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« Last post by Michael Bush on October 01, 2015, 10:04:35 AM »
>So how do queen breeders produce queens of quality if the virgin queens are being mated by any old drone from 20 miles away 3 weeks ago.

The genetics I want are "any old drone..."  I want the wild drones.  They are surviving without treatment.  They are not inbred.  They have that vigor that only comes from "wildness".  The domesticated, controlled bred queens I've seen in the last 20 years are exactly what I want to avoid.  They have not impressed me.

>How do you control genetic improvement with out drone control?

You surrender to natural selection and control the part that you can. 

"Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can't control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible."--Epictetus
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Interesting experience today.
« Last post by Michael Bush on October 01, 2015, 09:38:39 AM »
>...both times the girls got testy for the rest of the day....

Do you eat a lot of bananas?
« Last post by KeyLargoBees on October 01, 2015, 09:12:27 AM »
Still queens available here in Florida. This place is up in Pt St Lucie "Florida Queen Bees" 772-489-4125 http://beesflorida.com/wp/queen-bees/ . Not sure how introducing a FL bred queen to a New England winter will go this late in the year though.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Interesting experience today.
« Last post by KeyLargoBees on October 01, 2015, 09:07:22 AM »
From a compost perspective....I have twice spread some "smelly" compost on the flower beds near the hives in the home yard and both times the girls got testy for the rest of the day....I can mow, weed eat, and garden around the hives with no issues but both times I spread the fresh compost they got pissy. Not sure why but I am veiling up from here on out if I work with compost or fertilizer near the hives....stings on the ears and back of the neck are to be avoided if possible LOL.
« Last post by Oldbeavo on October 01, 2015, 08:40:51 AM »
Hi Max2
You don't let your nucs that are split off rear their own queens?
90% of the nucs we split have one or multiple queen cells from the hive and so have a new queen fairly quick.
If we are not happy with how the hive develops over the season then it will be requeened.
Prestige Stainless in Tongala, Victoria manufacture new systems and so often know of who is up grading.
That is how we found our second hand plant
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: What has the shb done to our feral colonies
« Last post by Oldbeavo on October 01, 2015, 08:16:39 AM »
We run floor vents and lid vents, floor vent is about 10x2" across the middle if the floor and 2 3/4" in each end of the lid.
So far SHB is not an issue though we do see a few occasionally, I squash them if i can.
It is interesting watching the bees try and grab them to throw them out.
May be being in Victoria helps the humidity.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Deep Nuc - Medium body frame transition
« Last post by Dabbler on October 01, 2015, 07:53:58 AM »
I am preparing to start my first hives next spring (2016). I plan on running 10 frame mediums and starting from Nucs. I have only found deep Nucs available. Therefore I have a 3? shim to accommodate the deep to medium height difference and plan on using blocks under the medium frames to minimize burr comb.

My question is how/when do I replace the deep frames with mediums? Do I need to wait until the following spring (2017), after the cluster would have presumably moved up over the winter? Is there a good time/method to exchange the frames earlier?

Thanks for your thoughts & suggestions.
DOWN UNDER BEEKEEPING / Re: Hi from a newbie
« Last post by Sydney guy on October 01, 2015, 03:31:12 AM »
Hi sorry for the late reply I was overseas. I'm not really doing it for the honey production just more a hobby, I find the bees fascinating lol. Does anyone recommend any good books? I'm getting a 5 frame nuc and my boxes are 10 frame. Thank you both for your replies :)

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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: question about bee stings...
« Last post by b.information on October 01, 2015, 02:02:58 AM »
Hey guys wanted to update the thread.

Got in to see the GP a few days ago and he didn't really know what it was.  "Are you certain it was a bee that stung you/ Are you sure this is the location of the sting?" etc lol.

Basically he assumes it's scar tissue from the skin dying for whatever reason after the bee sting... toxins or allergy or whatever.  It's not currently infected and he didn't even prescribe antibiotics.  Wait for a month or two and see if the skin heals itself the bump goes down, else I got a nice present from my friendly local hymenoptera, Ms. Bumblebee

thanks again guys.  friendly board appreciate your concerns
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