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by Dustymunky
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 57

Re: Dead Hive

Yup. I doubt you have ever been wrong Greg ;)


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by Dustymunky
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Making queen cells
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: Making queen cells

If its a large hive they could cast swarms with virgins. If the hive is weak then i doubt they will swarm and hopefully u get 1 good queen. If the hive is strong u could split the hive, make sure each split has a queen cell and then see how it shakes out. This would be insurance against swarming and...
by Dustymunky
Wed Jul 19, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Cool pic of cooling/drying
Replies: 9
Views: 171

Re: Cool pic of cooling/drying

Yeah i agree with greg. More ventilation and or more room are needed. If the hive is sitting in full sun all day long the temperatures really build up in hive. I have a couple hives in all day long full sun. They beard alot more than hives 10ft away that get some shade during day. Sent from my iPhon...
by Dustymunky
Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 298

Re: Requeening

I have a hive in an outyard that has been harassed by a skunk too. Blocked off a big chunk of the entrance and used some screen to keep the skunk's paws out. He was also trying to dig under the hive too so layed paver stones around base. Hive is still booming. He damaged a few combs but the bees mov...
by Dustymunky
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Really tiny queen
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: Really tiny queen

Yeah sounds like a virgin or a newly mated queen that hasnt started laying yet. Hopefully she starts laying soon.


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by Dustymunky
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Plant Identification
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Plant Identification

Does anyone know what type of plant this is? It has tiny blossoms that just started blooming July 1st. It appears to be a bush that has gone out of control. Its about 15' high and 15' wide. The trunk is about 6" thick. The bees absolutely love it! In full bloom it has literally thousands of bee...
by Dustymunky
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:42 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: deformed wing virus
Replies: 25
Views: 1567

Re: deformed wing virus

I found 2 live bees in the grass today, about 20' from my hives. They both had severely deformed wings. I have seen a few bees here and there in the hive with DWV but thought this was odd. I'm guessing housekeeping bees dropped these live bees in the grass to protect the colony. I have seen dead bee...
by Dustymunky
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:06 am
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 561

Re: keeping chickens

I believe Siwolke is In Germany. I think we have it better than Europe. Seems like everything is controlled over there more. I feel lucky where I'm at in Oregon. No regulations regarding bees in my city. We do have to pay a small yearly fee now to the state to subsidize bee research. Not thrilled ab...
by Dustymunky
Sat Jun 17, 2017 2:40 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Moisture issues with TBH
Replies: 23
Views: 987

Re: Moisture issues with TBH

My bees propolised all the upper screen holes on the top bar but they didnt propolise the bottom screen. I dont think they like all the extra ventilation tho. I would stick with solid bottom board personally.


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by Dustymunky
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 947

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Seems to be turning into a disagreement over semantics, but I'll chime in anyway. Livestock are animals that are kept for pleasure or profit. I dont like referring to bees as livestock but technically they are. Just because something is livestock doesnt mean it is incapable of surviving in the wild....
by Dustymunky
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 23
Views: 1271

Re: Ventilation

Looks like a pretty populous hive to have a robber screen


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by Dustymunky
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Saskatraz Queens
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Saskatraz Queens

Well I will never know how good the Saskatraz queen would have been. I made up a temporary nuc for her and introduced her the normal way. 2 days later candy plug was gone and she was released. My plan was to put her into a double deep hive made up of a queenless swarm and a split that never made a q...
by Dustymunky
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Package source
Replies: 4
Views: 686

Re: Package source

Great news Moe! Did you use foundation? If not, have u measured the cells? Just curious. Your bees came from Georgia, where are you located?


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by Dustymunky
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11959

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Inspected my week old swarm hive and they are building beautiful white wax. Very calm even on a 58 degree cloudy afternoon. Seeing eggs and larvae, everything looking good.......then I saw the queen was missing a front leg. Kinda bummed me out. I guess they will likely supercede her in the near futu...
by Dustymunky
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11959

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Awesome video! Feisty little bees


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by Dustymunky
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11959

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Tried to wait for queenless swarm to see if they had a virgin waiting to mate. Never happened. Gave frame of eggs and they made some cells but never got a laying queen out of it. Gave them another frame of eggs and combined with some more bees. Made cells again. Last week i saw chewed out queen cell...
by Dustymunky
Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:30 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11959

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I've caught 2 swarms at my 5 trap locations. One small, about 1lb, that never came up with a laying queen and an appx 3lb+ swarm with a queen. Getting a fair amount of scouting action at that location again too. The trap is right next to a 50 acre wooded area so they could possibly be feral. Fun stu...
by Dustymunky
Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11959

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Nice Greg!


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by Dustymunky
Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: How soon can I split a new package of bees?
Replies: 10
Views: 282

Re: How soon can I split a new package of bees?

Package bees starting out with no resources have a hard road. Did u start out with any drawn comb or capped honey? I would be reluctant to split them until they are strong, like booming double deeps. They need to have plenty of resources to survive northern winters. Another question: Are you doing w...
by Dustymunky
Thu Jun 01, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Saskatraz Queens
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Saskatraz Queens

Im getting the bees locally (Brushy Mountain) but they come from Olivarez Bees in central CA. Pure Saskatraz virgins open mated with CA drones so hybrid offspring.


