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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    > I have seen the statistics on losses posted by BIP and others. But I always have to ask how well versed were these beekeepers in how to properly use the products they treated with?

    Yes. I'm...
  2. Re: how often honey can be extracted from a hive?

    It depends on how much stores they have and what time of year it is and the likelyhood of a continued flow. As long as there is a flow and the prospect of a continued flow, you could steal enough to...
  3. Re: Original Flow hive vs Chinese knock-off

    Most of us read all the forums. No point posting in more than one place.
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    Re: First Frost Thread.

    Wow! We haven't had anything even close to frost...
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    They pretty much happen at the same time here usually. Though some years some of the Goldenrod is earlier than other years and some of it is earlier than other varieties of goldenrod so maybe they...
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    Re: Wild honeybees in US

    I don't know of published studies on the topic. Everywhere I go I find feral bees. While some people insist there are none, I ask other people in the same area and find they have been finding them.
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    >There are quite a few beekeepers who claim to have been TF for long periods of time - but who also appear to be reluctant to give the fullest details of exactly how they operate.

    Interesting. I...
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    Re: Need a bee suit recommendation

    I had not thought about the clear silicone. I like that. I have used scotch tape inside and out, but it never lasts long. I use paraffin on the zippers but not often enough. They get very...
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    Re: bee stings

    > Is this normal

    In my experience, yes.

    > and will it continue to get worse?

    Until it gets better. Then usually you have hardly any reaction at all. As long as you are not having a...
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    Re: Warre novice in need of help!

    An empty box on the bottom won't make any significant difference. An empty box on top or in the middle would. The bees will spend the winter in the top.
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    Re: Wild honeybees in US

    Since the decision to assume that there were no native honey bees (no new evidence was found, but people were tired of the conversation I suppose) all bees in North America have been labeled as...
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    Re: Need a bee suit recommendation

    I used to love the Golden Bee Products suits and they are still available I think. The main reason I went to the Ultra Breeze was because they had a jacket at the time and Golden Bee Products did...
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    Re: cut out survival

    It depends on the time of year and also on your technique. I try not to keep ALL the brood as it seems to spread them too thin. But I want enough to anchor them and to not waste too much of it. I...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    >I am assuming those percentages are based off of average package/nuc purchases that come from treated (non-survivor) stock. But let's say I was willing to suffer the losses and work this plan for 10...
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    Re: What causes bee paralysis?

    >I have heard poisoned bees behave this way as well.

    True. If a lot of the hives are hit all at once, that's what I would assume. If one now and then has an issue, it's probably viruses.
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    >A pile of dead workers is just a pile of dead workers.

    You seem to be making two assumptions:
    1) that you can predict the demise of a colony
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    2) that treating will prevent that demise

    I...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    Here's the chart the percent likelyhood of having a surviving colony in the spring based on the number of hives and a 50% survival rate:
    Hives %
    7 = 99%
    6 = 98 %
    5 = 95%
    4 = 93%
    3= 87%
    2=75%...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    >I don't understand the let them die philosophy...

    Because you have several misunderstandings. First you assume if you treat they won't die and if you don't treat they will die. My experience...
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    Re: Honey Harvest Tips/Timing

    If I wait to spring my honey is hard as a rock. It all crystallizes. But I can wait until fall...
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    Re: Africanized Bees

    There is an old saying about medical tests. What are you going to do if the test is positive? What are you going to do if it's negative? If the answers are the same, don't do the test.
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    If you want to make sure you have at least SOME bees survive every winter think about the odds and adjust your number of hives as you can. To make the math simple, let's assume your area has an...
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    Usually goldenrod and asters are both blooming at the same time here. They are both blooming right now.
  23. Re: Turning a Neglected Pasture into a Bee Yard?

    Some kind of cover would kill grass without chemicals. Roofing felt or black plastic. Grass is a noxious weed when it comes to bees. It crowds out all sorts of food sources for the bees.
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    Re: Swarm imminent, other problem?

    >Is a heavy mite infestation the sole cause for this behavior?

    They were absconding long before mites arrived in the US. Absconding can be because of disturbances by the beekeeper or by pests...
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    Re: Moving beehives across the yard

    How to move bees:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmoving.htm

    Moving bees more than 2 feet and less than 2 miles:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmoving.htm#between

    It will be chaos for a day or two...
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