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by kalama_beek
Sun Jun 12, 2016 4:54 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Where did you get your bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 1827

Re: Where did you get your bees?

5 frame nuc from Lauri Miller, a package from Wolf Creek, a Lang hive from a local TF beekeeper, and 2 swarms.


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by kalama_beek
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Oscar Perone hive doesn't control varroa
Replies: 7
Views: 795

Re: Oscar Perone hive doesn't control varroa

I started w/top bar last year and expanding to include Warre and long Lang hives this year, as well as helping my brother on his Langstroth hives. I think beginning with top bars was less expensive to dip my toe in the beekeeping pool, and helped me learn how to handle combs without frames. This yea...
by kalama_beek
Fri Mar 11, 2016 5:20 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bees not eating sugar or honey
Replies: 7
Views: 481

Re: Bees not eating sugar or honey

I got a call a few weeks back from some folks saying they had a swarm in their goat barn. I told them to go out there late afternoon and clean up any loose feed grains and put a cover on their feed storage. Then call me if they're still in there the next day. Still waiting on that call... Sent from ...
by kalama_beek
Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: I diagnosed myself
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: I diagnosed myself

Ditto, Pierce. And I'm pretty sure I hyperextended my knee from kicking myself in the butt for not having a few more colonies with which to compare coming out of this first winter!


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by kalama_beek
Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:59 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 873

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

Are people experiencing more mold/condensation when using lower entrances? Seems like using top entrances could mitigate some moisture issues up front and perhaps reduce the need for alternative runoff measures?


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by kalama_beek
Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Cell Punch Method
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: Cell Punch Method

I had looked into several of the kits (Jenter, Nicot, etc) and they looked like they'd be more difficult to use in a top bar hive scenario, but I'll bet it can be done. A friend of mine uses a kit with his Lang hives and loves it.
by kalama_beek
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Top Bar Nucs in Portland/Vancouver area?
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Top Bar Nucs in Portland/Vancouver area?

I originally thought the same thing with respect to smaller cavity size, but was thinking of keeping (somehow) the longer bars to ensure they'd span across the TBH when they get it home. I don't mind making the nuc boxes, but you're right - it's a good idea to give a customer a choice. Maybe they do...
by kalama_beek
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Top Bar Nucs in Portland/Vancouver area?
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Top Bar Nucs in Portland/Vancouver area?

I've been kicking around the idea of attempting to sell treatment free top bar nucs. I don't have it all worked out yet, but the thought is that I'd get dimensions of the buyer's follower board and build a plywood nuc to that size, then populate it from my treatment free survivors in the spring. Buy...
by kalama_beek
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Pacific Northwest
Topic: Top Bar Nucs - is there a market?
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Top Bar Nucs - is there a market?

I've been kicking around the idea of attempting to sell treatment free top bar nucs. I don't have it all worked out yet, but the thought is that I'd get dimensions of the buyer's follower board and build a nuc to that size, then populate it from my treatment free survivors in the spring. Think it wo...
by kalama_beek
Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Cell Punch Method
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Cell Punch Method

Has anyone tried using the cell punch method for rearing queens? I like the idea that instead of grafting and perhaps injuring the larvae, or only getting a portion of the royal jelly, that you use the whole cell to put on some sort of cell bar and place in a cell builder. Only my second year beekee...
by kalama_beek
Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:00 am
Forum: Beekeeping Books
Topic: Constructive beekeeping
Replies: 2
Views: 329

Re: Constructive beekeeping

Planning to coat the inside of new wooden ware this year with propolis to help prep the hive for effective evaporation and give it that "new hive smell". Hope it gives the swarm traps a leg up also.


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by kalama_beek
Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Lost so many hives this winter
Replies: 12
Views: 601

Re: Lost so many hives this winter

I don't think so, but best to check with her.


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by kalama_beek
Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:51 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Lost so many hives this winter
Replies: 12
Views: 601

Re: Lost so many hives this winter

You'll find her on Facebook - Miller Compound Honeybees and Agriculture


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by kalama_beek
Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:50 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Lost so many hives this winter
Replies: 12
Views: 601

Re: Lost so many hives this winter

Megan, if you're looking for some new genetics that can survive here in the PNW check out Lauri Miller in Roy, WA near Tacoma.


