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  1. If Buckfasts are bred in the same way as say Italians or carniolans, they lose their stability in colour and probably every other characteristic. Not every line or hive should be used as drone line. To answer the previous question - I am not a conservator, but I still consider myself old-fashioned buckfaster. In case your bees have unique desired quality - something like green body colour like the green orchid bee, extreme thriftiness and life span like the Anatolians, increased foraging range as the AMMs, zero use of propolis as the Egyptians, low swarming index and calmness as t
  2. Barrier protocol is a must for any kind of disease, at least until the first epizootic wave (about once in a decade) is over and it reaches more stable host- parasite relationship
  3. I normally would say that I hear that occasionally, but for the first time it comes from the mouth of a man, but since I guess you're trying to be nice, will try to behave. To avoid misunderstandings, my humor is mostly black and I use self-irony and sarcasm freely.
  4. Yep, will have to wait till tommorow though when I get home.
  5. Something is not right. I don't know why I have to explain this. According to Rothenbuhler normally it takes few hundreds AFB spores per larva to cause death, but it may need as little as 7 spores to kill a larva ( I'm using my cell, so relying on memory) So, 1) there is a threshold variation in susceptibility to AFB 2) Spores of AFB do exist and REPLICATE in hives, causing no clinical symptoms (Please, find the attachments) As for nosema, will use an excerpt from the bee-l discussion: http://community.lsoft.com/scripts/wa-LSOFTDONATIONS.exe?A2=
  6. @tom sayn you can't feel the loss of something... Actually the real meaning is this : http://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2016/09/23/miracle-teenager-survives-on-his-own-for-almost-6-hours-with-no-wi-fi/ Yet 100 years ago nobody was bothered from the lack of electricity, internet or cell phones. It's his way of saying "if you don't know what electricity is, a new plasma TV is the last thing you need"
  7. Many countries have more than one native races of bees - Poland (2), Italy (2), Greece (3, if we don't count the islands), Serbia (2), Turkey (at least 7). Even an Island as Crete had two separate populations of bees - dark on the East and yellow on the west (climate adaptation). And as for carnica - it is NOT the same bee throughout the various carniolan countries. Pure race of bees does not exist. Every race originally was conglomeration of many locally adapted bees, differing in colour, characteristics and stability, due to the constant (slow) gene flow between populations and races.
  8. Is that a serious question or you're being sarcastic?
  9. The NZ yellow bees seem too soft for the windy climate. In my personal experience the NZ carnies are more stable and have higher bees to brood ratio. IF the choice has to be made only between the two, for me it is the carnies. I am saying this as not carnica-type beekeeper. I really hate their unreliable brooding weather/feeding depending cycle in the active season, swarming instincts and small winter cluster (true carnica has cluster with the size of basketball ball or less)
  10. The real question is - can a healthy looking hive infect another healthy looking hive and make it sick?
  11. The true Ligustica I remember are wasp and hornet proof (well, not the Asian hornet, though)! Blocking the entrance with their bodies: http://beeman.se/cyprus/cyprus-nf.htm A friend of mine always reminds me - you can't feel the loss of something, you don't know it exists. ( btw, the above site got me inspired to go commercial years ago)
  12. Thank you for quoting those pieces of paper. I love the scientific language, but the easy to process statement like “we did not found it, which doesn’t mean it isn’t there” leaves no mystery for the brain. I’ll add few more papers to the mix “Recently, RT-PCR detection of DWV in honeybee eggs has been reported (Chen et al., 2005), suggesting also vertical transmission. Here, we demonstrated that larval food contains DWV, indicating feeding as a third route of transmission.Both routes explain DWV-positive bees in the absence of Varroa, as detected by analysing the Swedish bees origina
  13. We are very far ahead in this respect. Here, except foulbrood ( wchich is practicaly a thing from the past) we consider presence of diarrhea (Nosema) a disease as well. Unless the hive have those, it is considered disease-free. Everything else is blamed on birds, pesticides (mostly neonics), electromagnetic field created by underground water currents, bad winter or old bees. Even when the winter mortality averages anywhere between 10% and 90% amongst the various beeks from the same area, the beekeeper is never the one to blame. "Some hives from the same apiary collect crop from the area wher
  14. Ok, the website is a bit outdated and they hadn't managet to remove that part from it, yet. But I believe at some point there was some truth in that statement. I don't see the world in black and white. Criminalizing the use of marijuana ( or alcohol for that matter) won't stop the people from abusing with it. The guy importing genetics LEGALY and trying to CONTRIBUTE to the sectory is not the enemy. Nothing wrong in making a living from it meanwhile. The real enemy are the guys who are after more profit no matter what, even if that means to kill their neighbour's hives, let a
  15. Raising chickens in your backyard is completely different than raising poultry in a farm. Many beeks don't get that. I really envy the people with the mindset that since it is not an AFB, my hives are disease-free. But have any of you seen some of those symptoms? - queens disappearing -queens stopping laying - high rate of supersedure ( sometimes 2-3 consecutive supersedures in a season) - crippled leg queens (more than just 0,1-0,2 % in a season) - no queen and no emergency QCs -IBDS Some of you had seen them and I am aware of that. But
  16. Could a healthy looking hive infect another healthy looking hive and make it sick? If you're hobby beek, not a big deal if GBP's are not applied. If you're commercial though- it's recipe for disaster. Thank Good we have diseases, otherwise the big sharks would've overtaken the beekeeping long time ago.
  17. "It always seems impossible, until it's done" From the standpoint of the common knowledge, both statements are true, but otherwise completely wrong. On the other hand, genetic bottlenecks doesn't lead to anythyng good in a long run. "Pure breeds" doesn't exist in Nature. Any effort to preserve something just the way it was, is the fastest way to extinction. Any living organism constantly faces new pathogens (either via evolution or introduction), and if it doesn't have genetic variation (introgression from other populations) to adapt - becomes history as soon as a new pathogen arrives
  18. I would like to say, it takes a lot of guts (or stupidity ) for David Yanke joining the conversation. Thank you! Varroa changed the virus transmission. Some time is needed for the virus variants to evolve. Pre varroa - the more bening the virus - the higher chanse of survival/transmission it had. Varroa was a game changer, selecting for the ones who replicate faster. In the old days I had seen hives with 3 mites per bee on average (300% infestation!) and no visible sympthoms of DWV or weakening of the hives. What is the mite treshold now - 2-3%? ΑΛΛΑ ΠΡΟΪ
  19. The list of possible options would be pretty much complete if you had mentioned e-ciggies
  20. My two cents on the topic. Paradise honey -good, but HoneyPaw offer much better balance between quality/price. They require assembling as well, so same costs for shipping. Lyson and Lega(Italy) ones - don't recommend them. In Turkey they also have great varieties of 6 frame poly nucs, and the price is just a fraction of their expensive cousins. Those of you who manage to get to the next Apimondia will discover it anyway, so...
  21. I believe the most important thing to look for when buying microscope is the eyepieces. The higher the widefield the better (WF10x/20mm and above). I use AmScope and it is ok. Randy Oliver recommends Olympus (google the exact model), with is slightly better. For me anything else than nosema testing as a tool for breeder queens selection is waste of time that is always absent anyway. And it is cheaper if some lab can do PCR on virus titers/nosema load for you
  22. I would recommend Contemporary queen rearing/Queen rearing and bee breeding by H. Laidlaw. The good book won't give you enough knowledge, but more food for thought
  23. Uncapper, wax press, poly hives, customer service... Why people are so focused on the details. They say the extractors are good, but the electronics as usual again is crap. Well, their hive tools are usable.
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