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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    The strict tree dwelling adherence is not the thing.

    Unmanaged bee in a sufficiently closely simulated tree dwelling should be sufficient for data collection and baseline settings.
    Similar to...
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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    Given the tools, tech, cheap wood available - production of several hundred simulated log hives for experimental purposes is rather a trivial project.
    No one cared to look into it, to my knowledge....
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    Re: Global Warming

    Granted, the current Earth is nothing like the Earth of about 1 Billion years ago - lots of tectonic/super-volcanic activity - the man-made factor is the leading factor it appears.

    If the Earth...
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    Re: Natural Selection Rambling

    Everything in this life seems to run in a spiral trajectory.
    Most all new inventions/discoveries - had something related already been found/thought about (and often ignored/not-understood) in the...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    The dark-horse home - just an improved temp hive - need extra insulating too.
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    And the last unit here - the notorious test "tree" (when disassembled for transport and bee-less).
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    #2.

    My best yard this season by far - 6 active units - all Thanks to my best overwintered queen.
    The #1 queen - the only overwintered descendant of my best line (in the open mating conditions;...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    OK, pulled out of your "outline" (there are more talks in that list of the "four", but letting it slide):


    Here is my hive, a classic mite-kill as of a month ago, where all of the above are a...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    ok; just moved my post to my own thread as it becomes a heavy off-topic.
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    And I also own your paper book in a fancy hard cover which I mostly read (parts that are important to me).

    But really, being an expert, you should be able to outline the essence of those 640 pages...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    I was very annoyed by the SC religion knowing very well how in Russian Far East they have the non-SC (by the Lusby standards), but yet resistant enough bees.
    As a result, I started this particular...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    Now that I access to more natural combs again (from the dead-outs) - documenting more cell size cases.
    The combs below, after taking the pics, I cut up and froze for later bee bread harvest.
    Almost...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    Michael,
    I contend when you say your bees "do fine with no treatments at all", you should qualify and clarify.

    Specifically - what is exact status of your bees, what is their history, and legacy...
  13. Re: How much honey could one expect from one hive? Spring

    Back to the same old, obvious phenomenon - yet it is forgotten every time and quickly too.

    The most money makers from the gold rushes are the ... shovel sellers.
    Forget the gold.
    Sell the...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    And btw, this time I used some sticks to obstruct the upper entrance (bees still can get out and back inside, just less wind blows around).
    Previously, I used a piece of fabric to do the same - some...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Had 2-3 hours to visit my base #2 (before the rainy mix drove me away).

    Among other things - opened up the test log hive.
    Bees appear fine; looks as if they even stored some honey (which can not...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    The main issue is - the TF "experts" often will say - "just not treat".
    Then the new beeks will do exactly that - not treat (and get terrible results, more often then not).
    This is a huge...
  17. Re: funny story, really short on facts but high on speculation

    I would not worry about it.
    Been mocked and slammed enough.
    Not a worry.

    Once you get the worthy bees going (not some treatment-dependent commercial package/nuc and the like), should not worry...
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    Re: Northern Midwest Winter Beekeeping Manifesto

    1. My own, store-bought composting worms live year around outside - they do fine in the composting bin just as-is (Southern WI is somewhat warmer than Northern MN - yes).
    2. Granted this, I would...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Granted all that (heck, I still am reading his book; will finish it too - it is a good and useful read, for sure)...

    .... I still find him not appropriate (or is it evidence of ignorance? or poor...
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    Re: Block/log hive slightly modernized

    Very good!
    Looking forward to the reports.
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    Re: Block/log hive slightly modernized

    Cool!
    My log pieces are random 30-40 cm height (I pulled them from a pre-cut pile as-is).
    Using a borrowed, electric chainsaw I made the internal hollows as square as possible so to drop inside...
  22. Re: funny story, really short on facts but high on speculation

    The "save the bees" blurb can be dropped.
    We need to save the insects as a whole, not "bees".

    Otherwise a worthy project - anyone should benefit from presence of self-sustaining (but yet...
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    Re: Block/log hive slightly modernized

    I would apply some rachet straps (periodically check/re-tighten) around them when drying - they should not crack/split then (not much).
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    Re: Block/log hive slightly modernized

    Juhani, Join the log club!

    If things work out, the next year I will have my own log hives populated so to run them in unmanaged mode (simulation of feral bee population - which I don't have around...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Like I said in my "blog" if I recall - I realized what I have been doing is a "reality game" - that is really the fun factor.
    We, in the family, enjoy playing strategy games (a good example -...
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