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Portland Urban Beekeepers February Member Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Chris Corich
31:06
Mildwinter
Vicki
34:36
Cheryl, if you are interested in borrowing any equipment approximately where int he city would it be picked up? Kevin
Ryan McDonnough
37:18
Vote Zoom! :)
Cheryl Wright
46:50
Most of the equipment and books are physically located in the east Portland area.
Amber Schulz
50:50
My bees died. :( Could I get someone to come and help me diagnose what happened? I think they just got cold and wet. There's a lot of mold in the hive.
Cheryl Wright
51:00
I stopped everyone's video to improve bandwith.
Cheryl Wright
54:56
If you have any questions for Dr. Seeley, please ask in chat and I will moderate and ask the questions when he reaches a place where he is ready for questions. He will also take questions at the end.
Dennis Palkki
01:07:53
Dewey, Have there been similar studies in our region?
Eric
01:08:04
What is the average lifespan of colonies in the wild?
Lori Bennett
01:08:32
if you were to attempt Darwinian in urban setting, would you advise in Langstroth with mite testing or in log hives?
Ruth
01:09:17
Many thanks to Dr. Seeley for his wondrous book "The Lives of Bees" which I only read this past fall.
Vicki
01:10:07
Could there be anything about or in the tree cavity environment that helps control varroa?
Dewey
01:12:37
Dennis - no studies of bee lining or finding feral colonies in Oregon.
Vicki
01:14:13
How to wild colonies compare in size to managed colonies?
Ryan McDonnough
01:21:10
Colonies that make significant honey crops can also be in excellent health. Yes?
Ryan McDonnough
01:21:49
SO control the varroa?
Ryan McDonnough
01:21:55
Right?
Ryan McDonnough
01:22:15
There are non-chemical methods of control
Ian Horvath
01:23:34
1. How would you encourage complete wall coating with propolis, sanding with 40 grit sand paper?
Ian Horvath
01:23:48
2. What is single largest factor which affects the bees which you compared between managed and natural?
Brian Fackler
01:24:01
On a managed hive do you recommend reducing brood size in late summer to control varroa?
Kevin Lucey
01:24:25
Is there a reasoned retort to "treating creates strong mites and weak bees?"
Ryan McDonnough
01:32:18
Not treating creates mite bombs full of more virulent mites?
Ryan McDonnough
01:35:29
Won’t swarms caught in an urban environment like ours be full of non-mite-resistant queens from managed hives?
Vicki
01:37:12
Did the wild colonies in the small hives swarm each year?
Kristi
01:39:06
So are you suggesting that having a small environment might encourage better grooming habits?
Kevin Lucey
01:44:28
You use a single, shallow super on your single brood boxes? Any reason not to use larger supers or multiple supers?
Vicki
01:48:53
If you live in an urban environment with many beekeepers around if you don't treat won't you just bring varroa back to the hive from neighboring "mite bombs"? Would it take a collective approach to achieve your results in an urban setting?
blake
01:48:54
You mention 81% survival, what is the typical survival rate in your area for managed hives?
Ryan McDonnough
01:49:23
Is it realistic to believe that people will actually follow-through with the unpleasant task of euthanizing a colony? Of all of the treatment-free/Darwinian beekeepers who I have interacted with, exactly zero of them monitor mite loads. Zero euthanize their colonies before they become mite bombs.
Ian Horvath
01:49:56
1. What have you seen as the rate of adoption or practice of Darwinian beekeeping? What is the greatest barrier to adoption for most beekeepers?
Susie Wilcox
01:50:13
If you’re not treating or moving frames how often do you go into your hives?
Vicki
01:50:23
In an urban setting won't the smaller hives result in greater swarming which may not be ideal? Could you achieve the same results with managed splits?
Ryan McDonnough
01:52:16
Swarms are a nuisance in urban environments. So isn’t swarm prevention a good thing for our area?
William Holmes
01:52:54
Do you put frames in your bait boxes, and if so are they drawn, foundation, starter strips or a combination?
Ryan McDonnough
01:53:31
Aside from swarming not being appropriate for urban beekeeping, what about the lack of control over drones at the DCA? How can Darwinian Beekeeping work in our location when there are so many managed colonies? Darwinian-managed virgin queens would always be mating with drones from managed colonies with Hawaiian and California queens. Correct?
Ryan McDonnough
01:54:41
As an alternative to Darwinian Beekeeping, might it be a good idea for us urban beekeepers to instead purchase mite-resistant queens and allow their drones to populate the area to improve the local gene pool?
Vicki
01:55:25
I know of four other beekeepers within a half a mile of me. More beyond that, of course.
Ivan
01:56:36
I'm thinking of using 1" stock cedar wood for building boxes. Your thoughts. Thanks for an interesting talk.
Eric
01:58:07
I make my hives with 1" stock and it works nicely.
Ian Horvath
02:00:53
What technique do you use for splitting your hives?
Dewey
02:02:04
PUB had great talk on splitting from John Edwards in January
Ryan McDonnough
02:02:27
sorry
Ryan McDonnough
02:02:31
:)
Ryan McDonnough
02:04:09
Old Sol Apiaries and StarrFarms both produce resistant stock here in Oregon
Susie Wilcox
02:04:25
Yes StarrFarms is excellent!
Vicki
02:04:50
Thank you, Dr. Seeley!
Susie Wilcox
02:05:11
Fantastic Talk! Thanks Dr. Seeley
Ryan McDonnough
02:05:12
One last question...
Ryan McDonnough
02:05:42
How important is it to euthanize colonies before they reach a critical mite load, collapse, and become mite bombs?
Kim Gordon
02:05:42
This was an amazing! It was so nice to hear from you directly in addition to your books!
S. Paull (she/her)
02:08:08
Thank you!
Ryan McDonnough
02:08:32
Thanks, Cheryl & Tom!
Katy Fackler
02:09:46
Thank you, very interesting presentation.
Sasha
02:09:52
thank you !
Susie Wilcox
02:09:57
Thanks Cheryl
blake
02:10:01
thanks!
Ian Horvath
02:10:04
Thanks Cheryl
Scott McMullin
02:10:04
thanks