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  1. Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Are you suggesting the heat is leaking out the bottom of the hive? Heat rises, so the opening at the bottom shouldn't matter much though we do close it down to keep out mice.

    The ideal insulation...
  2. Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Again, the heat coming from the cluster is waste heat. To suggest that bees are trying to heat the hive because heat comes off the cluster is the same as saying I am trying to heat the room by...
  3. Re: Bees Only Heat the Cluster, Not the Hive?

    Right about the heat leaving the cluster, this is heat loss or waste heat. The system is not 100% efficient, like heat going up a chimney. On the other hand, some heat has to leak out to the outer...
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    Re: 9 frames or 10 frames

    I am a veteran beekeeper, too, 41 years beekeeping. I learned most of what I know working with commercial beekeepers in California. They all use 9 frames in the ten frame hive. Nowadays my honey...
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    Re: feral hives

    Hi all

    As many have said previously, there are no figures available on this topic, other than extrapolation from sparse data. However, in the areas where Africanized bees exist, feral colonies are...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    Spoken as a true ideologue. Stick to the ideology, irrespective of any evidence to the contrary.

    Ideology is the enemy of science, truth, art and freedom.
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    You are comparing an outfit out using Africanized bees isolated in the desert to more conventional situations. Back in the 1980s I had 500 colonies in San Diego. Almost everybody had AFB, it was...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    deknow writes:



    Are you saying you inspected the brood nests of 800 colonies each time you visited? That sounds like two weeks of full time work to me. I hope you are getting paid. We used to...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    More from Eckert:



    This was written in 1955. The project was never really undertaken until Marla Spivak started raising hygienic bees. As anyone who uses them, including her, will tell you,...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Two years of experience as a beekeeper is not much, that's true. But you have no experience as a scientist. Anyone can propose a connection such as the connection between sunspots and CCD or...
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    Re: TF and AFB, part deux

    Michael Bush:



    Mr. Bush, to suggest that Dr. J. E. ECKERT would support your notions of AFB resistance and treatment free beekeeping is ridiculous. Eckert was a highly respected scientist and...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Whoops. Should be
    You don't know what experience you lack, until you realize you don't have it.
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Most things in life have to be learned the hard way. Experience shows in subtle ways. You may a great driver in your home town, on familiar roads, in your own car. But put into rush hour traffic in...
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    Re: Please Stop...

    Hey, that's priceless. I may use that one from time to time ;)
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    Re: Treatment free vs. good sense.

    Hi again

    What concerns me about the genomic analysis of diversity is that a lot depends on where you look and what you categorize as diverse. For example, there are some highly conserved regions...
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    Re: domesticated bees?

    That's pretty good, but it isn't evidence -- it's just a bar graph. We have to know if other factors are involved such as beekeeper skill level. If the skill level of the comb replacers is better...
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    Re: domesticated bees?

    Hmm, back in the 1980s when I was raising queen cells by the thousands, I always put my breeder queens on dark combs. I thought they preferred them. Of course, the real reason for using dark comb...
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    Re: domesticated bees?

    Non-invasive farming? Is that like non-destructive eating?

    Fact is, humans are the Number One invasive species.

    The point is, forget about invasive and non-invasive. What we need is the...
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    Re: domesticated bees?

    Fact is, we do this every year in the North. For six months bees in hives are completely on their own. The overwintering losses today are the same as 100 years ago. I don't believe honey bees have...
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    Re: Treatment free vs. good sense.

    Hi there

    You seem to have a very strong grasp of this topic. Can you recommend reading material or sources where we can go to catch up on this?

    Pete
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    Re: Treatment free vs. good sense.

    Brock Harpur and Amro Zayed have been studying this for several years. They write



    Harpur, B. A., Minaei, S., Kent, C. F., & Zayed, A. (2012). Management increases genetic diversity of honey...
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    Re: TF until today

    This may be true for many or most, but not for the organic acids (formic, oxalic, acetic). No resistance has developed to these, as the action is different from conventional miticides. They "burn"...
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    Re: TF until today

    Not exactly about bees, but germane


    http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2014/06/problem-anti-medication-bias.html
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    Re: What is going on with this?

    You can repeat a falsehood a million times and it still isn't true. Get a grip.



    None, that's I why I don't use it and I don't recommend it. Look, I don't belong to the treatment free club, but...
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    Re: What is going on with this?

    Regarding probiotics, Forsgren et al write



    This is simply not the same as proof that it works consistently in the field nor is it even remotely like a treatment recommendation. They are...
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