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    Re: Aggression study in honeybees

    I think I've bred my bees to sting under my fingernail. this is like the 3rd or 4th time.

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh609/sratcliff3/IMG_20140725_152105.jpg
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    Re: Is "queen failure" the new "starvation"

    I think you nailed.



    One could also say this diversity through recombination and non-identical gametes is what ALLOWS them to become adapted to a local environment.
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    Re: Is "queen failure" the new "starvation"

    http://i1254.photobucket.com/albums/hh609/sratcliff3/mites.jpg
  4. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    I think it's " honey production" most people mean. The colonies at the start of the season dedicated to producing honey. I guess if a hive is broken up into nucs, then it's not counted as a...
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    Re: Thinking Bee Podcast

    I created the new Thinking Bee Podcast Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThinkingBeePodcast
    I have a "Listen" tab at the top of the page, and you can select the episode from the player. You...
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    Re: treatment free member listing

    Stuart Ratcliff. Southern, Indiana. Started with local stock in 2011. I've been expanding, wintering nucs, and selling Nucs and Queens the last 2-3 years. Went into winter with around 90 colonies,...
  7. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    No one can speak for Kirk, except Kirk. I've read all of Kirk's stuff on that website, and it appears to me that Kirk is not the kind of person who reduces everything to dollars or quantity.
  8. Re: Kirk Webster January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES

    Aren't some people trying to repopulate A.m.m.? Like the folks at http://bibba.com/articles/ ?
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    Too many variables. We could speculate til the cows come home, until more details are given, if there are any more details.
  10. Re: Newbie questions, hoping not to offend with ignorance...

    Do feed them. If it was a nuc or an actual swarm(full of honey ready to build wax) then you may not need to. A package very much benefits from being fed.
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    Re: Mites finally got me

    Sorry to hear. Hopefully the rest will come through and you can build back up quickly. Do you raise your own queens?
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    Re: Thinking Bee Podcast

    I just got it up on iTunes, except my latest episode isn't showing up on there yet.

    My RSS Feed is: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:192410550/sounds.rss

    Link to it in iTunes:...
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    Re: They are all dead...

    Well, kinda like you said before, different strains of bees have different needs and behaviors. So, even if they perform well early on, it doesn't mean they will later or in winter. Why not replace...
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    Re: Thinking Bee Podcast

    Yes, I will try to get it on iTunes really soon, and will let you know here when I do. Thanks for reminding me.
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    Re: Treatment free honey production????

    A little off topic, but 80lbs for winter seems pretty excess. I try for 45-50lbs for winter. Of course, there are many factors to consider and I'm a couple hours south of you.
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    Thinking Bee Podcast

    I have started a beekeeping/agriculture centered podcast. I have a couple episodes up so far, but I want to be active with this, so if you want to be a guest or have a suggestion, please let me know....
  17. Re: Preparing for spring & package bee regression

    Interesting perspective, thanks. One last thing I might add is how long it took Capensis(and other African and africanized bees) to become very tolerant to mites. Something like 5-10 years in some...
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    Sure some species of organisms seem to have more biological limitations than others, but fortunately Apis Mellifera has evolved subspecies that have adapted to a wide range of environments, from...
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    But they can become optimized, through natural selection, can't they? If characteristics like brooding patterns or clustering are somewhat fixed at a genetic level, then doesn't it make sense that...
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    I think that just because they lived, doesn't mean they are optimized for the area. It sounds like you're saying that bees can't adapt, and I mean that in the evolutionary sense.
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    Do you think, though, a package from NZ to Maine would perform as well as a nuc made from bees that had been bred in Maine for say at least 10 years? Require more feed? Come out of winter with as...
  22. Re: Industry funded studies - from believer to skeptic

    Ain't no harm ever come from a good hard drink. Leave me alone!
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    Re: treatments are a dead end

    I guess I'm thinking in terms of farms that have a model similar to Joel Salitan, but there's an organic farm near me that does a truly amazing job. I'm also talking about the total output including...
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    Re: treatments are a dead end

    Look to other areas of agriculture for that answer. Are there exceptional cows that require no medication in an industrial setting? Are there varieties of corn that require no insecticide/herbicide...
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    Re: treatments are a dead end

    I can see merit in both a "soft bond" and "hard bond" approach. It depends on your stock of bees and what your goals are.
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