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by moebees
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Cheers
Replies: 4
Views: 39

Re: Cheers

Welcome to the forum TickandChigger! I like your chicken and bee ideas but a TickandChiggar ranch doesn't sound appealing. :lol:
by moebees
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Is 5 over 5 better than 10 wide
Replies: 7
Views: 80

Re: Is 5 over 5 better than 10 wide

I agree with MB. As far as overwintering I think 5 over 5 will do just as well as a 10 frame box. There are many Canadian Beeks that overwinter in single 10 frame boxes. The main advantage I see to the 5 frame is in making splits. Putting two or three frames of brood into a 5 frame works better than...
by moebees
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Is 5 over 5 better than 10 wide
Replies: 7
Views: 80

Re: Is 5 over 5 better than 10 wide

Deeps or mediums? What is the equipment you are using now for your production hives no? What is your main goal with the nucs? Overwintering?
by moebees
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the Ct shorline
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: Hello from the Ct shorline

Welcome Justin. Sounds like a good plan.
by moebees
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 373

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

Well, 4 out of the 6 nucs are set pretty well just over the month of September (our fall flow was good).


I'm surprised your fall flow was good. Ours was terrible. We have not had rain for over a month.
by moebees
Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: mycelial extracts as anti-viral treatments for bees
Replies: 0
Views: 32

mycelial extracts as anti-viral treatments for bees

I know this video isn't scientific research but as Paul Stamets says in the video they have been researching this at the University of Washington.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivksOvaSy4o
by moebees
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 373

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

I have three quart jars above screen over the top bars. I have feeders on all my hives now and only a few of them are taking any syrup right now. We have goldenrod and asters in most areas. But these nucs just haven't done anything. They wouldn't build any new comb so they are raising brood and putt...
by moebees
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 17
Views: 686

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

Nice but like you say it's a two man job and I only have one man. :)
by moebees
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 373

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

The one had some capped honey when I started them. The other had very little and has begun to store a bit. I was trying to simulate a flow by feeding but that didn't seem to work. We do seem to have a pretty good flow now so we will see. I just don't know what to do if they don't have any comb going...
by moebees
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 373

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

This is sort of on topic. I have a couple of nucs I started late (mid august) with a couple of frames of brood and new queens. I have been feeding them from the beginning and my problem is that I can't get them to draw any comb and I don't have drawn comb to give them. I have tried thin syrup and th...
by moebees
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: From Central Massachusetts
Replies: 7
Views: 107

Re: From Central Massachusetts

Welcome to the forum Dan. Some of the people you see on youtube are contributors here and will be happy to answer questions.
by moebees
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Placement of trap near feral colony
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Placement of trap near feral colony

What size is your entrance hole


I said I thought they are 1 1/4 inches but they are 1 1/2 inches.
by moebees
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Placement of trap near feral colony
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Placement of trap near feral colony

Yes the space below the frames is to add the sense of space and to add actual space to get to the 40 liter ideal as determined by Dr. Seeley. They probably would build comb there if you left it long enough but that would probably take at least a month depending on the size of the swarm. If they ever...
by moebees
Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 373

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

Thanks Salvatore. Very informative.
by moebees
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Placement of trap near feral colony
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Placement of trap near feral colony

This is the trap I build. The pf100 frame is just to give a perspective on size. Like I said I use foundationless frames in the trap. There is a 3 inch hole in the bottom and one in the lid for ventilation and feeding. When the trap is in the tree they are closed with a plastic knock out.
by moebees
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What could I have done better?
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Re: What could I have done better?

How do you? put the smoker out when you're done?


Some of the bee supply places sell a metal box to put the smoker in but I think they are pretty expensive.
by moebees
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Placement of trap near feral colony
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Placement of trap near feral colony

I don't know that they prefer a species of tree but they seem to like isolated trees. Lone large tree in a field. Also fence line or windbreak lines of trees. My traps hold 7 deep frames and I use foundationless but the center frame is old brood comb. The traps are deep enough that there is consider...
by moebees
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Placement of trap near feral colony
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Placement of trap near feral colony

I don't know if that is as important as the distance from the feral colony but I would not put them right next to each other. I guess it depends on how many traps you want to put up and how much room you have available to space them. But I would try to have them at least 100 meters apart. If the lan...
by moebees
Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:23 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Placement of trap near feral colony
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Placement of trap near feral colony

Dr. Tom Seeley has found that feral colonies tend not to locate close to one another so I would not put a trap too close. If possible I think it should be at least a couple of 100 meters away. But I would also put out more than one if possible.
by moebees
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What could I have done better?
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Re: What could I have done better?

