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  1. #461
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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    So, why don't you overwinter in the south if your winters are so difficult?

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    Unless on a black locust flow... Then I'll shift drawn together instead of checker boarding supers.

    If I want to slow a hive down, then I'll bee more aggressive on making them draw new supers. But again not on a Black Locust flow.
    At my house, neighbors has probably 5 acres of black locust. Original yard is on 3-4 acres of black locust.
    Tim, forgive the ignorance, but what is the significance of the black locust. It's not a plant I'm familiar with here in Texas and I'm curious as to why it seems to have a large influence to your methods?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by Barry Digman; 05-30-2013 at 07:42 AM. Reason: fix bracket

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    Quote Originally Posted by WLC View Post
    http://www.mdasplitter.com/docs/NucManagement.pdf

    Well, if you look at the graphic above, Mel's saying feed back honey. But, he does sell candy blocks. Tis true.

    Maybe if you came up with a graphic, we could all understand everything more clearly.
    I don't need a elaborate graphic scam like Mel. That's nothing but a bunch of needless manipulation that requires feeding. Processed sugar is a CHEMICAL. So he is NOT chemical free. All my splits are timed with the bees natural cycle of swarm season, not some unnatural time of the season.

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    OK.

    I don't doubt that you're 'organic' to the best of your abilities.

    So you don't do Summer splits? Well, others like Lathshaw and Flottum have favorable views on Summer splits.

    Do you allow hives to 'fade' to mites? Without summer splits, that would seem to be the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karolus View Post
    Tim, forgive the ignorance, but what is the significance of the black locust. It's not a plant I'm familiar with here in Texas and I'm curious as to why it seems to have a large influence to your methods?

    Thank you.
    Black Locust is a tree. Awesome tasting clear honey which demands high premiums. Any hard rains during blooms will mess up the flow.

  6. #466
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    Quote Originally Posted by WLC View Post
    OK.

    I don't doubt that you're 'organic' to the best of your abilities.

    So you don't do Summer splits? Well, others like Lathshaw and Flottum have favorable views on Summer splits.

    Do you allow hives to 'fade' to mites? Without summer splits, that would seem to be the case.
    Hives 'fade' to old age of queens around 5th year. Which is easy to tell in the spring, when she fails to drop down to the bottom deep. I'll take the bottom boxes away, cull out old frames. Add new boxes back when supercedure is completed. Sure I could easily requeen with something else. But would be eliminating multi-year survival stock.

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    OK

    Since we're both up, what are your mite counts like?

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    Fade? What does this mean?
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

  9. #469
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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    When I used the term 'fade to mites', I was referring to a euphemism. It's an aspect of selecting for 'survival stock' that I've been critical of in the past due to the risk for pathogen spillover.

    It means to let 'unfit' hives succumb to mites.

  10. #470
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    Quote Originally Posted by WLC View Post
    OK

    Since we're both up, what are your mite counts like?
    2010 USDA test 21 mites/1051 (1.99) bees done 6/14/10 random 8 hives out of 50.
    Nosema count 0.0 million spores

    2011 USDA test 26mited/1210 bees (2.1) done 7/27/11 random 8 out of 40. Nosema count 0.0 million spores.

    2012 test have not received yet done on 10/26/12

    Randy Oliver requested I do monthly checks this year on 6 hives. About a 3 weeks ago 23mites/2112bees (1.08)

  11. #471
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    Quote Originally Posted by WLC View Post
    When I used the term 'fade to mites', I was referring to a euphemism. It's an aspect of selecting for 'survival stock' that I've been critical of in the past due to the risk for pathogen spillover.

    It means to let 'unfit' hives succumb to mites.
    Well considering I'm working with all 'survivor' stock obtained by local swarms in a 25 mile radius. So its mother nature thsy had done the 'natural' selection for me already.

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    Tim:

    Wow!

    So, when can we order queens from you?

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    Wow!

    So, when can we order queens from you? [/QUOTE]

    When I get a cape and one of them lovely assistance you spoke of. Lol

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    Have you ever considered doing a reality TV show?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WLC View Post
    Have you ever considered doing a reality TV show?
    LOL..no.... But probably would go over fairly good with all the other reality shows on now.

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    Honey Bee Dynasty

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    Quote Originally Posted by David LaFerney View Post
    Honey Bee Dynasty

    Hmm..probably could end up with a lovely assistant out of the deal. My last GF wasn't to fond of the bees and said I spent to much time on them.

    The Bachelor Beekeeper.lol

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    Quote Originally Posted by WLC View Post
    Tim:

    Wow!

    So, when can we order queens from you?
    From my perspective all the guys who claim these great queens can't make any and sell them.... tried over 12 guys this year looking for suvivor stock for a real test against production queens... so far no takers... sell me anything until they hear they will be tested....

    Come on Tim, your ladder assistant could do some grafting...... you should be doing your part to repopulate the USA with great survivor stock...... Maybe Mel could give you some tips... oh wait hes a hack... I forgot....

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    I'll sell you anything I have Charlie, but everything is spoken for. No fear of testing here, I have winter to do that.

    If you put in an order last December like everybody else, maybe you could get bees in June. Don't I see this issue come up all the time with newbees?
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Going Treatment Free - step 1

    So lets just say that I'm willing to order years in advance, and pay stupid high prices - is there anyone who is selling queens propagated and bred from an operation like this? "Cause it seems like they are unobtainium.

    You might be surprised how much you could get to fund that equipment you need.

    And yes I know that northern bees wouldn't be the ticket for me. Why don't you rear a batch or three for the good of the cause Solomon Parker?

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