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by moebees
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 110

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

Thanks for the link Mark. That looks like it might work if I put my entrance in a shim so I don't have to attach it to the lid.
by moebees
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 110

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

Thanks Michael. I am still trying to figure out a top entrance robbing screen. My entrance is not the same as yours but it is in the sense that it is between the top box and the hive cover. So anything I use needs to be attached only to the top box or the cover so that I can get the cover off easily...
by moebees
Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 110

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

Unread postby Mark Smith » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:35 am
In the July 2017 issue of Bee Culture there is an article about a robber screen that I used this year. Very easy to make out of #8 hardware cloth and worked great.


Do you have a link?
by moebees
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 110

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

Thanks Michael. That makes sense.
by moebees
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 110

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

I had some robbing because the weather has been warm so I put some screens on my top entrances. I just took a piece of screen and bent it over the top edge of the hive with something to hold it in place. I am having trouble visualizing how that makes a new entrance away from the original. I don't s...
by moebees
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 110

Top Entrances and robber screens

I am having skunk problems at a couple locations so I am thinking of maybe going to top entrances only. I also had some robbing issues this fall but I don't know that I have ever seen robbing screens on upper entrances? All comments welcome but hopefully MB will answer too.
by moebees
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17286

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Thanks Dusty. Keeping my fingers crossed.
by moebees
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17286

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

We had a nice weekend so I made the rounds of all my apiaries to check on things. When I winterized the hives at the end of October I had one that was bursting at the seems with bees and loaded with honey. I said at the time if it was May they would swarm. Today they are gone. Absconded I guess. I'v...
by moebees
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:09 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17286

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Sounds good Dustymunky!
by moebees
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Measuring Colony Loses
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: Measuring Colony Loses

Sold nucs would not be losses.
by moebees
Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:22 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Measuring Colony Loses
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: Measuring Colony Loses

Again, if the question is colony loss to disease or pests then count that number (although the cause of colony collapse is not always known). There is is no reason to exclude different kinds of loss from a total loss figure. Yes there are problems with self reporting statistics. In individual cases ...
by moebees
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Measuring Colony Loses
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: Measuring Colony Loses

Should be for the calendar year unless they are asking for winter losses.
by moebees
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello fellow beeks
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Hello fellow beeks

Welcome Greg.

Arkansas seems to be a good location to have treatment free bees.
by moebees
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17286

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I am not worried too much about those "official" numbers. If feel bullish about my bees since they are mostly sitting in appropriate equipment. Should be better than those 70-80% announced. I truly believe this country needs beekeeping Renaissance where all the commercial equipment should...
by moebees
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17286

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Not much Buzz here. The weather is cold and rainy and all the hives are buttoned up for winter. A local Beekeeper that I purchased two packages from this year was on a local radio program last weekend. He made the comment that annual losses in the northern Illinois area now run 80%! I texted him yes...
by moebees
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 33
Views: 1274

Re: keeping chickens

I don't remember how it was explained to us as children, but we knew where our food came from and it was just another fact of life.


But it doesn't have to be.
by moebees
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Switching to top entrances
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: Switching to top entrances

Here is a related question. If you switch to top entrances to let warm, moist air out, do you need to leave another opening somewhere to let cool dry air in? I do although I don't know if it is essential. I have a bottom entrance that is open but greatly reduced. I am also using polystyrene hives w...
by moebees
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17286

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I observed a video where tiny mating nucs in polystyrene hives wintered just fine outside (Ukraine; similar USDA zone).
Out of 4-5 all made it fine.


That is encouraging.
by moebees
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17286

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I did final winter prep on five hives today. They all look really good. One is so full of bees it would swarm if it was spring. The swarm I caught is a little light so I gave them sugar cakes. Tomorrow I do three more including the tiny nuc I am nursing along and will be amazed if they make it. I ha...
by moebees
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Logbooks
Replies: 11
Views: 402

Re: Logbooks

I tried duct tape; it does not for me as the permanent marker notes on it go away too quickly


Most permanent markers are not UV resistant. Garden markers or a grease pencil will last a long time.
by moebees
Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Austria :-)
Replies: 5
Views: 89

Re: Hello from Austria :-)

Welcome Norbert! Good luck with your organizing.
by moebees
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Newbie in Exteme Southwest Indiana (Pike county)
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Newbie in Exteme Southwest Indiana (Pike county)

Welcome to the forum and good luck with your apiary.
by moebees
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Cheers
Replies: 4
Views: 105

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: 196

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: 196

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: 112

Re: Hello from the Ct shorline

Welcome Justin. Sounds like a good plan.
by moebees
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....
Replies: 11
Views: 282

Re: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....

Interesting and thanks for posting Greg. It will probably become available after a few months.
by moebees
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 863

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: 68

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: 863

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: 20
Views: 1121

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: 863

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: 863

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: 236

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: 346

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: 346

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: 863

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: 346

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: 332

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.

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