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by Grappling Coach
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 42
Views: 987

Re: 1 1/4 frames

I'm sorry. I was not clear. I am talking about conb that is already drawn out. If I want to add frames of drawn comb to a nuc or hive or to help a swarm, do I need to worry about whether it came from a honey super or from the middle of the brood Nest, because the cell size in the supers is larger?
by Grappling Coach
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 42
Views: 987

Re: 1 1/4 frames

So then if I am trying to regress my bees, do frames need to stay separate? What is the "lazy" way of managing frames?
by Grappling Coach
Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 42
Views: 987

Re: 1 1/4 frames

Are the cell sizes bigger in honey frames?
by Grappling Coach
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 42
Views: 987

Re: 1 1/4 frames

Starting over this year, I was always short of equipment. I am very frugal (I have to be) and build all of my own equipment.i like the idea of 1 1/4 frames and have built some, by don't like having multiple sized ones. Building frame components is tedious enough as it is without having to set up twi...
by Grappling Coach
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swarm absconds and abandons brood
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Swarm absconds and abandons brood

Last year I had two hives abscond and have a friend whose hive absconded this spring. The hives I had were decimated by pesticides. Then, because they were weak, they got robbed out. They absconded in late summer, but before they did, they pulled all of the brood out of the cells, leaving them in a ...
by Grappling Coach
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Expansion plan
Replies: 5
Views: 158

Re: Expansion plan

I got into my hives for the first time in weeks. I found a lot of capped brood in most of them, but very little open brood, even though I found the queens. I believe they are shutting down for the summer dearth.
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Expansion plan
Replies: 5
Views: 158

Expansion plan

I started over this year with 6 hives. 1 cut out, 3 swarms and 2 purchased nucs. My plan is to see which ones survive and then breed from those survivors to expand the number of hives and create nucs. I understand this to be the basic expansion model, but am wondering if I should try to expand this ...
by Grappling Coach
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 397

Re: Requeening

Well Greg, we were right. Within a few minutes of removing the screens and blocking the bottom entrances, there was was a steady march up the face of the hive to the top entrance. It was actually pretty cool to watch.
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

Re: Requeening

Didn't mean to offend
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:38 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

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: 28
Views: 397

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: 289

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: 289

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: 289

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: 289

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: 289

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: 289

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: 499

Re: Ideas

And giant thorns
by Grappling Coach
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:47 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 499

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: 499

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: 499

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: 499

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: 499

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: 499

Re: Ideas

Buttonbush
by Grappling Coach
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 499

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: 499

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: 205

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: 205

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: 205

Re: When to add 2nd box

Can the bees overwinter in one box?

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