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by moebees
Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: Northern Virginia Flow
Replies: 1
Views: 15

Re: Northern Virginia Flow

Glad someone has a flow. Our bees can't even fly. Highs in the 30's and rain. :x
by moebees
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Drone Comb for Increased Honey Production?
Replies: 10
Views: 97

Re: Drone Comb for Increased Honey Production?

Herndon wrote:@moebees makes sense to me too. I’ll try the spatula idea too. Have not tried that yet for crash and strain. I appreciate all your help!


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by moebees
Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Too much wax on foundation?
Replies: 1
Views: 26

Re: Too much wax on foundation?

I can't really answer your question because I don't have experience with that much extra wax. What you show in the picture is too much.
by moebees
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 15 queen cells in one hive
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Re: 15 queen cells in one hive

Without room in your apiary and more equipment there isn't much you can do. Otherwise you could make a whole bunch of splits. The 15 cell one sounds like it was getting ready to swarm. You probably should have found the queen and removed her because they will still swarm.
by moebees
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Drone Comb for Increased Honey Production?
Replies: 10
Views: 97

Re: Drone Comb for Increased Honey Production?

@moebees- Thanks! Did not think to measure the honeycomb. Interesting that it is about the same size. Why did you choose the green frames vs. foundationless when cell size is comparable? I don't use any support my deep frames so they get pretty heavy when full of honey. I also have no desire to hav...
by moebees
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Drone Comb for Increased Honey Production?
Replies: 10
Views: 97

Re: Drone Comb for Increased Honey Production?

If you use foundation less frames the bees naturally build drone cell size in supers. I am going to use all plastic green frames in my supers this year.
by moebees
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:48 am
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Polystyrene hives and insulation
Replies: 3
Views: 56

Re: Polystyrene hives and insulation

Give it a try Herndon. I bet you will notice a difference especially in the summer. Allot less bearding. My bees never beard on the polystyrene hives.
Make sure you let us know how it works for you.

I don't get the bee barrel.
by moebees
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Top Bar support
Replies: 12
Views: 1154

Re: Top Bar support

Yes that answers my question, I was pretty sure that was the case but wanted to double check


Great. :) Have you got your bees yet?
by moebees
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Top Bar support
Replies: 12
Views: 1154

Re: Top Bar support

Here’s a novice question what’s the difference between the small and large bars Are you talking about the width of the bars? Did it come with two different widths? If that is what you are referring to, the 1.25 inch wide bars go in the brood nest and wider bars go in the honey storage area because ...
by moebees
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:55 am
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Polystyrene hives and insulation
Replies: 3
Views: 56

Polystyrene hives and insulation

Hey Herdon, Yes I have heard of the Apimaye hive and looked into it a couple of years ago. I'm not sure how available at that time. I have not tried them or now anyone who has. What turned me off about them is that they seemed too complicated with many moving parts and not very amenable to making mo...
by moebees
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?
Replies: 16
Views: 189

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? I guess we did get off topic a bit. I was just answering the questions I was asked...
by moebees
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from south western PA
Replies: 6
Views: 73

Re: Hello from south western PA

Sorry I can't help you. Maybe one of the moderators can. I check the the stay logged in box so I never have to log in.
by moebees
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from south western PA
Replies: 6
Views: 73

Re: Hello from south western PA

I don't follow. How are you able to post if you are not logged in?
by moebees
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: The Beeyard 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: The Beeyard 2018

Glad someone had a mild winter. Nice report Dusty. Sounds like you are off to a good start. :)
by moebees
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from south western PA
Replies: 6
Views: 73

Re: Hello from south western PA

Welcome to the forum.
by moebees
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?
Replies: 16
Views: 189

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. Yes I use them. Neither of those two concerns are an issue. They are very durable and I have seen no moisture issues. Check the link I posted above and read the Constructive Beekeepi...
by moebees
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?
Replies: 16
Views: 189

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

Any thoughts between Beemax, Paradise and Lyson? I have yet to see a brand shootout online. Rob Overton (the guy who runs the beevac.com site I posted the link above) prefers the Beemax. He uses both 10 frame and he overwinters in the 6 frame nuc. I have never tried the Beemax. The reason I have ne...
by moebees
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?
Replies: 16
Views: 189

