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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    Exactly. No need for new definitions. What I meant was that if for instance swarm collecting is the most important way to keep your apiary going, I would say this beekeeper is tf, but he needs to...
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    Re: Considering drinking the Kool-aid

    This is major problem in these treatment free discussions. People say, that they are treatment free, but they do not tell how they manage their bees.

    As a breeder, I do not count anyone to be...
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    Re: Overwintering on dark (fall) honey

    Dark honey is a serious overwintering problem in long winter. And when I say long I mean really long, like ours in Finland, sometimes 6 months (October-March). Bees get dysentery, or are forced to...
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    Re: Setting up a "seeding" hive?

    OP does not say if Brad Bee has TF bees or not.

    Brad Bees idea is good. I´m creating the first treatment free zone in Finland and wrote in the beekeeping magazine (Mehiläinen 6/2014) about it. I...
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    Re: Setting up a "seeding" hive?

    If you are a treating beekeeper, don´t put your best hive. They are likely to have unsuitable genes. They are with a big brood area ( to produce a big honey crop).

    Instead put a hive which has a...
  6. Re: Heritability of traits for improvements in apiary?

    I have rarely seen any numbers either, but for honey production I have seen figures around 10 and 20. I would imagine that all other quantitative traits have similar figures. With qualitative traits...
  7. Re: Is treatment-free beekeeping possible at all?

    As far as I know there are no TF beekeepers in Belgium, there is a group working on these VSH bees (crossed with my bees BTW) but they all treat at least most of their hives.
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    Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    No, I haven´t.
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    Re: To make it real

    I want to remind all posters, that the OP requested photos of the BEEKEEPER and his/her bees, TOGETHER in the same picture.

    I know it takes guts.
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    I would like to believe he has some bees, very little evidence though, even when requested.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?302345-To-make-it-real

    HMF is toxic to bees, not to...
  11. Re: Is the division 'Treatment Free' adequate to the task?

    :D
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    Re: Video of four bees grooming one bee

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1yXO648Zto

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAhUWscg-50

    videos from 2007


    It is absolutely normal. I wondered too if it is something what happens only in my...
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    Re: virgin vs. original queen

    Bees reaction to virgin queen depends on their needs. If their old queen is not working well they will not kill the virgin queen, but putting a virgin into hive like this might still be a challenge....
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    Re: Virgin Queen or Laying?

    Queens have variation in size. Italian queens are huge compared to some buckfast or primorski lines. How she has been fed is one important thing too.
    Your queen looks perfectly normal to me, more so...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    I WAS mistaken, here it is:
    http://www.owa.cc/?p=content&c=6&i=39

    Something like this I would like to see more.
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    In fact I did not find the referring to a comment of a scientist I recall seeing there before.. This scientist had studied various bees (claimed to be resistant) and found their to be one of the most...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    This is important. I would not even dream of calling my bees treatment free (= suitable for treatment free beekeeping) if I did not have testimony from another beekeeper. You can boast , write as a...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    Kirk is using 5,2mm cells and we had good laughs when talking about this phenomena...
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    Re: Who is NOT small cell but successful?

    I have normal 5,3mm cells, and have never even considered changing to smaller ones. 6 years without any treatments, last year crop 34kg average, 80 hives.


    In a Finnish beekeeping book (...
  20. Re: Feeding pollen patties to encourage early brood up in overwintered colonies

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    If you have hives like this two weeks before willow blooming, there is no need for patties. Make sure you are overwintering strong colonies, that is the secret for spring crop.
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    As I told, if you read, a lot of that happening in Finland.
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    I wonder. There are at least in Finland a lot of beekeepers saying that they do not have mite problems( they treat with all possible methods) but they have virus problems.

    Something well...
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    The sentence "Earlier 95% treatment efficiency was enough, today 99% is needed." is more like the official statement, answer to me by a beekeeper adviser when I asked how come beekeepers are...
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    Re: bispham's causal chain

    Virues (which don´t need mite made holes to infect, quote of opening post) have become worse. "Earlier 95% treatment efficiency was enough, today 99% is needed." This is how it is seen in Finland.
  25. Re: Feeding pollen patties to encourage early brood up in overwintered colonies

    If you are a treatment free beekeeper, I would not try to encourage early brood up. More brood more mites. Brood rearing is a heavy burden on bees, I would like the bees to start as late as possible,...
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