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    Re: more tf mite counts

    'VHS Breeding' is the thread title. Its a long one, but worth perservering - there is input there from some very experienced vhs breeders:...
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    Re: more tf mite counts

    Eduardo,

    Did you follow Dean Stiglitz's (Deknow's) argument in a recent thread (and you-tube movie) in which he pointed out (among other things) that to focus on vhs alone was neglect other...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    I think that's 'worker milk' first and 'worker jelly' after a few days (http://scientificbeekeeping.com/fat-bees-part-1/)

    Its the brood that have the 'need' for amino acids and lipids (converted...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    Sounds like a sound plan to be getting on with - its pretty much what I'm doing. Do you look for feral swarms/cut-outs and likely feral areas for mating purposes?



    I think its efficiency can...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    Hi Melissa,

    I may be off-beam here, but until I heard from someone I trusted I wouldn't go mixing protein in with sugar. Pure sugar is known to work ok. (Buying baker's fondant is easier than...
  6. Re: Resistance to varroa : what mechanisms?

    I think mostly people go down the genetic line because both thousands of years of empirical evidence and the entire body of modern husbandry understanding both indicate clearly that... the more...
  7. Re: Resistance to varroa : what mechanisms?

    I think its broadly understood that traits are inherited, not taught.

    Thanks Eduardo. For those short on time, the conclusion is:

    "In conclusion, this study presents colony level...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    JRG,

    This forum was set up specifically to discuss methods of going tf. The sticky specifically states we don't have to justify our positions, and that challenges to the possibility of doing so...
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    Re: Melissa's questions

    Melissa, I'm in the UK, but some things are the same wherever you are.

    First, your bees now: no-one has mentioned candy. I have fondant on all my hives, even those that don't need it. I look at...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Isn't it said that vsh causes bees to uncap cells of a particular age? Given that the queen usually lays in spirals I wonder if looking for circular patterns of opened brood would be a way to spot...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    The opportunity to occupy a site within about 200 acres of mixed topfuit, adjacent to a large country park estate. Lots of very useful nectar sources on a large scale. Closer to home, and I'm being...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Just more open cells?



    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?305151-VSH-bees-and-hybridization&p=1193675#post1193675

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    I don't look all that closely. I'm focused on building numbers and bringing in likely genetic material, so as to get in a position to breed more effectively. What exactly are you seeing here?
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    I agree with that. I use it on the basis that I want to rule out fixed cells and perhaps corresponding bee size being a part of the problem. I let them do what they want, as the ferals can. Some...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    I wonder what 'economic threshold' really means in this context. Economic to who - the bees? The Beekeeper? Isn't it really just a proportion that's somehow been arrived at at which its judged the...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    AB, I'm with you as regards 'regression', although I do acknowledge that some have found it helpful. However I'm curious as to why you would regard natural comb in the same way. Is that really what...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Its an observation, not an insult, though I can see why you find it offensive. If we all took all necessary steps to avoid being offensive Beesource would rapidly grind to a halt. Or maybe it would...
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    There could equally be a bad outcome Roland. As it happens I'm in the process of moving all my hives to a new site, so its moot now I guess anyway. I was just curious.

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Honeybee Genetics and Breeding Bees

    Thanks Eduardo. It was kind of an idle question on my part! I'm not really burning to know the answers to this stuff, so don't do lots of work on my behalf!

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: Honeybee Genetics and Breeding Bees

    Eduardo, this assumes that the queen uses a single sperm to fertilise each egg. It may be that does happen, but do we know it does?

    Mike (UK)
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    Re: VSH bees and hybridization

    Thanks Ralf. I guess my question now is: do Buckfast breeders all have these aims? Or do some just turn out 'domesticated' (treatment-dependent) Buckfasts without a care as to self-sufficiency?
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    It's probably obvious by now; but in my opinion you should pay much more attention to genetics Buford, and dump the notion that simply going small cell/'regressing' is going to get you anywhere. ...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Yes.



    Who is asserting that? And what is a 'hobbyist'? Specify.

    One of the things I'm being careful to point out here is that anyone approaching this objective needs (unless they are...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    Such an 'event' doesn't have to be dramatic (although in this case it was - wherever varroa has become endemic it has reduced populations to a rump, except where beekeepers have treated.) In the...
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    Re: Mystery Collapse

    You said: " The knowledge, the experience, the science, and the statistics say you're more likely to be struck by lightning."

    Asking someone to substantiate their assertions isn't nitpicking. Its...
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