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by waspkiller
Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: nucs fell over, likely months ago...
Replies: 11
Views: 1192

Re: nucs fell over, likely months ago...

Real sorry about that. If the live one can just make it for another 2 1/2 weeks or so that brood should start hatching it may pull through. I'm pretty sure I know what happened, and it's why I now do not put hives too close to a wall or fence. If dog or other animal walks between the hive and the fe...
by waspkiller
Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:44 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Foundation in a top bar?
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: Foundation in a top bar?

The reason people will say no is that one of the ideas of a top bar hive is to let the bees build natural comb, not on foundation. However you can get your straight comb and let bees build natural comb by putting a thin strip of foundation on the top bar. The strip should be about 2 cells wide and t...
by waspkiller
Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 921

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

Should be fine. Especially as you are able to graft, you could ensure equal distribution of queen families between the two hive types.
by waspkiller
Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 921

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

Sounds reasonable. What about the queens? Bought, or raise yourself? I'm just thinking about ensuring there are no objections later, from people who did not get the result they wanted. Thinking about that, a large breeder such as bee weaver could supply sister queens if you asked, they graft so will...
by waspkiller
Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 921

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

Another possibility could be to start all hives with exactly the same bees, ie, packages, but requeen all of them with sister queens from a TF source such as Anarchy Apiaries. SC packages can be purchased from Old Sol, probably best to start with SC bees so they are instantly regressed, the LC hives...
by waspkiller
Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 921

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

Solomon wrote:There are a number of studies that use 10 hives in each test group.
Which has been correctly pointed out as one of the ways these studies are flawed.
by waspkiller
Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 921

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

I am sure he will rise above them. The other guys are the problem.

However if Solomon is the one who is willing I guess it's better the study is done, than not done.
by waspkiller
Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Oscar Perone hive doesn't control varroa
Replies: 7
Views: 952

Re: Oscar Perone hive doesn't control varroa

I am not surprised in the least. Solomon hit the nail on the head. We have seen many hive types come out that at various points in time people have claimed will deal with varroa. The Perone hive also, comes out with a good story, which seems to make sense, therefore people buy in. But I never believ...
by waspkiller
Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 921

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

I don't think the studies that have been done so far have been done right, each one has some kind of fatal flaw. I would like to see a study done as you propose, although for results to be meaningful you will need a much bigger number of hives, results from samples of 20 will be too random. But for ...
by waspkiller
Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire
Replies: 15
Views: 838

Re: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire

One question I would like to see asked is their losses relative to treating keepers around them, the range of variability in their losses and whether they feel their stock is improving resistance with time. I was trying to figure that out myself, but he didn't give actual numbers. But listening car...
by waspkiller
Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire
Replies: 15
Views: 838

Re: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire

A pleasure to listen to, sounds like a really nice guy.

Also just because someone keeps bees commercially does not automatically mean he is evil or anything, glad that side of it came out.
by waspkiller
Sat Feb 20, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: I diagnosed myself
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: I diagnosed myself

It will soon be over. :)
by waspkiller
Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 10707

Re: Is your expansion successful?

It's OK with a large number of hives and wide genetic diversity. At this point he has 4 hives and is not wanting to genetic pressure them to extinction LOL It's a difficult question though, screening still living bees in is kinda ugly, would it be possible to find another site far from other bees th...
by waspkiller
Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:26 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Cell Punch Method
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Cell Punch Method

Oh didn't know you were TBH, I use langs.

I'm thinking in a TBH the very simplest way could be to trim part of a comb off so that suitable young larvae are on the edge, then let a queenless hive raise them, or de-queen the existing hive temporarily.
by waspkiller
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Cell Punch Method
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Cell Punch Method

I have not used that method although it should work well. But I have always agreed with using a method other than grafting, so the larva is not taken out of it's pool of royal jelly. Right now I am using the Jenter system and really like it, so easy, good for the larvae, and I get good cells. In the...
by waspkiller
Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:21 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 10707

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Ha - a migratory beekeeper. This will be interesting. :)
by waspkiller
Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:18 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Lost so many hives this winter
Replies: 12
Views: 701

Re: Lost so many hives this winter

Well good luck with it Megan, I hope you have at least some bees that can deal with this and give you a foundation breeding stock.
by waspkiller
Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Lost so many hives this winter
Replies: 12
Views: 701

Re: Lost so many hives this winter

I had lots of varroa in many of these hives, although one of the remaining hives had similar numbers. Am I right to assume these losses are due to varroa or am I overlooking something? Yes you are correct. No beehive in it's right mind and healthy is going to swarm right before winter. When a lot o...
by waspkiller
Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 10707

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Once I get my frame-making machine set up, I plan to make 100 40-litre swarm traps and see how it goes. Good plan and that can be part of expansion model beekeeping if breeding one's own bees is not working. I just read Solomon Parker (the originator of expansion model beekeeping) saying he plans t...
by waspkiller
Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Wintering
Replies: 12
Views: 709

Re: Wintering

What about this? http://www.warmbees.com/
by waspkiller
Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: queenless hive in fall.
Replies: 9
Views: 654

Re: queenless hive in fall.

