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    Re: Wild honeybees in US

    Yes, sorry, I meant feral colonies.

    What about other areas than Arnot Forest? Is there a line, north of which feral colonies do not exist?
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    Wild honeybees in US

    Are there any studies concerning how many wild bee colonies there are in US?

    I mean really wild, not swarms.
  3. Re: Kirk Webster - 20 Years of Commercial Beekeeping Without Treatments of Any Kind

    And Iīm SO proud that after our visit and seeing the site of his new home he later asked me, a Finn, for advice how to build a sauna properly!
    I hope he has had many relaxing moments there.
  4. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Like TF
    or IMP
    or OAD
    or IMHO
    this could have an own shortening:
    CITANW =Choosing to Increase Treatments Although they donīt Need t but I Want
  5. Re: Kirk Webster - 20 Years of Commercial Beekeeping Without Treatments of Any Kind

    Was there mentioned any numbers? Hives, kg, mites ?


    (My hearing problem is getting serious, a video with a bad quality voice is a nightmare)
  6. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I eagerly wait how long we have to wait for the first attack against OAD, by the OAV users...;)
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    Re: Small cell study

    When me and my wife visited Terje Reinertsen (whos bees the study was made with) he confirmed this. The cell size does have an effect, but it is not the secret of his bees.
    ...
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    Re: High mite load opinions

    Breeding for varroa resistance seems to develop, all around the world and whatever the method, bees with only meager infestation level, <1-2%. From this respective I see little value in a hive with...
  9. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I agree.
    I have been eagerly waiting for the day, and asking, when do the VSH projects in Europe start their TF experiment. Because breeding a 100% VSH bee is useless, unless it is tested in real...
  10. Re: Germany to ban glyphosate to save insects, finally!

    If the industry does not find a similar (and as cheap) product, it will cause increase in CO2 emissions and loads of work and lower net incomes for the farmers.
    CO2 emissions came two ways: the use...
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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    But remember it was a ripe cell I gave them, from a healthy hive. And the dead queen was normal size, in fact bigger than average,
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    One hive in particular was odd: It did not take sugar solution. Usually the reason is queenlessness. I had a look and found a queen laying in larger than average brood area!

    They had food in...
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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    Now that queen from the cell was lying dead in front of the hive, checked what is going on, and yep, they made a new one.
    This was a reaction to the disease?
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    Thanks to both of you SP and Litsinger!
    Everything is not shining and well, some problems with the Mini-Plus nucs: Queen rearing had a late start, because the drone frames were put in late (end of...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    I donīt know but they seemed to be more interested in line breeding. What exactly they meant by it I donīt know.

    "There are no everlasting lines" said Ulf Gröhn, THE Great man in Swedish...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    That is pretty close what I did: 7 yards, mostly 4 hives per yard.

    I made updates to my diary http://buckfast.fi/publications/writings-presentations/
    and a new blog writing...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    TF bee material is so scares that you have to take all in, if there is evidence about their resistance. Is there, in Hoskins case?
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    How many hives do you have?
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    What I said was that Buckfast was started as a hybrid, but is not any more a hybrid in that meaning what you wrote:

    "But - as we all know, it's impossible to maintain the Buckfast strain without...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    If you keep Italian bees there is a need for introduction of new blood to prevent inbreeding, same thing with all races.


    From the link you provided (https://apiexpert.eu/buckfast-honey-bee/):...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    Buckfast is like any other bee race. When you take buckfast virgin queen and mate her with buckfast drones you get a buckfast queen.

    No tricks needed.

    If you wish to haves an italian queen,...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    Today Buckfast is not a hybrid.

    It started as a hybrid, but is now like any other bee race.
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    It only need co-operation of beekeepers. A common interest and change in opinions (TF is possible/ TF is not possible). There is need for a project leader and hard work but when all beehives will be...
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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    You are right, I have only couple of times sended samples of AFB, they were negative. One time when an beekeeping veterinary made the test he also examined EFB, and found heaps of it. So much that he...
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    Big areas of TF bees are created. Then there is no need for mating control, or treatments. This process is already happening.



    Buckfast bees are no different of any other bee race in this...
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