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by Chuck Jachens
Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Foundationless Lesson
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: Foundationless Lesson

More likely you cracked the comb near the bar. I did the same thing learning to handle comb in my top bar hives. Try to keep the comb in the vertical plane especially if it is newer comb.
by Chuck Jachens
Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:59 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Wax Moths in a weak hive
Replies: 4
Views: 690

Re: Wax Moths in a weak hive

The main question is disease? If you think the frames are ok then scratch the capped honey and put it in the top box. The bees will rob it out. Only do this with a densely populated (strong) hive to minimize the chance of outside robbers. As soon as most of the honey is gone, pull the frame and harv...
by Chuck Jachens
Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: All 6 hives aren't doing well
Replies: 7
Views: 740

Re: All 6 hives aren't doing well

How many acres of clover are we talking about?

Start asking around if any one is spraying....
by Chuck Jachens
Fri Jun 03, 2016 4:15 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: All 6 hives aren't doing well
Replies: 7
Views: 740

Re: All 6 hives aren't doing well

It sounds like you are not feeding sugar water so I guess part of the problem is competition. A new package has to wait 3weeks before new brood emerges. During that time the package bees are dying. I also think that there is something else going on. Is there buckeye in bloom or someone spring? Look ...
by Chuck Jachens
Fri May 27, 2016 3:28 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Moisture issues with TBH
Replies: 23
Views: 1512

Re: Moisture issues with TBH

What about painting the under side and sealing the wood? Use paint that resists mold.
by Chuck Jachens
Mon May 09, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: First Swarm
Replies: 1
Views: 298

Re: First Swarm

Make sure they don't over heat. Place the swarm box where you want the hive and open the entrance near dusk. the bees on the outside will find their way in. Hopefully you have frames in for them to start building comb? Start reading up on swarms.
by Chuck Jachens
Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:03 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Flat Bottom Board used with Top Entrance
Replies: 3
Views: 484

Re: Flat Bottom Board used with Top Entrance

I go back to bee hives in trees and even walls. There is space below the comb for trash and other debris to fall. Of course there are earwigs and other micro-organisms that live off that stuff and break it down. I see how much build up happens on bottom boards and would worry it would build up and i...
by Chuck Jachens
Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Top Bar support
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Re: Top Bar support

Sorry for the confusing terminology, Green wood to me is wet wood from the big box store (non kiln dried). Fresh sawn would be great, it is way to much work and I have helped make boards with a portable saw mill. I use dog eared fence boards (5/8" inches thick, 5.5 inches wide, and 6 feet long....
by Chuck Jachens
Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Top Bar support
Replies: 4
Views: 599

Re: Top Bar support

My hives are 44 inches long inside. I use green wood to build my hives and have not had a problem with the sides warping. The ends are screwed in place and the hive body is fairly rigid. In addition I make my hives so the side wall and ends are 1.25 inches thick. The wood used to cover the observati...
by Chuck Jachens
Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 1115

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

Actually, a small sample size is not a deal breaker. Most studies start on a small scale and expland if followup studies and/or replication studies to confirm results. If you follow BEE-L forum, all studies have research bias, but that is why peer review takes place. I know peer review in itself is ...
by Chuck Jachens
Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 1115

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

Solomon, In the thread "Research to support TFB" I mentioned last year in July that the national honey board was looking for proposals to fund. I not sure when they will advertise for new proposals but there must be other sources of funds. If the research was to determine if small cell cou...
by Chuck Jachens
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:59 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Second hand hives or new ones?
Replies: 2
Views: 380

Re: Second hand hives or new ones?

First of all, buyer beware. I recommend you have someone you trust and is knowledgable check the hives for diseases. Ask questions about how the hives were managed....treatment free, IPM, or routinely treated. Read up on how to move bees, hopefully you are more than 3 miles (5km) away. Otherwise ask...
by Chuck Jachens
Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire
Replies: 15
Views: 1015

Re: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire

My interpretation of the how he described losses was that treatment free means a better balance between the mites and diseases and the bees survival. For example, Natural selection of feral hives leads us believe that there is 30 to 50% loss on average over a period of years. Hives swarm about once ...
by Chuck Jachens
Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:23 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 1786