Is the other dwindling one queenless or is there some other reason?
by waspkiller
Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Morphic Resonance
Replies: 5
Views: 563

Re: Morphic Resonance

Any luck?
by waspkiller
Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Zealand beekeepers
Replies: 0
Views: 182

New Zealand beekeepers

Just a shout out to the other New Zealand beekeepers I have seen join the forum. I noticed some fellow kiwis sign up and have been awaiting some talk from them but nothing as yet, how's the bees, you guys still reading here?
Or you on the Facebook sight or something?
by waspkiller
Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: What to Expect When You're Expecting Bees
Topic: Starting from Scratch
Replies: 9
Views: 720

Re: Starting from Scratch

An admirable sentiment, but what would we make our bee boxes from?

I am sure Muss02 will be a good steward of his land.
by waspkiller
Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:58 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: queenless hive in fall.
Replies: 9
Views: 654

Re: queenless hive in fall.

If the queenless one has honey and bees, adding it to the nuc could be a good way to turn your nuc into a full hive.

Just checking though, could it be normal in your area for some queens to shut down at this time of the year?
by waspkiller
Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 10707

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Sounds very encouraging. :)

So all up, how many hives do you have now, compared to the same time last year?
by waspkiller
Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:41 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?
Replies: 24
Views: 1106

Re: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?

All that comes with a cost. I'm pretty sure that the combo of your mild winter plus a trickle of nectar will mean you'll have brood all year. This in turn means the bees grow in numbers, but eat a lot also. Is this your first winter? If so you'll need to keep an eye on things and gauge food consumpt...
by waspkiller
Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?
Replies: 24
Views: 1106

Re: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?

If they have one frame of nectar, better feed them up!
by waspkiller
Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: deformed wing virus
Replies: 25
Views: 1744

Re: deformed wing virus

Thanks Expat yes that was pretty interesting.

Argentine ants new here but are giving my bees some grief, they can defeat all other ants. But at one site they suddenly and mysteriously vanished, your link may provide an explanation.
by waspkiller
Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:10 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?
Replies: 24
Views: 1106

Re: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?

Where I am, yes, that's what I would do. However Michael Bush suggests put in a nuc and he will surely be more familiar with your climate etc than I would.
by waspkiller
Wed Sep 09, 2015 1:05 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?
Replies: 24
Views: 1106

Re: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?

I have a double mason jar top feeder that fits it, that I can keep going until temps get close to freezing. Sounds good, with your temperature range you can probably feed as needed with a fitted overhead mason jar all through winter if need be, bees have little trouble taking the syrup they cluster...
by waspkiller
Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?
Replies: 24
Views: 1106

Re: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?

Well with those temperatures they may certainly keep brood raising through winter. Have you figured how to feed them in terms of sugar requirements? They may be getting some nectar now, but a 4 frame nuc just does not have the physical room to store all they will need to get through to the flow next...
by waspkiller
Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Solomon's Colorado Beekeeping Update
Replies: 18
Views: 865

Re: Solomon's Colorado Beekeeping Update

Wow dude you really like to do things the hard way!! I'm sure you have thought about this, but me, I'd take off empty boxes and reduce all hives to 2 boxes. The rest of the boxes could either be piled on top of the trailer load, or moved separately. Moving them without tying down!! Yikes, is it the ...
by waspkiller
Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:00 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Solomon's Colorado Beekeeping Update
Replies: 18
Views: 865

Re: Solomon's Colorado Beekeeping Update

Sounds good.
by waspkiller
Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Solomon's Colorado Beekeeping Update
Replies: 18
Views: 865

Re: Solomon's Colorado Beekeeping Update

Well just out of curiosity I googled medford Oregon. Looks like a great place for bees the temperatures are ideal, only worry it's a little bit dry, probably spring will be good then there will be a summer dearth. (Just guessing based on rainfall numbers). But here's hoping it works better than wher...
by waspkiller
Sun Sep 06, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?
Replies: 24
Views: 1106

Re: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?

You will need to ascertain that before taking any other steps because a hive that has been queenless so long can reject an introduced queen for many reasons.
by waspkiller
Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:36 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?
Replies: 24
Views: 1106

Re: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?

Is the queen accepted and laying eggs?
by waspkiller
Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: 8 frame vs 10 frame
Replies: 7
Views: 1496

Re: 8 frame vs 10 frame

2. I am over 50 and maybe weight will be an issue at some point. 3. I make them out of 2 by 8's. Are not these 2 statements an oxymoron? I have a friend who gets me to check his bees sometimes, I don't enjoy it because all his boxes (10 frame deeps) are made from 2 inch timber, it is surprising how...
by waspkiller
Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?
Replies: 24
Views: 1106

Re: Nuc or 8 Frame for struggling hive?

What's the health like? If they are showing DWV etc it will take several brood cycles from the new queen to get them back into good health so you could expect some contraction and maybe reduce the box size. But if all is good, 2 8 or 10 frame boxes is a fairly standard winter configuration so leave ...
by waspkiller
Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:44 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Haven't been around... because my hive died.
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: Haven't been around... because my hive died.

Interesting possibility Trekmate, plenty earwigs around here!

Ants too, and I have spotted them carrying mites away.

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