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  1. Re: Darwinian black box selection for resistance Varroa destructor

    Treatment free/black box/hard Bond beekeeping has been sustainable, fun, low effort, and productive for me. I do seem to do quite a few things differently than other folks, and maybe I’ve just...
  2. Re: Just a little capped brood in my top bar hives

    Different varieties of western honey bees (Apis mellifera) winter with different amounts of brood. In these top bar hives you likely have a frugal variety that winters with a relatively small cluster...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    If you’re not confident about what is going on, then do nothing right now or wait awhile and then do nothing. Whatever the bees are doing, most of the time there is a good reason for it. They know a...
  4. Re: For storing used boxes would cedar ball work as good as Moth balls?

    I build all my own boxes and swarm traps out of cedar. Bees like it. Swarms will cluster in cedar (juniper) trees and will move into hollows in cedar trees. Wax moths will eat and tunnel in cedar...
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    Re: Hive Repairs

    1. Two moves will be fine, just don’t use a screened bottom board in either the stacked or the horizontal hive. Don’t bother with the queen excluders in this application; they’ll cause more issues...
  6. Re: Is it feasible to control swarming without performing a spring split?

    Prior to and during swarm season, prevent the bees from forming a solid band of honey immediately over the brood area by removing every other honey frame and replacing it with an empty frame. Or let...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    “First catch your rabbit.” To keep bees treatment free, consider starting with a swarm or cutout with “good form”, that is, reasonable provenance of several generations of treatment free feral...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    The reason that the bees of the Arnot Forest are famous is not because they are unusual, but because of their proximity to Dr. Tom Seeley. Nature selects for survival. That includes productivity,...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    My preferred smoker is a Dadant 4x7 with a heat guard. I was working on a Kelley and a Dadant side by side today. The Dadant has better fit and finish. I have a Dadant 4x7 and a 4x10. The 4x7 is a...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Thank you, Russ.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    For me, genetic vitality, including varroa resistance and tolerance, is a matter of geography rather than individual colonies. Success comes from the trajectory of the combined genetic outcome from...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I figure out how much honey the bees that live in my hives need for winter and how much space they need for that amount of honey, plus pollen and brood. In my location, for my frugal bees, that is...
  13. Re: The Cause of Puerto Rican AHB's being resistent to Varroa Mites

    Puerto Rican bees: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.5330
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    Re: Wintering a Nuc

    Move to a ten frame box. Don’t split.
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    Re: Getting bees to move into Deep

    Queen excluder.
  16. Re: Inspite of my help my bees are doing well so how do you

    Leave the hive configuration large enough to hold your bees, and don’t mess with their brood area.
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    Re: What is treatment free?

    This contains one definition: https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?253066-Unique-Forum-Rules
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Well said. Squarepeg, I wish you well. You strike me as a man with the judgment and strength to rebound from this in one way or another.
  19. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?335203-Frost-Apiary
  20. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    That there are unmanaged and untreated honeybees in Canada that are genetically distinct from commercial bees is fascinating to me. Local adaptation tends to cause the gene pool to congregate toward...
  21. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    I really don’t think that my practices are contributing to the problem. The limiting factor in our operation is the amount of honey that my buddy, our two wives, and I can comfortably extract and...
  22. Re: Bee Excluder with empty super below a good idea?

    Triangular bee escape board’s work well in my location. The cooler it is, the more effective the escapes are. But they work well even in the heat of a southern summer. I put them on in the afternoon...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Philosophy is an asterisk to Plato, and physical science an asterisk to Newton.
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    :)
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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...
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