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by Greg H
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Switching to top entrances
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: Switching to top entrances

Here is a related question. If you switch to top entrances to let warm, moist air out, do you need to leave another opening somewhere to let cool dry air in?
by Greg H
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 18
Views: 1266

Re: Bearding

I wonder if as the flow winds down, more bees are at home with nothing to do and are recruited into this behaviour. It doesn't explain why it happens but it might be a reason for the when. ok I just noticed nordak's response above. Just when I think I have a good idea...
by Greg H
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 18
Views: 1266

Re: Bearding

I ended up adding another box (actually 2 since they filled out the first one) and the bearding seems to have subsided. Reading another topic regarding hive ventilation, I will probably go home and put some insulation on the top of my hive to give them a break from the heat radiating through the mig...
by Greg H
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 18
Views: 1266

Re: Bearding

I'm not necessarily worried about the bearding and I am fine leaving them with the setup they have. I was mostly curious because my bees last year didn't beard with the same setup. I was pretty sure, but since I am relatively new to this beekeeping thing, I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing somet...
by Greg H
Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 18
Views: 1266

Bearding

So I have a hive this year from a California package. It is building up nicely am thinking I will need to put a third medium on very soon. One thing I have noticed is that these bees seem to like to beard. The weather here has been fairly normal for spring. Maybe a little on the warm side overall bu...
by Greg H
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Intermediate cell size benefits?
Replies: 6
Views: 313

Intermediate cell size benefits?

I started with two nucs last year that I installed on foundationless frames. These were TF bees, but they were on large cell foundation to start. They drew out a couple of boxes of foundationless comb for me before succumbing to robbing/cold respectively. I am reusing this comb again this year start...
by Greg H
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Bee Sourcing Options
Replies: 11
Views: 492

Re: Bee Sourcing Options

Sounds like some of you are in the same boat as I am. I do have some drawn comb from last year that I could start a package on which would allow them to get a jump on things. I was also thinking that I could use brood from a package hive to boost my nucs and help them get them ready for winter. One ...
by Greg H
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Bee Sourcing Options
Replies: 11
Views: 492

Bee Sourcing Options

So this will be my second year of beekeeping but this is kind of a first year question since I am starting over after a year spent learning. (to the detriment of my bees) I have two options in sourcing my bees for the coming year. I can buy treatment free nucs from a (somewhat) local source. Bees fr...
by Greg H
Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:26 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bee stings
Replies: 18
Views: 1851

Re: Bee stings

It's all down to point of view I guess. My daughter stepped on a bee the other day so it must run in the family. Perhaps my point of view is changing as we speak.
by Greg H
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:06 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Not much brood
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: Not much brood

Even using a top entrance?
by Greg H
Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:28 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Not much brood
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: Not much brood

So far the flow has been continuing as far as I can tell. We had a dry June, but have had some nice rain here in July. I will keep an eye on things and may have to put some sugar syrup on them to keep them building. So far though, they are coming and going like crazy so they are finding something th...
by Greg H
Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:43 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Not much brood
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: Not much brood

Bee transplant was a success. I moved a brood frame with bees to the weaker hive and they are really doing well. I'm not sure if they will be able to build enough to make it through the winter on their own, but at least they appear to be moving forwards.
by Greg H
Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Not much brood
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: Not much brood

The bees are in 8 frame medium boxes. Only one box at this point. If the stronger hive can fill out a couple more frames, I will probably put another box on that one. I was reading a little bit and found some mention of wintering a weaker hive on top of a stronger hive with a double screen separatin...
by Greg H
Thu Jul 07, 2016 3:01 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Not much brood
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Re: Not much brood

The second hive has enough brood that it could probably spare a frame. I will see what it looks like when I open them up this weekend. I hate to think that I need to start planning for the winter, but you are probably right. We are nearing the end of our flow, especially if we don't get any rain. Th...
by Greg H
Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:34 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Not much brood
Replies: 13
Views: 763

Not much brood

So I have mentioned before that one of my new nucs went queenless when I got it home. I contacted the supplier and he provided a new queen. The new queen visible and laying. I see brood in multiple stages. The "problem" is that the patches of brood are rather small and do not fill the avai...
by Greg H
Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:43 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Entrance Reducer
Replies: 6
Views: 574

Re: Entrance Reducer

I will leave them to it then. I had to put in a new queen as this hive appears to have gone queenless. Unfotuneately that means at least three weeks till new bees start to emerge. They will hopefully appreciate the reducer during that time. Thanks for the advice.
by Greg H
Fri Jun 03, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Entrance Reducer
Replies: 6
Views: 574

Entrance Reducer

So I installed my first two nucs last weekend. One is looking good with lots of activity. The second is showing some activity, but not nearly as much. I have restrained myself and have not gone digging into the hives yet. I plan to take a good look on Saturday though. On the hive with less activity,...
by Greg H
Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:46 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Jerry from N.E. Iowa
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Jerry from N.E. Iowa

There is a map with treatment free sources on Soloman's site. The link is http://parkerfarms.biz/map.html
by Greg H
Sun Jul 26, 2015 4:07 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bee stings
Replies: 18
Views: 1851

Bee stings

I got stung for the first time today. Unfortuneately, it was not because I was working any bees. I was walking in my yard with no shoes and stepped on a bee. It stung me in the bottom of my foot. That is probably not the first time that has happened to anyone, but is probably not a common place to b...
by Greg H
Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Nebraska
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: Hello from Nebraska

Looking at the map on the Parker Farms website, I think we drove very near your place when I took my boys to scout camp. Next time we will have to stop for a visit.
by Greg H
Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:49 am
Forum: Northern Plains States
Topic: Bee Activity
Replies: 5
Views: 882

Re: Bee Activity

So is this still considered a part of the flow or is this just things that get the bees through the summer?
by Greg H
Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Northern Plains States
Topic: Bee Activity
Replies: 5
Views: 882

Re: Bee Activity

I am in Lincoln, NE. I did have to mow the lawn yesterday but looking around, it appears I have plenty of neighbors with clover of their own to keep the bees busy. I also noticed that there are a lot of lilies blooming right now. I'm not sure if the bees go for those or not. I used to have lavender ...
by Greg H
Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:20 pm
Forum: Northern Plains States
Topic: Bee Activity
Replies: 5
Views: 882

Bee Activity

Doesn't seem like much is in bloom around here but I noticed that there seems to be a lot of activity in my back yard due to all the clover flowering. This is due to a combination of a large amount of clover present (inherited from previous owner) and lack of lawn mowing (my own lazy self). Anyone e...
by Greg H
Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Queen Castles
Replies: 8
Views: 1160

Re: Queen Castles

So what is the difference between using a queen castle and using separate nucs to raise your queens?
by Greg H
Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Nebraska
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Re: Hello from Nebraska

I started with plans to build a Warre style hive but have recently changed my mind. Now I am thinking a Langstroth with all mediums which seems to be a popular choice. In the future, if I am able to successfully split my bees into multiple hives, I want to build a top bar hive to put on my parents p...
by Greg H
Fri Jul 03, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Nebraska
Replies: 5
Views: 376

Hello from Nebraska

Hello all. I live in Lincoln Nebraska, home of the Huskers. I haven't seen many people from this neck of the woods on this forum, although I think Michael Bush is not too far away. I haven't started with any bees as of yet but I have been interested and gathering information for the past couple of y...

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