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

The advantages of polystyrene over insulating a wood box (especially a box that wasn't designed and built to be insulated from the beginning) are that it is high R value while being very light, it is a single unit versus something attached so probably more durable and easier to work with. It is also...
by moebees
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?
Replies: 16
Views: 189

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

Generally I think we usually have entrances too large. Feral colonies get by with very small openings and bees seem to prefer smaller openings. I think the bearding issue is independent of the entrances. Bearding comes from lack of insulation and hives set in sun. If you want to reduce bearding insu...
by moebees
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 310
Views: 19267

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I know what you mean. I have been waiting for decent weather but it never seems to come. Hopefully soon.
by moebees
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 310
Views: 19267

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Great report. Thanks for the update. Sounds like you are making allot of progress. :)
by moebees
Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: The Beeyard 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: The Beeyard 2018

Was able to check on the hives today and of my 3 remaining colonies one looks really strong, one weak but hopefully will make it, and one is probably a goner. There are a few bees remaining but they are dwindling down pretty low. It is a little hard to tell exactly because it still is only warm enou...
by moebees
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Problems with Facebook
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Problems with Facebook

Do you guys need more moderators to go through it? I tried to volunteer back when Solomon asks for them but wasn't selected.
by moebees
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Problems with Facebook
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Problems with Facebook

With all the problems and dissatisfaction with facebook I am wondering when we will see the migration over here from the Treatment Free Group over there? Probably not going to happen is my guess.
by moebees
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Sam Droege on the Organic View
Replies: 0
Views: 112

Sam Droege on the Organic View

Sam Droege whom I quote in my signature was on the Organic View vlog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHs4dfGPQCM
by moebees
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Fascinating video on bee brain research
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Fascinating video on bee brain research

Memory is incredibly important to a foraging insect like honey bees. Obviously. So that is part of their normal survival adaptation. Anything in the environment (like neonicotinoids) that disrupts memory of course has a negative impact on their survival. The researchers in the video seemed to emphas...
by moebees
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Small cell
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: Small cell

I agree with DustyMunky. But you only need it in the brood chamber. In the honey supers you can use foundationless or large cell foundation. I am using green frame drone comb in the honey supers. And speaking of drone comb, if you have all PF frames I would add one or two (depending on how many boxe...
by moebees
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:46 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 Caleb. Feral bees in parts of Arkansas are really good for treatment free. You might also try and get some queens from Frost Apiaries in Dardanelle AR.
by moebees
Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Top Bar support
Replies: 12
Views: 1154

Re: Top Bar support

Welcome to the forum and good luck with the tbh!
by moebees
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 45
Views: 2612

Re: 1 1/4 frames

Is it 1 1/4 spacing throughout the hive or just the brood area that is needed?


Just the brood nest. Honey supers can be wider.
by moebees
Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: The Beeyard 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: The Beeyard 2018

Hey Dusty,

Are your Old Sol queens Caucasians or the survivor queens they sell? One of my surviving hives is an Old Sol Caucasian queen I got last year. I plan to get a few more this year if I can.
by moebees
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 26018

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

GregV said: PS: I am planning to play with the brood breaks/late nucs per the Mel Disselkoen, I think that is an excellent idea. Make as many end of June/early July splits as possible. They will be the survivors that become full hives the next year. You can also do August splits if you bring in outs...
by moebees
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 26018

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

GregV wrote:
Have 2 out of 11 surviving.
Both are queens from Nordak.


So none of your caught swarms survived?
by moebees
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 26018

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Glad to hear it Mb.
by moebees
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 26018

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Got close to 60 degrees today and I made the rounds checking on hives. The good news is I have 3 hives alive and in pretty good shape. Plenty of bees and I added sugar cakes even tho I think they have plenty of honey left. To review. I began last year with 6 packages, caught one swarm, did some spli...
by moebees
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving Bees w/a twist
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: Moving Bees w/a twist

If you move them that short a distance in one step you will still have foragers returning to the old spot the next day. So the decision on whether to transfer to the new hive or move the old hive and then transfer should be based on which are the easiest to move with bees in them. One way to avoid t...
by moebees
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:07 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 26018

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Meanwhile we are still buried under at least a foot of snow.
by moebees
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 100% losses
Replies: 15
Views: 922

Re: 100% losses

This is a video from Australia showing open feeding of pollen substitute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKdw4VDxo44 These beekeepers are very happy with the results. Since it is Australia you probably won't be able to find the same supplement but at the end of the video they show the label and you...

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