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by moebees
Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 107

Re: When to add 2nd box

Where you are at I would say yes. In the north they usually winter in two but you are in southwest Missouri, right? One should be ok. We are talking a 10 frame deep?
by moebees
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 107

Re: When to add 2nd box

Unless you feed them. They will still build comb if you feed. I'm not recommending that. Just saying that is the only way I would add a second box.
by moebees
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Moisture issues with TBH
Replies: 23
Views: 729

Re: Moisture issues with TBH

Yes, stay away from screened bottom boards.
by moebees
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Possible supersedure
Replies: 1
Views: 352

Re: Possible supersedure

They may have but I would think you would have seen q cells at some point.
by moebees
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 763

Re: Moving frames

Its honeybee line dancing! :lol:
by moebees
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 763

Re: Moving frames

I honestly don't care to think of these multitude of these things because I am busy planting potatoes.


Kind of late in the season!
by moebees
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 763

Re: Moving frames

Nordak is probably correct. I wasn't thinking about dearth.
by moebees
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 763

Re: Moving frames

Are you using a queen excluder?
by moebees
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Another hive goes queenless

Hey Robin, I saw the picture of your honey harvest on your blog. Looks really good!
by moebees
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Package source
Replies: 2
Views: 610

Re: Package source

Hi Dusty They are located in Taccoa Georgia just on the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest. They have a website and several videos on YouTube. I should have mentioned that they only ship to 29 states so that they can be confident bees will arrive in good shape. Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Okla...
by moebees
Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mite Biting Potential
Replies: 17
Views: 213

Re: Mite Biting Potential

I'm following too. 40% is a pretty good number.
by moebees
Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Package source
Replies: 2
Views: 610

Package source

I can find no good area of this forum to post this and perhaps it will get removed but I purchased 4 packages of Carniolans from Mountain Sweet Honey in Georgia and am thoroughly delighted with them. THESE ARE NOT TREATMENT FREE AND I MAKE NO SUCH CLAIM. But sometimes people who want to keep bees tr...
by moebees
Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 350
Views: 10182

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Yes feral bees can be anywhere. An old barn or any structure.
by moebees
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1088

Re: Ventilation

What about in the winter to eliminate condensation?


Upper entrance and good insulation.
by moebees
Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 350
Views: 10182

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Congratulations Greg! I have had no action at all on 10 traps so I am impressed.
by moebees
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 350
Views: 10182

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Today I made up two nucs to receive two new queens that came today. I got the queens to replace queens in two struggling hives. One I mentioned on here before that went queenless and they made a bunch of ecells. One hatched out and I was concerned she would not get mated with the terrible spring wea...
by moebees
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: How soon can I split a new package of bees?
Replies: 10
Views: 189

Re: How soon can I split a new package of bees?

It depends on your packages and how well they are doing. I am in almost the exact situation. I am in northern Illinois and started with 6 packages this year with no drawn comb. I got them in early april. Right now have two that are in big trouble because they had queen problems. I have 4 that are do...
by moebees
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mite Biting Potential
Replies: 17
Views: 213

Re: Mite Biting Potential

Very interesting Nordak. Please do keep us updated on your results.
by moebees
Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New beekeeper from the Netherlands
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: New beekeeper from the Netherlands

Hi Mark and welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have a great approach and I look forward to hearing how things go for you in the future.
by moebees
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1088

Re: Ventilation

I have an upper entrance.
by moebees
Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Another hive goes queenless

Good work Robin! Looks like you may have lots of bees and lots of honey! :D
by moebees
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Saskatraz Queens
Replies: 4
Views: 104

Re: Saskatraz Queens

Hey Dusty can I ask you where you are getting them from?
by moebees
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Another hive goes queenless

I don't know what Michael was thinking but I was thinking honey bound. Did you harvest the honey yet?
by moebees
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 10
Views: 722

Re: Bearding

I see bearding as a sign of not enough insulation on the boxes. I use polystyrene. Have not seen any bearding so far but of course I have been complaining for two months how cold and miserable our weather has been. :lol:
by moebees
Fri May 26, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Another hive goes queenless

Sounds like you are going to get plenty of honey this year! :D

Do they have room in the brood nest? The way you described the situation it sounded like you needed to add some empty frames in the brood chamber.
by moebees
Thu May 25, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: Another hive goes queenless

I think I would make some room for them pronto.
by moebees
Tue May 23, 2017 7:42 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 301
Views: 8139

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Every emergency cell was capped then chewed out from the side. Not sure what time frame we're talking, but post emergence, it is very common for cells to have been chewed out. The virgin that emerges will often sting the unemerged through their cells, then the bees will work on removing them. My gu...
by moebees
Tue May 23, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 301
Views: 8139

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Probably not.
by moebees
Tue May 23, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 301
Views: 8139

Re: Is your expansion successful?

One of the e-cells hatched out. Problem is we never get any decent flying weather for her to get mated.
by moebees
Sat May 20, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 301
Views: 8139

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I know what you mean on the weather. I have a package that was just getting going and went queenless. They make lots of emergency cells but all we have is cold, rain, and wind. I don't know how a queen could get mated. The only way my return to beekeeping could be any bigger of a disaster is if it k...
by moebees
Thu May 18, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 445

Re: Honey supers

Yeah if you want to get small cell get the foundation out and put in pf100 frames from mannlake. The problem is that if you mix foundationless and pf100 they are not going to want to draw the pf100. If is better to have all pf100. So your best bet now may be to just replace the foundation with found...
by moebees
Wed May 17, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 449

Re: 1 1/4 frames

I was asking in general - why narrow top bars that let bees through up and up? Well, obvious answer is - this is required for vertical, multi-box hives so to allow for the boxes to be shifted. Good for industry. Well, then, for sure I don't care about narrow, pass-through top bars. Naturally, there...
by moebees
Wed May 17, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 449

Re: 1 1/4 frames

keep thinking about this one. What is a true reason for narrow top bars anyway? Beekeeper's convenience for quick hive checking? Entrenched convention where no one is asking - why? No it is so the bees have space to fit between them. If you take 1/8 of inch off the ends the and do nothing to the to...
by moebees
Wed May 17, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Honey supers
Replies: 35
Views: 445

Re: Honey supers

Just lay a ruler on the frames and measure 10 cells. If they are 50 mm you have 5 mm cells.
by moebees
Wed May 17, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 449

Re: 1 1/4 frames

The ends are 1 1/4 inches wide. People that cut down the standard 1 3/8 ends to 1 1/4 sometimes leave the top bar 1 inch wide but that narrows the opening between them. So when I cut them down I also rip the top bars to 7/8 wide. If I was building them from scratch I would certainly make narrower to...
by moebees
Tue May 16, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Turkey
Replies: 28
Views: 720

Re: Turkey

Thanks for the update Ferdi. Good to have you back.
by moebees
Mon May 15, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 350
Views: 10182

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

This is a cautionary tale told at great embarrassment to me but perhaps it may serve as a warning to some others as poor at beekeeping as am. Today I inspected a hive that I suspected is queenless and indeed it is. It was a package installed on April 8. I fed 1:1 syrup in quart jars for about two we...
by moebees
Mon May 15, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to switch out comb?
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Re: How to switch out comb?

I would go foundation less unless you want to regress them to small cell first. Start them on pf100 frames and then switch to foundation less.
by moebees
Mon May 15, 2017 8:49 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Adding new boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: Adding new boxes

Hey Ferdi. Glad you are back. Was wondering if something happened to you.

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