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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    SP, It could also be that feeding sugar syrup puts a strain on the bees that is effectively one more nail in the coffin. In other words, leaving honey on the colony does not require the extra stress...
  2. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    Yes OT, there are problems with treatment free bees. They have several quirks that make managing them for honey production more difficult. I have not used treatment of any kind since the fall of...
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    Poll: Re: New hive design

    That setup can be useful for wintering nucs. Put a double screen over a double or triple deep colony, then put 2 nucs on top to take advantage of heat from below.
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    Re: Sources for treatment free bees

    I can live with a few stings for 4 boxes of honey. My bees are highly mite tolerant, but they also tend to be aggressive, especially when there is no nectar coming in and I attempt to remove honey. ...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Clover for one thing is producing a steady flow, also possibly a bit of sourwood. I'm not too worried about what is coming in, I just want it to continue for another 2 weeks to get these combs drawn...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    We have a steady low level nectar flow ongoing. I checked a colony today and found them drawing comb and filling it with nectar as fast as they draw it. This is in a medium strong colony with a new...
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    Re: 11 Frames in Medium Super

    Interesting that so many opinions crawl out of the woodwork over a simple concept such as running 11 frames in a brood box. Especially interesting that so many get posted by people who have never...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    This is why I stay below 20 colonies. I sell colonies to beginners to keep my numbers down.
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    Re: commercial level TF

    There are several very good reasons to keep bees treatment free.

    1. Cost of treating
    2. Contamination of wax and honey with chemicals
    3. Perceived value in the market for more "natural"...
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    Re: commercial level TF

    My hat is off to Randy. He is doing the serious legwork and hard core beekeeping needed.

    I'm one of those hobby/sideliners who has made it for 11 consecutive seasons.
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    Re: commercial level TF

    H4, have you considered Chris Baldwin? I think he meets or maybe exceeds your criteria.

    http://southbeekota.com/

    Re going treatment free, I would suggest a different approach than has been...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    A colony here in north Alabama needs 1 shallow super full of honey for overwintering (25 to 30 pounds). They also need at least 6 frames full of honey in the brood nest (about 20 pounds). I have...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I advise procrastination. We have had so much rain that average honey moisture levels are above 25% in all of my colonies. Removing honey any time in the next 30 days will just cause headaches. ...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    Difficult to compare for me, I split too many of my colonies this spring. Overall, it is shaping up to be a decent year for honey production, but nothing like what I've had in the past. Can't...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    There is another flow that will start in about 2 weeks. I usually get a lot of honey capped from it.
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    Re: Aficanized bees are fake

    sorry, duplicate.
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    Correcting an earlier post re the apidologie article, there were 13 living colonies in 2005 and clear indications the bees were reproducing and increasing in numbers.

    This line is very telling.
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    I wish I could send you a dozen queens oldtimer. Then you could find out if it is possible to go completely treatment free.
  19. Re: What's a fair price for an established hive?

    Price out all of the woodenware and foundation. Add a reasonable amount for labor to assemble and paint. Add $100 for bees. This is your base price. It should come out about $270.
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    Re: TF genetics

    Survival is the objective, whether it is from hygiene or allogrooming or other traits is unimportant so long as economic traits are not compromised. In other words, as long as they make honey and...
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    Re: What species of honey bee did I catch?

    I think the intent of your question was to identify the "race" of honeybee, not the species. The species epithet is Apis Mellifera which gives the genus and the species. We could go back up the...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015 treatment free experience

    I've had about 2 inches of rain in the last 36 hours. There will be more just about every day next week. Fortunately, I got most of the garden work done while it was dry.

    Bee wise, the daily...
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    Re: TF genetics

    Ev, if a colony of bees survived the onslaught of varroa, it must have traits that allow that survival. 99.9% of feral colonies were wiped out when varroa hit the U.S. in the early 1990's. For 10...
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    Re: Flow of the decade

    Northwest Alabama has a heavy main flow in progress. A colony made from a 3 frame split with a new queen the first of April has completely filled a shallow super and had to have another added...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015

    I put supers on 5 colonies today. Three of them are relatively weak splits but should build up enough to make at least one super of honey before the flow ends. I have 5 more colonies to work with...
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