca. He divided the bees of the region into several...
  19. Chicken truck collides with almond bees near Coachella CA

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/02/02/bees-frozen-chicken-collide-highway-crash/22772203/
  20. Re: Puerto rico finally woke up to bees and how important they are

    Rafael, would you mind saying where you are located? I'm familiar with the rain forest at the east end of the Island, the desert-like areas in the center, and the tropical areas near Mayaguez at the...
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    Re: narrow frame?

    You might also enjoy reading CCar's old thread on this topic.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?249192
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    Re: narrow frame?

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?291964

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?205420

    There are several more good threads if you care to look for them.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Bees are more flexible than that. When they need honey to feed brood, nurse bees will convert to foragers earlier than normal. When the main nectar flow is on, they will even neglect brood so as...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Just to keep interest going, how many eggs does a queen lay per minute when she is clicking out 3000 per day? What about the mythical incredi-queen that lays 4800 eggs per day?

    24 hours times 60...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Deknow, it is crop dependent. Foragers rapidly learn to avoid anthers and collect only nectar if that is what is needed in the hive. Almond blooms are very amenable to side workers who slip their...
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