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by Ryan D
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello fellow beeks
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Hello fellow beeks

Welcome Greg. Solomon himself kept bees in Arkansas for some time. This might be the right place for you to ask your questions :)
by Ryan D
Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:40 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Treatment Free Backlash-What's Driving It?
Replies: 12
Views: 1566

Re: Treatment Free Backlash-What's Driving It?

I think there might be a deeply ingrained way of thinking associated with treating. I see similar desires in people who just want a pill or medical procedure to fix something that would best be solved with lifestyle improvements. Perhaps it is an entrenched cultural way of looking at solving problem...
by Ryan D
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Outside the US
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: Outside the US

The outside-the-US crowd seems fairly spread out at the moment, but perhaps subforums could be created in hopes of a more prolific, international future.
by Ryan D
Fri Jun 26, 2015 2:29 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Help! I need encouragement!
Replies: 5
Views: 758

Re: Help! I need encouragement!

Don't get discouraged J! I actually have the complete opposite experience. I live in Portland, Oregon and there are tons of people around doing treatment free beekeeping. For instance, the owner of the store that I bought my equipment from has been keeping bees treatment free for 7 years. I'm just s...
by Ryan D
Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:54 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Treatment free aproach to ants?
Replies: 6
Views: 655

Treatment free aproach to ants?

I have just noticed some tiny ants snooping around one of my hives. I have seen another persons hive that had a stream of ants going up and down the side. Are ants something I should try to do something about as the landlord of my bees? Are the bees fending them off inside and I just can't tell? Wha...
by Ryan D
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Guides
Replies: 20
Views: 2750

Re: Comb Guides

augustc wrote:By a country mile the best comb guides I have used are 1cm round dowels (NOT cut longways). Nailed in place 100% success rate in bait hives


Could you post a picture of that?
by Ryan D
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Research to support TFB
Replies: 9
Views: 652

Re: Research to support TFB

I was also intrigued when Solomon was talking about the idea that TF Beekeeping is also about breeding the kind of varoa might that can coexist with the bees but not kill them. Some research to demonstrate that would be pretty cool.
by Ryan D
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Research to support TFB
Replies: 9
Views: 652

Re: Research to support TFB

A lot of what Solomon talks about in the expansion model is trying to breed bees that are healthy and resilient in a particular environment. Perhaps some research could be done to demonstrate empirically that treating props up bad genetics? I'd like to see that idea established in the minds of the m...
by Ryan D
Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:22 am
Forum: Warre
Topic: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses
Replies: 26
Views: 3634

Re: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses

Chuck Jachens wrote:a little history

Thanks Chuck. The Warre method sounds interesting. I've heard people say they like the Warre as a more "natural" hive/method. Now I am begining to understand what they mean.
by Ryan D
Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Warre
Topic: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses
Replies: 26
Views: 3634

Re: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses

New beekeeper question: What would happen if you tried to add a box to the top of a Warre hive? I assume there must be some undesirable consequences....?
by Ryan D
Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:37 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Why nucs?
Replies: 21
Views: 1676

Re: Why nucs?

Whenever the context fails to remove the ambiguity it is necessary to be more specific. Thanks for the perspective Michael. I am a very new and inexperienced beekeeper and it helps to get those kind of details so I can understand the purposes behind what people are talking about with various beekee...
by Ryan D
Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Sacramento, CA!
Replies: 10
Views: 417

Re: Hi from Sacramento, CA!

Welcome! A horizontal lang sounds awesome. Could you post any pictures?
by Ryan D
Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from parker colorado
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Re: Hello from parker colorado

Sounds like you are off to an awesome start! Good to have you aboard :-)
I haven't done swarm traps yet but I am interested in the idea. I'd be interested to hear what works for you and what doesn't with the traps.
by Ryan D
Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Why nucs?
Replies: 21
Views: 1676

Re: Why nucs?

@Tyson That makes sense to me. I haven't had any experience moving hives yet but I can imagine it being a huge pain. I can see why someone would start a hive in nuc for later transportation rather than putting them into a full sized box. @Justin I was wondering if the smaller hive had any benefit to...
by Ryan D
Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:40 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Why nucs?
Replies: 21
Views: 1676

Why nucs?

I have been listening to Solomon's podcast and have heard him talk about how useful nucs can be as a tool in expansion beekeeping. However, I am a freshmen beekeeper and I don't quite understand what the advantages are. Why not just use a full sized hive box? Is portability the main point of them?
by Ryan D
Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:45 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From Portland, OR
Replies: 0
Views: 235

Hello From Portland, OR

I'm Ryan. This is technically my second year as a beekeeper. I had one hive last year that didn't make it. This year I have two. I'm especially interested in learning about topbar beekeeping. Look forward to hearing from you on the forum!

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