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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    "We will also begin the process of setting up a cooperative VSH breeding program, the objectives are (1) to get more queen producers involved with selection and (2) establish a robust and sustainable...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I am curious what has been happening with breeder material in recent times on vsh bees. i know the history of how they got to current point but i'm guessing a certain percentage are following...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    i think its not having enough appropriate age drones. maybe result of the dearth periods in summer when they curtail drone production? but just speculation on my part.

    to me the dip seems to...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    GG
    Concentrate on what you already know.

    1) Brood Breaks. in general have some benefit. in good years seems that large % of folks with bees can get by just performing a break. Downside is...
  5. Re: The use of 48hr queen cells to spread resistant genetics

    in having a conversation with one of the folks that has suggested shipping 48 hour cells, i was reminded that its not really about quality so much as way to move stock as i had similar question. ...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    marco bees

    i have no doubt that in their original location saskatraz did have a solid level of resistance. but just like russians, vsh, purdue stuff that resistance thing is made up of various...
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    Re: Should I go with Saskatraz packages

    My first disclaimer is that I don't have any personal experience with Saskatraz packages. But a ton of them along with mated queens are sold here directly off shipments from Olivarez so I've had...
  8. Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    i generally spend little time trying to get them past March to point that the dandelions pop and they are likely safe. but in my case have enough decades of stock selection and resulting colonies...
  9. Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Hi Greg
    Do you normally check on hives this time of year? I havent in many many years. In the past we would start to collect up some equipment from dead colonies over the holidays so that would...
  10. Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    If I was just to use a rough number its around 100. I grew up in beekeeping so less than that feels like I just have some bees sitting around. But every summer the colony counts starts to get out...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Hi Russ
    Sorry, i wasn't real clear on how place box #2 of foundation normally.

    Once we get into the season and things are rolling along, I seldom go into the actual brood nest area of a...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I have the best luck with boxes directly above a brood nest both with and without an excluder. I generally have no problems using excluders on drawn comb for honey production but my observation...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Hey Litsinger--
    There has to be something going on early in the year that limits the comb drawing desire (at least for me). I tried it again this past spring out of necessity. Took bees into 40...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    1) New comb = powerhouse colonies and strong flows understanding that the price paid was a decreased crop. Put one box of foundation on everything you own OR dedicate a handful of hives to drawing...
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    Re: Apivar / mite issue

    Really bees are not hard to keep alive.

    Unfortunately we don't know any details about what you started with other than a package. If we knew what type of mite load you had with that package...
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    Re: Formic Pro deadouts

    Never used a styrofoam hive but have used formic way back to the days when only had to deal with tracheal mites. Formic is a pretty consistent killer of grass in front of hives regardless of how...
  17. Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Often that style of bee is really good at drawing out comb. You can never have too much comb lol I'm surprised they didnt make a good honey crop. Generally that is what they have been selected...
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    GregV--just reading thru stuff and catching up lately. been on vacation and busy pulling off the honey crop but thinking ahead to winter now. I'll add my two cents that queen quality relative...
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    these just sound to be like a colony exhibiting partial genes from a pretty typical style italian/commercial bee. relatively calm. tons of brood. heavy mite load issues compounded with large...
  20. Re: Will bees remove pollen from frames in honey super?

    What's my best option to get the pollen into loose dust overwinter? Normally if there happens to be excess in super (normally super that ended up with brood in it for whatever reason) I scrape it...
  21. Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Do you folks notice significant differences in outcomes based on hive orientation? I run roughly half on bottom boards and half on pallets. Virtually no rhyme or reason to direction they face,...
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    Re: Bees won’t draw comb in super

    if you are drawing comb, i'd suggest only adding one super at time. but in the end, it takes a huge population of appropriate age bees and big nectar flow to truly draw comb. no backfilled brood...
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    Re: Bees staying home

    Been rough for sure. One of the trickiest my family has seen in many decades
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    Re: Bees staying home

    fixed it for ya :)
  25. Re: Single deep hive or 5 over 5 for winter??

    THANKS! In the vast majority of cases i expect my nucs to have built to two deeps by winter but that's not always a reasonable expectation. We've had pretty good luck with singles over the years...
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