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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    to be determined frank.

    i've actually got a very strong caught swarm in a double deep right now with 17 of the 20 frames having come out of efb infected hives and then disinfected with bleach.
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    as it turns out the swiss researchers are coordinating this with an entomology professor at auburn university. this professor and his team are personally responsible for collecting the samples. for...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    juhani, gg, and cam - many thanks for the replies.

    the strain of efb that ended up in my apiaries is extremely contagious and highly virulent. it spread very quickly and collapsed what were...
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    Re: Preparing a small hive for winter

    i agree with frank about the poor prognosis for this colony making it through winter.

    given the highly contagious nature of efb the greater concern is allowing the bacteria to be spread from this...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    ya'll are awesome. :)
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    understood ot. the nice thing about the smaller ones assuming they make it is that they are less likely to swarm and can make a better crop than a strong one that ends up swarming.

    also...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    i know that is heart felt ot. many thanks for weighing in and for all your encouragement and support along the way.

    just past the spring equinox for you, how are your colonies looking so far?
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    lots of wisdom in what you say there gww. so many thanks for that!
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    yes, thats my concern ot. the frames i am cleaning have no honey or beebread in them. the thinking is that efb cannot survive if exposed to oxygen, so you wouldn't expect any to survive on empty...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    sincere thanks for that arnie, it means a lot to me.

    i'm keeping an open mind about going forward with no firm expectations one way or the other.

    i am grateful that i was able to pass some of...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    many thanks russ, i really do appreciate the sentiment.

    no way to be sure in the one that was broodless, as you point out nothing to sample. i lean toward queen failure because i would expect to...
  12. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    i've no experience with a snelgrove board but i can certainly see the merits in using one for swarm prevention, especially if making new queens and/or increase hive count is part of the plan.

    if...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    the 'moderate drought' i mentioned in my last post post has now been upgraded to 'severe drought'. still no rain here and still having record setting heat indexes at 100+ degrees f.

    i've lost 2...
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    Re: Drone central - Queenright or combine?

    the colony is most likely queenless, but there might be a failed queen lurking around in there.

    the safer move would be to just shake out the colony and let the bees beg their way into the other...
  15. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    i'm sure it seems like that at this point in your experience.

    it gets easier when you get beyond the first year and as you start acquiring a surplus of drawn comb.

    do a search for walt wright's...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    good job russ. some very obvious mauling going on there.
  17. Re: Confusing in treatment free vs mis-treating bees

    most on the forum would agree with you mimie.

    what should never be acceptable is neglecting kept bees, allowing them to collapse, and not doing anything to prevent the spread of diseases and pests...
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    Re: treatment free beekeeping - the risks

    (bumped to make it easier to find next time)
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    tim, can you give us an estimate on how many hives you are running these days?
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    maybe not for you champy, but the smell of even one sting in the air prompts the remaining bees toward defensiveness, which is amplified even more with each successive sting.

    that smell can linger...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    the persisting ridge of high pressure that is allowing for record high temperatures across the southeast is making for a rather uncomfortable end to summer here. it also is resulting in my location...
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    Re: OAV with honey supers/Fall Extraction Blues

    lj, is there a similar requirement in the uk regarding the removal of honey supers from the hive when applying oxalic acid?
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    Re: OAV with honey supers/Fall Extraction Blues

    yeah, the labeling directions to use early spring and late fall make it sound like they were giving oxalic acid the same consideration as the synthetic miticides. i.e. to be used before supering and...
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    Re: OAV with honey supers/Fall Extraction Blues

    back when i was a student in organic chemistry lab we used all kinds of solvents when 'manufacturing' and 'purifying' compounds.

    some of them were quite toxic and working under vented hoods and...
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    Re: High mite load opinions

    that was my first thought as well.
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