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by Max
Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:38 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Survivor bees in a hot zone
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: Survivor bees in a hot zone

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161115/9c15a351770a5297e3b8aa545ef00b3b.jpg http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161115/8836799388c3a59823ce023447ae39c2.jpg I ended up moving all of my hives to the other side of my property. The one that was so hot back in September has calmed down significantly. St...
by Max
Sun Oct 16, 2016 1:40 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Moderators wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 1178

Re: Moderators wanted

I would also be glad to help maintain the standards of this forum. It is the one place I have found that you can ask a stupid question and not get flamed.


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by Max
Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:08 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving a hot hive
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Moving a hot hive

I need to move my 4 hives to the other side of my property. Distance is about 150' and on the other side of several structures. One of the hives is very hot (I requeened it two weeks ago) currently it is two deeps and one medium. The plan was not to touch it until thanksgiving but I am concerned tha...
by Max
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Survivor bees in a hot zone
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: Survivor bees in a hot zone

The safely thing is exactly the main issue. I am on the fringes of the city but still in a residential area of half acre horse property lots with a school around the corner. This hot of a hive just isn't responsible in this type of location. With the rise of urban apiculture in the area maybe the fe...
by Max
Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Survivor bees in a hot zone
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Survivor bees in a hot zone

I'm in Las Vegas Nevada and am a first year beekeeper. Going into this first year I have been focusing on keeping an open mind and learning everything I can which for me means lots of mistakes that hopefully I only make once. First package absconded second one has done great, the difference? I left ...
by Max
Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Foundationless Lesson
Replies: 2
Views: 544

Foundationless Lesson

I started off foundationless this year and my original give is doing great. When I had a weak hive though and gave them a frame of brood things didn't work out so well. The comb collapsed and made quite a mess, I believe it was the weak colony's inability to adequately cool the hive, does that make ...
by Max
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:24 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: 1st swarm and killed the queen.
Replies: 1
Views: 381

1st swarm and killed the queen.

I caught my first swarm last Friday. Easy peasy small cluster hanging off the hitch box in a semi-trailer. Brushed them into a cardboard NUC box with frames, put a net bag around them and put them in the back of my truck. I noticed the queen running around the outside of the box so I tried to nudge ...
by Max
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Shaking bees
Replies: 2
Views: 474

Re: Shaking bees

I did exactly that the second week and it seems to have helped a lot.


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by Max
Sun May 22, 2016 4:45 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Shaking bees
Replies: 2
Views: 474

Shaking bees

I have three hives, two are kicking posterior but 1 is lagging. I put a frame of brood http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160522/e3962ef0e2b400fae1a11a29c4977d0c.jpg http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160522/e82434abf2fe414205ae10f92159d280.jpg in the weak last weekend. It is still slow, should I shak...
by Max
Sun May 01, 2016 3:51 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Mixing Kelly and ML 8 frame boxes
Replies: 2
Views: 470

Mixing Kelly and ML 8 frame boxes

I have 3 hives and started out with 10- 8 frame medium boxes from Mann Lake. I can see now that I am going to need more boxes soon, I would like to get some F style frames from Kelly and figured that I could get my order to the $150 free shipping threshold if I ordered boxes from Kelly also. Then I ...
by Max
Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:44 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Queen Cells
Replies: 12
Views: 1164

Re: Queen Cells

You know I thought they were capped but seeing as how I'm completely new I didn't check thoroughly enough. Another lesson learned. This hive is very calm and just plugging along, I will inspect more closely Saturday. Thanks for the advice.
by Max
Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Queen Cells
Replies: 12
Views: 1164

Queen Cells

These two cells were found in my #2 hive during inspection today. This was a NUC that was put in the hive 2 1/2 weeks ago. I never was able to find the queen but racked that up to it being my first year. I did spot emerging brood. This hive has been calm and easy to work, what should my next steps b...
by Max
Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Pf-120 or Foundationless
Replies: 2
Views: 496

Re: Pf-120 or Foundationless

The main advantage to the PF120s is getting some actual small cell comb in the hive so you can quickly get them regressed. http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnaturalcell.htm#whatisregression After you have smaller bees, then natural comb works great. You know I had read that article several times, in fac...
by Max
Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Pf-120 or Foundationless
Replies: 2
Views: 496

Pf-120 or Foundationless

I am getting my second NUC Saturday, with the package I started out with this will make three hives total all mediums. Hive 1 is a package 4 weeks in the hive on foundationless frames, they are kicking butt and I think I am going to put the second box on this weekend. Hive 2 is 5 deep frames from th...
by Max
Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:31 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: I can't wait any longer!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 822

Re: I can't wait any longer!!!!

