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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Re. your question 'A'
    You can of course select for the traits you want through active management.
    When you stop actively managing your bees they will revert to the mean of the background population...
  2. Re: Queenless after swarm...two weeks have passed

    >One of my colonies swarmed on April 7th and I looked in on them yesterday, April 21. I did not see any eggs or evidence of a new queen but did see several queen cells, some with the tips cracked...
  3. Re: Before swarm, when does the old queen quit laying?

    She usually just slims down and will still be laying a few eggs right up until she leaves.
  4. Re: Does a new queen only have one mating window.

    Usually, but I had one in a mini nuc take 43 days to start laying!
    I was checking it carefully and it was definitely the same queen.
    The earliest I have seen from emergence to eggs is 8 days which...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Maybe the ferals in Kent are triploid!
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    lol
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Loads of assumptions there without supporting evidence.
    Par for the course.

    You need to do stuff, record results and then come back and tell us.
    This is still all theory as you are just at the...
  8. Re: Does a new queen only have one mating window.

    beepro. A queen usually starts to lay about 2 days after she mates.

    ramdino. Ideally you should not move a virgin queen from one place to another as she will have orientated to the original mating...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Maybe in the US where you have no native subspecies, but it is different in Europe where bee breeders usually try and breed within the subspecies. breeders want well mated queens but not well...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Who is 'we'?
    I thought you were working on your own with about 25 colonies.

    If it is' not complicated' with a small number of colonies why do you frequently rail about 'poisoned drones'...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    If the neighbouring beekeepers are keeping different stock it is going to be complicated unless you have a vast number of colonies and can swamp the area with drones. or use II.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I remember posting you the link to that Zayed paper on the old bbka forum about 5 years ago. Glad to see you are starting to assimilate it!
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I presume you are reasonably familiar with the problems related to CSD locus and diploid drones.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    It will do when you start!
    As far as I can see you are at the stage of collecting swarms and cut outs as opposed to breeding.

    There is a distinction to be made between bee breeding and queen...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    That recent study from Poland seemed to show that Amm virgin queens mate with mostly Amm drones in an area where there was a mixed Amm and Carnica population. This could be due to flight times,...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    I am not line breeding although I can see the use for that under certain circumstances.
    What I am doing is breeding bees within race. That is not line breeding unless you actively separate out your...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    It's only a 3 page editorial.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Working with a native race in the face of threats from other invasive subspecies which hybridise is normally know as conservation rather than line breeding.
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Mike
    You can join ibra for 36. It is only the papers published relatively recently which you have to pay the full fee for.
    I joined last year and have access to 30+ years worth of Journal of...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Hi tech via the NUIG University programme.

    There was a well defined proposal submitted last October but the funding fell through.
    I saw a draft of the proposal at the time.
    Part of the funding...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    That is a good question and the ordinary bee breeder does not have access to genetic testing to check this.
    The chances are that there has been some historic introgression of genetic material from...
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    Re: Well, that is disappointing.

    suffocation or poisoning could be possible causes of a sudden loss.
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    Re: Well, that is disappointing.

    Bees should not freeze to death unless you are talking about a colony with just a few hundred bees. A colony with several thousand bees should not freeze over a couple of cold nights. What was the...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Juhani
    You can have a situation where you have a great colony due to heterosis, hybrid vigour, but the trait expressed in an F1 cross will not carry forward.
    If you read the Jensen and Pederson...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    The wing morphometry is yesterday's news. If you read that paper by Robin Moritz it becomes quite clear that using morphometry as a selection tool for subspecies purity produces false positives as...
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