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by bryan4916
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13373

Re: Is your expansion successful?

My summary for 2016: I came out of winter with 5 production sized hives and 6 nucs. In early March I did a house cutout. Spring was early this year so I transferred nucs to 10 frame hives and added boxes to production hives on March 13. This gave me 12 hives entering flow. I left town as few days la...
by bryan4916
Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: How Many of Your Losses are Mite Related?
Replies: 40
Views: 1130

Re: How Many of Your Losses are Mite Related?

I'm fine with treated hives being managed on foundation. Better yet, I hope they continue removing drone frames they find. Its a form of self imposed birth control and I have a better chance of breeding a usable queen. I think foundationless is just another piece of a possible improvement. I went fo...
by bryan4916
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: How Many of Your Losses are Mite Related?
Replies: 40
Views: 1130

Re: How Many of Your Losses are Mite Related?

I think my having bees without treatment so far, overwintering nucs, and having nice foundationless comb has cracked open the door about what is possible. I maintain between 12 and 16 hives in a single location on foundationless medium comb and overwinter nucs. I agree with this statement. My conce...
by bryan4916
Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: comb honey how to??
Replies: 7
Views: 891

Re: comb honey how to??

Thanks. I think its the 2016 version of Autmn Olive but the lack of smell doesn't line up fully. The bees produced similar honey/comb in 2014 but it smelled like someone used a bottle of perfume. This time it just smells like hive. Maybe I waited longer to pull it this time? Who knows. Once you have...
by bryan4916
Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:33 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: comb honey how to??
Replies: 7
Views: 891

Re: comb honey how to??

I do it by accident when rehiving wintered 5 frame nucs (15 medium frames total) to 10 frame boxes keeping the same box positioning at the start of spring flow. Turn the toe board down and let the bees go to town. If the hive is strong and you can keep up with it, It will happen.
by bryan4916
Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Path to treatment free beekeeping
Replies: 1
Views: 321

Path to treatment free beekeeping

Several posts on here and facebook have asked about how to convert to or start treatment free. Education is part of the key to making this work. Here are the main topics I have identified for any form of beekeeping. Have I missed any? This is just a skeleton to add and subtract from. - Gathering sou...
by bryan4916
Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:01 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: 8 frame vs 10 frame
Replies: 7
Views: 1729

Re: 8 frame vs 10 frame

One hive made it to 8 boxes this year and I had to con someone to help any time I wanted to lift the top box. I'm not small or weak but lifting that top full box over my head from a hive that replicated an active bee volcano from top to bottom was just too much for me. Standing on the side of a mudd...
by bryan4916
Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:31 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: 8 frame vs 10 frame
Replies: 7
Views: 1729

Re: 8 frame vs 10 frame

I have also had great luck with 5 frame mediums. I have taken a stagnant hive in a 10 frame medium during low flow and broke them down to a 2 stacked 5 frame. The hive suddenly had extra bees and started growing. I moved one of the 2 hives I wintered in 3 high 5 frame mediums in 2 - 10 frame boxes i...
by bryan4916
Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:12 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Каке сны вы видели ?
Replies: 1
Views: 370

Re: Каке сны вы видели ?

English:
Talking about dreams on this forum is off topic. Russians have a lot to contribute to treatment free beekeeping.
by bryan4916
Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Каке сны вы видели ?
Replies: 1
Views: 370

Re: Каке сны вы видели ?

Обсуждать сны на етом форуме немного отходит от пчел. Русские могут знать много о пчеловодие без химикатов
by bryan4916
Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: where can I buy 4.9 bees that are treatment free?
Replies: 4
Views: 713

Re: where can I buy 4.9 bees that are treatment free?

