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by SiWolKe
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Making queen cells
Replies: 4
Views: 38

Re: Making queen cells

When i splitted I mostly had more than ten cells and I left the decision to the bees, never culled a cell. I had only one swarm out of a queenless split which was because they had not enough space and density of bees was high. Today, having more experience, I would distribute the frames which have c...
by SiWolKe
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11190

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Checking the elgon/ carni bee yard everything looked fine the last days, queens present, much honey, no disease, no mites on boards and bees. Today I found the swarm from my queenless split without queen, four weeks ago they had 6 combs of open brood. The last hive to check it was. Pushed a comb in ...
by SiWolKe
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 22
Views: 158

Re: Requeening

When asked about robbing he claimed that if hives are too weak to defend themselves then let'em go. Just for what it's worth.


I hope he makes a difference between natural colonies and manmade ones. :)

If he means nature I´m with him but if I create a weak hive I will rather protect it.
by SiWolKe
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: From Maine
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: From Maine

Welcome!
:)
by SiWolKe
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: birthdays
Replies: 6
Views: 254

Re: birthdays

Happy birthday, Robin!
:)
by SiWolKe
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Really tiny queen
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Really tiny queen

I´m with the other guys.
Queens change sometimes extremely after mating and starting to lay.

I have one which looked like a drone first, now she is very slim but long and lays good.

Some get fat and darker.

Good luck, Robin!
by SiWolKe
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Home Brewing
Topic: fermented honey recipes
Replies: 2
Views: 65

fermented honey recipes

I extracted some combs I had stored for a long time as for feeding emergencies and some of the bottles fermented. I posted this on BS to get some advise how to prevent this but was convinced it is a specialty. So I used the honey to make two kinds of batches: one with ginger, garlic, rosemary,salve ...
by SiWolKe
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Managing Large Swarm in Nuc
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Managing Large Swarm in Nuc

I would build a shelter around them, overwinter them and relocate them in spring after first brood emerged.
Do a cutout then and split the bees in two parts or more, depending on the density.

Nice picture, thanks!
by SiWolKe
Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: Reducing entrance

Oh sorry greg I meant GC,
but thanks anyway. :)

GC at what time of day did you install the screens?
by SiWolKe
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: Reducing entrance

What´s your temps just now Greg?
My hives look the same, 28°C, high humidity. Part bearding, part traffic.

Seems to me not much chaotic. They must learn about the robber screens. This changes the normal traffic.
by SiWolKe
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Warre
Topic: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses
Replies: 26
Views: 2258

Re: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses

Very nice, thanks, VA.
That our tools on top?
by SiWolKe
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:42 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: Reducing entrance

I have reduced entrance all year through to 15cm. This year I have closed floors and robber screens on all hives. No problems so far, all advantages. I would cover the metal lid with something if I was you. The metal lids get too hot. A piece of old carpet perhaps. I have a wooden board on top of th...
by SiWolKe
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member from Central Kentucky
Replies: 4
Views: 1125

Re: New Member from Central Kentucky

Welcome!
Nice experience, much to learn for your first year!
I had some foragers from other hives join a colony too for some weeks but they stayed.
Do you per chance have some russian bees around?
They seem to like to move to other hives.
by SiWolKe
Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Using a Scythe to Trim Around Hives
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Using a Scythe to Trim Around Hives

Nordak wrote: I made my snath a one-handled style. Basically the handle on the rear is the snath itself. I can adjust as needed.


Hey Jeff, what a wonderful idea!
I imagine that works great. Maybe you can post a pict if you are ready to go.
by SiWolKe
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Using a Scythe to Trim Around Hives
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Using a Scythe to Trim Around Hives

I use a scythe since childhood and have one big and one with short handle. The short one I use around the beehives and to cut nettles, one hand holding the brush and the other working the scythe. Pay attention to where your hands are. This scythe I pull from outside into my direction. This you can d...
by SiWolKe
Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:08 am
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 455

Re: keeping chickens

My ladies eating an ant´s nest I found under one of my hives.
Sorry ants!

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by SiWolKe
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?
Replies: 16
Views: 229

Re: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?

Jeff, for the first time I plan not to have all my hives registrated.

But maybe it´s hot air...
by SiWolKe
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 271

Re: Ideas

I planted this last year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphoricarpos_albus Once planted and a little mowing in the first two years it spreads . Deers and hares leave it alone even if wiki says they don´t. It´s growing here in the wild also but not in great numbers. It brings nectar and knotweed br...
by SiWolKe
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: deformed wing virus
Replies: 25
Views: 1497

Re: deformed wing virus

I´m not sure but when I had crippled living bees they crawled out of the hives, fell down and crawled away.
I don´t know how far.
I´ve never seen crippled living bees carried far away, only robbers were carried. The living or the drones were chased out.
by SiWolKe
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?
Replies: 16
Views: 229

Re: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?

