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    Re: Drone cells in the Treatment Free world

    Drones are haploid and therefore all weaknesses show in their phenotype. Mite pressure affects drones in many ways: some donīt hatch, some are not able to fly, some have few sperm, some have other...
  2. Re: According To This, I've Done Everything Wrong, & My Plans Are Not Good

    Some remarks:

    How high is your infestation level? If you donīt know there is little ground doing treatments. My TF hives have hundreds of mites all the time. TF beekeeping is getting along with...
  3. Re: Commiserate: Worst Advice You've Ever Followed, & Subsequent Disastrous Results

    Starting TF with free mating.

    After bear destroyed nearly all my mating hives, I wanted to ease my work load and start a new kind of system without isolated mating yard queens.

    Ended up losing...
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    Re: Drone cells in the Treatment Free world

    +10000

    I have a 5 cm free space under the bottom box where all hives can make as much drones as they want. Plus I put in special drone frame (dark, saved from previous years) in the middle of...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    19th of April I wrote:



    Willow started somewhere one week before full bloom, donīt have a note, that would make it 13th of April. It is now six weeks from that, and time to put third boxes to...
  6. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    In Ruttners book there is a picture from Am.Bee Journal 6/1991, page 369.

    Same year, 1622, but he writes " imported by English settlers".
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    Re: Another ranking saying we are good

    https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2019/05/europe/finland-fake-news-intl/
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    As I wrote earlier I have sent honey samples for a test, not an a regular basis, just now and then, no AFB, hel-of-a-lot EFB.

    There are no kits (Vita field or else) available to buy here.

    As...
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    Re: Sam Comfort colonies

    :doh:
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    The disease Iīm having must be a different one ( or different strain?). What Iīm having does not spread. I can easily keep an infected colony in the yard for weeks if not months and no other colony...
  11. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    There is no such bee race as German Black Bee.
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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    They are drawn frames from any clean colony. And by clean I mean no visible signs of sickness, but as my honey samples testified there might be bacteria in them. But breeding for disease resistance...
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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    I wish it was that simple. Anyway, the procedure I do is always the same. Shaking(once) to clean frames, food frames from clean hives.
  14. Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    Could be. But I have also seen cases when sugar shake done in August is less than one done in May. And even taking account nucs made of those colonies.
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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    Maybe it is EFB that I have had all these years, and not AFB. Sort of dissapointing…

    It is just that awfull smell, which is not sour, it is much worse, which has said to me this must be AFB. ...
  16. Sticky: Re: a little scientific involvement with TF bees.

    sugar shakes from adult bees, mainly just before queen rearing season starts

    never done brood infestation counts
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    I too believe that virus situation is not very bad if hives over 10% infestation are doing well.

    Have you heard of the work of Eric Erickson in Arizona? There is something about his work in ...
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    Sticky: Re: EFB options

    Instructions in case of brood diseases in Finland:
    It is not allowed to use antibiotics in beekeeping. In case of EFB the use of antibiotics is also considered unnecessary and harmfull. EFB does...
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    Re: Mini-Mating Nuc Timing Question

    I always give the queens minimum 14 days after hatching before I even consider taking them out of mating nucs.

    The behavior of the queen changes after she has been laying several weeks. She calms...
  20. Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    I was referring to these words of yours "in 2 years":


    I donīt use language translators.




    Your words to the same thing were:
  21. Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    Written 2018
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

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    They promised a snow storm, pah! Nothing much, I have seen much more new snow in May, but some locations in Finland made new records: never has the max temperature of the May been so low.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    While we might get some more snow in Friday, here is what is happening in Germany, my new blog writing:
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    Yesterday small signs of robbery, willow is over.

    Weather forecast predicts max 0 C (32 F) and freezing night temperatures for Friday.

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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    One problem with willow crop is that usually there is quite a lot of winter sugar (we feed about 20-30 liters of sugar solution, in order to keep hives alive) still left on the frames, usually either...
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