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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    “First catch your rabbit.” To keep bees treatment free, consider starting with a swarm or cutout with “good form”, that is, reasonable provenance of several generations of treatment free feral...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    The reason that the bees of the Arnot Forest are famous is not because they are unusual, but because of their proximity to Dr. Tom Seeley. Nature selects for survival. That includes productivity,...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    My preferred smoker is a Dadant 4x7 with a heat guard. I was working on a Kelley and a Dadant side by side today. The Dadant has better fit and finish. I have a Dadant 4x7 and a 4x10. The 4x7 is a...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Thank you, Russ.
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    For me, genetic vitality, including varroa resistance and tolerance, is a matter of geography rather than individual colonies. Success comes from the trajectory of the combined genetic outcome from...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I figure out how much honey the bees that live in my hives need for winter and how much space they need for that amount of honey, plus pollen and brood. In my location, for my frugal bees, that is...
  7. Re: The Cause of Puerto Rican AHB's being resistent to Varroa Mites

    Puerto Rican bees: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.5330
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    Re: Wintering a Nuc

    Move to a ten frame box. Don’t split.
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    Re: Getting bees to move into Deep

    Queen excluder.
  10. Re: Inspite of my help my bees are doing well so how do you

    Leave the hive configuration large enough to hold your bees, and don’t mess with their brood area.
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    This contains one definition: https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?253066-Unique-Forum-Rules
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Well said. Squarepeg, I wish you well. You strike me as a man with the judgment and strength to rebound from this in one way or another.
  13. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?335203-Frost-Apiary
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    That there are unmanaged and untreated honeybees in Canada that are genetically distinct from commercial bees is fascinating to me. Local adaptation tends to cause the gene pool to congregate toward...
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    I really don’t think that my practices are contributing to the problem. The limiting factor in our operation is the amount of honey that my buddy, our two wives, and I can comfortably extract and...
  16. Re: Bee Excluder with empty super below a good idea?

    Triangular bee escape board’s work well in my location. The cooler it is, the more effective the escapes are. But they work well even in the heat of a southern summer. I put them on in the afternoon...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Philosophy is an asterisk to Plato, and physical science an asterisk to Newton.
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    :)
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    Find a location to keep bees that has a robust and sustained population of feral bees nearby. Cutout some old established colonies, trap some feral swarms, or purchase some untreated and long...
  20. Re: Kirk Webster - 20 Years of Commercial Beekeeping Without Treatments of Any Kind

    One of my favorite memories is sitting around Kirk Webster’s dinner table sharing lunch and talking about bees. His beekeeping practices show a way to harness the native productive and adaptive...
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    Re: Moving beehives across the yard

    Steve, in your location, after dark just block the entrance, move them directly to the new location, and reopen the entrance. If they are bearding, smoke most of them into the hive before blocking...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    There are some pre-varroa studies indicating in part of Louisiana and, I believe, other areas, that the gene pool of managed bees was different from the gene pool of feral bees. I am fairly confidant...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Jim, you’ve forgotten more than I’ll likely ever know about bees. This is just my perspective from the vantage of being tucked away on the edge of one of, if not the, largest inland wetlands in the...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Fairly frequently I read, from experts as well grounded as Randy Oliver and drones in their comets, that the solution to the varroa problem will not come from small time folks, but may by necessity...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    You’re spot on. It is tallow honey that had been in the hives since the end of June. And thank you for the well wishes. I’m grateful it wasn’t worse. My bicycle helmet was cracked (I’m glad I wear...
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