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

In a natural cavity, the entrance is in the middle third but more likely to be above the midpoint. In modern hives the commercial default is a lower or bottom entrance. If the hive is tilted forward slightly then any water will drain out the front. Based on what I have read, the top entrance hives c...
by Chuck Jachens
Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:07 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: nuc vs package
Replies: 7
Views: 819

Re: nuc vs package

I agree with Michael the difference is mostly opinion and at worst two weeks difference developmentally when they are installed in a new hive. Also there can be a equipment compatibility issue with a nuc. If the package and the nuc were from treated hives then the package has the advantage of not ha...
by Chuck Jachens
Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:22 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Introduction to Expansion Model Beekeeping
Replies: 15
Views: 2056

Re: Introduction to Expansion Model Beekeeping

Did you do a post Mortum on why both died off? Need to have an idea why it happened or at least what are you going the same and differently this year. First year splits from packages are not recommended. The package is starting from scratch or near there if you share last years drawn frames between ...
by Chuck Jachens
Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 1786

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

Ok, the bees will take advantage of the water in the hive and use it within the hive. The bees use the water to create bee bread, and cool the hive, etc. I have read that up to 70% of the foragers may be collecting water at times. That is a lot of resources that could of been out collecting nectar i...
by Chuck Jachens
Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:48 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 1786

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

If there is to much, the bees can take it out of the hive. I disagree with bees taking the water out, anytime but especially in winter. Otherwise, they would take moisture on the top cover away. I believe the ecofloors from Phil Chandlers design have solid bottom so they Should wic excess water out...
by Chuck Jachens
Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 1786

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

The sloped bottom board is a good option. I would be concerned about keeping mice out of the hive and a low/near to the ground entrance is too enticing for skunks and other cridders.
by Chuck Jachens
Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 1786

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

I have been following this discussion and earlier discussion on this forum (Bottom Boards - Screened or Solid). I don't think there can be too much insulation for a hive but it must be properly balanced in respect to the above hive and the sides. Other considerations that are extremely important are...
by Chuck Jachens
Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:39 am
Forum: Beekeeping Books
Topic: Constructive beekeeping
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Constructive beekeeping

“Constructive beekeeping” by Ed Clarke written in 1918? can be found at: http://www.biobees.com/library/?dir=general_beekeeping/beekeeping_books_articles This book talks about how ventilation, insulation, humidity, and temperature are interrelated inside the hive. Easy to read explanations of the th...
by Chuck Jachens
Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:18 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Wintering
Replies: 12
Views: 770

Re: Wintering

Thanks Michael, good information. I also want to tell you the four YouTube videos from Shenandoah Valley Beekeepers Association that feature you as their speaker are excellent. I have also recommended and read your book many times. I agree on the point of leaving honey for winter feed. It is somethi...
by Chuck Jachens
Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queen Excluder
Replies: 3
Views: 553

Re: Queen Excluder

1. drawn used brood comb works better to keep the swarm from leaving. The queen excluder would trap the queen if the swarm decides to leave anyway. 2. During swarm season you will trap the drones in the hive. Adding to over crowding and making them want to swarm more A honey barrier with laying spac...
by Chuck Jachens
Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: deformed wing virus
Replies: 25
Views: 2394

Re: deformed wing virus

Thanks Michael for the reference and the website from Kirk Webster. I was trying to get to the same point, just not as eloquently.
by Chuck Jachens
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:32 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: deformed wing virus
Replies: 25
Views: 2394

Re: deformed wing virus

Save your money and don't replace the queen. If any of the hives survive the winter then that will be a huge hurdle on the road to treatment free. The hive that hasn't done well - Is there enough honey for the bees to make it through the winter? In comparison to your other hives? if it is full of ho...
by Chuck Jachens
Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: deformed wing virus
Replies: 25
Views: 2394

Re: deformed wing virus

With the alcohol wash I was thinking of doing all three? hives. This gives you a comparison with a hive that seems to be doing ok. Yes I agree it is not a necessary thing to do but it may give some insights to how the hives are managing with varroa. Personally I would just let it ride the storm. A t...
by Chuck Jachens
Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:59 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: deformed wing virus
Replies: 25
Views: 2394

