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  1. #41
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    Default Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Quiney WI View Post
    ...beekeeper directed cleansing invigorating brood breaks.
    i agree with your take on this adrian. randy oliver has demonstrated with his mite population modeling that a brood break can tip the scales big time in the bees' favor.

    i feel like our long summer dearth here along with the adaptation made by our local hybrids to shut down brooding until fall plays an important part in the over all scheme of things on how they are successful against varroa.

    for those in other ecoregions where there there is not a protracted summer dearth adjusting management to combine making increase with providing a brood break makes darn good sense.
    journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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  3. #42
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    Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
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    Default Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    Quote Originally Posted by squarepeg View Post
    i feel like our long summer dearth here along with the adaptation made by our local hybrids to shut down brooding until fall plays an important part in the over all scheme of things on how they are successful against varroa.

    for those in other ecoregions where there there is not a protracted summer dearth adjusting management to combine making increase with providing a brood break makes darn good sense.
    So dearth births mirth, but feeding and breeding is leading to ceding.
    David Matlock

  4. #43
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    Mogollon Rim, Arizona 85933
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    Default Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    sucks for me, ots queens hatching and now there is rain for the next 8 days, f...

  5. #44
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    Rosebud Missouri
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    David
    I don't know if it is any consulation but it had been raining several days here. I don't know what a queen would think but each day the bees have still had several hours flying inbetween bouts of rain.
    Good luck
    gww
    zone 5b

  6. #45
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    Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, USA
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    Default Re: OTS - Treatment Free

    Quote Originally Posted by Swarmhunter View Post
    Next Winter I'll let you know how it worked out for me.
    Jerry
    Out of curiosity, did you do it? Outcome?
    Regards,
    KGB-8Fmed

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