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by SiWolKe
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 387
Views: 13944

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I have drone corners cut out on every foundations 10% and they raise drones ( only the swarm with virgin was without drones, but now is one of the stronger). I have one third foundation less this season and will have more. They built sc in broodnest area. Strategie will be to expand from the survivo...
by SiWolKe
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 387
Views: 13944

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I had a deadout on Saturday. This colony was made as a split in June 2017, I splitted in two strong parts because I was not able to find the queen ( supplier 16 years tf), they had 12 brood combs dadant and bursted with bees. Genetics: AMM descendants from a "resistant survivor " queen, tr...
by SiWolKe
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 387
Views: 13944

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I met a person who started a project last year to promote treatment free beekeeping.
Through him it could be possible we will get a license to be tf.
Fingers crossed.
by SiWolKe
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: skeps
Replies: 20
Views: 419

Re: skeps

What I like about the skeps is the straw with cow poke on the outside, seems to me a good thing for hive climate. Did you realize that the hives were shaded in winter so the bees are not too active? MB, they have top entrances! There are some with bottom entrance though, I believe. And a good thing,...
by SiWolKe
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 387
Views: 13944

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

PS: this resistance thing should co-develop along the way... natural factors will insure of it; just let it work. Not here. We have to work actively on this. There is someone who searches for wild living honeybees. I mailed to him and he will work with us.he is the first I met who wants to safe wil...
by SiWolKe
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 373

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

Many thanks Iharder.
Such things are so valuable to know.
by SiWolKe
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 387
Views: 13944

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

GregV you have resistant bees if you have descendants of your actual stock left after 6 years without expansion through catched swarms. I believe Sol is now starting again with local swarms after many losses? If you are able to flood your area with your own tf stock then you will have resistant bees...
by SiWolKe
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Poland
Replies: 28
Views: 1232

Re: Poland

winter 2015/16 I lost none. The winter was warm and they outbred the mites until I splitted. winter 2016/17 I lost 10 out of 14. 4 were varroa crashes, the other were queen issues, or what they call CCD, no one knows exactly what that is. Also they never starved, but it looks like some were isolated...
by SiWolKe
Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 387
Views: 13944

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

If you place your hives in an area where many bees rob or are robbed by yours you are not able to evaluate if the colony is resistant if it survives, more so because you took out combs. But no problem. You do bond so no problem. If 50% survive, very good. If all die because they distribute mites by ...
by SiWolKe
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 387
Views: 13944

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

GregV wrote:
It is a shame, started as a very strong June swarm (though a typical treated and cultured bee, so I can see this demise coming).


Is it standing single? Perhaps I would avoid this area.
by SiWolKe
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: skeps
Replies: 20
Views: 419

Re: skeps

I received the link to the english version now:
enjoy, Robin, they explain everything but don´t be surprised, the brood is killed and the honey harvested as crushed honey or honeycomb.
It was common practise that time ( 1978)

https://av.tib.eu/media/14378
by SiWolKe
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 387
Views: 13944

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Thanks GregV.
And yes, we do need European representation here so we can talk of good old heritage hive systems, so unjustly forgotten.

Look up the skep thread!
by SiWolKe
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: skeps
Replies: 20
Views: 419

Re: skeps

A nice video of a migrating beekeeping enterprise, using skeps, they have over 1000 skeps among them. https://av.tib.eu/media/9327 Makes me wonder if it was not a way to go into winter without mites nowadays , doing such managements before winter bee breeding as they did. Kind of IPM it would be and...
by SiWolKe
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Poland
Replies: 28
Views: 1232

Re: Poland

Hey you have had more losses than me! ;)

VA, we will succeed in the end. Keep up and let´s hold on together. I like your style :)

Bravo!
by SiWolKe
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 387
Views: 13944

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I changed my mind about leaving here. I´m doing IPM now but MB said I could stay not telling about treatments, and another very nice person pm(ing) me convinced me there is still some interest in my doings in spite of using IPM. I will tell about those IPM because they are no chemical treatments unt...
by SiWolKe
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: foundation pressing offer
Replies: 0
Views: 39

foundation pressing offer

Once again I´m offering to press 4.9 small cell foundations of your own wax in winter time. It´s possible to send me the cleared wax to press and I send back the foundations. It will be treated separately from other peoples wax. Up to 10kg I will do it for free only shipping costs must be paid. Euro...
by SiWolKe
Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Germany
Replies: 14
Views: 615

Re: Germany

Hi!
no I have no pure bred carnis.
by SiWolKe
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 387
Views: 13944

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I´m doing my last check before closing up. I only have to feed the two weakest. The reducing to one brood box dadant size worked wonderfully, the bees are already in fall modus and reduced brood nests. Around they have stored and capped honey in domes and away from entrance. Seems to me my problems ...
by SiWolKe
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Germany
Replies: 14
Views: 615

Re: Germany

Kwalt wrote:They're just arbitrary titles someone came up with to reflect the number of posts you have made.

faq.php#f1r7


I see. Thanks, Kwalt.

Next I hope to be called hobbyist researcher :D or professional hobbyist.....1000 posts later. ;)
by SiWolKe
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Germany
Replies: 14
Views: 615

Re: Germany

First I was freshman then I was backyard now I´m hobbyist.

I don´t understand this rating system.
by SiWolKe
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Expansion plan
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: Expansion plan

I just now introduced a mated queen into a split ( I hope they accept her or I will recombine with the other part). I have a weak swarm queenless which must have a virgin now, I fear these I will have to shake out. Let´s see in one week. If there is a queen laying I have food combs and drawn combs f...
by SiWolKe
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Feeding a swarm?
Replies: 8
Views: 271

Re: Feeding a swarm?

Hey Marcel, to go into winter they need at least 4 frames dadant size of capped honey and some honey domes. That´s the minimum.

Start feeding in late august so they have time to dry and cap.

Sibylle
by SiWolKe
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:09 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Making queen cells
Replies: 4
Views: 159

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: 387
Views: 13944

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: 28
Views: 460

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: 134

Re: From Maine

Welcome!
:)
by SiWolKe
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: birthdays
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: birthdays

Happy birthday, Robin!
:)
by SiWolKe
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Really tiny queen
Replies: 8
Views: 231

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: 175

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: 183

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: 344

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: 344

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: 2809

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: 344

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: 1182

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: 153

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: 153

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: 825

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: 366

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: 712

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...

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