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by trili
Sun Nov 08, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Pricing Honey
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Re: Pricing Honey

What are you guys charging for honey? my stings per jar ratio is pretty high I think this is a fair addition to the value of your honey. I am in my 2nd year, with 4 hives. I have not harvested much, and I am hesitant to take more. The little that I get, I give to family and friends. I now look at &...
by trili
Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:38 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Buzzing bees can't resist caffeinated nectar
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Buzzing bees can't resist caffeinated nectar

Kind of interesting. I was not sure where to put this. I did not know that nectar has caffeine. Couvillon et al. show that naturally occurring caffeinated forage tricks honeybees into acting as if nectar quality, measured by bees as sugar content, is higher than it really is. Workers increase foragi...
by trili
Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: A curiosity
Replies: 3
Views: 335

Re: A curiosity

So sorry to hear that your hive was hit by a bear. I completely empathize since that's happened to me twice, including once at the end of this past July: http://happyhourtopbar.blogspot.com/2015/07/buttercup-cant-catch-break.html . ........As much syrup as they will take every day/every other day t...
by trili
Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: A curiosity
Replies: 3
Views: 335

A curiosity

My top bar (bear damaged in late spring) hive is giving me concern. There is not much capped honey. Brood is spotty, but is also spotty in my other colonies so it is probably normal seasonal drop in brood. Also it seems as if there are fewer workers and nurse bees in the top bar. I did spot the quee...
by trili
Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Question about pollen patties
Replies: 5
Views: 580

Re: Question about pollen patties

Thank you all for the responses. I was not aware that there was no pollen in "pollen" patties. As I think about it, I do hear them sometimes referred to as protein patties. I am not in the habit of using them, but since I installed 2 packages, I was following the "recommendation"...
by trili
Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Question about pollen patties
Replies: 5
Views: 580

Question about pollen patties

I have not been able to determine how pollen patties are made commercially. I am wondering if there is any danger of SHB eggs, mite eggs, or virus contamination in the patty that could be introduced into a clean hive. Are the patties sterilized, or taken from clean hives? I am only asking because ea...
by trili
Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Invasive ants found to carry novel virus and honey bee pathogens
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Re: Invasive ants found to carry novel virus and honey bee pathogens

Yikes, RNA sequencing and from just 60 ants! I am no geneticist, so the first paragraph is a real eye opener for me. :roll: Discussion (from article): "This is the first study to describe viruses in one of the world’s most widespread, abundant and damaging invasive ants."...."Our resu...
by trili
Sat Aug 22, 2015 1:17 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Bottom Boards - Screened or Solid
Replies: 51
Views: 3833

Re: Bottom Boards - Screened or Solid

I have the same concerns, though I am located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, temp ranges are similar. I have screen bottoms, and I was leaving the solid insert out for the summer, for ventilation, however another thread had a post suggesting that it was just letting the heat in (twisting my perspec...
by trili
Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:05 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bee stings
Replies: 18
Views: 1718

Re: Bee stings

The wild medicinal called plantain, is the best thing for bee stings. Crush up the leaves into a gooey mess and rub it on the sting after you have removed the stinger. You can put a Band-Aid over top of it and hold it on the sting if you need more relief. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I did no...
by trili
Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Re: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

@Chuck Jachens Thank you. The "mess" comb is a full, regular comb with some overlapping burr on both sides, making it 3 combs thick. I want to watch and see what they do with it. I separated it from the attachments of the forward and aft combs and from a small side attachment, and scrapped...
by trili
Thu Aug 13, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Re: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

:D Update: 18 days since bear, and 9 days since I rehung the combs and the bees are doing great! The rescue bars have most of the comb reattached. I strapped the last piece of comb (that was laying in the bottom for cleaning) to a bar today using a 2 inch strip of cloth and straight pin together the...
by trili
Thu Aug 13, 2015 6:00 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bee stings
Replies: 18
Views: 1718

Re: Bee stings

When I get the occasional sting it is usually because I was not paying attention and put a finger in the wrong place. I mostly get stung on the head (hot days when they are cranky) if I forget to wear my brimmed hat, they fly into my head and get caught in my hair. It is funny how after 2 years of t...
by trili
Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:44 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Bees seem sick
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: Bees seem sick

If it were my hive, I would be inclined to just watch and wait to see what happens, especially if the hive colony still has a large population. good luck.
by trili
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:48 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Bees seem sick
Replies: 9
Views: 963

Re: Bees seem sick

Are the wings deformed? Does the rest of the hive look like it is functioning as usual? Could they be expelled robber bees (you mentioned the sponge to help with robbing)? I am a novice as well. Sorry not to be able to offer a suggestion or reason for this puzzling behavior. I have not seen my bees ...
by trili
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:33 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Treatment free aproach to ants?
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Re: Treatment free aproach to ants?

