Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?
Remains to be seen.
Originally Posted by Juhani Lunden
It is not so bad, granted no massive commercial beekeepers are in the area (I have none of those in the vicinity thanks to a suburban location - a very good thing).
Conventional backyard keepers are less of a concern.
Keep in mind that most conventional backyard beekeepers minimize the drone as much as possible (because this is how the conventional, intensive honey production preaching goes).
They control their own drone in a variety of ways - 1)using standard worker foundation; 2)active destroying of the drone larva (including a anti-varroa measures); 3)annual replacement of the queens are the most obvious ways.
What they do is beneficial to us, in the air dominance competition.
Just do the opposite....
Let the desired colonies to 1)build natural comb and 2)produce as much drone as they desire and 3)maintain the desired queen for as long as possible (they can produce drone up to 5-6 years and should be let to do so).
I like the idea of maintaining special drone-generating units by design using old desired queens - really, a no-brainer thing to do. Costs about nothing (some old hive in a corner will do).
Last edited by GregV; 12-11-2018 at 09:49 AM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.