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by Kwalt
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Austria :-)
Replies: 5
Views: 73

Re: Hello from Austria :-)

Welcome to the forum Norbert.
by Kwalt
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Winter projects for spring plans
Replies: 15
Views: 228

Re: Winter projects for spring plans

Thank you for the encouragement. I've read about encouraging horizontal hives to swarm after their second year and every year thereafter. I think they do this by pulling excess frames going into winter and delaying expanding the hive early in the spring. This sounds like a management technique that ...
by Kwalt
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:42 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Winter projects for spring plans
Replies: 15
Views: 228

Winter projects for spring plans

I’ve been encouraged to share my aspirations for the upcoming beekeeping season in southeast Kansas. My first season with bees is coming to an end with three colonies going into winter. These are in Langstroth boxes. I have 2 more Langstroth deep nucleus colonies on order for next spring from a loca...
by Kwalt
Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: birthdays
Replies: 9
Views: 474

birthdays

Thank you SiWolKe. I’m already thinking of winter projects to try new things next year.
by Kwalt
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: 3/4 of flying insects gone
Replies: 5
Views: 69

Re: 3/4 of flying insects gone

I just listened to a podcast with a similar topic. Entomologist Doug Tallamy PhD discusses the loss of native plants and how that affects the insect population. https://joegardener.com/podcast/012-bringing-nature-home-with-doug-tallamy/ I enjoyed the the podcast and ended up watching the television ...
by Kwalt
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Newbie in Exteme Southwest Indiana (Pike county)
Replies: 3
Views: 61

Newbie in Exteme Southwest Indiana (Pike county)

Welcome to the forum Deen.
by Kwalt
Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16309

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Sorry to hear of your losses so soon heading into winter. It sounds like you had everything going your way. Your mites seem to be especially virulent. Let's hope we get our bees and mites to co-exist here in the US before we have conditions like you have to deal with. This reinforces the adage that ...
by Kwalt
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Cheers
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: Cheers

Welcome to the forum. I'm in SE Kansas only about 90 miles from Bartlesville so we're nearly neighbors. My first year with bees is coming to a close and I've found good information and help here. I also built my own boxes. The beehive building dummies book is what I used for plans. They have the lan...
by Kwalt
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the Ct shorline
Replies: 3
Views: 93

Re: Hello from the Ct shorline

Welcome to the forum Justin.
by Kwalt
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:17 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16309

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

A couple of weeks ago I smelled a funky odor coming from my hives. I opened them and all appeared to be fine. Today I learned that the goldenrod honey stinks like that. I never would have guessed.

Kevin
by Kwalt
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: The Small Hive project - build a small horizontal hive
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: The Small Hive project - build a small horizontal hive

The web site works fine for me. It looks like an interesting project to follow.
by Kwalt
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Germany
Replies: 14
Views: 770

Re: Germany

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

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by Kwalt
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Making queen cells
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Making queen cells

I wouldn't call this a strong hive at this point so I'll leave it to the bees to figure out. If it doesn't work out I'll combine it with another. Thank you all for the help.
by Kwalt
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Making queen cells
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Making queen cells

I have a queenless colony. I added a frame of eggs and bees from another colony. I thought the first queen to emerge will kill the others. I've been reading, or possibly misreading, information that suggests I should remove all but one queen cell to prevent the first queen from leaving with a swarm....
by Kwalt
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 1117

Re: Ideas

Salvatore, I don't know that I've ever seen a basswood tree. We do have trees with the big blooms in your picture, we call it a catalpa tree.

Kevin

PS: if anyone comes up with a source for basswood trees I'm interested. Seedlings would be fine.
by Kwalt
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Kiaora from New Zealand
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Kiaora from New Zealand

Welcome Kiaora
by Kwalt
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 33
Views: 1160

Re: keeping chickens

When I grew up,raising and slaughtering animals for food is just what we did. The chicken we did ourselves and the beef and pork we took to the locker plant for processing. All three of us children helped raise the animals and process the chickens (catching and plucking). I admit there was always so...
by Kwalt
Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Logbooks
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Re: Logbooks

I know myself, and even knowing the advantages I don't think I would keep it up. If it was right there and all I needed to do was jot a couple of notes, maybe. It would have to be so easy and convenient that I couldn't help but do it.

Kevin
by Kwalt
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Logbooks
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Logbooks

I was wondering if keeping hive observation logs is something that most beekeepers do? I think it might be a good idea for me. With only two colonies I find that after a couple of weeks I don't remember as well as I should have what I saw and when it was. If you do take notes, do you use a note pad ...
by Kwalt
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Ontario Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 269

Re: Greetings from Ontario Canada

Welcome to the forum Kevin. I've learned a lot here and continue to learn from everyone's experiences. I hope you share and find something useful here also.

Kevin
by Kwalt
Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 33
Views: 1160

Re: keeping chickens

As a US citizen, I'm constantly amazed at the things you're "obliged " to do. As our population density increases and our society grows older I suppose we'll be obliged to do more things.

