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by Mycroft Jones
Wed May 25, 2016 1:39 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bees Best Friend: pseudoscorpion chelifer chancroides
Replies: 8
Views: 708

Re: Bees Best Friend: pseudoscorpion chelifer chancroides

Went to the university library this afternoon. They also couldn't find the Donovan and Paul article online. But they have it in print, so I'll have a print copy in a few days.

The other article was online, I now have a PDF copy. University libraries are great.
by Mycroft Jones
Sat May 21, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Moisture issues with TBH
Replies: 23
Views: 963

Re: Moisture issues with TBH

I had perfectly good roofs, but moisture was still a huge issue. I live a little north of you, same climate and humidity. The answer appears to be having a "moisture quilt" so the vapor emitted by the bees can escape. Ordinarily, bees don't need these, but we are in extreme territory, humi...
by Mycroft Jones
Sat May 21, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I hear that if they can't find a home in time they will start laying down wax on branches, some developing into open exposed colonies. The swarm I caught last year laid down some wax in the bush they were in. It also had a virgin queen taking about 2 weeks to begin laying. Yikes. I thought the quee...
by Mycroft Jones
Fri May 20, 2016 7:57 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Many thanks to Bill'z Beez, I got my first swarm of the year. Not sure if the queen is in it, but I didn't hear the queenless roar. Is it normal for a swarm to start building comb in a tree branch... right on the leaves? I can provide photos if needed; they were laying wax right on the oak leaves!
by Mycroft Jones
Sun May 15, 2016 2:51 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bees Best Friend: pseudoscorpion chelifer chancroides
Replies: 8
Views: 708

Re: Bees Best Friend: pseudoscorpion chelifer chancroides

I imagine if we don't wipe things out with chemicals, lots of these critters will make their way back into hives probably without our help. I don't think any of my ento friends would have any idea about how to culture pseudoscorpions. But it would be interesting to keep track of some of the things ...
by Mycroft Jones
Sat May 14, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bees Best Friend: pseudoscorpion chelifer chancroides
Replies: 8
Views: 708

Re: Bees Best Friend: pseudoscorpion chelifer chancroides

Interesting. I wonder if Book Scorpion eats Braula Coeca.
by Mycroft Jones
Sat May 14, 2016 3:54 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bees Best Friend: pseudoscorpion chelifer chancroides
Replies: 8
Views: 708

Bees Best Friend: pseudoscorpion chelifer chancroides

Article here: https://phrynus.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/honey-bees-and-pseudoscorpions-best-of-frenemies/ Les, I know you have a background in entomology. I'd like to start raising these little pseudoscorpions. Can you advise? I have a hypothesis, I haven't seen it online anywhere: pseudoscorpion is ...
by Mycroft Jones
Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:12 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

One local beek agreed to sell me a frame of brood plus 2 frames worth of shook nurse bees for $40. I'll try that out with the TF queens as you suggest.
by Mycroft Jones
Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:14 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I agree on swarm traps. With the packages dead, I have no choice. I'm going to go full out swarm collecting this season. Fortunately, I have a friend who is a "plant whisperer". He said he was walking in a local forest and he came across a honeybee nest in the ground. He'll show me where i...
by Mycroft Jones
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I bought two packages this year. Packages come in early March, no exceptions. Canadian TF queens aren't available for another three weeks. My first package died in 2 weeks. My second package laid a small clump of eggs, then abandoned them a few days ago. Now no bees are coming in and out of the hive...
by Mycroft Jones
Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Foundationless Tips
Replies: 11
Views: 637

Re: Foundationless Tips

Now that I've seen Perone hives are vulnerable to varroa, despite the 33mm spacing, I'm tempted to go back to 1 1/2 inch spacing. Lazutin hives use it. When looking at wild comb, I notice the comb is big at the top, and as it tapers at the bottom, the combs are actually bent close together. They are...
by Mycroft Jones
Sun Mar 06, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Oscar Perone hive doesn't control varroa
Replies: 7
Views: 871

