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  1. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    Well, such a statement seems to discount genetics entirely. Not sure I agree with such an assessment. However, I do agree that someone highly skilled in rearing and mating queens will make up for...
  2. Re: Aren't You Breeding for Your Management Style?

    Is the "one breeder" referring to a particular person/company or to a particular queen, i.e., a particular breeder queen? Its not 100% clear out of the context of the book.
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    Re: Why foundationless? Newbie questions

    1. The least amount of work is opening a box of pre-assembled frames with Rite Cell foundation and popping them into the hive. No frame gluing or nailing required. Now that's what I call less work,...
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    Re: Maintaining Copper Hive Top

    Lot to ponder here.
  5. Thread: Maple flow

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    Re: Maple flow

    At least around me, there are many different types of maples, all with somewhat different bloom periods. The over all length of the maple flow can be quite long (6 weeks). Almost all of it is used to...
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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    I have saved PM's from Robert Russell trying to convince me to buy into his local acclimation program. He wanted several 1000 dollars (3000+) to become a member of his "family". I continue to keep...
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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    Doesn't sound crazy to me. Keep us posted on your success. I've got many pure VSH colonies (Harbo and others). Got a Schley instrument and this will be my 3rd year with II. I plan to really focus on...
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    Re: Moonbeam stock

    Delete.

    A pretty lame drive-by, most likely from a very poorly informed beehaver. Understand what you're taking about before your fingers hit the keyboard.



    Now, let's back the moonbeam...
  9. Thread: Freezers

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    Re: Freezers

    I killed about 10 adult wax moths outside my kitchen door the other night....
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    Re: Do You Harvest More than Once Per Year?

    I harvest at least twice per season. The spring flow ends near the 1st of June (tulip poplar, holly, & misc). This honey is pulled as the flow is tapering off. Wet supers are put back on. The summer...
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    Re: Cutting Rite-cell?

    I've never cut it, but if I were to try, I'd probably try it on a band saw or table saw. With these, you have two hands to manage both sides of the cut. I'd guess you would likely see less chance of...
  12. Re: Starting this season with VSH-Treatment Free Nuc- Some ?s

    Good luck with your bees this coming season. Yes, VSH, if not prevalent in the local population the traits will diminish with subsequent generations. You would then need to periodically bring in new...
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    Re: carniolan bee cluster ??

    Don't confuse the main nectar flow with what comes before. There should be plenty of pollen and nectar coming in starting late February when your maples start blooming. I suspect that your main flow...
  14. Re: maple pollen is being collected in Hampton, Virginia

    Wow! I was working the bees all day today a didn't see any maple pollen. In 2007, I have record of maple bloom in Hampton on January 8th. Given the mild winter, I'm not surprised. Of course we'll...
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    Re: Need advice on extractor

    +1 Excellent advice.

    As Rader pointed out the BM is far superior to the PM version, which screams junk to me.

    A max capacity of 4 mediums is not much, but I guess if you are really going to...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Correct, they don't usually go together, but I contend, and have tried to suggest in this thread that they CAN go together. I am very optimistic that the spectrum of traits that you call out is...
  17. Re: Swarm control - Demaree preferred over Checkerboarding?

    Eduardo,

    I believe that your assessment is correct. However, my apprehension is related to your local conditions. Specifically, would a Demaree at the first of April be sufficient to extinguish...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Lauri,

    I love your post and not trying to bust you here, but VSH is not a recessive trait, like in the 'Lethal White' foal example you posted. VSH is additive, which means you will get some VSH...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I believe that Adam at VP queens has produced Cordovan VSH. I'm not 100% on that, so it would be best to contact him directly.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    I believe that if you really want to evaluate VSH, you need to get a breeder queen. Of course to do that justice, you'd have to graft lots of queens and do some selection. For breeders, Dr. John...
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    My pleasure. I'll send you a PM.
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    No quantum jump, just continued improvement of what was once very raw material. My experience suggests that about 3 years back VSH started to become more than just an interesting trait and much...
  23. Re: Ag commissioner of Ventura county forces bee hive to move! Help needed

    How close are the hives to the nearest dwelling of someone who might cause a problem?
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    Re: Treatment free, is it really that easy

    Post 369 gives more information, but is still my "personal anecdotal experience". I'm not an entomologist running a research program, just a sideline beekeeper. That said, I believe that my...
  25. Re: Introduce virgin queens of a different strain

    Thanks Apis, That was the video I was referencing. Here's the same link, but starts at t=0.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxe3mV04kfM
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