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by Dustymunky
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:57 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Saskatraz Queens
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Saskatraz Queens

Just ordered a Saskatraz queen. Advertised to be good all around bees that winter well and have varroa/disease resistance. Does anyone have experience with this line of bees?
by Dustymunky
Mon May 29, 2017 5:30 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11959

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Nice Nordak! Hopefully u get it home in one piece.


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by Dustymunky
Thu May 25, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11959

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Sorry to hear this Nordak. I cant think of anything else other than pesticide that would suddenly kill that many bees.


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by Dustymunky
Wed May 24, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9589

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Sounds like a good plan, thats what ill do. Thx again. You may have saved a poor queens life :)


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by Dustymunky
Wed May 24, 2017 5:48 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9589

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Unfortunately she has a single top bar hive and mine are all Langs. Do u think a caged queen would be safe in the hive if there is another queen in there or will they injure her?


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by Dustymunky
Wed May 24, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9589

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Thx Nordak. I suppose if some of the very first eggs laid were used to make the queen cells then it could have just barely had time for the 16 day time frame. She has a new queen arriving tomorrow. It would suck if there was a newly mated queen when we go to introduce the new queen. Wonder if we sho...
by Dustymunky
Tue May 23, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9589

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Yeah that wont work. U buying another queen?


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by Dustymunky
Tue May 23, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Hive Mat vs. Inner Cover
Replies: 4
Views: 379

Re: Hive Mat vs. Inner Cover

I tried out hive mats on 2 of my hives. Used scrap linoleum cut to same size as the box it covered. There was basically no top ventilation with this setup. Hives bearded whenever it got into the 80's. I'm planning on just using inner covers on my permanent hives and using hive mats in a pinch. I thi...
by Dustymunky
Mon May 22, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9589

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Hang in there moe. Tough getting started. A good friend of mine ran into same situation. New package queen started laying some then petered out. Guessing it was poorly mated. Tons of emergency cells. The brood that was layed is almost all drone. Every emergency cell was capped then chewed out from t...
by Dustymunky
Sun May 14, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9589

Is your expansion successful?

Yeah I'm thinking the same thing Greg. I live in the Portland metro area. You need a decent sized hollow tree cavity for feral habitat. We have a high percentage of coniferous trees here and almost every large deciduous tree I've seen cut down here was almost completely full of water. Also people do...
by Dustymunky
Fri May 12, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 620

Re: Honey supers

I suggest measuring cells to see what size they are building so u know where you are at. I had no issues getting 5.4mm bees i purchased to use 4.9mm plastic foundation. Will take more time pulling out comb and replacing with foundationless repeatedly. There is in depth discussion on this subject in ...
by Dustymunky
Fri May 12, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Using swarms' resources for expansion
Replies: 16
Views: 449

Re: Using swarms' resources for expansion

Caught my first swarm this week. They moved into a bait hive on my deck. Checked it after 3 days and it looked to be only about 1.5lbs. They were storing nectar but i didnt see eggs or a queen. Im guessing it was a cast swarm with a virgin queen. I gave them a frame of brood from my best hive to giv...
by Dustymunky
Fri May 12, 2017 1:42 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from wet western Washington
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: Hello from wet western Washington

Welcome Braden. Im in Portland and yes its been a wet and cold winter/spring. Im hoping it translates into a strong nectar flow :)


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by Dustymunky
Thu May 11, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Trapping Swarms on Public Land?
Replies: 8
Views: 909

Re: Trapping Swarms on Public Land?

There is alot of goodwill towards bees. Seems everyone wants to "help the bees" or "save the bees". I would suggest asking permission before placing bait hives on property you don't own. I bet you would get a decent percentages of yes answers if you take the time explain the bait...
by Dustymunky
Tue May 09, 2017 11:06 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11959

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Swarm control split on my hive this morning. Moved queen and some brood, stores and empty frames into nuc. Zero swarm cells in nuc. At least 3 frames with QC left in old box. They are uncapped but big larva and lots of jelly in each. Rotated old hive 45 degrees and put new nuc on top. After QC are c...
by Dustymunky
Mon May 08, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11959

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Thats a great idea moe! Maybe ill take queen and make a nuc to take to another yard. Then use a few cells in queen castle. Thx for the tip!


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by Dustymunky
Sun May 07, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11959

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Inspected my hive that was bearding. Tons of swarm cells with larva in them. Added a second deep but ive pretty much accepted the fact they will swarm. I put a swarm trap in a tree about 30yds away. Might get lucky. Got home and all my extra equipment i have scattered around my yard had unusually hi...
by Dustymunky
Thu May 04, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11959

What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Crazy weather here in Portland OR. Highs have been in 50's and lots of rain. Now 2 days of 80+ degree weather. Nuc I installed in outyard 10 days ago is bearding like crazy. Gonna throw a few shims in for ventilation till I can throw another deep on it. Hoping they don't get pissed and abscond. Temp...
by Dustymunky
Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top entrance/robber screen
Replies: 19
Views: 1666

Top entrance/robber screen

Queenless/non-queen right colonies especially need robber screens. Robbers target queenless colonies more readily. Queen doesn't have any problem with robber screen. Just be sure to put it on in evening when all bees are home. In morning when they try to fly out they figure it out. I had 5 virgins m...
by Dustymunky
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:55 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarming queen question
Replies: 8
Views: 876

Re: swarming queen question

It sounds like the swarming is not a problem to you. I wouldn't worry about that trait then. I would look at other traits as the deciding factor. Definitely nothing wrong with using eggs from multiple queen mothers also, to keep diversity.


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