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

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: 50

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: 50

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: 42

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: 403
Views: 16309

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: 403
Views: 16309

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: 1160

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: 205

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: 403
Views: 16309

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: 403
Views: 16309

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: 340

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: 73

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: 61

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: 72

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: 156

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: 156

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: 93

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: 222

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: 776

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: 53

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: 776

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: 1003

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: 776

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: 776

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: 225

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: 272

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: 272

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: 776

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: 272

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: 285

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: 272

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: 272

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: 272

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: 285

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: 9
Views: 205

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: 9
Views: 205

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: 1396

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: 9
Views: 205

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: 776

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 ...

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