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by SiWolKe
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 14
Views: 201

Re: keeping chickens

I started to train them.
It´s much easier than training bees :lol:

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by SiWolKe
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Propolis as medicine
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: Propolis as medicine

Very good, salvatore, thanks.

Do you use it after two weeks already?
by SiWolKe
Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 352
Views: 10312

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Before the heat spell ( 35°C-40°C ) the last week I harvested some surplus out of 9 combs to make some place for laying. I left two combs of capped honey at least on both sides for insulation. Next week there should be nice weather to check. I was not opening because I did not want to disturb the be...
by SiWolKe
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Ontario Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 39

Re: Greetings from Ontario Canada

Hi Kevin, welcome!
:)
by SiWolKe
Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Logbooks
Replies: 6
Views: 39

Re: Logbooks

I had a form to fill out but realized that with 14 hives last year and now 12 hives again it´s too much work. So I started to have a notebook ( old style) and pen with me always and a camera to take picts. Sometimes i take no notes or just a short remark, sometimes I write a whole side about my obse...
by SiWolKe
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 352
Views: 10312

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

God!
Post a picture please!
by SiWolKe
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 14
Views: 201

Re: keeping chickens

Yes germany likes to regulate everything, but sometimes there is an advantage. If you registrate you don´t have to pay any fees or tax being a hobbyist. But you get informed and compensated if there is a pest outbreak, as we often have AFB (bees) and Newcastle virus ( chicken). Being informed you ca...
by SiWolKe
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 14
Views: 201

Re: keeping chickens

New sport is chasing sparrows.

I invited our local veterinary to look at them, I´m obliged to vaccinate them.
Since one little flask of serum is for 3000 chicken she needs a group to order this.

She gave me much advice, it was nice talking to her.
by SiWolKe
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 14
Views: 201

Re: keeping chickens

I got them.

First day one escaped already and one flew over the fence (1.80m).
:lol:
They keep me occupied!

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by SiWolKe
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Propolis as medicine
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: Propolis as medicine

I've made some before. I pinch off the propolis into small bits so they dissolve faster. Put it in a jar with alcohol [rubbing, vodka, everclear, whatever] and let it sit. Shake it once in a while to help the propolis dissolve. I put it on any open wound. You're going to ask how much propolis and h...
by SiWolKe
Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

...or costing money every single year. I feel your pain. This is my 6th year and they have never made me any money. Maybe...maybe...next year. But I'm not holding my breath. The deadouts brought some money, 10 hives winter stores. I rather be poor. I have a small income from selling old black comb ...
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 10
Views: 735

Re: Bearding

The old ladies chatting and hanging around.

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by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 10
Views: 735

Re: Bearding

Several factors can affect bearding. Population in relation to space available when it's hot and humid as Robin suggested is when I notice it most. I see it as a sign of a healthy hive. Earlier in the year here, I will give them space if I see excessive bearding. Hey Jeff and Robin, you are exactly...
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:26 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Well, I like the approach Robin does and I´m of her mind. I´m doing the hard bond more or less and I still have some survivors, but barely. I´m with Solomon, most people don´t see the bigger picture, but you can´t change them. So work with the others. I´m not so pessimistic like you are, Sol, about ...
by SiWolKe
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

there is that big difference between a small beekeeper and Kefuss` number of hives. He talked about the 10 hives threshold. Most hobbyist here have less. I've been thinking about this. Does the 10 hive threshold include any feral hives close by? Hi Robin, they say that you need at least 10 hives to...
by SiWolKe
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 352
Views: 10312

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Today was a very good day. :D All my now 12 hives have a laying queen and are good looking. Nice patterns. The old queen from my grafting mess seems to be still there. The swarm`s natural comb looks great with the fresh white wax. All colonies build combs. Two fill the medium on top. the elgon build...
by SiWolKe
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:20 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

No, that's not the case. I interviewed him on my podcast. I listened to the Kefuss podcast to learn more. God, seems like he introduced mites into his hives all the time to make them start resistant behaviors, if I understood him. So with my robber screens and preventing drift I probably prevent th...
by SiWolKe
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Sorry I´m being misunderstood. I`m of the same mind as you believing honeybees can still survive on their own. What I mean is they adapt and will likely develop some traits the beekeeper does not want. For example they ( this is no statement but a suspicion) the could become more ferocious which mea...
by SiWolKe
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

The problem is, Greg, that honeybees are "livestock". If a race brings more honey, beekeepers will try to import and migrate them. They will keep them in buildings, insulate the hives, feed like crazy... Bet if some see the local strains can survive they propagate more honey production... ...
by SiWolKe
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1116

Re: Ventilation

What people invent to make the bees do what the beekeepers want ;)
by SiWolKe
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:49 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

I am interactive with the feral population. I catch their swarms, and I give them swarms. In my view, this is the best long term plan for TF. Line breeding and isolation has not given us TF bees in 25 years, and it never will. TF is not a trait one can breed and sell. TF is apis mellifera. It can't...
by SiWolKe
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1116

Re: Ventilation

I tested this myself, Greg, i have some hives with a medium under. One build comb in every available space under the frames and has worker brood there. This is a mess. Difficult to pull the frames. Still all bee colonies beard except the small splits with queen. It´s my first year with closed floors...
by SiWolKe
Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1116