I am in the Tulsa area and mess around with several hives. If you are close by, maybe we can work something out. Either way, send me a private message.
by bryan4916
Tue Jul 21, 2015 6:04 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Bardstown, KY
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: Hello from Bardstown, KY

I don't care about cross comb either. A fish fillet knife works great if I need to move it. As of this year, crush and strain is done with a fruit press. I like it so far. Welcome.
by bryan4916
Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:49 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13373

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I keep hearing 50% is the norm. If that's the case, queen rearing is a resource hog.
by bryan4916
Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:11 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13373

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I started the year with 7 hives and had 2 make queen cells. The queens did a Houdini. One swarmed and didn't recover. Of the 14 queens I started, 5 remain. Without swarms and cutouts I had 7 (original) - 3 (swarming) + 5 (breeding) = 9. Thankfully I trapped 1 swarm next to my yard that could have be...
by bryan4916
Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:15 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Dead drones as a swarm indicator
Replies: 3
Views: 470

Re: Dead drones as a swarm indicator

A dearth indicator is possible too. The nectar was there but probably washed away with all the rain we had this spring.
by bryan4916
Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:08 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: ccd in tf bees
Replies: 16
Views: 1198

Re: ccd in tf bees

Michael Bush wrote:My theory on CCD:
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesccd.htm


That is a very possible theory.
by bryan4916
Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Introduction to Expansion Model Beekeeping
Replies: 15
Views: 2056

Re: Introduction to Expansion Model Beekeeping

That was a good NEOBA Big Bee Buzz. I am glad to see others are still thinking down the same lines as me.
by bryan4916
Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bees around Pool!
Replies: 5
Views: 775

Re: Bees around Pool!

Give them an alternative water source nearer to the hive. Don't ask why but the grimier the water the better. You can also add a little salt to the water as an attractant. I ended up building a coi pond at my house when I had the hives there. They like water lettuce or something on the surface but i...
by bryan4916
Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Size of nuc for wintering
Replies: 7
Views: 2249

Re: Size of nuc for wintering

I am in zone 7. Maybe I should give 3 high another try and make sure they increase their resources. I can always feed honey again. The boxes are positioned a little better this year so I should be able to move them together and give it another try. Using nucs is great. For the first time I truly hav...
by bryan4916
Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Dead drones as a swarm indicator
Replies: 3
Views: 470

Dead drones as a swarm indicator

I found 2 hives with queen cells and had another swarm this year. Each one had a pile of dead drones in front of the hive. The one that swarmed had mostly drone larvae and did this a few weeks into the first honey flow but didn't swarm for another 1 1/2 months. The other two did it about 3 weeks bef...
by bryan4916
Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: What to Expect When You're Expecting Bees
Topic: Expecting bees?
Replies: 14
Views: 1476

Re: Expecting bees?

I had a nuc (15 medium frames) make swarm cells and split em 7 ways and now have 7 new laying queens without touching my honey production. I did the same to a hive later but 5 of them were taken out by SHB within a week. It doesn't matter. The math is in my favor. Small production queen breeding and...
by bryan4916
Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Bryan in Bixby, OK
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Bryan in Bixby, OK

I have been experimenting with bees for 4 years now. I currently work with 3, 5, 10, and 11 frame foundationless medium Langstroth hives, except for the 1 deep I can't seem to rotate out. One inherited hive has plastic frames that are being removed as soon as possible. My current count is 5 standard...
by bryan4916
Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Treatment free aproach to ants?
Replies: 6
Views: 654

Re: Treatment free aproach to ants?

I had problems with large black ants (carpenter ants) housing between the inner cover and top cover. They would sneak down through the hole and steal honey and such from below. I recently converted to single piece migratory tops with 3/8" entrances and have seen good results so far.
by bryan4916
Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: Southern Plains States
Topic: Record Rainfall and Honey Production
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Re: Record Rainfall and Honey Production

I had to deal with the weather in NE Oklahoma this year and had good results. Everything seems to bloom 3 to 4 weeks earlier than usual and the bees didn't seem to hit their normal spots. Autumn Olive, Lindon, and Privet were mostly ignored. I did, however, find out I had several male persimmon tree...
by bryan4916
Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Rose method
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Rose method

In general, the rose method is adding boxes in the middle of the brood and that is assumed to be just above the bottom box. Here is my experience and modifications to the method. Anyone else have any experience with it? - I use all medium boxes so everything is interchangeable and standardized. - It...
by bryan4916
Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Size of nuc for wintering
Replies: 7
Views: 2249

Size of nuc for wintering

Podcast 23 touched on this and I wanted to share my experience and ask for others to do the same. I live in NE Oklahoma and started last winter with 8 hives, 2 being medium 5 frame nucs. I lost one large hive. The nucs started 3 boxes high and needed a quart of honey each to enter the spring with al...

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