Oscar Perone hive doesn't control varroa

I just saw this video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLps15DmDCM It shows a breakdown of a Perone hive that was falling to varroa. The Perone hive came out in 2009 or so, popular in the biodynamic community. It has a great story; space the top bars 33 mm apart. Never disturb the brood n...
by Mycroft Jones
Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Foundationless Tips
Replies: 11
Views: 637

Re: Foundationless Tips

Is anyone selling treatment-free foundation? I wouldn't mind doing starter strips 1 or 2 inches wide, but want it guaranteed treatment free.
by Mycroft Jones
Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Sorry to hear about your dead colony. Mycroft where exactly are you located ? Is it Surrey in the UK or elsewhere? What is your rationale for importing bees from New Zealand? Is there no way of getting healthy local bees? Just curious. Best wishes, Ingo. Surrey in Canada. It has a lot in common wit...
by Mycroft Jones
Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

My second hive is dead. The tiny cluster of 20 bees wasn't even trying to keep the queen warm. Packages arrive from New Zealand in three days. This year I'll requeen everything with queens from Debbees in Ontario. I finished my hive design, and found out odfrank had come to the same conclusions with...
by Mycroft Jones
Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:48 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire
Replies: 15
Views: 775

Re: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire

10,000 colony migrating operation = giant health/genetic hazard for those that stay at home Apparently a type of amoeba has spread all over my area, and can kill a hive within 8 days. They use fumigillin and antibiotics to deal with the amoeba. The one beek had sent his bees into the lab for micros...
by Mycroft Jones
Sun Feb 21, 2016 5:58 am
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire
Replies: 15
Views: 775

Re: Episode 31 - Troy in New Hampshire

Listening to it now, thanks Solomon. Had an interesting discussion with the top two beekeepers in my area yesterday. They weren't interested in treatment free, because they said the "hobbyist bees" stop producing brood at the first slowdown in the honey flow. Different needs for commercial...
by Mycroft Jones
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

lharder wrote:I'm not sure what a kickstarter is:)


Crowd funding. Everyong pledges money, puts it in escrow. If enough money is raised, it is released from escrow, otherwise everyone gets their money back.

http://tilt.com/
by Mycroft Jones
Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 964

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

I really like what I read about the Delon hive. If I can figure out how to transition from Delon to Perone, I'll do it. I love the Perone concept, but it seems really important to have an already established hive to put in it, otherwise it can't ramp up enough in the first year. Sorry. The relevanc...
by Mycroft Jones
Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:52 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 964

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

I really like what I read about the Delon hive. If I can figure out how to transition from Delon to Perone, I'll do it. I love the Perone concept, but it seems really important to have an already established hive to put in it, otherwise it can't ramp up enough in the first year.
by Mycroft Jones
Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I'm thinking of doing this as a kickstarter so everyone can see the updates as they happen; would you be willing to put your pledge like that?
by Mycroft Jones
Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Ok, I'll chalk you up for 4. $10 apiece sounds reasonable. I'd like a few myself.
by Mycroft Jones
Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:06 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I'm interested depending on cost. What kind of commitment do you need to get the cost down? Good initiative to try to get that ball rolling. May be well suited to your area. Dan Harvey said his bees have done well in Arkansas and other diverse areas, so they should be good for your area too. Just t...
by Mycroft Jones
Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I have some of her queens on order for this year. Hope I get some. The overall plan is to bring in different genetics every year to provide some genetic diversity to the local gene pool. I just heard back from Canada Food Inspection Agency this morning. They are willing to work with us to get the O...
by Mycroft Jones
Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:22 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 964

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

The Delon hive has a sloped bottom so water condenses, then leaves the hive by gravity assist. No puddling.
by Mycroft Jones
Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Les, I finally found a Canadian supplier who is treatment free. Check out Debbee's in Ontario. Her bees are some unusual breed of English bee that dates back to the original settlers in Canada. They fly in really cold weather, even in wet weather. You'd think they were Africanized, but they aren't. ...
by Mycroft Jones
Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 964

