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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    GWW and JW:

    Thank you both for the kind words. The reality is that I have much yet to learn and owe any and all of the current success to good folks like you two who have been kind enough to...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Went by the trap-out today and I am ready to declare it a success. There are fresh eggs and zero bees in the transition. The tree cavity itself is also dead quiet.

    The comb they have drawn from...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    David:

    This is a really impressive effort- I am not too tech-savvy so I am glad there are folks like you who make the whole IoT work.

    Good luck on the job prospect.

    Russ
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Interesting, GG. I did not know this, so I appreciate you outlining the principle.

    Russ
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    Re: Pre winter planing and experiment idea

    MSL: Thank you for sharing this Michael Smith lecture. I had viewed the other two but not this one- It was similarly instructive.

    Russ
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    Great post, LJ. I enjoyed reading through it and...

    Great post, LJ. I enjoyed reading through it and I sincerely hope you are able to make this a consistent and repeatable process for your apiary. It makes intuitive sense to me that a colony that...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    The more I observe bees, the more I realize just how little I understand them.

    I have been convinced that #1906 is queenless simply by observing their entrance activity (or lack thereof) as...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Great analogy- pretty easy to justify eating almost anything if you'll eat a hot dog... I'll have to make some PB + Drone as GG suggests.
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Good stuff, GregV. I look forward to hearing how your experiments with modified top bar and internal volumes turn out. There is definitely a lot one could tinker with when not constrained to a...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    There is quite a lot of chatter about this subject on Bee-L right now- so much so I am having a hard time keeping up. At lot of the 'heavy hitters' are weighing-in on both the philosophy and...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    GregV:

    I've read where you have mentioned this in passing before, but this is the first time I recall you describing what you are doing with the larvae.

    It piqued my interest enough to look...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Neat cut-away. Did you draft that yourself? My thoughts on frames relative to Warre-style management relate to:

    1. Extraction- which may or may not be an issue depending upon what and how you...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Now that's a good idea, GregV. Throw some insulation in the interstitial space and you would have a hive assembly that would give CLong's a run for their money. Looks like a good way to re-purpose a...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    I had the same trouble. Maybe after it has been out for awhile they will make it public domain.

    Thanks again for your contributions.

    Russ
  15. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    CLong:

    I for one applaud your efforts and it seems to me that you are moving in a direction which has been more successful year-over-year. That is progress!

    Your efforts and results have...
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    Drummerboy:

    Glad to read your post- and while our summers down here in Kentucky are no doubt longer than yours, we still deal with the problem of more work than hours in the day (or days in the...
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    Re: Post Your Bloom Dates - 2011

    Near Paducah- Climate Zone 7a:

    Blooming today:

    Sneezeweed

    Tickclover

    White Crownbeard
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I continue to think through the implications of a 'management by box' approach to my Langstroth hives, incorporating the idea of systematic comb renewal.

    My initial thought had been to incorporate...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Here in Western Kentucky we have a nice little flow of sorts going with the late-planted beans (due to significant Spring rain which kept farmers out of their fields and necessitated their planting...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Sounds like you are moving inevitably toward Warre hives :). There are quite a few things I like about the Warres I inherited, but one big negative (at least in terms of honey extraction) is the lack...
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    GregV:

    Thank you for your reply. I do hope you give this a try and let us know how it works out for you. I for my part am still hesitant to incorporate anything that is vapor impervious in my...
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    Thanks again, Fusion_power. If you do figure out how to conjure up rain, do you mind to let us in on your secret?

    In all seriousness- we do appreciate you sharing your experience with us novices....
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Meanwhile things are very quiet at the former home of Hive #1911 (the 'bee tree' at my office). I had observed about two week's worth of heavy attempted robbing activity but can only assume that the...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Went by the trap-out this afternoon. They are busy drawing out quite a jag of comb and of course they started at the top, filling in the frameless void created by the male transition piece and...
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    Fusion_power:

    I appreciate being able to read your narrative thought processes as you make late-season decisions. It is helpful to us who don't have near the depth of experience you have to...
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