How do you? put the smoker out when you're done? My apiaries are spread out all over the place so I have a metal planter that is just the perfect size to hang the smoker in. I keep water and a rag in the bottom and stuff the wet rag into the opening of the smoker when I am traveling. But the Dadant...
by moebees
Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Switching to top entrances
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Switching to top entrances

I assume your inner cover has a hole in the center.
by moebees
Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Switching to top entrances
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Switching to top entrances

The motivation to switch to tops is to prevent mice, we have a lot out here. I haven't found one in a hive yet, but over winter I'm worried they'll crawl in the bottoms. I have seen other people post that they put screen up on the bottom entrance, but I've never done that. I suppose I could winteri...
by moebees
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Landing board
Replies: 22
Views: 1284

Re: Landing board

I dont use landing boards and the bees dont have any problems :)


Thumbs up!
by moebees
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Switching to top entrances
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Switching to top entrances

I thought my metal covered telescoping covers were helping with keeping moisture out, but maybe I'm over thinking it? It does but the moisture problem in winter comes from inside the hive. The moisture from the bees rises with warm air and condenses when it hits the cool top of the hive. That is wh...
by moebees
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 373

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

At the same time I do not want to feed them any liquids (goes against the philosophy, but I also have no time to run around with the feeders). Michael Palmer's philosophy is to feed them to put on weight rather than the dry sugar on top. The idea being that they normally store food in the comb and ...
by moebees
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: what to do with crushed comb?
Replies: 9
Views: 165

Re: what to do with crushed comb?

It will store in a closed bucket for awhile. You could also stick it in a freezer.
by moebees
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What could I have done better?
Replies: 9
Views: 150

Re: What could I have done better?

You may need a better smoker. The large Dadant smoker is superb. I have trouble getting it to stop smoking. Pine needles or burlap would be better fuels. I think you did pretty well with the cross comb mess you had. Have you watched videos on harvesting top bar hives? The key is to have a bucket wit...
by moebees
Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: how to harvest foundationless frames?
Replies: 6
Views: 84

Re: how to harvest foundationless frames?

Some do it. Be careful if robbing is possible. If robbing might be a problem leave it a couple hundred yards from the hive and let them rob it before putting it back. The other drawback is if you are in a cold climate you probably don't want the empty space on the hive. I think some of the people th...
by moebees
Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 10618

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I haven't given an update in awhile. I started in April with 2 Italian packages and 4 Carniolans. I have two original package queens left that are doing well. Two were lost accidentally, one swarmed, and one was eliminated for aggression. All package hives are doing well although my northern most on...
by moebees
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: how to harvest foundationless frames?
Replies: 6
Views: 84

Re: how to harvest foundationless frames?

You can use foundationless in honey supers but bees tend to build honey comb wider than brood comb. So if you put a box of empty frames on top of the hive even if they follow the comb guide on the first one they will grow them out wider and wider until they become hopelessly cross combed. The best w...
by moebees
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: how to harvest foundationless frames?
Replies: 6
Views: 84

Re: how to harvest foundationless frames?

Turn the box upside down on a flat surface like a table and then lift box off leaving the frames sitting on their top bars. Then you can begin to separate them and cut free what needs to be. Have a food grade bucket with lid available to cut the comb into after brushing the bees off. This will be a ...
by moebees
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 42
Views: 1118

Re: 1 1/4 frames

My experience is they tend to build larger cell in areas or at times when their primary focus is on storing honey. The frames I inserted earlier in the spring between frames of brood were mostly drawn small cell. The ones added later and higher in the stack have all been drawn large cell. But by lar...
by moebees
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: Dead Hive

Hence, I operate by statistical likelihoods for something to happen, not by facts.


BRILLIANT!
by moebees
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: Dead Hive

PMS in mid-August and so abrupt? Keep in mind - this is a fresh June swarm that went through a brood break too. Mites should not be an issue yet, if at all. Doubt it. We don't know how abrupt it was because from the op's description and the pictures posted it seems that he apparently hadn't inspect...
by moebees
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: Dead Hive

I'm wondering how long ago the previous inspection was? The bees on the bottom board look like they have been dead for some time. The dead emerging brood with tongues out would fit with PMS. No stores is not diagnostic because they were probably robbed.
by moebees
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 42
Views: 1118

Re: 1 1/4 frames

One solution might be 1 1/4 bars with shims to widen the spacing for honey. Might give you more flexibility so different size frames aren't jumbled up.
by moebees
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Really tiny queen
Replies: 8
Views: 231

Re: Really tiny queen

We need to be patient with new queens. I learned that this summer.
by moebees
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swarm absconds and abandons brood
Replies: 5
Views: 174

Re: Swarm absconds and abandons brood

New queens sometimes lay multiple eggs. Is there plenty of room for her to lay?

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