The Beeshakers

‘The Beeshakers’ would be a good name for a pop/rock/soul-band/group, wouldn’t it? Why not a group of beekeepers that have control of their bees and the…

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Treatment free feral bees

Up till now anyway, this colony of bees (and their ancestors forming this colony’s ancestor colonies) that has lived in a wall since several colony…

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My selection parameters

I have prepared for and selected for varroaresistance for quite some years. Last year I learned how to test a colony for VSH, a simplified…

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Neonics and success

Bees visit corn for pollen, period. Bees visit canola for pollen. Bees visit potatoes for pollen (Danish tests). Bees visit a lot of flowers for…

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Reading the hardboard

One of the most important parts in my management system has become a simple thin hardboard in front of the entrance. The first thing I…

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Swarm from a tree

Last year my friend had a call in July about a swarm that had come from a big old tree. The cavity couldn’t bee very…

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MT-colony conclusion

I have shared the performance of this colony which had almost a box of plastic small cell frames and natural positioning of these frames (as…

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First crop from the multitest colony

Last year I gave almost a whole box of plastic frames 4.95 mm cellsize with natural positioning, http://www.elgon.es/diary/?p=384 This colony was a very nice colony,…

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The queen of the wall

Five days after I hived the swarm from the wall I checked it. I placed it about three km from the wall where it originated,…

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Taking home the breeder

A week ago I brought home the breeder queens for ease of grafting. They should at least have been treatment free last year (2013) and…

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