Search found 37 matches

by Allen Newberry
Thu Mar 17, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Long Term Small Cell Study
Replies: 17
Views: 829

Re: Long Term Small Cell Study

Perhaps use 10 hives started from small cell nucs shaken into new hives with unused foundation and 10 hives started with unregressed packages in same type of hive. Do this for both the small cell and large cell groups and both groups will have bees shifting size. Although, It might be better if you ...
by Allen Newberry
Tue Mar 15, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Timing queen rearing/splits
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Re: Timing queen rearing/splits

Thanks. It has been getting warmer. I have barely had a chance to mess around out in the hives. But, hopefully I'll see some drones soon.
by Allen Newberry
Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Timing queen rearing/splits
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Re: Timing queen rearing/splits

I try to follow that advice when making splits. My issue is when to time splits for the weather. I have to do them early as there is a dearth in the summer. It just seems that somewhere in the middle of the process the cold weather unexpectedly comes back.
by Allen Newberry
Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Timing queen rearing/splits
Replies: 7
Views: 588

Timing queen rearing/splits

When do you guys start your queen rearing/splits? I know it is going to be different based on where you are, but when do you find it to be safe to do so? In my case it seems like half the time I mistime it and it gets cold again.
by Allen Newberry
Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: OTS queen rearing?
Replies: 4
Views: 530

Re: OTS queen rearing?

I break the bottom of the cells out. Sometimes they build there sometimes they don't. I figure it shouldn't hurt anything, but might help.
by Allen Newberry
Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Foundationless Tips
Replies: 11
Views: 637

Re: Foundationless Tips

I haven't heard of anyone selling treatment free foundation. Aside from people sending in their own wax. You could melt your own wax into sheets and slice it into strips. It wouldn't have a pattern but It should work. But, turning the wedge sideways in a frame works fine. As does glueing in Popsicle...
by Allen Newberry
Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Foundationless Tips
Replies: 11
Views: 637

Re: Foundationless Tips

Perhaps this should have been #5...

Check out Michael Bush's website.
by Allen Newberry
Sat Mar 05, 2016 5:23 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Foundationless Tips
Replies: 11
Views: 637

Foundationless Tips

After doing beekeeping foundationless beekeeping for a few years I have found a few things to be helpful. So, here are a few tips: 1. In Langstroths use medium sized frames instead of deeps. In deeps I had issues with breaking comb. Plus, having only one frame size is handy as you can move a frame f...
by Allen Newberry
Sun Oct 04, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Pricing Honey
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Pricing Honey

What are you guys charging for honey? I figure our honey is worth more as we are doing things right. Plus in my case I don't harvest a lot of honey so my stings per jar ratio is pretty high and if I sell much I end up not having enough for mead etc. Aka if I sell any I am not planning on pricing at ...
by Allen Newberry
Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: TF with a package?
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: TF with a package?

Most of the treatment free folks are into nucs, so finding one of those might be easier. Another option is to requeen the package with a TF queen. Or, catch swarms and hope to catch a good one.
by Allen Newberry
Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Let's talk top entrances
Replies: 9
Views: 832

Re: Let's talk top entrances

I mainly use top entrances. It is probably due to the ease of making simple tops with a couple of wedges glued/tacked on to a piece of plywood.
by Allen Newberry
Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Home Brewing
Topic: First attempt at mead making
Replies: 5
Views: 961

Re: First attempt at mead making

Waiting is good. But, if it tastes good now there is nothing wrong with drinking some now.
by Allen Newberry
Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Suport for Tapatalk
Replies: 6
Views: 759

Re: Suport for Tapatalk

Sweet. I like Tapatalk for posting pictures.
by Allen Newberry
Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Guides
Replies: 20
Views: 2026

Re: Comb Guides

They would really have to want to make some crazy comb to mess things up with that guide. I think when I did big triangles it was the most crazy comb resistant of the things I have tried. Thanks for the photos and info everyone!
by Allen Newberry
Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: What type of comb do you use?
Replies: 13
Views: 780

Re: What type of comb do you use?

You might try wiring the frames. If you are crushing and straining fishing line might be better than actual wire. I don't do it but, I bet it would make them quite a bit less prone to breakage.
by Allen Newberry
Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: What type of comb do you use?
Replies: 13
Views: 780

Re: What type of comb do you use?

I find it interesting to see that there are more votes toward some sort of foundationless use than toward the use of foundation. While some of the votes may be just someone using an occasional foundationless frame to get some drones. I think that it does show that the group here is a bit more advent...
by Allen Newberry
Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames
Replies: 13
Views: 1170

Re: Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames

p.s. I don't trim my frames. Mainly due to laziness. But, I am curious to hear others results with the technique.
by Allen Newberry
Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames
Replies: 13
Views: 1170

Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames

I was just curious as to how many of you are trimming your frames to fit more frames in a box? As in 11 frames in a 10 frame box etc.
by Allen Newberry
Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:05 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Guides
Replies: 20
Views: 2026

Re: Comb Guides

Here is another method. In this one you break off the wedge from the top bar and instead of inserting foundation you turn the wedge on its side and staple on. It works pretty good as well. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1433991869.016228.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1433991886.445275.jpg I have also used star...
by Allen Newberry
Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:02 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Guides
Replies: 20
Views: 2026

Comb Guides

Those of you who do foundationless and have actually used comb guides. What type of comb guides do you prefer? Here is my experience: The first one is a triangular guide basically we cut a long triangle then this was glued onto top bars. I used these in a top bar hive and I think it worked great. Im...
by Allen Newberry
Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: What type of comb do you use?
Replies: 13
Views: 780

Re: What type of comb do you use?

