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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    There is no "dogma" involved. It is a solidly proven concept, but repeatedly misapplied. Mite resistance is very clearly genetic and it is not just based on one trait such as VSH. Where this goes...
  2. Re: Will bees pollinate fruits an vegetables inside a.....

    I've watched my bees fly out of the hive less than 5 feet to goldenrod plants to forage. To be fair, the goldenrod was at peak bloom and had so much nectar you could shake it out of the flowers.
  3. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Temps hit 68 degrees about 1:00 pm with bright sun so I opened the 3 nucs up that I have at my house. The nuc that I've set aside for SquarePeg was strong on bees but short on stores. I gave them...
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    Re: Cell size survey.

    I tested 4.9 extensively from 2005 to 2016 and reached only one conclusion. My bees were unhappy with 4.9 cells. I could force them to accept the foundation and they would draw it, but over time...
  5. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    This is just practical experience and not scientifically proven. My experience is that around 10% of the bees in a colony have to exhibit mite resistance traits for the entire hive to be classed as...
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    Re: How do bees ventilate in the winter?

    When temps are very cold, bees cluster tightly together and generate heat by vibrating muscles. This requires energy from honey which results in a lot of water vapor being released. With cold hive...
  7. Re: Video - long Ukrainan hives - English audio

    That diversity of use comes at a price. As in $ of cost for multiple boxes with lots of small frames. Perhaps useful in some contexts, but definitely not going to be a minimal cost solution.
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Bees rotate from the center of the cluster to the outer edges, then back to the center again. But there are exceptions. Some bees stay on the edge of the cluster for long periods of time only...
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    Use a sharp knife to slice a gap into a comb of eggs and larvae and the bees will choose which cells to turn into queens. The only problem with this is that several cells may be joined together...
  10. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    This thread on the British forum is worth reading. You will get an idea of the "vested interests". https://beekeepingforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=45550
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    Re: Well this might change things!

    It is a bit complicated that queens of different racial groups may be higher or lower on average. Weather takes a hand, especially in cold or inclement conditions. It is also worth noting that the...
  12. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    JoshuaW, you are pointing out that better thermal protection permits earlier spring buildup. Note that narrow frames and small cell foundation also correlate with earlier spring buildup. You have...
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    Re: best way to 2:1 feed in-hive?

    There are two ways to feed syrup in-hive that are effective. One is with jars or cans with small holes punched in the lid. Invert a jar/can over the frames onto two small sticks of wood and put an...
  14. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Bernhard Mobus researched these questions and wrote up the results in the July and August 1998 issues of American Bee Journal. I happen to have a copy and made them available to Derek Mitchell to...
  15. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    One of the things we know about species dispersal is that maximum genetic diversity is found nearest the center or origin of a species. This entirely supports the origin of the western honeybee in...
  16. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Ask the bees. They have never lied to me.
  17. Sticky: Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    I live in a very humid climate so can answer LJ's speculation about moisture. It will absolutely kill a colony of bees if too much builds up inside the hive. I tried to keep bees with just a small...
  18. Re: I had an Old school beekeeper check my hives

    Looking at the video, I see something that all beekeepers should learn to avoid. He pulls the frames out of the box rubbing them against the side. This will occasionally roll a queen. Learn to...
  19. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    This is an excellent point, however, your point about why Langstroth size boxes have endured is a bit off base. There is stasis in development because nothing else is clearly superior combined with...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment Free in Finland

    This is an excellent idea, but will only work if beekeepers adopt resistant bees on a wide basis. There is a critical mass where enough beekeepers use resistant genetics that the population becomes...
  21. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I'm going to move the 4 most susceptible colonies to a different location in a few weeks. This will leave only the most resistant for next year's queen production. It is not an ideal system, but...
  22. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Geoff Williams with Auburn University came out today and collected bee and mite samples from 8 of my colonies at one apiary location. I have only taken mite counts from one or two colonies over the...
  23. Re: German Black bees in the Southeastern US actually Apis mellifera iberiensis?

    Mtdna showed feral bees in Florida to be a hodgepodge mix of various races including Mellifera, Ligustica, Carnica, and a small percent Lamarckii. To make a statement that they are high percentage...
  24. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    8 frames would be fine for winter in your climate but spring buildup would require some adaptations such as giving a couple of supers above an excluder to keep the queen in the deep frames while...
  25. Re: Down with Double Deeps! Fess up, you alternative hive-style followers!!!!

    One huge gotcha with Dadant depth frames is that most extractors available today can't handle them. I happen to have a 50+ year old Kelly 4 frame tangential extractor that was built to extract...
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