Kevin
by Kwalt
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 33
Views: 1160

Re: keeping chickens

Chickens are better than television :lol:
by Kwalt
Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Small hive beetle larvae
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Re: Small hive beetle larvae

They seem to be pretty dense on the combs to me. There are only 8 langstroth deeps and one medium in the box. Do you have a couple of queens ready?
by Kwalt
Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Small hive beetle larvae
Replies: 3
Views: 212

Small hive beetle larvae

I found a 1" x 3" area at the top of a frame of pollen that had been messed up by small hive beetle larvae. It was a plastic frame so I used the hive tool to scrape the messed up area off the frame along with the larvae. What should I have done?

Kevin
by Kwalt
Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 42
Views: 1418

Re: 1 1/4 frames

I like the way you made the lower portion of the end bars narrower. I hadn't thought about doing it that way. Easy and effective.

Kevin
by Kwalt
Mon May 29, 2017 12:42 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 see some pollen. Do they have nectar or honey? I didn't look at all of the frames in either colony. I found eggs in one and the queen in the other. Neither colony has had honey but they both have nectar. Earlier one had a bit of capped honey but only in the corners of a brood frame. There shouldn...
by Kwalt
Mon May 29, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16309

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Nothing exciting happening here. The two nucs keep making comb and brood. A friend was out and snapped a couple photos before his phone battery gave out. http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q413/Kwalt1985/IMG_0542_zpsoegcflpt.jpg http://i350.photobucket.com/albums/q413/Kwalt1985/IMG_0543_zps0yufohsb....
by Kwalt
Wed May 24, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Observation hive
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: Observation hive

A frame with grooves for the frame rests and plexiglass held on with mirror clips works nicely. I suppose it shouldn't be that hard to back into a design just using langstroth box dimensions and use the 1 3/4" dimension between the glass. I might try to draw something up if I can't find someon...
by Kwalt
Wed May 24, 2017 3:12 am
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Observation hive
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Observation hive

I'm interested in building an observation hive. I'm not impressed with the hive style in the Building Beehives for Dummies book. Does anyone have any experience with any other plans, internet or book versions? I'm open to suggestions but I don't want to design one myself.

Kevin
by Kwalt
Fri May 19, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Small hive beetle?
Replies: 2
Views: 224

Re: Small hive beetle?

Thanks for the confirmation. I'll be on the lookout the next time I open them up. The colony in the video is a bit stronger than the other but both were balling them up. I did see a few make their way into the other colony.

Kevin
by Kwalt
Fri May 19, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Small hive beetle?
Replies: 2
Views: 224

Small hive beetle?

A new video and a new question. I saw these making there way into both colonies. I was watching the entrance and hadn't seen any, then they just seemed to start flying in.

https://youtu.be/TUMcDBEVQKQ

Thoughts anyone?
by Kwalt
Thu May 18, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is wrong with this picture
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Re: What is wrong with this picture

I'll take perfectly normal. We had 35 mph winds today with 55mph gusts. I doubt they did much flying for most of the day.
by Kwalt
Thu May 18, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is wrong with this picture
Replies: 7
Views: 855

What is wrong with this picture

This was a five frame nuc installed in an 8 frame deep May 2nd. As of Saturday, May 13 they were building out the rest of the frames in the top deep and I saw the queen and eggs and larvae. They have been a little behind the other nuc. I made a quick trip to the farm this evening and saw all of this...
by Kwalt
Fri May 12, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16309

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Is it in one of your hives now? I would like to find one in my backyard.
by Kwalt
Thu May 04, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Bees won't move up.
Replies: 13
Views: 457

Re: Bees won't move up.

I'm testing out Nordak's scheme now. I put one medium under a deep on my two new nucleus colonies that came on deep frames. I think it may be done raining for at least a week.

Kevin
by Kwalt
Thu May 04, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from SW Missouri
Replies: 7
Views: 326

Re: Hello from SW Missouri

Welcome coach. It's always good to have another's experiences added to the mix.
by Kwalt
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: First swarm trap action
Replies: 10
Views: 949

Re: First swarm trap action

The trap is made from Dr Leo's plans. It's loaded with Langstroth mediums. It is much taller than the frames.

http://horizontalhive.com/how-to-build/ ... lans.shtml

Kevin
by Kwalt
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:27 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: First swarm trap action
Replies: 10
Views: 949

Re: First swarm trap action

I really don't know if they have moved in or not. I didn't see any pollen coming in and with my ear to the box it didn't sound like a huge number of bees but I don't have any frame of reference. There was a bee acting like a guard bee in the entrance but again I have no experience to know if that's ...
by Kwalt
Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: First swarm trap action
Replies: 10
Views: 949

First swarm trap action

One of my swarm traps is getting some activity in it. It's located in my brother in law's front yard. He said this morning there were at least 30-40 bees on the front. This is my first attempt at swarm trapping and beekeeping so I don't know what I'm looking at. I drove over to check it out a few ho...
by Kwalt
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: traditionals
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: traditionals

It looks great Sibylle. I came here to learn about bees and get bonus cultural knowledge in the process. Thank you for the update.

Kevin

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