I'll be interested to see the results. I'm all foundationless from day one. Wouldn't know what do if you handed me a sheet of foundation.
by Allen Newberry
Wed Jun 10, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Foundationless Subforum?
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: Foundationless Subforum?

I am not sure on placement. If I was to post something now on a foundationless topic I probably would put it in general beekeeping. So, I would probably put the forum there. If you didn't want to do just a foundationless forum perhaps a combined foundationless, small cell and regression forum?
by Allen Newberry
Tue Jun 09, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Foundationless Subforum?
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Foundationless Subforum?

I was just thinking that a foundationless subforum might be nice.
by Allen Newberry
Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Poorly mated
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Re: Poorly mated

I would think waiting till they are laying well before selling is one of the better ways. Ideally if local you could check out the queen's nuc and see her laying pattern. That is how it worked when I got queens from parker farms when he was still in Fayetteville. One of the benefits of buying local....
by Allen Newberry
Sat Jun 06, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Mississippi Valley
Topic: NW Arkansas
Replies: 6
Views: 665

Re: NW Arkansas

Well, you need to get him started. My brother got started with bees a couple of years ago after he moved to Africa. Now he has a couple of topbars in Uganda. Speaking of which I need to ask how his bees are doing.
by Allen Newberry
Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: EpiPen Co-Pay Offer
Replies: 6
Views: 538

Re: EpiPen Co-Pay Offer

My wife called our Dr. told them I kept bees requested a prescription and the Dr. called it in. However, man those things are spendy. I think it was well over $100 for a twin pack. If you can get in on some for no money that would be nice.
by Allen Newberry
Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: New Episode, #23
Replies: 9
Views: 606

Re: New Episode, #23

Great episode!
by Allen Newberry
Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: Topic requests
Replies: 23
Views: 953

Re: Topic requests

How about: What should a person do to maintain 5 hives. Which is about what I shoot for granted I have 6 queen right and 2 hopefully with queens out mating. So, what would you suggest for a smaller scale expansion model? A certain number of splits or nucs etc.? It might be good to hear about what a ...
by Allen Newberry
Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: Topic requests
Replies: 23
Views: 953

Re: Topic requests

Excellent. Thanks!
by Allen Newberry
Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:11 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Queen Castles
Replies: 8
Views: 1043

Queen Castles

Anyone have advise on queen castles? I run mediums only and have seen brushy mountain's castle. Is anyone using one of theirs? (especially the medium frame version). Is anyone else making them?
by Allen Newberry
Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: Topic requests
Replies: 23
Views: 953

Topic requests

I would like to request more shows dealing with the expansion part of the expansion model. Splits, raising queens by various methods etc., queen castles, nucs, that sort of thing. The expansion model requires increase and that seems like a great topic (or several) to me.
by Allen Newberry
Sat May 30, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Mississippi Valley
Topic: NW Arkansas
Replies: 6
Views: 665

NW Arkansas

I'm in Lowell, and I was just looking to see who else is close to NWA.
by Allen Newberry
Fri May 29, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from NW Arkansas
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Hello from NW Arkansas

The one I got from you last spring I used earlier this year to make increase. So, I have her and two daughter hives.
by Allen Newberry
Fri May 29, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Where did you get your bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 2049

Re: Where did you get your bees?

Interesting to hear that your queens are darkening. Almost as if the bees noticed the change in local and started adapting. Without me marking my queens I wonder how often they supersede.
by Allen Newberry
Fri May 29, 2015 2:31 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Where did you get your bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 2049

Where did you get your bees?

Where did you get your bees? Mine have come mainly from swarms. I also have a few with Parker Farms genetics. Where are you guys getting bees that seem to work well with the treatment free systems?
by Allen Newberry
Fri May 29, 2015 2:20 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from NW Arkansas
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Hello from NW Arkansas

Hello everyone. I am Allen and I am a backyard beekeeper in NW Arkansas. I have been doing this for a few years and I have always been treatment free.
by Allen Newberry
Wed May 27, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Most liked method...
Replies: 14
Views: 997

Re: Most liked method...

I have been finding the queen putting her in a box with a some bees/supplies. Then I cut out the lower part of a few cells with eggs/larvae for good measure with my hive tool in the original hive. Let them make some cells then break the hive up into however many boxes I feel comfortable with in rega...

Go to advanced search