All of these pieces were side by side on the same frame. I took one side off, kinda wedged it in the other end, then pushed the remaining piece to the center of the starter strip with my hive tool. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160410/aecff88f7fbb89ddac0140981928afd2.jpg http://uploads.tapatalk-...
by Max
Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: I can't wait any longer!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 822

Re: I can't wait any longer!!!!

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Oops, here they are.


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by Max
Sat Apr 09, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: I can't wait any longer!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 822

What I found

The hive inspections went very well this morning. Mental preparation seems to be the key, it may sound a bit hoky but it is a bit zen like. The hive #2 (NUC) was booming, I thought I saw the queen but not really sure. Lots of all different kinds of caps, I'm going to study the pictures this evening ...
by Max
Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:42 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: I can't wait any longer!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 822

I can't wait any longer!!!!

My two hives are calling to me to open them up and take a look what's going on! My wife says that's just the voices in my head because bees speak Italian and I don't. Hive #1 is a package that I put in my hive two weeks ago, the box is an 8 frame medium that was filled with foundationless frames. Hi...
by Max
Sun Apr 03, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Progress? Or?
Replies: 1
Views: 485

Progress? Or?

The attached picture is of the entrance of my first hive. A package was installed in it a week ago and the queen had been released when I checked Tuesday morning. Pollen is coming in steadily in colors from red through orange to yellow. Is this a good sign? Does it indicate anything other than just ...
by Max
Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:01 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Jerry from N.E. Iowa
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: Jerry from N.E. Iowa

Good morning Jerry, I am a complete and total neophyte and look forward to hearing how you develop your NUCs.
by Max
Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:01 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: 1st, um 2nd, would you believe 3rd installation?
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: 1st, um 2nd, would you believe 3rd installation?

I got my first NUC today and it seems too easy, I feel like I must be missing something. Open one box, pull out frame, place in other box, repeat 4 more times and close the hive up. I do have 2 questions though: 1. Should I leave the entrance wide open? Or reduce it 2. How long should I wait before ...
by Max
Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Opening Hives in the dark
Replies: 3
Views: 660

Opening Hives in the dark

I had planned on checking to make sure the queen in the package I installed Friday had made it out of her cage Monday. It was way to windy so I postponed that plan. This morning (5am) while out doing chores I looked over at the hive and decided, in my impatient new beekeeper mentality, to see how sh...
by Max
Thu Mar 24, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: 1st, um 2nd, would you believe 3rd installation?
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: 1st, um 2nd, would you believe 3rd installation?

I am completely new to beekeeping and all of my equipment is to. Vegas is a desert in more ways than one! Finding help as in a mentor was a struggle, in fact it wasn't until I actually received my first package two weeks ago that I stumbled across Marshall who is a third generation beekeeper origina...
by Max
Thu Mar 24, 2016 2:36 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: 1st, um 2nd, would you believe 3rd installation?
Replies: 6
Views: 817

1st, um 2nd, would you believe 3rd installation?

I got my first package a week and a half ago, after numerous misadventures they absconded on me last Sunday. I was feeding and there are desert flowers coming into bloom. I am getting another package this weekend that I plan on putting in the same hive the other one absconded from because they did l...
by Max
Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:55 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Max in Las Vegas
Replies: 2
Views: 433

Max in Las Vegas

I am finally getting bees after talking about it for 5 or 6 years. They are a logical next step in my wannabe urban farmer path. My wife and I have two connected half acre lots on the east side of Vegas. 5 years ago I planted a high density orchard using Back Yard Orchard Culture principles, there a...

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