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by Rurification
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swarm absconds and abandons brood
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: Swarm absconds and abandons brood

She's got plenty of room now . I put 2 1/2 more frames of drawn comb in there with them. Here's hoping it works.
by Rurification
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swarm absconds and abandons brood
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: Swarm absconds and abandons brood

They are languishing. Checked them over the weekend and they're down to just a frame and a half of bees. The queen is laying, but there are multiple eggs in the bottom of the cells. I'm kind of wondering if she's new. I saw her, so I know it's not a laying worker. I figure they'll either figure it o...
by Rurification
Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Really tiny queen
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: Really tiny queen

Ha. Just when I think I know what's going on with a colony, they surprise me. I had given up on that little colony and decided just to let it die when I noticed they looked busy and productive. Lots of the right kind of busy at the entrance and bringing in a bunch of pollen. I checked them this week...
by Rurification
Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Really tiny queen
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: Really tiny queen

Soooo that queen was a dud. Never did anything and they refused to make a new queen with any of the BIAS I've been giving them week after week. I'm done. Maybe 2 frames of bees. I'm just going to let them languish since I don't know if there are any weird nasties in there that I'm not aware of.
by Rurification
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swarm absconds and abandons brood
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Swarm absconds and abandons brood

I had a small swarm on June 2nd. Caught it, boxed it. Slow to get going, but then was laying like a dream. Yesterday they absconded. I caught it and put it in a nuc [didn't realize until later which colony it was.] When I checked their old box, there were 3 frames full of BIAS - just abandoned. Also...
by Rurification
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: birthdays
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: birthdays

Thanks Sybille! Hot weather, but the bees are doing well. It's been a beautiful summer!
by Rurification
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 298

Re: Requeening

I use screens from old bee packages for my robber screens. I attach them with thumbtacs to the box. I can always tell when a skunk comes around because the screens are clawed. The screens keep the skunks out, though.
by Rurification
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Really tiny queen
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: Really tiny queen

4 weeks since split [actually closer to 6 now.] I saw her 2 Saturdays ago, then last Saturday. I'll look for her again next weekend. On Sunday, I saw a large cluster on the front of the hive - not like their usual bearding. Maybe that coincided with a mating flight. The weather has been great, so I ...
by Rurification
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Really tiny queen
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Really tiny queen

I've got a split started. It's been 4 + weeks. I've been giving them weekly frames of BIAS until the new queen gets going. Today I went in and checked. No eggs that I could see. No brood except what was capped from last week. I found the queen but she was TINY. Her abdomen was longer than her wings ...
by Rurification
Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Home Brewing
Topic: fermented honey recipes
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: fermented honey recipes

Oh, my! That sounds wonderful!
by Rurification
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:27 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 238

Re: Reducing entrance

Beautiful hives! I keep my entrances reduced all the time. During the flow, I add a small top entrance, too, on colonies with 3 or more boxes. I put robber screens on just before the flow ends - for me that's when the white sweet clover starts blooming - and take off the second entrance on the small...
by Rurification
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Ontario Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 126

Re: Greetings from Ontario Canada

Welcome! Glad to have you here!
by Rurification
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:33 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Logbooks
Replies: 6
Views: 148

Re: Logbooks

It used to be easy to keep records with 2 hives. Then 4. I'm up to 8 now and the only way I remember anything is if i've got someone with me and as soon as everything is closed up I pull out the clipboard and pen and we go over what we did so I can write everything down. Still in the bee yard, with ...
by Rurification
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Propolis as medicine
Replies: 5
Views: 118

Re: Propolis as medicine

I've made some before. I pinch off the propolis into small bits so they dissolve faster. Put it in a jar with alcohol [rubbing, vodka, everclear, whatever] and let it sit. Shake it once in a while to help the propolis dissolve. I put it on any open wound. You're going to ask how much propolis and ho...
by Rurification
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 180

Re: When to add 2nd box

Sumac is a short flow here. The bees love it, though.
by Rurification
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 947

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Solomon wrote:
SiWolKe wrote:... But instead of making me money, they're costing me money for a couple years.


...or costing money every single year. I feel your pain. This is my 6th year and they have never made me any money. Maybe...maybe...next year. But I'm not holding my breath.
by Rurification
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 18
Views: 968

Re: Bearding

SiWolKe wrote:The old ladies chatting and hanging around.

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Indeed! ...and washboarding. Mine do a lot of washboarding this time of year.
by Rurification
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

Sweet setup!
by Rurification
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 947

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Thanks, Sybille for the clarification on the 10 hives thing. That's a great goal for me! ... But too many people still want to coddle them, even in a TF context.... Michael Bush mentioned something like this over at Beemaster last year and it rocked my world. I'd been trying sooo hard to keep them a...
by Rurification
Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 947

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

SiWolKe wrote: there is that big difference between a small beekeeper and Kefuss` number of hives.
He talked about the 10 hives threshold. Most hobbyist here have less.


