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  Topic: work on microbes - link to honey bee health!!!
AnthonyD

Replies: 40
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PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:17 am   Subject: work on microbes - link to honey bee health!!!
Thanks B
  Topic: work on microbes - link to honey bee health!!!
AnthonyD

Replies: 40
Views: 80690

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:41 pm   Subject: work on microbes - link to honey bee health!!!

So we should care for the humus in the ground. But it needs more than 8 years to get the humus production going. The ground is like a huge gut, if it is ill and full of the wrong microbes it needs t ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
AnthonyD

Replies: 228
Views: 586490

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:33 am   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists


BUT ... the question I am looking for an answer to is how big should the entrance be for the bait hive... The consensus on the forum appears to be that a hole of 1 1/4" is about right ... any ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:18 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
You are the most active member in this thread for someone who never tried treatment-free approach

Actually I have tried it, albeit unintentionally! The colony I lost to varroa was never treated for ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:51 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?

You have a very brain washing atitude. You are entirelly falling in my eyes!
You seem to know the reality! What a rude patronising man you are!

Do you actually know what brain washing is? Its s ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:48 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
I wonder if it is of benefit to treat half the regular dose of Oxalic Acid for the first year and then stop. Even drug addicts take the dose down slowly when quiting the addiction.


The bees aren' ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:42 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?

I find it almost as difficult to believe that people are still suffering significant colony losses to varroa as Anthony finds it to believe that peoples bees survive treatment free.


You're putt ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:28 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?

Initial Varroa loss is expected because bees never experienced it before in newly Varroa invaded areas. Many bees die. Those which live develope resistant genes. Feral bees in some parts of the worl ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:14 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?

Because this is the natural environment for the bees.

If this was the case then any locally adapted bees would be more resistant to varroa.

They are not.
It isn't even a matter of resistance ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:04 am   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?

They should be more resistant.


Why?
  Topic: Sugar dusting with a solid bottom
AnthonyD

Replies: 6
Views: 12570

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:55 pm   Subject: Sugar dusting with a solid bottom
I think some people using conventional hives use vegetable oil on their varroa trays.

As for you're second post, perhaps you are answering your own question?

Why not go open mesh?
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:46 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?


I have never seen a feral colony within a 3 mile radius - in 30 years.

Does not mean there are none but...

Same here, at least in about 10 years.

I've had this discussion on the forum bef ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:39 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Which of course leads right back to Che's concern, that treating has a detrimental effect on the possible development of a balanced relationship between mite and bee.

Hence why I think, practically ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:16 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?

Maybe my bees (rather Drones) will have more Varroa but they will also have better gene pool with each passing year (those colonies which survive that is).

But that is just pure speculation. And ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:30 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
Rolling Eyes
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:57 pm   Subject: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
I expected you would reply hyper-emotionally. You are only proving my point.

The only thing I have to say about any of your responses is on the integrity issue and also the issue about 80% losses ( ...
  Topic: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
AnthonyD

Replies: 134
Views: 267859

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:54 pm   Subject: Re: Who on biobees is treatment-free?
I know you requested for those who disagree to go elsewhere, but for the benefit of those who may receive misinformation I am contributing my thoughts:

Che why haven't you responded to all the advi ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
AnthonyD

Replies: 228
Views: 586490

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:22 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
The Doctor Who of Beekeeping.....

Or the Chuck Norris...lol

When ghosts go camping they tell Chuck Norr-- *cough* Zaunreiter stories!
Very Happy
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
AnthonyD

Replies: 228
Views: 586490

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:02 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
A simple solution comes from Russia:

http://letok.narod.ru/zima.htm

A layer of foil and an empty space above between hive and roof - just like the condenser roof I've built - but then the hive g ...
  Topic: Doorstep honey sales
AnthonyD

Replies: 20
Views: 28161

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:16 am   Subject: Doorstep honey sales
I am not allowed, as part of my tenancy, to sell any honey I have from my home. I do not have any this year anyway, but I am not allowed to put up a little sign and sell any at all. I live in the coun ...
  Topic: Doorstep honey sales
AnthonyD

Replies: 20
Views: 28161

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 6:47 pm   Subject: Doorstep honey sales
Don't get me wrong though, I do think it is ridiculous to just sell honey and nothing else. I mean if you are a commercial beekeeper that is. There is so many other products from the hive. Including o ...
  Topic: Doorstep honey sales
AnthonyD

Replies: 20
Views: 28161

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:43 pm   Subject: Doorstep honey sales

Also, to confirm that you can support a hobby by selling honey but you really can not make a living just selling honey.

I don't agree. I personally know three beekeepers who make their living sol ...
  Topic: Ridiculous honey cost
AnthonyD

Replies: 12
Views: 25097

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:55 pm   Subject: Ridiculous honey cost

Its smell's fishy....and it doesnt taste great either!

So glad it's not just me who doesn't like it. A Kiwi friend brought some over a few years back as a present..... not impressed Sad !

Sue ...
  Topic: Ridiculous honey cost
AnthonyD

Replies: 12
Views: 25097

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:35 pm   Subject: Ridiculous honey cost
Interesting, this MGOTM system is completely different from the UMF system we are all used to, interesting the variance in UMF 'strength' upon retesting.
  Topic: Ridiculous honey cost
AnthonyD

Replies: 12
Views: 25097

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:40 pm   Subject: Ridiculous honey cost
Manuka honey has special properties good for wound treatment that other honey do not have. Manuka honey is in use in hospitals worldwide and for a good reason.

There is a lot of scientific proof f ...
  Topic: Ridiculous honey cost
AnthonyD

Replies: 12
Views: 25097

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:40 am   Subject: Ridiculous honey cost
According to what I have read there are honeys other than Manuka which have the additional antibacterial substance as well as hydrogen peroxide.
Dave

All raw honeys whatever the source have the en ...
  Topic: Ridiculous honey cost
AnthonyD

Replies: 12
Views: 25097

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:58 pm   Subject: Ridiculous honey cost
Yes thats because of its 'High' 'UMF' factor. A factor no one except the commercial manuka honey suppliers seem to understand.

Us mere mortals couldnt comprehend the awe-inspiring and mysterious U ...
  Topic: New portable TBH
AnthonyD

Replies: 46
Views: 139391

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:12 pm   Subject: New portable TBH
Hope its ok to reply to this so long after the last post, but Id be very interested in learning whether or not you (biobee/phil) have employed this design as a bait hive and, if so, have you had any s ...
 
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