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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I would have to agree.

    This probably is similar to Leo Sharashkin's case, deep in the Missouri Ozarks (another example of idealistic and preferred local setting).

    For sure, we in the US have...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    This being said - in all fairness we should let OT and mischeif to hash this one out between themselves, the NZ beeks.
    :)

    Who are we, coming from N. America or the Old World, to tell them?
    But -...
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    Agreed, Trish!
    Too much artificial headaches to follow...
    Especially if you don't sell, who then cares.
    Freeze and pull as needed if so concerned.

    OK, granted IF you do sell, then the moisture...
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    Re: Cant' Reduce Moisture

    I would not worry about it.
    Especially after all the honest effort already done.

    Here is a fact - the federal standard in Russian Federation defines the allowable moisture content up to 21%...
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    Re: Honey Harvest Tips/Timing

    It depends as usually.
    This spring I fed back many last year's honey frames from the deadouts - no problem.
    Harvested some honey for myself too via C & S (part of bad/old comb rotations out)....
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    Per my observations, my "lazy" bees have more than enough foragers; they simply sit about and do nothing as long as they have food NOW.
    IF they are still alive 2-3 months from now, a pile of dry...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    I guess some of us, the inexperienced people here, are already running genetics from the Weavers..
    Meanwhile, OT's experience is not much applicable here anyway - we are in N. America of all places;...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    Well, like I have been ranting in my "blog" - one must work with the population (either existing or freshly created).
    Otherwise it is a looser.
    You can not sit on 2-3 hives and proclaim to be a TF...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    Well, if living in AL, I would at least send a PM and ask about material availability.
    But it is me, and the time is too short not to give it an honest try.
    For sure, I know the TF folk around me...
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    Re: Extracting without an extractor

    OK, so this is not really about pollinating your trees.
    Basically, you will not likely see an objective measurable difference before and after, if you even care to go that far.

    Sure; not a...
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    Re: Extracting without an extractor

    Without knowing the details I will still say - you likely don't even need these bees as your tree pollinators, for all the costs and hassles attached.

    I have plenty of fruit trees in my care.
    My...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    What is "lazy, unproductive beekeeping" exactly?

    No, I don't produce lots of honey - putting that away, right away.
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    I see you are from Alabama.
    This means folks like SP and/or FP should be within a driving distance.
    I would personally introduce myself to these folks long ago and the rest is kind of obvious....
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    My CF drone output was great.
    Them drones are still flying too - I hope the area was well served.
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    The Pollinators, the movie.

    Okay, just another new movie glorifying the migratory beekeeping and poor dying bees...
    "The Pollinators" it is called.

    Like it or hate it .... the Hollywood and their ilk, I mean.


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  16. Thread: No harvesting?

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    Re: No harvesting?

    OAV applications reportedly are dirt cheap per few BS members.
    I don't know how true and what are the actual details.
    Up to you to find out.
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    With this in mind, I just end up sending into winter about 14-15 units (large and small) and so far always have more than enough bees.
    I can not keep up and lost swarms this summer (too busy to...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    Btw, back to this:

    - bees swarm naturally (even if late in season);
    - bees also abscond naturally (when under stress) - that is their normal way to deal with the stress;
    - bees do NOT treat...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    If you are a FT purist - sure.
    Being CF is good enough for me.

    Done my 2 years of working with the aggressive chems (cleaning food plant) - enough is enough.
    The damage is probably irreversible...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    Have been.
    No matter how much honey and drone comb it may cost me.
    Does not matter.
    This season I have two large resource units doing nothing but working on propagation projects for me (including...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    Who is 100% denier?

    Some of my bees died due to mites - beyond a reasonable doubt.
    But from that I learned few things to NOT repeat again AND I don't AND it helps.

    One such thing to avoid at...
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    Re: Swarm imminent, other problem?

    Yeah, by this time in the season there must be stores in place (even if not sufficient, but there must be some stores).
    So you missed that part.
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    I am going to say some heresy now...

    IMO no chem treatment is necessary at all for bees with near-zero resistance.
    In place of it - a forced late swarming will do (a late shook swarm done on the...
  24. Thread: Goldenrod Honey

    by GregV
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    Re: Goldenrod Honey

    According to Wikipedia, pumpkin (and most likely any Cucurbita family plants - squashes, cucumbers, etc) produce yellow pollen.

    My own cucumbers and summer/late squashes and such are still...
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    Re: Honey Harvest Tips/Timing

    This is enough reason to ignore all that talk of pulling the honey NOW.
    You can pull your honey anytime, even in spring.
    Does not matter.

    I got lots of honey in hives that I will not be pulling...
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