I've been thinking about this. Does the 10 hive threshold include any feral hives close by?
by Rurification
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 880

Re: Another hive goes queenless

Hive swarmed today. Managed to get out there just in time and get it boxed. I dropped a frame of open brood in there to anchor it.

:D This makes colony #7.
by Rurification
Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 880

Re: Another hive goes queenless

Honey is not yet capped. Maybe another week.
by Rurification
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Using swarms' resources for expansion
Replies: 16
Views: 451

Re: Using swarms' resources for expansion

I thought you could move bees & capped brood to a weak hive and help it along. Thanks! I do this regularly. I identify which colonies are making the most brood, or take it from a booming nuc. Just pop a frame of open brood in when you think they need it. Take what I say with a grain of salt. I'...
by Rurification
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:02 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 18
Views: 968

Re: Bearding

The amount of bearding I see here is in direct proportion to the temp and humidity. The warmer and more humid, the more bearding. I use solid bottoms and the smallest top and bottom entrances. I've never considered bearding a problem, just something they do.
by Rurification
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 880

Re: Another hive goes queenless

I checked them yesterday and Michael, you were totally right. A tiny bit of brood, right up top where it had no business being and 3 queen cells. They had just capped the first one. I set that frame aside and went through the hive to see what they did with the frame of brood I gave them last week. L...
by Rurification
Sun May 28, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 880

Re: Another hive goes queenless

I had considered that when I had them open, but since my assumption was queenlessness, I just put a frame of brood in and stopped at that. I figured when I saw a queen cell, I'd open up the broodnest at the same time.

I'll check them in a few days and open things up, take some honey off, etc.
by Rurification
Fri May 26, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 880

Re: Another hive goes queenless

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I did not find any queen cells or any brood at all... so it didn't occur to me that they might be superceding. I'm not very experienced at this part. I've got another big box on now. Can't wait to start harvesting that honey. If I could get 3 boxes off that colony w...
by Rurification
Thu May 25, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 880

Another hive goes queenless

A few weeks ago someone mentioned that when you have a lot of bees and they are making a new queen, they've got nothing to do but make honey. I thought that was great to know and filed it away in the back of my head. Fast forward to last week. I was gone for 4 days and it was hot here. When I got ba...
by Rurification
Thu May 11, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi From N Colorado
Replies: 5
Views: 160

Re: Hi From N Colorado

Welcome! Hope you have a great year.
by Rurification
Thu May 11, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Somerville MA
Replies: 3
Views: 119

Re: Somerville MA

Welcome! Hope you have a great year.
by Rurification
Thu May 11, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from wet western Washington
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: Hello from wet western Washington

Welcome to the forum! Hope you have a great year.
by Rurification
Mon May 08, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen
Replies: 24
Views: 1331

Re: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen

lharder wrote:Sounds good, if you don't find any eggs your next visit, give them another frame with eggs/larvae. They will tell you whether the queen was successful by making another queen cell.


Yes! Thanks for the reminder!
by Rurification
Mon May 08, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen
Replies: 24
Views: 1331

Re: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen

Update on that queenless hive: It finally stopped raining and blowing here and I was able to sneak in there yesterday just before dusk. It had been 2 full weeks since my last gift of eggs and brood to them. I spent some time watching the entrance first - it's amazing what you can tell just by watchi...
by Rurification
Wed May 03, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from SW Missouri
Replies: 7
Views: 210

Re: Hello from SW Missouri

Welcome to the forum! Lots of interesting things happening here and super nice people. Best of luck with your bees this year.
by Rurification
Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

When you tip the frames sideways, aren't the cells tilting the wrong direction then? Do the bees care?
by Rurification
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarming queen question
Replies: 8
Views: 876

Re: swarming queen question

Dustymunky - Very true! GregV - We're working on the extra traps. I think catching your own swarms is a great way to do it. Hope that works for me this year. And you're right about tf bees. We'll take whatever we can get. lharder - I had the same thought - I'd feel differently if it were June and th...
by Rurification
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarming queen question
Replies: 8
Views: 876

Re: swarming queen question

Sounds like a good one to me. If that hive has a bunch of swarm cells they could be put to good use if you can make up some nucs. Perhaps you could even solve your queenless hive problem. You mentioned in your other post that you had give them room with supers but you may need to create space in th...
by Rurification
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen
Replies: 24
Views: 1331

Re: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen

I looked up snelgrove and boards .... and had to read it a few times to really get it. It's clever. I need to think about it more. Grafting queen cells. I should learn how. My problem is that queen cells are delicate and I'm afraid of squishing one [and the brood around it] while I'm trying to put i...
by Rurification
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarming queen question
Replies: 8
Views: 876

swarming queen question

Last year I had a Russian cross that swarmed. We caught the swarm. It was a big hive, so I also split the original hive to give them more space. Then each of the splits threw an afterswarm. I caught one of them and missed the other - then the one I caught languished and died last fall. That one quee...
by Rurification
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen
Replies: 24
Views: 1331

Re: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen

:) Yup!

p.s. Thank you, Michael Bush, for your page on Bee Math. One of my most frequently used resources.

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