Re: Treatment Free in Finland
Too bad, Juhani, for not getting elected.
Originally Posted by Juhani Lunden
On the other hand, you will keep beekeeping at your own pace - a good thing.
In retrospect, looking at my losses this year I feel - it is a good thing to have a mix of different traits and not favor TOO much one or the other.
But also make an effort to NOT rid of a trait that may not be looking very good at the moment.
We need ALL of them for as long as they pass the ultimate test - stay alive.
Depending on a particular winter particulars (which you never know beforehand) - a particular trait may benefit and other trait may be in disadvantage.
You never know which one trait is best at the moment beforehand.
Especially so since the winters are less predictable as we observe in real-time.
Things are very fluid, but bees are fluid and will adjust too - given a chance.
For example, some of my dead could be actually alive IF they took an extra opportunity in mid-winter to fly out (there were 1-2 moments where some bees did fly and others did not).
Some bees did not fly - as that was just not their wintering trait - their were on the conservative side (generally beneficial and I considered a plus).
Well, ultimately, the conservative bees overfilled and had diarrhea and perished to that (because the winter turned just a little too cold and too long and exceeded their natural limits).
Last edited by GregV; 04-19-2019 at 09:58 AM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.