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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Well - other than sniping at my post, you're not actually "saying anything" which is informative, either for myself or anyone else.

    Suggest you give a little more information - such as how many...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I can't follow the logic here - how is that colony 'promising' from a TF perspective if it needed to be treated last Spring ?

    However, if I only had one colony - then I'd certainly split it as an...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I thought OT hit the nail squarely on the head when he wrote:


    Now although OT was referring to TF techniques, this applies to so many others as well. One of my techniques - which I believe is...
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    You could try placing an open bucket of honey in a chest freezer - assuming you have one handy ...
    LJ
  5. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Naughty, naughty ... :no:

    I didn't say they don't need it - I said: "I don't really need to - it's purely that I want to - in the interests of keeping healthy bees."
    ... and it isn't simply an...
  6. Re: Turning a Neglected Pasture into a Bee Yard?

    Ammonium Sulphamate is an eco-friendly herbicide, if you can source it locally.

    If you fit each hive with abundant ventilation and some kind of easily operated entrance closure, then you could...
  7. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Sure - but they'd be drawing the wrong conclusions. I'm now choosing to increase the number of treatments - primarily because it's so easy to do with the latest kit. I don't really need to - it's...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I also don't see Oldtimer's early comment as being a bad example ... quite the opposite.

    The last two posts have revived a thread from last year, and so I scanned upwards to Mischief's post at the...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    I don't haver a lot of faith in what I'm about to suggest, and it shouldn't really be necessary ... but ... I'm wondering what would happen if you removed the feeders on the problem hives, for (say)...
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    Re: #8 Duck Cloth Inner Cover

    Talk to any yachtie friends you may know. Disposal of old sails gives those folks a real headache, and yet an old sail - even if stretched, worn-out, damaged, paint-spattered, whatever - could still...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    So this is established behaviour then, rather than just a temporary aberration this year ?

    I think Greg's solution to "Terminate these bees as unfit ..." is extreme but appropriate. However, I'd...
  12. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Fine - then you use Dribble, and I'll use VOA. Both of us will be using methods which we're happy with, and so there's nothing left to argue about. I'm NOT advocating that others don't use Dribble -...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    I reckon that's been covered pretty well.


    Well, apart from the "slow and deliberate" movements - some folks swear by the use of two cloths, which cover the frames leaving a gap between them for...
  14. Thread: bee stings

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    Re: bee stings

    Well that was also my story - a long time ago. The body takes a little time to build-up antibodies, and then can over-react when it develops a supply. My arms and hands in particular would swell -...
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    Re: How do I relax w/bees?

    +1 ... before opening a hive "think Tai Chi". :)
    LJ
  16. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I've never once used the Dribble Method, nor have I ever been tempted to use it - not because of what others say or claim - positive or negative - but for 3 reasons.
    Firstly, the presence of sugar...
  17. Re: Africanized Beehive ? Someone has tried ?

    At least one relevant source ("a beehive design for the tropics") shows horizontal hives being slung from underneath trees - presumably to keep honey badgers and termites away from the hives. It...
  18. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Hiya
    That assumes that the survivors 'actually survived the treatment', as opposed to simply not being killed during the process of treatment. The best example of this being mites protected by...
  19. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    I've always found this claim of a connection to be somewhat 'fishy', as HIV is caused by a virus, and plague by a bacterium - which suggests to me that any transferred resistance must be as a result...
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    Re: I'm walking again.

    +1 ... and, if you were to make the box with splayed legs, KTBH-style, then the hive itself could offer some support for yourself whilst standing - providing you don't lean against it with too much...
  21. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    Evidence of historical antibody production from hundreds of years ago, is not the same as historical adaptations continuing to offer modern-day protection to the same disease - if it did then there...
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    Re: Bee-shed idea ...

    BTW - I found his video "Warre Hive going strong ..." very interesting. I'd made the assumption from his accent that the guy was Indian (as in 'from India', not a North American Indian), but in that...
  23. Re: Is it tougher and tougher to control mites with OAV?

    But is it really a case of "adaptation to treatment" ?

    Prior to Varroa arriving, there was no treatment for Varroa (obviously), but there was - from the Varroa's point-of-view - a total absence...
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    What RUBBISH. We do NOT possess resistance to the plague bacterium. The reason why plague is under control these days is as a result of improved Public Health measures and improved personal...
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    A totally different scenario entirely. Bacteria are single-cell organisms, and as such, any mutation which occurs stands a pretty good chance of being accepted.

    This is in marked contrast to a...
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