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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    No Apology needed Russ, I whole heartily recommend you try it. the learning is worth it, I gained a lot of understanding from Multi Queen approaches.
    It is a different animal some of the things you...
  2. Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    so do you have experience with connected complexes? They are wild if you like the edge. They go to the dark side somewhat easy. Turn into to robber towers. they easily figure out they are bigger...
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    yes configurable, that needs some thought. the end ones can be around the corner, so that angle of entrance would help, also I can paint something different on the entrance area. Maybe a piece or...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Russ, it would need to be way better than normalize, as you are adding risk, and complexity. if any 1 hive gets bugs they all do. And "Normalize " is that an old world word for "put supers on the...
  5. Re: Primitive beekeeping (bee trees, log hives, etc)

    Hi Greg, I have a "deer blind to build, on a new property, 6 feet up into the air and maybe a 6 foot by 10 foot foot print. I'll work the bee wall into the plans, and try to get some Pics. it...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Greg you could try a baggie feeder if there is some room above the frames or even on the bottom it it is still warm enough.
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    ok a little off topic. why not make a wall with several "cavities" I get the log thing but big trees are hard to find in some places. I have several times seen bees in walls 15 x 6 inch "hollow. ...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    ok i'll guess a drone hatched and the mites all hopped on.
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Hmmm so the US brought them in from more sources than in Europe, well mabe in Europe you go to the neighbor for a split, here you went to the Sears catalog Bigger mix may or may not help we will...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Guess what happened next...
    Will answer later.

    Greg how do they taste?
    GG
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    Sticky: Re: Natural Selection Management

    Hi Mike the thread is dated and this may not work for this year.

    For the queen I pull out to make increase, I will place her over a "weak hive" double excluder and newspaper combine.
    In a couple...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Understood and I agree.

    BTW Mike who is in line to "take over" when you no longer can? Do you have a succession plan? I am working on mine , just curious.
    GG
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Russ, I'll try to expound on my thoughts.
    1. A semi-stable local un-managed population of bees that demonstrate some modicum for resistance. Once they are in a hive they are "managed" by unmanaged...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    I have seen this here at meeting the "encouragement" to requeen each year for maximum production. Again the message is delivered by the middle men or queen breeders. I have no doubt that the...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    concur on mixing brood frames, Greg, once bitten twice shy. ya so purge them then,:) once you do that it will be easier next time.
    I am mostly Mother to Daughter. I do put Q cells into dud...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    So I guess Greg the data is in the eye of the beholder. I would read it this way. His queens in his Apairy the way he does it burn out in 7-8 months. If the Queen cannot be multi year, I would not...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Greg,
    make your queens when you are ready and the timing is perfect in your mind. use the Zombees as fodder, give each new queen a frame or 2, as she starts laying her bees will be the final force...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    If I split all my best hives, that would leave my second-line hives to supply most the drones. I don't want that.

    Ok so I will talk one point, each you make are "Assumptions" IMO So keep your...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Mike, sounds like you have a plan.
    about this statement
    "This year I had a great early (bait) swarm season, and was able to split a good number of swarms 3 ways. That filled up my available nucs...
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    Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Hi Mike
    "B) I've not yet mastered the art of producing lots of new colonies to replace losses without lowering my honey yield - or rather I find letting them do their own thing is as good a way as...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Were these very clearly sick bees?
    So sick you chose to destroy them?

    I gave then 2 different cells and 1 queen, 3 attempts at requeening, they had some small amount of scattered Brood, the...
  22. Thread: I want in

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    Re: I want in

    rmdail, so how is it going , what kind of year did you have?
    GG
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    interesting plan, Greg Are you convinced the Zombees do not have something to be left in the combs to Zombeefy the next bees? My only concern is if the funny thing they do are a Virus that can be...
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    Re: Getting comb drawn 'on demand'.

    Ok, Right, but I am still curious, the belief/standard of you not using the excluder is? ___________ fill in the blank.
    Most comb producers use them as a standard, some honey producers use then...
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    Re: Multiple eggs in QC but none in comb

    :thumbsup:
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