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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...
  2. 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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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I don’t know the size of it because I’m waiting a couple of weeks until my fracture is a little more healed. But it’s most likely small. I don’t think that I left frames in it, so it will be a mess....
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Yep.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    We have a stack of little wooden four frame medium nuc boxes in one or our bee yards. Can you guess what happened?
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    Poll: Re: Engineering Project

    An easy and quick way to assemble frames and increase the strength of the attachment of the top bar to the side bars wood be helpful.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Once again, you’ve shown remarkable insight into the situation.
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    Re: randy oliver article in january '17 abj

    Figure 5 in the article was painful.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Thank you Square. I was very pleasantly surprised by only losing one hive (so far) to the effects of the increased mite to bee ratio due to the late summer bee brood reduction. I really do think that...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Russ, it is progressing well. Thank you! I told my partners in the bee business that I haven't planned my injury yet for next year's honey pull. My main contribution this time was providing weight on...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    :)
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    We harvested from eleven because that's how many bee escapes we have and because of my fracture. We have three or four more production hives and several nucs or first year hives. We generally produce...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    We harvested a little over 400 lbs. yesterday. Our harvests are settling in on Memorial Day and Labor Day. There were a few more supers that could have been harvested but I fractured my hip in a...
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    Re: How Much Honey to Leave the Bees?

    I overwinter (and over summer) with 3 eight frame medium boxes. I would not hesitate to harvest the top super in my location northeast of you.
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    Welcome to beekeeping. There are many ways to keep bees for fun. May you find your way cheerfully and with humility and gratitude.
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    Re: Latest in Darwinian Beekeeping

    With respect to colony size as a factor, I'm curious about the effect of using a queen excluder to allow a relatively small space for brood while still allowing plenty of room for honey production.
  22. Re: what size filter do you use to strain your honey?

    I have used various filters. Double strainer is the best. Of the nylon bucket filters, I prefer 600 microns. I value pollen over clarity. Personal preference.
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    Re: Team Beekeeping

    As with many hobbies, endeavors, projects, and activities, having a trusted friend who starts beekeeping at the same time that you do is Plan A.
  24. Re: Moved hives 150 yards, resulted in failed reorientation or unintended fly back sp

    Fly back. The queen cells’ survival and the lack of new eggs until a week after the new queens emerge will tell the tale.
  25. Re: Startup advice - following Michael Bush's methods - Newbee

    You should not need to use a top entrance unless you just want to (which is reason enough). You should not have enough accumulated snow to block a bottom entrance, and you can keep out rodents by...
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