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    Re: Foul Brood Disaster?

    My vote is varroa also. There is one cell, second pic lower middle, that might sort of resemble EFB although not exactly, but can also look exactly like that when killed by varroa and associated...
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    Re: Are these Ground Bees or Wasps?

    Wouldn't bet on that LOL

    Let me explain something about their life cycle. During the summer the wasps are hunting for protein, which they take home and feed to their larvae, in a nest that expands...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Thanks Mike, sounds like you took and are taking, a thorough approach.

    In the close packed ones, did you feel there were some hives that would have been exposed but did not get the disease?
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    At the outset i messaged around friends and brought in queens from around the country, representing all the breeds and as many of the strains that we have here as I could get. Not sure how familiar...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Too oversimplistic for conditions in my country Mike.
    First, there are no feral survivors here.
    To the rest (live and let die routine), i did that, they all died.

    You might be correct about...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    I didn't mean i'd been there, i meant you'd been there. In terms of shifting bees around and messing with things. The point being that doing all that, little point not producing drones cos you think...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    How so? As soon as you start transporting cutouts and swarms, keeping large numbers of hives in one place, all that type of thing, you are already upsetting some balance. Been there done that, so you...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Excellent question Litsinger.

    First a disclaimer, I am not a TF beekeeper so cannot talk with any authority on the matter. I tried and failed to establish a treatment free apiary, just isn't...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

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    Agreed. For my own drone production i run frames like this in my selected drone production hives. 2,500 or so drones per cycle per frame, decent hive will maintain 3 such frames in season.
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    yes, a huge one.

    No. You don't treat, and are therefore a TF beekeeper.

    I would suggest a 2 point plan to properly work towards achieving genuine survivor bees. And at the same time, get you...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    That is just plain wrong, i have not said that TF beekeeping isn't possible.

    Some people are genuinely doing it, i would class genuinely doing it, as being self sustaining. Others like yourself...
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    Re: Why Treatment Free.

    I'd be willing to wager that if brother Adam was in his prime and here now, he would have defeated varroa.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    So you are back down to 60 hives again?

    I think this demonstrates the failure of the hard bond method Mike, and the relative advantage of a more "soft bond" approach.

    Because a few years back...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Weird. Sounds virtually identical to an accidental experiment i once did, and reported here on Beesource.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Was that the 40 year old article, or a more recent one that you have a reference for?
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    Re: TREAT or FEED

    OK well MAQS is disruptive to the hive and can interfere with their ability to defend themselves. So wouldn't do both at the same time.

    Re the weak hives, it's best to determine why they are weak....
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    Re: TREAT or FEED

    Good point. To properly answer Plannerwgp's question, we need to know what kind of treatment he is asking about.

    Me, I'll feed with any of the non repellent treatments such as the synthetic...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Got a link?

    It would be interesting to look at the article and see what kind of distances they are talking about, apiary circumstances, and other variables that they based their findings on.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    True low robbing bees would also be less likely to contract diseases like EFB, perhaps it's another thing we should be breeding for.
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    Re: Queen cell failures?

    OK well it's not black queen cell virus.

    Maybe they chilled?
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    Re: Another battle for the bees....

    Exactly. And that's why i was surprised that Bien's linked study, which otherwise seemed pretty reasonable, should make that claim.
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    Re: Stuff in the honey; what to do

    To me, that looks like fine air bubbles. They do not rise cos the honey is too thick.

    So warm the honey to around 105 degrees and hold it a while, which thins the honey and the bubbles should come...
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    Re: Queen cell failures?

    Were the dead queen larvae pupated or not pupated?
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    Re: Queen cell failures?

    There is a disease called black queen cell virus. Could be your cell finishers have a heavy infestation of it. Recently dead queen larvae affected with the disease can be largely white.

    But the...
  25. Re: Can laying workers build capped queen cells from drone eggs...

    As per schultz, building these cells with male bees in them is an abnormality that kicks in from instinct, when there is no hope of survival.

    If you see enough LW hives, it can be seen to go in...
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