Re: deformed wing virus

DWV is something you will be living with until your bees reach a balance with the mites and live through it. My bees were treated before I got them and I am still have a few bees with DWV after 2 years but the problem is lite. My 1 yr bees have more problems but they are remaining strong with good c...
by Chuck Jachens
Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:24 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Bearding - Telescope Entrance
Replies: 1
Views: 546

Bearding - Telescope Entrance

Today is warm, 98 degrees F at 5pm, and one of my top bar hives has bees are bearding on the telescope entrance. The other 3 hives only have a few bees hanging around at the entrance. All four hives are quiet and through the observation windows, all looks normal. A few bees are flying in and out, fo...
by Chuck Jachens
Wed Aug 26, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Bottom Boards - Screened or Solid
Replies: 51
Views: 5053

Re: Bottom Boards - Screened or Solid

Natural cavities in trees that bees would hive in has qualities that we can't duplicate very easily or cheaply. A living tree has sap running in its camdium layer to move water up to the leaves and nutrients down to the roots. This helps regulate the temperature of the tree trunk and provide a stabl...
by Chuck Jachens
Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Solomon's Colorado Beekeeping Update
Replies: 18
Views: 998

Re: Solomon's Colorado Beekeeping Update

Colorado weather is a challenge any year, especially when your considering the needs of the bees. Oregon has lots beautiful country and wonderful bee habitat. I really like the I5 cooridor
by Chuck Jachens
Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Colorado is hard on bees (Sol’s Update)
Replies: 6
Views: 707

Re: Colorado is hard on bees (Sol’s Update)

Thank you for taking care of this issue.
by Chuck Jachens
Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Bees seem sick
Replies: 9
Views: 1214

Re: Bees seem sick

Sounds like your on the right track with TBHs and natural built comb. If you have screened bottoms, then reduce to one entrance hole. I only use periscope entrances as described by Phil Chandler. 3 holes drilled near the top of the side then the bees crawl down a shallow box that covers the holes. I...
by Chuck Jachens
Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:19 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1591

Re: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

Excellent news! I would move the damaged comb close the the brood area or into the first third. It will force them to deal with it between two good bars of comb. Keep me/us update.
by Chuck Jachens
Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Bottom Boards - Screened or Solid
Replies: 51
Views: 5053

Re: Bottom Boards - Screened or Solid

My top bar hive all have screened bottoms that are about 5 inches wide and 44 inches long. SHB has not been an issue but I have had them in a hive that had to small of population to defend the empty comb. Once they built up, they were fine, and they ran off the SHB and wax moths and repaired the dam...
by Chuck Jachens
Fri Aug 14, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Bees seem sick
Replies: 9
Views: 1214

Re: Bees seem sick

It sounds like one of the many diseases mites pass along. Are the bees really fuzzy like new bees? It sounds like pesticide poisoning maybe if it is older bee. Do the bees have the hair worn down or off on their back? It really depends on a lot of factors, but is the hive managed for success? Are th...
by Chuck Jachens
Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:35 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1591

Re: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

It won't hurt to add a comb with eggs and very small varvae (less than 3 days old). Your queen may just be off laying due to stress.

Are the bees sounding normal compared to your other tb hive. If they sound alike then the queen is likely there .

Has the bear been back?
by Chuck Jachens
Mon Aug 03, 2015 4:42 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1591

Re: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

The hair clip will go under the bar. I recommend two per comb. You can notch the comb where the clips attach so the rest of the top edge of comb is closer to the top bar. After the comb is attached, make sure there is a 3/8 to 1/2 inch gap on the sides and bottom. Bee space is needed or they will at...
by Chuck Jachens
Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:59 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Locations - find fellow TB beekeepers
Replies: 19
Views: 1865

Re: Locations - find fellow TB beekeepers

Welcome to the forum.

Chuck
by Chuck Jachens
Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bee stings
Replies: 18
Views: 1898

Re: Bee stings

My bees seem find my ears when they want to sting me. Of course I was think I will in and out quickly so I don't put my veil on.
by Chuck Jachens
Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Dwindling hive numbers?
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: Dwindling hive numbers?

Sounds like they swarmed and the remaining bees abandoned that patch of brood.

Good pictures. Did I see a queen cup in one of the pictures?

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