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by Solomon
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:57 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 1420

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

... how about moving to another location and taking your bees along? Did you start with local bees once again, Sol, or did you use your old ones? I took mine with me, but that does mean that I sacrifice 2-3 years of productivity and a certain higher loss rate until they get locally adapted again. B...
by Solomon
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 1420

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Are you certain they were shipped?
by Solomon
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 1420

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

I feel like people are to anxious to get going often so they'll blow money on bees that won't survive. There are already bees in Alaska, but maybe they are impossible to purchase. I guess the other option is to buy a bajillion southern packages and hope some of them randomly survive. Naturally, I do...
by Solomon
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 1420

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

I wish I had gotten in on this earlier but Google seems to think my forum notifications are spam since I get so many of them. Greg, to a certain extent you are correct in your tiger sourcing model. You'll want Siberian tigers in Alaska and Bengals in Louisiana. But tigers go where they want to and w...
by Solomon
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 1420

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

John Kefuss has been keeping bees in France treatment free for nearly two decades. He is isolated and only his survivor drones around. [/quote] No, that's not the case. I interviewed him on my podcast. Also, I am not isolated. I am surrounded by the local commercial beekeeper and my bees get better...
by Solomon
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 1420

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Obviously if they can't survive, they can't adapt. I feel like that doesn't need saying. On the issue of ferals, I'm not sure if I quite believe the no ferals idea. In China where there are no bees at all, perhaps, but if there are bees around, I don't think I buy it. If I were in the situation wher...
by Solomon
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Are we selecting for bees that go queenless all the time?
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: Are we selecting for bees that go queenless all the time?

"T"

That's great. Our bees have "low T." We need an infomercial. :lol:
by Solomon
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 1420

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Not only are they likely to adapt, but they will. The question is to what? That's why I believe it is important to breed from your own bees, or local bees and not try to buy in stuff from elsewhere. It's of top importance not to treat, and pretty important not to feed, if you want bees that are well...
by Solomon
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Are we selecting for bees that go queenless all the time?
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Are we selecting for bees that go queenless all the time?

Consider the following: Queens are typically raised one per mating nuc. Queenless hives are often requeened with commercial stock as soon as discovered. Queens are mass produced from relatively few mothers. Are we selecting for bees that go queenless all the time? I am reminded of the thelytoky (the...
by Solomon
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 1420

Developing Local Climate Adaptation

I thought I'd report how my acclimatization is going since I moved to Oregon. Last year was my first full year as I moved to Oregon in October of 2015. The bees pretty much didn't get to do anything that fall except go into winter. Last year I had few hives that were worth a hoot. When you move bees...
by Solomon
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Using swarms' resources for expansion
Replies: 16
Views: 577

Re: Using swarms' resources for expansion

I had a really nice super swarm this year that I could have easily used to make 5+ queen castles by the time queens were ready to merge. I didn't end up using it because I didn't have enough queens take, but I'm getting a lot of comb drawn on this hive.
by Solomon
Wed May 31, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Patron Reward!
Replies: 0
Views: 244

New Patron Reward!

I know this forum is more for those of you who don't use Facebook, but if you are a patron (or moderator or somebody who in other non monetary ways supports TFB), I have created a closed Facebook group called TFB Pub which is a group for more close personal communications and sharing among the suppo...
by Solomon
Sat May 27, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 10863

Re: Is your expansion successful?

How do you make a sugar brick?
by Solomon
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Shouldn't there be a layens hive category in hive types?
Replies: 6
Views: 602

Re: Shouldn't there be a layens hive category in hive types?

Layens might be a good idea, since it's a hive I'm starting to promote. I'll see what I can do.
by Solomon
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Is bigger better?
Replies: 28
Views: 927

Re: Is bigger better?

I'd like to hang out more, but I never seem to have time. Facebook is so convenient, and I no longer count myself as a beekeeping info consumer. I'm a creator. I have a backlog of about 30 hours of video that needs to be edited and posted right now.
by Solomon
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:39 am
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Is bigger better?
Replies: 28
Views: 927

Re: Is bigger better?

I have always liked very large hives. I got that from Dee Lusby's model when I started. What it got me was low swarming rate, and no comb storage need. Large colonies do need more honey to make it through. Due to a hard year last year, I ended up overwintering most of mine in a single deep. I fed mo...
by Solomon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Moderators wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 743

Re: Moderators wanted

Thanks for the help guys. You're doing a great job, you get to spam much faster than I am able to.
by Solomon
Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:55 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Moderators wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 743

Re: Moderators wanted

Okay, you are all global moderators. Please delete spam and ban spammers by email address. Please do not edit posts or do other moderation at this time. The easiest way to deal with spammers is choose the dropdown that says "Delete all messages" from the spammer. Then ban them.
by Solomon
Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:19 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Moderators wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 743

Re: Moderators wanted

Thanks for the replies, I will be contacting you with details soon.
by Solomon
Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:34 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Moderators wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 743

Moderators wanted

As you can tell, we have become a target for spammers. Naturally, I can't sit here all day waiting for spam posts to come in, so I need volunteers for moderator duties. We only have two moderators so far and both of us are very busy right now, and add to that this is slow beekeeping season so there ...
by Solomon
Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Spammers
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Re: Spammers

They are as soon as I find them, but I don't have all day to sit an delete every spam post that comes up, so I need people to report them.