I must be a strange person thinking a swarm must be established first until being robbed by me. This year I harvested the first time from living colonies, only surplus. From my deadouts I stored most of the honey combs to give to splits or weak ones ( or this year to a swarm). I´m not feeding sugar ...
by SiWolKe
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Feeding a swarm?
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: Feeding a swarm?

Hi Marcel,
How nice! congrats!

I would not feed as long as there is flow and check before winter, maybe feed then. Watch the building of combs so there is enough space for stores and brood.
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfeeding.htm
by SiWolKe
Sun Jul 02, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?
Replies: 16
Views: 229

Re: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?

Infections are everywhere but if you blame yourself to have imported them into your beeyard it´s not very nice. And if law kills your hives its even worse. I myself become more and more relaxed about things like that. We have a new veterinary advisor here who published in our magazine that the momen...
by SiWolKe
Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?
Replies: 16
Views: 229

Re: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?

While at it - ask for any old, junky honey combs they do not need; they might just give them to you for your bees also. A good fellow keeper gave me a full container of old black honey combs this year - REALLY great help with my nucs. Be careful with such advise. This could spread disease like AFB....
by SiWolKe
Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?
Replies: 16
Views: 229

Re: Does a swarm store honey from parent hive?

Yes, Greg is right.
My swarm with virgin queen stored a little amount of honey before they had brood, but the moment they start breeding they need all.
by SiWolKe
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11190

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Anyway, I arrived and the entire front of the hive was covered with bees. Lots of honey not all capped in the top 3 boxes. I added another 2 boxes. Hopefully they get back to work. I getting kind of desperate having enough space left for the queen to lay because of all the honey. never saw a storin...
by SiWolKe
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Re: Bearding

MMH. my stronger hives do no washboarding but we have no real dearth. If we have no foraging it´s because it rains. But could be they do it inside the box. The bees that lived outside when we had the heat wave did no washboarding. They just fixed themselves on the surface of the box, mostly in shade...
by SiWolKe
Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:12 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Kiaora from New Zealand
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Re: Kiaora from New Zealand

Hi Kiaora,
nice to meet you here!
:)
by SiWolKe
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Re: Bearding

Very interesting.
Could be.
Perhaps others here will chime in giving their thoughts.

My boxes are painted with linseed oil-wax finish, especially for bee hives.
Maybe they don´t want to propolise this.
by SiWolKe
Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bearding
Replies: 18
Views: 901

Re: Bearding

Rurification wrote:
...and washboarding. Mine do a lot of washboarding this time of year.


I have never observed washboarding, I had to look it up on u-tube.
What are the bees doing and why?
by SiWolKe
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11190

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

GregV wrote:Will need to special order an extractor - even more expensive then.


If possible order it the biggest size and share with others who pay a little fee.
All sizes of frames can be done with that.
by SiWolKe
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:40 am
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 455

Re: keeping chickens

The family who bred my chicks are using the roosters as food and they have small children who know this. They are not farmers just hobbyists. If you are PETA you can´t use medicine ( egg white used in pills or serums) cosmetics ( tested with animals). Show me one person defending PETA doing this con...
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 455

Re: keeping chickens

I have my bees at a wildlife park. The falconer uses small male chicks as feed. They are frozen just after hatching. I think it´s more natural than killing them and throwing them away as waste just after hatching. When he makes his show he compares the feed to chicken nuggets at MD. Very good learni...
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11190

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

@ Iharder I appreciate you reflecting and updating about the managements you do. Very good learning. Yes I sell a some honey to local people who know me, but nobody knows about tf. TF is illegal, so I don´t talk about that. I´m just selling "honey not made out of sugar syrup" and of bees &...
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 455

Re: keeping chickens

>You can´t have chicken in such a small town, Michael? Why not? It's the law. You can have them in the bigger cities around here if you don't have roosters. Omaha and Lincoln allow chickens, but Nehawka does not. Luckily I'm not IN town, I'm just outside the village limits. Yeah luck for you. Well,...
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 455

Re: keeping chickens

Not everyone is able to live his life without some regulations. People who can´t defend themselves and are poor need regulations of protection. Or maybe I should say ethics and rules. I would not want any regulations to choosing my religion as long as I´m not forcing anyone to join, but I would want...
by SiWolKe
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:58 am
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 455

Re: keeping chickens

I changed my mind about regulations after the Grenfell disaster in London.

Without regulations unscrupulousness reigns our free market society. IMO
by SiWolKe
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 455

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: 5
Views: 98

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: 367
Views: 11190

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: 101

Re: Greetings from Ontario Canada

Hi Kevin, welcome!
:)

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