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  Topic: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Bruce Rodriguez

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:21 pm   Subject: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
I have read Michael Bush's books and website and watched his presentations on youtube. In my humble opinion, they're great. I would love to get a few of his queens for my yard just to mix it up a bit. ...
  Topic: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Bruce Rodriguez

Replies: 10
Views: 15159

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:29 pm   Subject: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
I'm not going to dust with anything. I just don't see any reason to. The bees are always going to have some amount of pollen on their bodies. Dusting them is just going to accelerate the selection pro ...
  Topic: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Bruce Rodriguez

Replies: 10
Views: 15159

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sat Dec 05, 2015 3:11 pm   Subject: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
I agree with all of that except I don't use SBB. To me, SBBs naturally select for mites with a strong grip. I don't want weak mites falling out. I want them to contribute their flaws back into the g ...
  Topic: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Bruce Rodriguez

Replies: 10
Views: 15159

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:17 pm   Subject: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
I'm kind of starting all over again. About 5 years ago I had to go away unexpectedly and couldn't take my bees with me. Rather than give them away (3 hived swarms) I just left them on my buddy's prope ...
  Topic: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Bruce Rodriguez

Replies: 10
Views: 15159

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:53 pm   Subject: Natural beekeepers Central, Pennsylvania
Same here. Even on this site, the "natural" beeks keep talking about feeding, foundation, OA, and all kinds of stuff I would never do. It's frustrating. That's just my opinion. This is my ...
 
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