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by Grappling Coach
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

I am not so sure. There are more bees trying to get out of the screen than trying to get in. There is not much flying. I think the screens have them confused. I may have to pull the screens off and completely close off the bottom. I will see tomorrow.
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

I will reduce the entrances after they find them
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

I busted the skunked hive down to a nuc so that they could better cover the frames. I then turned the telescoping tops on all my hives into top entrances and covered the entrances in the robber screens This should solve my skunk problem. I am curious to see how long it takes The bees to figure out t...
by Grappling Coach
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

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. I have robber screens on now, but there are usually bees hanging out on the outside
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

This hive is not weak because of a failing queen or bad genetics, but weak due to predation. Therefore I will try to save it.
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

I looked at Michael Bush's website concerning top entrances. I like the shim idea, but do have a question. With the honey being at the top closest to the entrance, is robbing more of a problem?
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

Michael bush said this was one of the reasons he went to a top entrance. I need to look up some pictures and see how this is done. Also, how to reduce an upper entrance and utilize robber screens
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

Didn't mean to offend
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

Lay a blanket over the trap and skunk. Look on YouTube
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

This is what had me confused. Every time I would look into the hive, I would see lots of brood but very few bees. So the queen was laying well, but the skunk was taking down the numbers
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

They are all the same. Traditional bottom entrance. This particular hive is on the front corner of the group, which may make it easier and safer to get to. It is the front left corner hive in the first picture
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

I think I found my evidence. I had smelled a slight skunky smell a couple of times around the house a while back. I believe these to be wads of bees from a skunk.

In the mean time, I will give them a frame of capped brood to boost the population.
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Re: Requeening

Is it too late in the year to raise a queen myself?
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:40 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 27
Views: 187

Requeening

I bought two russian nucs from the same local beekeeper. One is going great it has two boxes of brood and a deep super full of honey as well. The other only has 7 frames and can't cover those. I noticed a while back that it had low numbers, but the queen was in there laying, so I thought I would giv...
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:24 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: Reducing entrance

I was leaving for the weekend, and wanted to get them on, so I installed them late morning/early afternoon right before I left. I would have rather done it late in the evening when most of the bees were home, but it did not workout that way. I just got home and looked,and almost all of the bees are ...
by Grappling Coach
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: Reducing entrance

There was an immediate pile up on the screen and mass confusion, but they are figuring it out. 90 degrees Fahrenheit 32 C right now with high humidity.
by Grappling Coach
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: Reducing entrance

Robber screens on and reflective insulation on top.
Welcome to mass chaos.
by Grappling Coach
Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: Reducing entrance

Thank you rurification. I enjoy making them. They are made from spruce.

Time to make some more robber screens
by Grappling Coach
Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Re: Reducing entrance

Here they are
by Grappling Coach
Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 194

Reducing entrance

I have 3 strong hives with 2 deep brood boxes and a deep super on them just full of bees. 2 hives have 10 frames filled out with good bee density, and one is a little weak. I put a robber screen on the weak one and reduced the entrance on the 2 hives with 10 frames down to about 1.5 inches to hopefu...
by Grappling Coach
Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 273

Re: Ideas

And giant thorns
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 273

Re: Ideas

Ok, I did some looking. What I have is honey locust.
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 273

Re: Ideas

3 truckloads of thistles and lots of little locust trees.
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 273

Re: Ideas

Thank you for the idea, but I have worked hard to clear all of the locust trees out of my pasture without spraying.There is no way I am planting any on my property. I have been cutting them by hand and Dobbing Tordon on the Stems to kill the roots. If you don't they will just come back. Between thos...
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 273

Re: Ideas

I am going to focus this year on trees and shrubs because they take up less space. My friend who has the buttonbush told me today that the bees are still working it. They have been on it for over three weeks now. I can buy wild cherry seedlings from the conservation department very cheap. I just nee...
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 273

Re: Ideas

There are a lot of good ideas here, but not all are practical in my case. Alfalfa I hear produces lots of nectar and makes great hay, but the cows can't eat it Green because it causes bloat. Sweet Clover is another good choice, but I would have to replant every couple years, which I am trying to avo...
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:27 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 273

Re: Ideas

Buttonbush
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 273

Re: Ideas

Last year we planted two red maple trees. This year, I am thinking of planting a couple of American linden (basswood) trees. A video I watched on YouTube about bees and trees got me interested in them. A friend of mine has a a buttonbush, which gets absolutely covered in bees every year, so I am con...
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 273

Ideas

We have a small hobby farm in sw Missouri, just under 10 acres. I believe there to be a lot of good forage in the area, as a lot of farmers around here plant clover in their pastures. There is also a commercial orchard nearby, as well as lots of sumac in the fence rows. That being said, I would like...
by Grappling Coach
Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 159

Re: When to add 2nd box

I opened them up today and they both looked good. The queens seems to be laying well. There is still room for them to fill in the bottom of the frames, if they will. There is a lot of brood, both capped and uncapped. I have a lot of sumac around me, which should be blooming soon. It has lots of buds...
by Grappling Coach
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 159

Re: When to add 2nd box

Yes, a 10 frame deep.
by Grappling Coach
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 159

Re: When to add 2nd box

Can the bees overwinter in one box?
by Grappling Coach
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 159

When to add 2nd box

I caught two small swarms this spring and had no resources to help them along. As a result, they are just now filling up the first brood box. Should I wait to add a second box because the spring flow is coming to an end and we will be heading into a dearth?
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: Moving frames

What is washboarding?
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Possible supersedure
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Possible supersedure

I have six hives. All of them first year hives. Two of them are doing really well. Three others are doing OK. But one of them has really dwindled down. When I looked inside several days ago, there were not a lot of bees and I could not find the queen. there was also only a very little amount of midd...
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: Moving frames

When the nectar flow does slow down, will there be less activity at the hive entrance? Right now they are very active.
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: Moving frames

Thanks for all the answers and discussion. I do not have a top entrance, only a bottom one. I did move one frame that was almost solid honey up and just shifted everything in, putting an empty frame on the outside. Since they do not seem to be building lots of comb, I figured that I would not leave ...
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: Moving frames

Is it time for robber screens on my weaker hives???
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: Moving frames

The queen is laying heavy in the second brood box, but the bottom box has very little worker brood. Mostly drones and honey.
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: Moving frames

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