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

Just saw this link on Facebook. It seems to back up the idea that when the hive is insulated really well, humidity isn't an issue.

https://oxnatbees.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/warm-hives/
Warm hives
Posted on January 25, 2015 by Paul
by Mycroft Jones
Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 964

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

I want to discuss Troughs in this post. I'm envisioning a couple different methods to accomplish this. One being a cut length down the inside walls of the hives with just a table saw(1/8). Or we could use a router table with any different size bit. You talking about a horizontal dado, or a vertical...
by Mycroft Jones
Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:43 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 964

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

For now, I've been considering the Rick Williams approach; R30 of insulation under, over and on the sides of the hive. It sounds like its working for him, but I would not use insulation on the sides. I would on the top, and lets the sides be colder than the top to allow condensation to happen on th...
by Mycroft Jones
Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:57 am
Forum: Pacific Northwest
Topic: Top Bar Nucs - is there a market?
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Re: Top Bar Nucs - is there a market?

I'd buy from you, if you can get them across the border to Canada.
by Mycroft Jones
Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 964

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

Also, I have been using long hives. From looking at the pattern of moisture, I am certain that the bees are controlling WHERE the moisture condenses. They aren't really smart about it; they moisten the dry sugar into a syrup, but then drown in it. Is it possible the mold itself is grown by the bees ...
by Mycroft Jones
Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 964

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

Please do write more. I read Ed Clarke's book. It was interesting, and it makes sense. However, there is some confounding data. Here in the north, on the coast, we have extremely high humidity, especially in winter, and the temperature is somewhere in between freezing and the bees dormancy temperatu...
by Mycroft Jones
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:07 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

lharder wrote:Had a cleansing flight the other day. 4 of 6 hives look pretty good based on it. One was a swarm, the others are going through their 2nd winter. I'm kinda thrilled to have some 2nd year stock to work with this spring.


Are you down to 4, or is that just the ones in your backyard?
by Mycroft Jones
Thu Jan 28, 2016 2:15 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames
Replies: 13
Views: 1162

Re: Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames

I have read that 32mm is best for brood nest, 38 (or more) best for honey comb. Probably I read it on Michael Bush's website. In China, some beeks are requesting 40mm (and wider) frames for their honey supers. Found this out when I was talking to a factory in China about making some custom frames fo...
by Mycroft Jones
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Lost so many hives this winter
Replies: 12
Views: 637

Re: Lost so many hives this winter

Does she ship to Canada?
by Mycroft Jones
Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

My second hive is down to just enough bees to cover one deep frame. I brought the hive inside again. They have plenty of damp sugar to eat. I really should start with 10 hives instead of 2. And July was too late of a start. I'm definitely going to keep the brood nests insulated.
by Mycroft Jones
Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

You mean, sugar brick instead of mountain camp? Do you use newspaper with sugar brick? Rick Williams has photos on his facebook page today of how he insulates his hives. He just does it in winter, and takes it off. He uses 1.5 inches of styrofoam all the way around, with some extra coating to protec...
by Mycroft Jones
Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

lharder wrote:Parker interviewed a guy from England who used insulated hives. He talked about really good build up compared to uninsulated. Makes sense as not as many bees are needed to keep warm.


Rick Williams of Saskatchewan showed video of his foam hives; they didn't even cluster, and it was -34C !
by Mycroft Jones
Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

R30? isn't that like 6 inches of foam? 4 inches. Parker interviewed a guy from England who used insulated hives. He talked about really good build up compared to uninsulated. Makes sense as not as many bees are needed to keep warm. Not this year, but the following, I'm going to experiment with chas...
by Mycroft Jones
Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9500

Re: Is your expansion successful?

waspkiller wrote:Ha - a migratory beekeeper. This will be interesting. :)


We could pitch it as a TV show; Yukon migratory beekeeping. Chasing the honey flow. Like on that show "Gold Rush".

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