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  1. Re: Penn State "COMB" project posts Dec 2019 update

    Oldtimer, I wonder if he was selling bees? But I don’t dispute your point. More bees die if you don’t treat than do if you treat wisely. But after several generations without treatment, the surviving...
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    Plus 1
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    Re: Against Smoking Bees

    Ryan, Immanuel Kant said: "No one can compel me to be happy in accordance with his conception of the welfare of others, for each may seek his happiness in whatever way he sees fit, so long as he does...
  4. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Yes. “Appears” being the operative word. Early on in my modest beekeeping experience when I had high born Italian queens and pretty yellow bees, I would see robbing of my own hives whenever I was...
  5. Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Thank you for that explanation. That is a sad tale very well told by you.
  6. Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Wherefore?
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    “To dream the impossible dream”
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    “Oops there goes another rubber tree.”
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    :) “We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.”
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    What line from a song captures the essence of TF beekeeping?
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    If someone needs my trade secrets they probably should be raising tomatoes instead of honeybees.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    1. If your colonies are not casting reproductive swarms as a rule, have you seen any patterns as to how often they supercede? -- Not really. I use to be in every hive every week or two during the...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Short answer, nothing. Long answer, in the past I would try to prevent the formation of a solid honey dome directly above the brood by checkerboarding or by undersupering/nadiring or placing a box of...
  14. Re: Are TF BeeKeepers Stimulating Colonies to Apply Propolis Envelopes in Hives?

    Mail order queens and migratory beekeeping stirs the pot. But my little descendants of feral mutts definitely look different and behave differently than bees from a top line national queen breeder....
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    Re: New to bees

    +1
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    1. Put 'em in a hive. 2. Don't feed or treat. 3. Wait three years. 4. Look inside inside the box.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I do make allowances for bad years, mostly by trying to leave more honey than they should need. But our summer dearth is as bad or worse than our typical winter, at least for my frugal bees, because...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I don’t have experience with Warre hives. I’d be cautious about interfering with their arrangement of the contents of the hive. It’s a bit of a risk depending on the cluster size and amount of...
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    Re: queen excluders

    I use metal. I don’t clean them.
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    Re: Taste of Goldenrod Honey

    Tallow.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    If you are getting ready to go do a cutout, what is something that is helpful that you are likely to forget? One for me is paper towels.
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    In this particular situation, given the location, weather forecast, and distance of the move, I would likely move the bees sometime between late morning and early-afternoon because of the effect of...
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    Re: I need to move my hives. When is best?

    Not mid-winter. Based on the weather forecast, before November 12. I would not use branches or obstructions, and I would not leave a catch box, empty stand, or anything else at the original location.
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    I want frugal bees that winter well with small clusters. I don’t want to feed them in the fall to artificially cause them to produce more brood going in to winter. In order for Varroa to reproduce,...
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    Sticky: Re: Riverderwent Survival Treatment Free 2017

    Ideally, the next morning we wear double pants. (Bees like it when you are in their hive two days in a row and take boxes full of their preciously gathered honey.) We grab commercial aluminum...
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