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    Mann Lake's new Nuc Boxes

    Sorry if it's been posted already. Mann Lake has switched over to a new cardboard nuc box design that's all one piece. There's been a lot of negative feedback on other sites about this new design....
  2. Re: How young were you when you first raised queens?

    My first attempt, I was 22. Which was 4 years ago.
  3. Does a quickly mated queen mean a well mated queen?

    How can we know if a queen is well mated? Last year I did a little bit of drone saturation at my mating yard, and had a lot of queens laying by day 8 after emergence. I don't know if this is an...
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    Re: Typical brood pattern for VSH queen?

    A lot of people say they like Broke T's queens, and I believe they are VSH. Then we have another thread with JWChesnut saying he has a whole apiary of VSH queens with shotty brood and poor clusters....
  5. Re: what % of bees will die off in a typical year?

    Beemandan, which specific environmental changes are you talking aboiut? Thanks.

    I also agree that % of "winter" lost can be decieving. In my experience, if the colony makes it by the time it...
  6. Re: what % of bees will die off in a typical year?

    If they were 8+ frame Nucs, I would count them along with regular hives. If someone were trying to overwinter 4 or 5-frame Nucs, I might put that in another category. I have one 4-frame coming out of...
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    The Insect of Desire

    The title is a spin off of Michael Pollan's book The Botany Of Desire, which turns the idea of the domesticating of plants around. We normally think of domestication as a tool we use in order to...
  8. Re: Paramount Farms buys out Headwater Honey (David Mendes)

    Well, Monopoly is one of the first games we learn as kids, right?
  9. Re: If the focus was exclusively on honey no regards to overwintering?

    How was SF pushing their ideology on anyone? All I saw was an opinion. It sounds like people are only entitled to their opinion if it agrees with yours. I'm not sure how applauding someone calling...
  10. Re: CCD, Bee Dieoff ~ Did the Ancients Have the Answer?

    Speaking of collapse of human population due to the occasional "reset buttons", hasn't things like CCD always come and gone according to the old articles(disappearing disease etc)? Things come in...
  11. Re: If the focus was exclusively on honey no regards to overwintering?

    How do we improve bee genetics with a model like that? People winter bees in just as harsh or harsher winters than you, I'm sure. The only advantage to this model I can see is money, and if that's...
  12. Re: If the focus was exclusively on honey no regards to overwintering?

    Unless you're a nearby breeder trying to improve upon locally adapted stock and working towards mite tolerance, and have to compete with their drones. :lookout:

    Just playing devil's advocate :)
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    Sticky: Re: treatment free member listing

    Oxalic Acid is a CHEMICAL used to kill mites. Sugar syrup does indeed contain chemicals, but is not used for killing mites. There's a difference in planning to become treatment free, and being...
  14. Re: Midwest beeks ....time to check them (central Illinois)

    I'm predicting that some of my double nucs can expanded in a couple of weeks.
  15. Re: If the focus was exclusively on honey no regards to overwintering?

    Except no one would be canning bees to eat later. In the situation of killing the colony off, there's much more waste. I can see shaking out the bees and selling them off, but don't think I could...
  16. Re: Rethinking "Shaking Out" laying worker hives

    I've shaken laying workers only to have them return and begin laying again. Three people with laying worker colonies came to me last year, I gave them caged mated queens and the colonies became...
  17. Thread: mites?

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    Re: mites?

    If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. If it was impossible, no one would be doing it. There are a lot of different factors that can determine how successful you are such as: whether you're...
  18. Re: What can beekeepers realistically expect with VSH queens?

    So do you think that mite removal through the "VSH trait" is more of a side effect, and what the bees are actually doing is more of a general brood removal?
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    Yes, I've seen that, it's basically using alcohol washes to determine colonies with the least infestation and grafting from those. It's probably a very good selection process that is broad enough to...
  20. Re: What can beekeepers realistically expect with VSH queens?

    What do you think about "nudging" an apiary's(say 100 colonies) genetics toward VSH(by doing my own assays) and then stepping back from that type of breeding and seeing what happens? I would think...
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    Re: Queenless In February

    We'll have a few crawling around by the end of march, but not really any good patches of capped drone brood until first or second week of April.
  22. Re: What can beekeepers realistically expect with VSH queens?

    Like a lot of things in beekeeping, people try something once, often with only a few hives, and make judgments based on that one experience when there could have been a number of other factors in...
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    Re: Selecting for high mite infertility rate

    On a related note to AstroBee's link, here is a bit of conversation about it at VSHBreeders: http://vshbreeders.org/forum/showthread.php?tid=192

    Adam Finkelstein and and Erik Osterlund(Elgon...
  24. Thread: Dee Lusby

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    Re: Dee Lusby

    Is it possible thylytoky occurs more often than we think in non-Capensis honey bees?
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    Re: Selecting for high mite infertility rate

    That's very helpful. Thank you.
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