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6064Re: [beekeeping] Deformed wings

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  • Scot Mc Pherson
    Oct 2, 2005
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      Beekeeping has changed with the advent of 3 major influences. Varroa, small hive beetle and africanization. If we as a global community had simply let these things run their course, they would have faded into background problems with little adjustment to management styles. The coming of pharmaceutical beekeeping changed that course. Instead of pests and diseases burning through all that it could exploit, we have continued the possibility of widespread exploitation.

      Beekeeping used to be about knowing the seasons and following the bees. It is now instead the bees being o]towed behind us while the problems just follow. Predetors prey on the weak and keep the populations strong and tuned. Preventing the predation only lets the prey grow fat without the ability to survive. Sharks and fish, wolf and sheep, lions and antelopes all share this relationship, and so do bees share this relationship with mites and small hive beetle, wax moth, foulbrood and all the other threats. When we leave the predetors to their prey, all that is left is strong specimens to start the next generation. Keep it up and let it do its work and your predetor only continues to make you stronger.

      Scot Mc Pherson
      McPherson Family Honey Farms
      Davenport, IA
      Bradenton, FL

      -----Original Message-----
      >From: "George Fergusson" <gsferg@...>
      >Sent: 10/2/05 7:07:36 PM
      >To: "beekeeping@yahoogroups.com" <beekeeping@yahoogroups.com>
      >Subject: Re: [beekeeping] Deformed wings
      >At 05:49 PM 10/2/05 -0500, you wrote:
      >>Hello everyone,
      >>It's me again with another one of my stupid questions.
      >It's me again with another one of my stupid answers!
      >> Is it normal to periodically see a certain number of sick bees driven
      >from a hive ?
      >No, it isn't normal.
      >>Is time to go to the next step in treatment ( I was hoping to go the
      >natural route, maybe not ) ? Is it too late ? What should I do next ?
      >Have you done any mite counts? 24 hour natural drops? A sugar roll maybe?
      >Keeping track of the change in mite loads is tedious but necessary. Also,
      >go through the hive, or enough of it to check some of the brood- look for
      >uncapped pupae, dead uncapped brood, etc. I'm not talking healthy curled up
      >white larvae swimming in their puddle of royal jelly, I'm talking larger,
      >older partially formed bees that might even have purple eyes. Dig a few out
      >with your hive tool or a sharp stick and check for mites. Also be on the
      >lookout for bees with deformed wings wandering around the comb. I've seen
      >that in a few of my hives.
      >Next, if you determine you have a mite problem, is to decide what you're
      >going to do. In general I'm staying away from the patently chemical
      >approaches. In particular, I'm using Oxalic Acid vapor. I hope it's
      >helped.. I'll lose these hives if it doesn't I'm afraid. I've done 3
      >treatments to date and have just put in my screens to do drop counts.
      >>I've been out of beekeeping since the middle 70's and this is my first
      >year back at it. Things were different then and I'm in the steep part of
      >the learning curve trying to stay alert to the threats of the day.
      >Experience is the best teacher but I also like to learn as much as possible
      >from the lessons that others have learned. I will greatly appreciate all of
      >your advice.
      >I'll take your word for beekeeping having changed in 30 something years.
      >I'm sure it has. The bees are largely the same I think, but we got mites
      >now.. and many of the bee diseases aren't responding to traditional
      >treatments due to years and years of the effects of the use of chemicals to
      >combat them. Obviously, it isn't working.
      >Good luck. Let us know what you find out.
      >George & Nancy Fergusson
      >Sweet Time Apiary
      >326 Jefferson Road
      >Whitefield Maine 04353
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