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by kalama_beek
Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Observation Windows
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: Observation Windows

Though I don't consider myself experienced yet, I do now have a bit more confidence. You all are validating my initial thoughts and I think I'll reserve the windows for the nucs only and as I've heard M Bush say "make it easier on me and easier on the bees". Thanks for weighing in! Sent fr...
by kalama_beek
Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:21 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Observation Windows
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Observation Windows

I'm building some new TBHs and am hemming and hawing over whether to include Windows. I liked having them my first year - I could follow progress without completely disrupting the hive, and they were an excellent education tool for the kids and neighbors which helped gain "buy-in" to my be...
by kalama_beek
Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:04 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hey hey, first year beek from northern kentucky
Replies: 4
Views: 300

Re: Hey hey, first year beek from northern kentucky

Call John and Ruth Seaborn at Wolf Creek Apiaries. I'm getting a package from them next spring. They're in Tennessee


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by kalama_beek
Mon Aug 31, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: deformed wing virus
Replies: 22
Views: 1382

Re: deformed wing virus

Nicole, a source for mite resistant Queens - Olympic Wilderness Apiary. Maybe give them a call to see if they're still shipping queens? They are PNW raised.


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by kalama_beek
Fri Aug 14, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bee stings
Replies: 18
Views: 1627

Re: Bee stings

I've been stung twice this first season, both times was in the hamstring when I squatted down to look at something or pick something up. Not near as painful as a yellowjacket sting IMO. An experienced beekeeper told me that rubbing honey on the sting right away reduces pain/itching to almost nothing...
by kalama_beek
Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Size limitation on picture attachments
Replies: 2
Views: 421

Re: Size limitation on picture attachments

When I've had issues uploading pics in the past due to file size I had pretty good luck saving the file as a different file type. I want to say I saved JPEG files as .BMP file perhaps


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by kalama_beek
Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:21 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Locations - find fellow TB beekeepers
Replies: 19
Views: 1446

Re: Locations - find fellow TB beekeepers

Chuck, I just listened to your podcast with Solomon. Thanks for sharing from a top bar perspective!


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by kalama_beek
Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:41 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Let's talk top entrances
Replies: 9
Views: 791

Re: Let's talk top entrances

2 more -
4. Better ventilation - warm moist air rises (Michael Bush)
5. Statistically less opportunity for varroa to fall onto foragers re-entering the hive (Phil Chandler). Apologies to those guys if I didn't articulate the points fully.


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by kalama_beek
Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Langstroth versatility
Replies: 40
Views: 2535

Re: Langstroth versatility

Nice! Please post success and/or failures so we can learn along with you. It looks great. I have a similar hive in the making as well, just don't think I'll be able to put bees in it this year. We'll see.


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by kalama_beek
Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Langstroth versatility
Replies: 40
Views: 2535

Re: Langstroth versatility

Isn't the theory behind the long Lang to set it where you want it (like a TBH) and only move boxes during supering? Looks as though you'd add 2 supers at a time, so when supered this would be half as tall as std Lang setup. Seems like a good idea to me as long as the bees go for it. Sent from my iPh...
by kalama_beek
Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Sacramento, CA!
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: Hi from Sacramento, CA!

justinross I'm building a Long Lang as well because I love my TBHs and I want to experience some of the allure to Langstroth universal equipment advantages. Have you considered attaching a ledger board around the outside of the hive for a lid frame(s) to rest on? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
by kalama_beek
Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:35 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Guides
Replies: 20
Views: 1846

Re: Comb Guides

On my 2nd TBH I did use 2x4s ripped down and it was more cost effective, but wish I'd used lumber with more rounded corners. If you make sure those go on top it makes it easier to get a hive tool in there.


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by kalama_beek
Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Guides
Replies: 20
Views: 1846

Re: Comb Guides

I took standard 2x2s and ripped them at an angle on my table saw to make a wedge, then cut out resting notches on the ends. Put a little melted wax on the V for good measure and ensured the TBH was level. They've been building laser-straight comb so far http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/20/719783...
by kalama_beek
Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Locations - find fellow TB beekeepers
Replies: 19
Views: 1446

Re: Locations - find fellow TB beekeepers

I am a first year beekeeper in the Pacific Northwest and have 2 TBHs and building a long Lang currently. Top bar beekeeping is gaining popularity here among backyard beeks.


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