I have 2 types of ants. There are tiny black ones that only go in when the feeding jars are in place (not often). I have not noticed them on comb or in the hive otherwise. The large red ants just seem to patrol, and spend most to the time cleaning up the dead bees that are on the ground in front of ...
by trili
Sat Aug 08, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Mite Treatments
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Mite Treatments

I think that's called a positive feedback loop. Most of modern agriculture exists in this zone. The only way it can survive is with more and more intervention, but eventually there will be system collapse. Pesticide resistance is an example of this. Antibiotic resistance is an example as well. Life...
by trili
Sat Aug 08, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Re: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

Am in process of building electric fence for new out yard. Next week will hook it up an put some bees out there. I really hope it works. I have spoken with a few (not beek) people that say the electric fence will not keep out a determined bear, but I did see some video of some researchers (NOLS - B...
by trili
Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:14 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Mite Treatments
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Mite Treatments

I thought I replied to this one, but maybe I forgot the submit button. TF is a philosophically different than those who treat. Its about more than no chemicals. Its about creating locally adapted resistant bees. 6. Look at loss differently. A loss of a colony makes its resources available to others...
by trili
Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:34 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Re: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

Has the bear been back? The bear has not been back, or I have not noticed it. I put up electric fence the day after, so if it has encountered that I do not know. The bees are as busy as the other hives, and seem to be as active as they usually are. I will give them another week and then check to se...
by trili
Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Re: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

You could also try the method shown half-way down this page http://www.thegardenacademy.com/BK_-_Rescue_Frames.html Once the bars are made they are easy to add combs to and I've found them very reliable. I did make a few of these "rescue frames", and they seem to be a very good method for...
by trili
Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Re: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

Chuck Jachens wrote:Feel free to private message me or call (you have my card).

Thanks!
by trili
Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Re: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

trekmate wrote:Once the bars are made they are easy to add combs to and I've found them very reliable.

Thank you!
by trili
Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:21 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Re: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

The hair clips are clipped to the comb and are zip tied to the bars. Once the comb is reattached to the bar you can cut out the hair clips. I am currently at the removing of the hair clip stage, from a comb, in one of my hives, so I have some experience with that method, and it works. Thank you. Ar...
by trili
Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:01 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix
Replies: 14
Views: 1247

Topbar Bear Mess - How to Fix

My Top Bar hive (started package in April and having 17 combs perfectly built) was visited by a bear 3 nights ago :( . The Langstroth and the Warre hives were not touched, but the TB was ripped from its stand, overturned and the bars and combs were mostly in a heap on the ground, with a few pieces s...
by trili
Sun Aug 02, 2015 3:25 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Happy to find this forum, Placerville CA.
Replies: 1
Views: 281

Happy to find this forum, Placerville CA.

Hello, I am Valerie, living in Placerville CA. I started reading about beekeeping in 2012, and it took 2 years to get the nerve to start. I started in spring 2014 with one package and a Lang hive. Spring 2015 saw a split of the hive and a swarm (3 colonies from 1, but lost the swarm) and the additio...
by trili
Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Locations - find fellow TB beekeepers
Replies: 19
Views: 1542

Re: Locations - find fellow TB beekeepers

Hello, I am Valerie, My location is in Placerville, CA. Elevation about 2000 ft, fairly mild winters, and intermittently hot summers. I have: 1 TB, started April 2015 from a package. 2 Langs ( 1 pkg March 2014, split March 2015 and are a combination of foundation and foundationless frames) 1 Warre (...
by trili
Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Warre
Topic: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses
Replies: 26
Views: 2402

Re: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses

Also, I'd like to call bovine scatology on another widely spread myth about the Warre. I can't tell you how many times I've heard this one... "Obviously the bees won't produce as much honey in a Warre as they do in a Lang" As always I'm very keen to receive more information on this theory...

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