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by moebees
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:34 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 100% losses
Replies: 11
Views: 63

Re: 100% losses

This was my 6th year. I know you have been at it for some time. That is why I had great appreciation for you sticking with it in the face of large losses when I ran across your blog. So I will hate to see you quit but understand that you have to do what is right for you. Best of luck however you de...
by moebees
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 100% losses
Replies: 11
Views: 63

Re: 100% losses

I am so sorry to hear about your losses. I would encourage you to try again but of course I'm not in your shoes. Since you are in Indiana you might see if you can get your hands on some of the Purdue ankle biter queens. I had about 40% losses heading into winter and it has been too cold to check the...
by moebees
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Plant Identification
Replies: 3
Views: 140

Re: Plant Identification

It doesn't look like typical holly leaves but I won't claim to be an expert on holly species. The tiny blossoms fits with holly. Just be glad the bees like it.
by moebees
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 418
Views: 19272

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Wow. Its about 10 degrees here!

Seems like your chances of them surviving are pretty good then.
by moebees
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Top entrance
Replies: 9
Views: 741

Re: Top entrance

Thanks for the clarification. I wasn't sure if you meant scavengers on the bees or what you stated in your follow up. Organisms living on detritus are not likely to be harmful to bees and some may be beneficial. Some beekeepers try to encourage a vibrant hive eco system. I am not trying to be critic...
by moebees
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 418
Views: 19272

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Good luck Dusty. When do you start getting new pollen?
by moebees
Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Top entrance
Replies: 9
Views: 741

Re: Top entrance

Interesting Dusty. What do you mean by scavengers?
by moebees
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From N. Ga.
Replies: 14
Views: 210

Re: Hello From N. Ga.

Do what you like. I don't have money to waste.
by moebees
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From N. Ga.
Replies: 14
Views: 210

Re: Hello From N. Ga.

Yes the prices are great but this is a wholesale place and unless you can order in quantities of 25 it doesn't do much good. For the sourwood they want $2.40 for a 2-3 ft twig if you order 25. The national arbor day foundation will sell you one for $5.98 if you become a member. I would love to have ...
by moebees
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: 90° Lang frame Layens
Replies: 3
Views: 71

Re: 90° Lang frame Layens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNV3d8tst_M

You can do something like this.
by moebees
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Poland
Replies: 43
Views: 2203

Re: Poland

I like sugar bricks too. Easy to make and place in the hive and less likely to cause robbing. I try not to feed if I don't have to but sometimes it cannot be avoided.

Thanks for the summary of what you said in the video. Maybe you will get something new (sugar bricks) started in Poland.
by moebees
Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Builders Forum
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: Builders Forum

Sounds like a good idea.
by moebees
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Poland
Replies: 43
Views: 2203

Re: Poland

I don't understand what you are saying in the video but the sugar cakes look good. Hope they make it.
by moebees
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From N. Ga.
Replies: 14
Views: 210

Re: Hello From N. Ga.

Welcome Ngachet. You can get sourwood cheap from the National Arbor Day foundation.

https://shop.arborday.org/product.aspx?zpid=921
by moebees
Mon Dec 25, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 418
Views: 19272

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

You can open them quickly and just peak in at 50 and above but I wouldn't pull any frames unless it was in the 60s. Some people rap on the side of the hive and listen for a hum but I don't do that.

This coming week we aren't getting any days above 30 and tomorrow we are supposed to be near 0.
by moebees
Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 418
Views: 19272

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Good luck Greg. Hope you reach your goal.
by moebees
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: First Winter, Georgia, zone 7b
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: First Winter, Georgia, zone 7b

The temperatures explain it then. They won't take syrup much below 50. Mountain camp works but I find the cakes much more convenient and the bees won't carry it out of the hive. But either will work.
by moebees
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Can the site be upgraded to use SSL?
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Can the site be upgraded to use SSL?

That's up to Solomon and I don't think he checks in very often.
by moebees
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Goodbye Facebook, Hello old-school forum!
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Goodbye Facebook, Hello old-school forum!

Welcome and good move to Weaver queens. There are allot of beekeepers that make there living off selling bees and don't care whether they survive or not.
by moebees
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: First Winter, Georgia, zone 7b
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: First Winter, Georgia, zone 7b

What have the temperatures been? They won't take syrup when it is cold. If you think they need winter feed you should probably make up some sugar cakes. I mix 1.5 ounces water per pound of sugar and in a 4 pound batch add a couple tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Then press them into paper plates an...
by moebees
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Tetradium / Bee Bee tree from seed?
Replies: 9
Views: 652

Re: Tetradium / Bee Bee tree from seed?

Thanks for the update on your project. Sounds like you are going to have allot of trees.
by moebees
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 235

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: 235

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: 235

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: 235

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: 235

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: 235

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: 418
Views: 19272

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: 418
Views: 19272

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: 418
Views: 19272

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: 215

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: 215

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: 215

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: 106

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: 418
Views: 19272

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: 418
Views: 19272

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: 1564

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: 306

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...

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