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    More cool horizontal hives - free-style.

    I seriously love this dude's style.
    A non-conformist.
    Cost-efficiency is to my taste.

    Watch this (the coolest part in the beginning - he calls this hive "The Buffet X"):...
  2. Re: Did you know Cuba is treatment-free bee island? It is.

    Yes; I noticed the same.

    I immediately thought - the 12 months of non-stop brooding is actually an ideal situation for the mite explosions.
    Can you imagine NO natural brood breaks whatsoever?...
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    Re: extremely aggressive today?

    Dearth and robbing will do.

    The rest is not that important.
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    Re: Layen's Hive production.

    Per the Layens hive expert:



    http://horizontalhive.com/buy-hive-bees/swarm-trap-top-bar-sale.shtml
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    I am sure I can fly in right now and be your hand right away.
    I can even bring my own hive tool, smoker, and the jacket.
    The basic, utilitarian skills are mostly universal globally - for the most...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I do recognize the ordinance problem and how counter-productive it may be.
    My original limitation was ONE hive per a backyard.
    Well, that hindrance pushed me in the direction of establishing...
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    Re: Treating to Become Treatment Free

    Per this logic, that "TF" person from North America who relocated to NZ was completely correct and should have succeeded at transferring his beekeeping methods from NA to NZ.
    A story told by OT.

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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Let's not get personal now and start tossing personal insults.
    I was not.
    Was I insulting anyone, especially you?

    Smart me.

    As far as the subject - it is getting too old to keep following all...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Leo Sharashkin says some of the things we discussed above.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll0hlf-O184

    Like it or leave it.
    There are places, like mine, where you just have to introduce some...
  10. Did you know Cuba is treatment-free bee island? It is.

    I was watching a recent video with L. Sharaskin:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll0hlf-O184

    (not commenting on the video contents - different subject).

    At about 12:00 Leo states that Cuba is...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    And I am quite the opposite!
    Am happy I finally figured what to do with all those coffee bags - extremely sturdy, water/air proof, do not rot, not recyclable trash.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Important consideration in the chem-free (CF) management is mid-summer splits (nucs).
    In my climate, for the nucs to successfully prepare for the winter - feeding is necessary and rather a rule (not...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    And good for you.
    Treating in your location would only be a set back for such great bees.

    A matter of fact, people in some places should not be treating either (they probably just don't know it...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    As long as you can add empty volume to your hive (either vertically or horizontally) you can feed them through that volume
    1)very efficiently and
    2)in large volumes and
    3)fast and
    4)in...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    Feeding inside a hive body by a gallon is so trivial and I don't even know why this is such a problem.
    No special feeders are needed.
    Another unnecessary over-engineering problem.

    Here (I just...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Agreed Juhani.

    (Sarcasm ON).
    Mite differences - of course they exist. Why wouldn't they?
    Just like the bee differences.
    But yes, Primorsky bees should have all died by now in the US due to the...
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    Re: One more post about keeping a smoker lit

    Corrugated cardboard rolled up (from all those Amazon boxes).
    Stupid easy to light up.

    Another consideration - do you work 50 hives in one setting OR do you want 1 hive in one setting?
    There is...
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    Re: healty hives that refuse to store food

    Open feeding means - you maybe polluting someone else's honey with your syrup (without consulting them of course and probably not even tainting your syrup used in open feeding).
    There are other...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I honestly ignore more and more all the smart words said by the smart people.
    I guess they need to earn their paychecks.

    The black box approaches and observations - work plenty well.
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    It is not the corn/soy field that define the special location.
    It is the presence of already naturally adapted bees - that what defines the special location.

    Jason Bruns (a swarm chaser from...
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    Re: Winter Feeding question

    Classic Top Bar is very inconvenient in cold climate (impassibility of the top bars is a huge hindrance).
    However, the passable top bars in combination with soft inner cover (burlap, canvas, duck...
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    Re: Winter Feeding question

    Because in cold climate winter the bees will readily go UP.
    But they will not go sideways (at the borderline conditions when the bees easily freeze individually when separated from the cluster -...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Here is the thing thou...
    90%-95% beeks around me - all they talk - treat, treat, treat...

    Outside of us, three guys, no one is even trying to do anything to move things forward.
    Good material...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    I got two lines from Arkansas (each made through two winters so far; surviving one of the harshest winters on record too - 2018/2019).
    1)some lineage originating from the Weavers and
    2)some local...
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    Re: Do I really need to medicate?

    Not necessarily so.
    Again, do not be afraid to run "throw away" large hives (such hive can be supported by extra 1-2 nucs).

    You have to have the "propagation/expansion" branch.
    And you have to...
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