Re: Ventilation

I just want to tell you my bees live outdoors now:

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by SiWolKe
Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

The adaption can be prevented by beekeeper`s managements to a high extent. It´s probably good to start with more resistant stock, even if you have to migrate them. But then they must become local. Inexperience, wrong estimations of conditions, wrong time managements, letting them starve after harves...
by SiWolKe
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Jeff where I live it is too crowded to miss a swarm. The people do not fear swarms. They are just not interested in taking them into husbandry. That´s because queens are shifted every season and the swarm has the old queen mostly. Use the bees and catch them, introduce a queen, too much work for man...
by SiWolKe
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

John Kefuss has been keeping bees in France treatment free for nearly two decades. He is isolated and only his survivor drones around. It´s the same with Alois Wallner. His breeders are tf and isolated, his area flooded with his drones. Still, he treats the production hives because after 30 years t...
by SiWolKe
Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 302
Views: 8240

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Very nice Iharder! Seems like you are getting to be famous :D My own grafting attempt was a mess and made me loose a good survivor queen maybe. I don't really know what happened, they started queen cells but when I combined the two parts to be the finisher the queen was maybe crossing the excluder. ...
by SiWolKe
Wed Jun 14, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

@ ferdi yes, my crash was last winter, 4 out of 14 made it but some deadouts were my mistake, too much space given in winter and wrong kind of split, I believe. Breeding the mites instead of bees. And there was a big problem with matings because of the weather. But I don´t want to be a lonely tf bee...
by SiWolKe
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 778

Re: Moving frames

Mine cluster outside and sleep while the foragers work their p. off :lol:

Seems like the brood breeds itself with our temperature of 30°C.

Now and then some young bees "washboard". The smaller have normal activity and stay inside.
by SiWolKe
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 515

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Well Solomon, what would you do without a feral population? As I said before, our local mutts are barely kept alive with treatments and never the colonies are evaluated for breeding except one or two scientifically tries like breeding VSH queens with the artificial insemination using only one drone,...
by SiWolKe
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mite Biting (video)
Replies: 14
Views: 152

Re: Mite Biting (video)

Yes, my thoughts.
Sometimes I see bees desperately trying to get rid of mites? which must be on the underside. This movements trigger the grooming which perhaps changes to mite biting.
I filmed this once, several bees grooming one, but I did not see if they are successful.
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 778

Re: Moving frames

Everyone has his reasons to use his system. If you have a two brood box ( or more ) system you can do like Dee Lusby, take one whole box off as a split, no shifting of frames and still two strong colonies. If you use an excluder you can take a whole box off to harvest, put a lid on and carry away an...
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mite Biting (video)
Replies: 14
Views: 152

Re: Mite Biting (video)

>Braula runs around; Varroa sits tight. Varroa can run VERY fast and while they do the "squirrel thing" (run or stand still) they really go fast when they want to move . You seldom see them run on comb, but I've seen it and they are also fast there. I believe that´s right. When they smell...
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 778

Re: Moving frames

Nordak wrote:
Ask ten beekeepers, they'll give you 30 different answers. ;)


No problem for me, I like the 30 answers. Makes your brain work to find out about your own situation.
I´m not trying to convince anybody just give my thoughts and humble experience. ;)
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mite Biting (video)
Replies: 14
Views: 152

Re: Mite Biting (video)

Jeff this is a question directed at you:

is the grooming trait a behavior between bees, one ( or more) bee (s) grooming the other or
the bees grooming themselves?
I believe every bee grooms itself, no special behavior.
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:52 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 778

Re: Moving frames

I would not move up the drone brood and honey comb because then the bees might breed drones again on bottom and breed less workers. It´s normal to have drone brood and honey stores at the bottom this time of year because the bees make drones where it is colder and the honey stored near the entrance ...
by SiWolKe
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mite Biting Potential
Replies: 17
Views: 232

Re: Mite Biting Potential

I just wanted to say anyone can do this. I bought a $12 pocket microscope with 60x-120x power off Amazon and use my camera phone to take the pictures by holding the camera lens up to the scope lens. From my experience, it's a trait worth looking for and propagating if possible. You are so right. :)...
by SiWolKe
Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mite Biting (video)
Replies: 14
Views: 152

Re: Mite Biting (video)

No varroa..hehe..nice dream!

I´ve never seen a louse on a queen, must be another race of lice.
And I have never seen a trail like from wax moths.

Thanks for the link, now I know what they eat.
by SiWolKe
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mite Biting (video)
Replies: 14
Views: 152

Re: Mite Biting (video)

Watching the lice one sees that they shun the light, they go off the bees if you look at them in daylight and hide in the combs and they are not attached like the mites. I don´t know exactly how they nourish but they seem not to bring virus disease. I believe once the mites suck bee blood they are l...
by SiWolKe
Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Are we selecting for bees that go queenless all the time?
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Are we selecting for bees that go queenless all the time?

My thoughts are that thelytoky is present in beeyards which are managed naturally. It´s a chance for the hopeless queenless bees to have a short time emergency queen and why should evolution not propagate this? Hopeless queenless...I don´t believe it´s used as a normal supercedure. It may be that th...

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