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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Many of the details are - local.
    The general approach is, well, general.

    Just like in my line of business - I don't know much at all about Oracle database systems, pretty much zero knowledge of...
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    Re: TF in a world that treats

    Technical question:
    - what do you mean by this? "artificially swarmed"

    Seems to me you mean - queen-right splitting.
    Is that right?

    Artificial swarming in my context == a shook swarm that...
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    Re: TF in a world that treats

    Totally understand and so I qualified the "feasibility proposal".
    A new circumstance landed on you.

    The feasibility evaluation is for a lot of new folks who just need to be talked out of it - as...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Well, Clayton Huestis right next door posted a very comprehensive list (one pager in a readable format).

    I like it and this is more what I am trying to formulate also - an general algorithm (with...
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    Re: TF in a world that treats

    Exactly why the feasibility study is #1 before spending time/money/effort.
    Lot of (most?) wanna be TF never thought/were told of the feasibility.
    Has to be on the top of the list.

    (IF you are...
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    Re: TF in a world that treats

    This is a good write up and I appreciate.

    I don't see much about:
    - evaluate your location(s) regarding feasibility/risks in terms of TF - before even doing anything
    (a very important component;...
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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    Not necessarily.
    You simply force the queen into a swarm situation and they/she will create the proper swarm QCs.
    Good queen in a small hive.
    Check weekly and steal the QCs.
    Should do it.

    Not...
  8. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    Now this one is pretty cool:

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/19/business/heliogen-solar-energy-bill-gates/index.html
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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    The strict tree dwelling adherence is not the thing.

    Unmanaged bee in a sufficiently closely simulated tree dwelling should be sufficient for data collection and baseline settings.
    Similar to...
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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    Given the tools, tech, cheap wood available - production of several hundred simulated log hives for experimental purposes is rather a trivial project.
    No one cared to look into it, to my knowledge....
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    Re: Global Warming

    Granted, the current Earth is nothing like the Earth of about 1 Billion years ago - lots of tectonic/super-volcanic activity (back then!!) - the man-made factor is the leading factor it appears.
    ...
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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    Everything in this life seems to run in a spiral trajectory.
    Most all new inventions/discoveries - had something related already been found/thought about (and often ignored/not-understood) in the...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    The dark-horse home - just an improved temp hive - need extra insulating too.
    52465

    And the last unit here - the notorious test "tree" (when disassembled for transport and bee-less).
    52467
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    #2.

    My best yard this season by far - 6 active units - all Thanks to my best overwintered queen.
    The #1 queen - the only overwintered descendant of my best line (in the open mating conditions;...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    OK, pulled out of your "outline" (there are more talks in that list of the "four", but letting it slide):


    Here is my hive, a classic mite-kill as of a month ago, where all of the above are a...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    ok; just moved my post to my own thread as it becomes a heavy off-topic.
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    And I also own your paper book in a fancy hard cover which I mostly read (parts that are important to me).

    But really, being an expert, you should be able to outline the essence of those 640 pages...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    I was very annoyed by the SC religion knowing very well how in Russian Far East they have the non-SC (by the Lusby standards), but yet resistant enough bees.
    As a result, I started this particular...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Now that I access to more natural combs again (from the dead-outs) - documenting more cell size cases.
    The combs below, after taking the pics, I cut up and froze for later bee bread harvest.
    Almost...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    Michael,
    I contend when you say your bees "do fine with no treatments at all", you should qualify and clarify.

    Specifically - what is exact status of your bees, what is their history, and legacy...
  21. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Back to the same old, obvious phenomenon - yet it is forgotten every time and quickly too.

    The most money makers from the gold rushes are the ... shovel sellers.
    Forget the gold.
    Sell the...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    And btw, this time I used some sticks to obstruct the upper entrance (bees still can get out and back inside, just less wind blows around).
    Previously, I used a piece of fabric to do the same - some...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Had 2-3 hours to visit my base #2 (before the rainy mix drove me away).

    Among other things - opened up the test log hive.
    Bees appear fine; looks as if they even stored some honey (which can not...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    The main issue is - the TF "experts" often will say - "just not treat".
    Then the new beeks will do exactly that - not treat (and get terrible results, more often then not).
    This is a huge...
  25. Re: funny story, really short on facts but high on speculation

    I would not worry about it.
    Been mocked and slammed enough.
    Not a worry.

    Once you get the worthy bees going (not some treatment-dependent commercial package/nuc and the like), should not worry...
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