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    Quote Originally Posted by Feckless Drone View Post
    Breeding-Better-Bees-John-Dews

    DR - are you on commission? Trying to recoup funds that Mrs DR does not yet know about? Supporting an economy in need? So many questions. Of course it would be poor form to name and shame the supplier.
    Anyway - the point is I followed the link because the title looked interesting and I want to breed good bees. The 80 page booklet is COSTED AT 234.57p. I was intrigued this must be some good, must-have text. Thankfully there is a very useful review.

    "The author spends a lot of pages in this small booklet explaining why a bee breeding program for Apis melifera melifera, the dark British bee, is essential in the UK. What is missing is how to do it and a better justification of why hybrid bees are such poor value. If you want to learn how to raise queens or select useful traits this is definitely not the book for you."

    Many thanks to the out-of-pocket reviewer.
    Just teasing drumgerry

    Best plan to protect native stocks would be to take the wheels of Murray Magregors vehicles so he can't drive down to Italy for a lorry load of Italian packages

    I'm doing the native bee club and everyone else a service by exposing the tat sold as AMM by importers


    Hi FD
    That book is of great historical importance
    It outlines how to find a unicorn in a herd of horses
    Hang on
    No I'm wrong that's another book entirely
    Im going to put my copy on Amazon
    It got left out in the rain and the pages all stuck together
    You can't read it now but you can still wave it around to banish bad spirits

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    I'll re-acquire my sense of humour in a minute DR. Maybe I'm a bit over-sensitive....

    And absolutely agree about the crap being passed off by importers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by drumgerry View Post
    I'll re-acquire my sense of humour in a minute DR. Maybe I'm a bit over-sensitive....

    And absolutely agree about the crap being passed off by importers.


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    You can have the one I raised on the right for a tenner
    That's still 25 cheaper than the one on the left
    They are both dead but I think mine is better value




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    Quote Originally Posted by The Drone Ranger View Post
    You can have the one I raised on the right for a tenner



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    Quote Originally Posted by Feckless Drone View Post
    Will you mark and clip for me?
    No problem that's 1 extra

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    On a different subject
    The first queens I raised and put in mininucs are laying
    Also the second lot are laying
    Had to give them fondant (bad weather) so a quick check for eggs only
    The first bunch were using a cupkit cassette
    The next lot grafted
    I wonder if there will be a difference in size or quality
    It's not scientific (in my case) because they were different mother Qs and different queen raising hives
    But it might be interesting to explore next spring



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    Waste of time in my thoughts.

    It's not the how you get to the larvae in the cell so much as the feeding and nurturing from that point on and then the luck of the mating.

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    But what about larvae already selected to be future queens?
    With dozens of eggs/young larvae why do the bees choose the ones they choose?
    We know there's worker policing capable of egg selection and I'm sure Gavin (or greengumbo or someone ... aargh! my brain is melting) and I once discussed selection of rare genotypes as future queens.

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    That would be the Moritz 'Royal Families' paper again .

    ...and yes, it's quite interesting when looking at a comb of young larvae from a queen-right colony, under magnification, to observe the difference in brood food quantity between cells with larvae of much the same age. A few cells always seem to be better supplied than the rest from the very outset.

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    I have the Queen raising frame in the hive where the larva came from Ben Harden style
    Maybe the ones that dont get started are the peasants

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