I also need volunteers to be moderators.
by Solomon
Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:17 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Intro
Replies: 5
Views: 508

Re: Intro

Yes, it is possible to be TF when others nearby aren't.

Not treating will not negatively affect other local beekeepers. However, they often disagree.

More hives is better. It is easier to make too many into the right number than it is to make zero into the right number.
by Solomon
Mon Jun 27, 2016 2:48 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Locations - find fellow TB beekeepers
Replies: 19
Views: 1662

Re: Locations - find fellow TB beekeepers

If you want to ask a question, please start a new topic. You're not likely get answers or make friends by hijacking topics.
by Solomon
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Brood box inspection Question?
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: Brood box inspection Question?

It's not a matter of who's smarter. At this point, they know what they're doing and you are still learning. Now, please understand, I'm not insulting you here. I commend your patience. Far too often, new beekeepers will jump in and try to make their bees do what they want, and as you can guess, that...
by Solomon
Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Swarming podcast no 34
Replies: 1
Views: 421

Re: Swarming podcast no 34

Our pleasure. This is one of our favorite topics, free bees!
by Solomon
Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: First expansion attempt
Replies: 62
Views: 2448

Re: First expansion attempt

Sounds like you're off to the races.
by Solomon
Wed Jun 22, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Estimated Honey
Replies: 5
Views: 1118

Re: Estimated Honey

Awesome!
by Solomon
Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Brood box inspection Question?
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: Brood box inspection Question?

Let 'em be, or maybe put an empty frame or two in the middle. Whatever. ;)
by Solomon
Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: TFB episode 36
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: TFB episode 36

Things are going pretty well. I have captured swarms and split up to a total of 32 hives as of this point. My goal was 50 for the year, but I don't know if that will happen. Busy working on assembling boxes and frames right now.
by Solomon
Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:06 am
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Timing queen rearing/splits
Replies: 7
Views: 689

Re: Timing queen rearing/splits

Allen, and other NWArkansas beekeepers, In good years, I grafted on Spring Break. The seasons are highly variable. In a bad year, I didn't get to graft until mid to late April, and then got snowed on in May. That didn't work very well. NW Arkansas is the only place for which I have objective dates. ...
by Solomon
Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

They would be my queens. I live in Oregon. Bee Weaver is in Texas. Totally outside my philosophy to bring queens in from that far away.
by Solomon
Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:34 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

Another idea I had, start each hive with a single box split from another hive, then the next year, before the experiment gets going, remove the old box.
by Solomon
Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:41 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Oscar Perone hive doesn't control varroa
Replies: 7
Views: 972

Re: Oscar Perone hive doesn't control varroa

Also, I like to point out the Bee Informed National Survey which can hint at the effectiveness of new hive parts like screened bottom boards.
by Solomon
Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:21 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

I'm not nearly the proponent of small cell that Michael Bush is. I'm a user for sure. I've never used anything else. There are a number of studies that use 10 hives in each test group. Yes, it's a small sample, but it could be expanded by instituting a splitting policy, can split to make up numbers....
by Solomon
Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Oscar Perone hive doesn't control varroa
Replies: 7
Views: 972

Re: Oscar Perone hive doesn't control varroa

That's exactly the case. Each person should settle on a hive type (or try several) to find something that fits their needs. Unfortunately, it's often the freshmen who go for something new and novel before they get the basics down. And I'm not saying they can't do that, but there is a dumptruck load ...
by Solomon
Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

That's not going to happen.
by Solomon
Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:21 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bees not eating sugar or honey
Replies: 7
Views: 591

Re: Bees not eating sugar or honey

Same thing they do with pollen.
by Solomon
Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:51 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

Also, the studies had problems actually getting the bees onto small cell. My problem will be the other way around, how to get my bees onto large cell. It will have to be shook swarms, and if I have to do it to one side, I"ll have to do it to the other side. The other option would be to put boxe...
by Solomon
Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Long Term Small Cell Study

All, I am thinking of putting together a multi-year scientific study of small cell. The available studies are hardly useful in figuring out what small cell's effects truly are. They are all too short. My thoughts are leaning toward a multi-year study, comparing 10-20 colonies of each on both small c...
by Solomon
Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bees not eating sugar or honey
Replies: 7
Views: 591

Re: Bees not eating sugar or honey

I used to have this in Arkansas were there would be warm days in the middle of winter and all they had was sawdust, which they took.

Here in Oregon, the earliest they get out, they already have eucalyptus (my dad's pets) and pussywillow and things like that.

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