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    Default Randy Oliver's Request

    Randy Oliver is requesting that Treatment Free Beekeepers monitor varroa mite levels in their hives monthly, taking the samples in his prescribed manner. Maybe some of you would like to participate. Jeanette has Posted the link below.
    Last edited by sqkcrk; 10-24-2012 at 10:27 AM.
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    Default Re: Randy Oliver's Request

    Is this the link you were looking for, Mark? http://scientificbeekeeping.com/figh...mite-sampling/
    Jeanette
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    Default Re: Randy Oliver's Request

    Thanks Jeanette.
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    Default Re: Randy Oliver's Request

    i would also like to read kim's 'epistle'. can anyone link me to it, or can it be pasted here?
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Default Re: Randy Oliver's Request

    i'm like steveng. other than pulling drone larvae, i haven't been counting mites. maybe i should be.
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    Default Re: Randy Oliver's Request

    See Daniel Y's Post below for a link to Kim Flottum's Post on his ezezine.
    Last edited by sqkcrk; 10-24-2012 at 10:29 AM.
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    Default Re: Randy Oliver's Request

    many thanks mark.
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    Default Re: Randy Oliver's Request

    This is copied and pasted from http://home.ezezine.com/1636/ in regard to the request.

    I like the idea but and will look into contacting him for starting collections in the spring. I don't do the sticky board thing mainly because I don't have a screened bottom board. I did pull drone larva this year though.

    Thanks for bringing this to attention Mark.


    Treatment Free Beekeepers – Help Collect Data

    From Randy Oliver

    Hi all treatment free beekeepers. How about helping me collect data on the actual mite levels in your hives over the course of the year?

    Here's the simple protocol:
    Alcohol wash is most accurate. Can do with only a level 1/3 cup of bees, which is slightly over 200 bees. Follow procedure at http://scientificbeekeeping.com/sick...oring-methods/

    The sample should be taken from the same place in the hive each time—He prefers the first non-brood frame adjacent to brood, since less chance of getting a queen.

    Samples should be taken each month, at about the same time of month. All samples from the same hive(s), and kept track of for hive number. Two or more hives would be most desirable.

    Such results would allow me to plot the mite population curve for the year in your hives, which would be of great interest for nontreated colonies that survive.

    Record hive number(s), date, and mite count for each sample.

    Send me the data and location after you have collected for a year. We'll make the data available to anybody interested on the web page, and let you know when it gets posted.

    Randy Oliver
    Grass Valley, CA
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    Default Re: Randy Oliver's Request

    Thanks Daniel Y. I don't have your computer skills.
    Last edited by sqkcrk; 10-24-2012 at 07:42 AM.
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