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by Dustymunky
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 15 queen cells in one hive
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: 15 queen cells in one hive

Investing in a 3 or 4 chamber queen castle is an option. Wont take up too much room and will give the emerging queens a chance to get mated. Can never have too many queens, never know when u might need one.
by Dustymunky
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?
Replies: 16
Views: 193

Re: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?

I read some of Ed’s book. Interesting stuff. Im a natural product guy. I just cant bring myself to make the poly leap. I do see the value to higher insulation though. Maybe you can start a thread in other hive types?
by Dustymunky
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from south western PA
Replies: 6
Views: 74

Re: Hello from south western PA

I just use forum.tfbees.net. I find tapatalk harder to Navigate. Im not sure if the forum is mobile only.
by Dustymunky
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:11 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: The Beeyard 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 407

Re: The Beeyard 2018

Im confirmed at 3 of 6 surviving winter. 2 of my hives are bursting, about 8 partial frames of brood and bees occupying 20 frames. My 3rd hive is weaker with about 4 frames of bees. Going to rebalance the hives, trying to prevent strong hives from swarming. Just installed 2 packages, in pouring rain...
by Dustymunky
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?
Replies: 16
Views: 193

Re: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?

Hey Moe. Did you use poly hives? I looked into it but was concerned with moisture build up and long term durability.
by Dustymunky
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Problems with Facebook
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: Problems with Facebook

There are over 1900 requests to join forum, the overwhelming majority of which are spam bots. Its nearly impossible for a new member to join until changes are made to the forum to weed the sea of bots that relentlessly try to join.
by Dustymunky
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:16 am
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Fascinating video on bee brain research
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Fascinating video on bee brain research

Interesting. I wonder how the bee memory/learned behavior changes DNA in terms of survival adaptations.
by Dustymunky
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the country of America and the state of Arkansas
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Hello from the country of America and the state of Arkansas

Welcome to the forum Caleb. You’re wife sounds like a keeper ;)
by Dustymunky
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Small cell
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Small cell

If you have small cell comb drawn out you are set. I think some bees have trouble drawing it out but they should use it no problem if its already drawn. I have bought nucs and packages from 4 different sources. None of them had any issues drawing out or using the Mann Lake PF small cell frames.
by Dustymunky
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: The Beeyard 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 407

Re: The Beeyard 2018

I have bought 2 survivor queens from Old Sol. One of them had alot of caucasian characteristics tho, heavy propolis use and wet capped honey. I liked them both.
by Dustymunky
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:40 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: The Beeyard 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 407

The Beeyard 2018

I started a new thread since the buzz in the bee yard has gotten so long. Im still sitting at 50% with 3 of 6 hives alive. February was colder than January here in Portland. Bees are coming out when temps get close to 50. Seeing a decent amount of little fuzzy young bees so they were able to raise s...
by Dustymunky
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 100% losses
Replies: 15
Views: 929

Re: 100% losses

Another option is to remove dead bees from hives then leave them set up. Decent odds a swarm or abscond will move into your hives. Doesnt really sound like your into it though. No wrong decision. Best of luck to you!
by Dustymunky
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 100% losses
Replies: 15
Views: 929

Re: 100% losses

Sorry to hear about your losses. I lost all of mine year 1 as well. Very discouraging for sure. I attributed my losses mostly to my own mistakes and the difficulty of starting with zero resources. Year 2 was much better for me, currently at 50% loss but remaining hives should make it. If you stick w...
by Dustymunky
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Plant Identification
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: Plant Identification

I’m pretty sure this is a male holly tree. Don't know what variety though.
by Dustymunky
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Top entrance
Replies: 9
Views: 1287

Re: Top entrance

Ants, fallen varoa mites, and other bugs. I have seen tiny lice looking insects and redish tick looking bugs on my SBB trays so i assume they get into solid bottom board hives as well. Im sure there are countless other insects and micro-organisms that feed on the fallen debris as well.
by Dustymunky
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 26113

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

The bees were actually bringing in pollen today.
by Dustymunky
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Top entrance
Replies: 9
Views: 1287

Re: Top entrance

I have been using a combination of bottom entrances and middle entrances 1 1/4” hole in middle of the deep. I’m really liking the middle entrance. The 2 hives I have with the mid entrance have survived so far this winter and they look good. I dont know if this is a total coincidence or not. On botto...
by Dustymunky
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 26113

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Winter in Portland has been mild overall. Only a few nights below freezing and just barely. Mid to upper 50’s on Jan 13. Its pretty obvious which hives are alive. 3/6 are dead. The three that are alive are very active and look healthy. The three that died had alot of DWV. It appears that DWV/mites d...
by Dustymunky
Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 26113

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Its been pretty chilly here in portland oregon area, highs not getting above 50f and lows around freezing. I know this is warmer than alot of areas. Are people still opening hives? I last opened mine in October. Just curious as to how one would know that hive was lost in December. Even if no activit...
by Dustymunky
Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 26113

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Sorry to hear about the losses. Hopefully the remaining hives make it.
by Dustymunky
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 26113

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Started spring with 4 nucs from 3 different sources. Had a good amount of drawn comb from last years deadouts. Im using a combination of mann lake small cell foundation and foundationless frames. Caught 3 swarms and ended up with 6 double deep hives. Of the 4 nucs i started out with, 3 requeened the...
by Dustymunky
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the Ct shorline
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: Hello from the Ct shorline

Welcome to the forum. If you have a queenless hive that still has brood, population and resources you may be able to requeen. Suppliers probably still have queens for sale. Good luck!
by Dustymunky
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:54 am
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 1599

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

I ran into same problem moe. Bees really dont make wax this late in year. Either combine and kill queen which stinks or build smaller nucs.


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by Dustymunky
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What could I have done better?
Replies: 9
Views: 1093

Re: What could I have done better?

Grab a small handful of green weeds. Twist them in your hand and "screw" them into the top smoker hole pretty much creating a seal. Been working great for me. PS: I didnt invent this technique ;)


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by Dustymunky
Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: what to do with crushed comb?
Replies: 9
Views: 873

Re: what to do with crushed comb?

Not sure why you have dead bees and larvae in your crushed comb honey. Should only be honey frames with no larvae generally. You can wash the comb off and then melt it into wax for other uses. I let the bees clean the honey off of my extracting equipment. They fought over it and alot of bees died. I...
by Dustymunky
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 1176

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: 435

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: 853

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: 1927

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: 941

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: 3
Views: 517

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: 2958

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: 33
Views: 2766

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: 2321

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: 3411

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: 2543

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: 581

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: 1223

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: 429
Views: 26113

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: 429
Views: 26113

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Awesome video! Feisty little bees


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