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by kdolan
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Winter projects for spring plans
Replies: 15
Views: 893

Re: Winter projects for spring plans

Greg awesome reply with tonnes of great insights- thanks. I am going to rethink some of my plans in light of some of the stuff you mentioned, especially using primed equipment. I am struggling to understand what you mean by reorienting the hive body 90 degrees, do you have a pic of that? I will also...
by kdolan
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Winter projects for spring plans
Replies: 15
Views: 893

Re: Winter projects for spring plans

Greg I think swarm trapping is becoming an obsession for me, I really enjoy doing it. I am going into my third season trapping and some of the changes I am going to make are : - expanding where I put my traps geographically and close to field corners and creeks - double my number of traps from 9 to ...
by kdolan
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Winter projects for spring plans
Replies: 15
Views: 893

Re: Winter projects for spring plans

I am pretty excited about plans for next year. I had 9 swarm traps and caught 2 small swarms that have expanded nicely and produced 40 lbs of honey each with lots for them to overwinter here in Ontario , they seem to be very hardy local stock. So I am planning to build another 11 traps and get 4-5 s...
by kdolan
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Logbooks
Replies: 11
Views: 547

Re: Logbooks

At this point with 8 hives I am not keeping records but you after your response to Nordak I would suggest perhaps trying the Michael Palmer duct tape method. Here is a video on it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Qnzf-2BAU I use the duct tape on top of the hive and reveiw before opening the hive ...
by kdolan
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Placement of trap near feral colony
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: Placement of trap near feral colony

Gregv, thanks for that important piece on distance from feral tree hive. Also wondering what you mean by "priming ", your traps? I assume you mean having bees in them previously or using old comb and rubbing it inside the trap. Anything else you would do, I like the idea of using nucs that...
by kdolan
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Placement of trap near feral colony
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: Placement of trap near feral colony

Moebees great pix thx. Do you find the space below the frames gets comb built in it if left long enough or is that space purposely to give the bees the sense of space? I use a 10 frame deep for my traps and this year used all plastic foundation in the 10 frames. Out of 12 traps I got 2 swarms but ha...
by kdolan
Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Placement of trap near feral colony
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: Placement of trap near feral colony

Moebee I have tonnes of space and numbers of traps so I will probably try a few different spacings and trap heights on trees. You mentioned they seem to prefer certain trees - what trees seem to be favourites? I also know that this bush has more than one feral colony as I caught a small swarm earlie...
by kdolan
Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Placement of trap near feral colony
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: Placement of trap near feral colony

Thx moebees for your reply. If placing more than 1 trap around a " hotspot", how far apart would you place them?
by kdolan
Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Placement of trap near feral colony
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Placement of trap near feral colony

I have found a very healthy looking colony high up in a tree and am wondering for next spring where to put a trap to try and catch a swarm from this colony. Any ideas of how close to the tree or any other suggestions?
by kdolan
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Skunk as a North American pest
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Skunk as a North American pest

Greg, I have the same skunk problem you have. What I did was to use the same 1/2 inch screen attached to both sides of the hive down at the entrance in a u shape about 6 inches high and on the top piece of wire, instead of flat wire it has spikes where you cut through it. The skunk has to reach over...
by kdolan
Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Ontario Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 369

Greetings from Ontario Canada

Hello to all, I live in south western Ontario between Toronto and Detroit - bang in between three great lakes. I am in my third year keeping bees and currently have three hives and counting with captures swarms coming along weekly. I am a novice and have taken a few courses from our local University...

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