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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Gregv,

    "1. 1901 Westley was a nice-looking swarm that had evaporated to about its original size by the time my trainee and I got there. It was queenless. When I stored them at my house, they...
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    Russ,

    Seven hives made it to the starting line for this winter. I use Nov 1st as the beginning of the winter season.

    I got the equivalent of 8 to 9 4'x8' sheets of 2" Rigid foam insulation...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    I've always felt there is an over-reliance on reductionism in modern science. It is useful in understanding honey bees, but it should never exclude the holistic view.

    After skimming the paper,...
  4. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    The full article:

    https://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/146484/1/whiterose22052019.pdf
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    Robert,

    You've really go me thinking about flexible inner covers now. Being able to peel back a little at a time, would be very helpful.

    I don't do any kind of varroa control. I hope to...
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Ha! The way I figure it, starting from 2010, we should have about 1% of our colonies left. Hmmm....
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    Here is a recent article by Derek Mitchell on modern beehive design which is based on his latest research:

    https://phys.org/news/2019-09-honey-bees-hives.html
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    Russ,

    Thanks for the good wishes. I had a November abscond (couldn't find any mite frass ??), and a dink that is getting dinkier by the day. (Bad queen, I'm pretty sure) So, I am soon to be 5/7....
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    Robert,

    It is good to know we're on the same path. Going contrarian is hard, but then folks like Langstroth and Wedmore advocated for some of these methods decades ago.

    Last year was the first...
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    Russ and others,

    The article can be found here:

    From the abstract:

    "It is highly likely that honeybees, in temperate climates and in their natural home, with much smaller thermal conductance...
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    Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Robert,

    Here is one approach to insulating existing hive bodies:
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?350601-clong-2018-2019-Treatment-Free-Experience&p=1696903#post1696903

    For...
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    FP,

    I've managed to winter one strong hive with polystryrene boxes and a lower-only entrance. Using squarepeg's modifications of Walt Wright's Checkerboard/Nectar managment method prevented...
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    Joshua,

    Is this the article you referenced?

    https://www.beeculture.com/winter-management/
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    Robert,

    I'm going down a similar path to yours. R10 insulation wedged into the telescoping cover year-round, with R5 on the sides year-round. The inner covers are plexiglass. No top venting...
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    Re: Is it just me, or do you see it too?

    Looks like a cross between a queen bee and a bearded dragon.
    Her wings are clipped, though.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ,

    As has already been said, great job! It will be fun to see how this hive performs going forward.

    This might be a little late, but have you seen this article?
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    Re: Pre winter planing and experiment idea

    Herb,

    My thoughts exactly. Another way to approach this is to cut off all top vents, put in a solid inner cover, and put 1-2" of rigid foam insulation above the solid inner cover. Much less heat...
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    Russ,

    I tried to find Derek Mitchell's article online - to no avail. I even went to the local library. No access there either. I think the only way to get it free is through a University...
  19. Re: Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    Russ,

    I can understand your hesitance to create a vapor barrier in you hives. It goes against conventional wisdom. But it is done the world over, including in feral colonies. In fact, in Tom...
  20. Derek Mitchell article discussing effect of higher humidity on varroa

    Derek Mitchell has another research article that addresses hive configuration and its impacts on humidity. Apparently, it also covers the implications of higher humidity on varroa reproduction.
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    Sticky: Re: clong 2018-2019 Treatment Free Experience

    I've wondered what impact insulated hives with only a bottom entrance might have on varroa. Heat conservation was the major goal, but what effect does maintaining a consistently higher humidity...
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    Re: Swarm Trapping questions

    Swarms in urban areas are good. In some cases they can be more "feral" than those caught in the country. Where I live, there are reports of bees living in the old buildings for years and years.
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  23. Re: Brag - What is the biggist hive you have had

    260 lbs with 7 10-frame mediums (6 polystyrene) and an 8-frame deep Flow Hive. Mine was lassoed to a tomato stake. I only harvested 64 pounds. The bees wouldn't put anything in the Flow Hive.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Russ,

    The survival numbers in my apiary are 2/5, 2/4 and 4/6 the last three winters. The hives that succumbed were presumably due to varroa; two of the die-offs for sure. If I see the survival...
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    JW,

    No, they don't. I have cleats holding my insulation on. The screens can't be any taller than 3" or so, to fit under the cleat. The cool think is, I can slide it right under the cleat, and...
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