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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Bees rotate from the center of the cluster to the outer edges, then back to the center again. But there are exceptions. Some bees stay on the edge of the cluster for long periods of time only...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    Use a sharp knife to slice a gap into a comb of eggs and larvae and the bees will choose which cells to turn into queens. The only problem with this is that several cells may be joined together...
  3. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    This thread on the British forum is worth reading. You will get an idea of the "vested interests". https://beekeepingforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=45550
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    It is a bit complicated that queens of different racial groups may be higher or lower on average. Weather takes a hand, especially in cold or inclement conditions. It is also worth noting that the...
  5. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    JoshuaW, you are pointing out that better thermal protection permits earlier spring buildup. Note that narrow frames and small cell foundation also correlate with earlier spring buildup. You have...
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    Re: best way to 2:1 feed in-hive?

    There are two ways to feed syrup in-hive that are effective. One is with jars or cans with small holes punched in the lid. Invert a jar/can over the frames onto two small sticks of wood and put an...
  7. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Bernhard Mobus researched these questions and wrote up the results in the July and August 1998 issues of American Bee Journal. I happen to have a copy and made them available to Derek Mitchell to...
  8. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    One of the things we know about species dispersal is that maximum genetic diversity is found nearest the center or origin of a species. This entirely supports the origin of the western honeybee in...
  9. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Ask the bees. They have never lied to me.
  10. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    I live in a very humid climate so can answer LJ's speculation about moisture. It will absolutely kill a colony of bees if too much builds up inside the hive. I tried to keep bees with just a small...
  11. Re: I had an Old school beekeeper check my hives

    Looking at the video, I see something that all beekeepers should learn to avoid. He pulls the frames out of the box rubbing them against the side. This will occasionally roll a queen. Learn to...
  12. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    This is an excellent point, however, your point about why Langstroth size boxes have endured is a bit off base. There is stasis in development because nothing else is clearly superior combined with...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    This is an excellent idea, but will only work if beekeepers adopt resistant bees on a wide basis. There is a critical mass where enough beekeepers use resistant genetics that the population becomes...
  14. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I'm going to move the 4 most susceptible colonies to a different location in a few weeks. This will leave only the most resistant for next year's queen production. It is not an ideal system, but...
  15. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Geoff Williams with Auburn University came out today and collected bee and mite samples from 8 of my colonies at one apiary location. I have only taken mite counts from one or two colonies over the...
  16. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Mtdna showed feral bees in Florida to be a hodgepodge mix of various races including Mellifera, Ligustica, Carnica, and a small percent Lamarckii. To make a statement that they are high percentage...
  17. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    8 frames would be fine for winter in your climate but spring buildup would require some adaptations such as giving a couple of supers above an excluder to keep the queen in the deep frames while...
  18. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    One huge gotcha with Dadant depth frames is that most extractors available today can't handle them. I happen to have a 50+ year old Kelly 4 frame tangential extractor that was built to extract...
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    Re: Project Apis m

    The goal is admirable, but IMO, they are leaning too much on VSH traits where other mite resistance measures such as allogrooming are equally important in the long term.
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    The appendix occupies the same area as the float bladder in fish. What it does today was only sussed out a few years ago. Basically, it stores microbiota that reboot the gut in the event of some...
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    We could speculate that all organs are under positive selection so long as that organ does something necessary to survival. Now explain why humans have an appendix. Before you get too far with...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    As the background population becomes mite tolerant, the managed colonies gain tolerance to the extent that their genetics are derived from the ferals.
  23. Re: Africanized Beehive ? Someone has tried ?

    Look up the Jackson Horizontal Hive. Honey can be removed without disturbing the brood next. There is also a port at the back of hive so smoke can be puffed in without opening the hive. It was...
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    Poll: Re: Engineering Project

    Here I was hoping to find a good quality beehive that would meet my needs, the bees needs, and still cost less than $5 each. Noting for the record that a 13.3 cu ft trash bin at $15 is a tad too...
  25. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    It is always best to wait until a new queen has her own brood hatching before moving or otherwise disturbing them. This brood was sealed a day or two ago so should emerge in about 10 days. They are...
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