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by pantruten
Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13373

Re: Is your expansion successful?

thanks. I just hope for that colony to survive. I checked on it today - that is what I hate to do - to see whether bees have food. I would hate if the only colony died of hunger, when survived all that was happening... I've never checked on bees in winter by opening hive before. Since most of my hiv...
by pantruten
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13373

Re: Is your expansion successful?

coming back to the subject. I had enormous loss this fall/winter. I lost 40 out of 41 hives that went to winter. I checked the apiary (even though I don't want to disturb bees in winter) because of the woodpecker that destroyed some hives. I wanted to see if they were ok, and there were no bees left...
by pantruten
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: How Many of Your Losses are Mite Related?
Replies: 40
Views: 1130

Re: How Many of Your Losses are Mite Related?

Michael, do You have any treated apiaries nearby? or are there mostly Your bees or ferals in the neighbourhood? Many of my friends and colegues had introduced small cell and still lost many (or all) bees in the tries in the way You are describing (but still, of course they had not local bees, but qu...
by pantruten
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: How Many of Your Losses are Mite Related?
Replies: 40
Views: 1130

Re: How Many of Your Losses are Mite Related?

SiWolKe wrote:I think it´s the other way around. Harsh conditions and beekeeper`s methods make them susceptible for varroa disease and keep them from grooming behaviors.

Yes, that is why I wrote: indirectly.
by pantruten
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: How Many of Your Losses are Mite Related?
Replies: 40
Views: 1130

Re: How Many of Your Losses are Mite Related?

In my opinion 80 - 90 % of the loss are due to varroa in Europe (have no idea how it is in US where is for sure better than here). Not always directly (maybe even rarely directly) - but indirectly. We know for sure varroa in some time outgrows bee population (that are not resistant - but which bees ...
by pantruten
Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: What to Expect When You're Expecting Bees
Topic: Expecting bees?
Replies: 14
Views: 1484

Re: Expecting bees?

Hi, I don't live in such an area, but 2 years ago I had fierce bees (this year the same bees miraculously calmed down :)), so I have some experience in beeing stung ;) I was stung lots of times through jeans - so I think AHB know how to sting through jeans too ;) I suggest something thicker or doubl...
by pantruten
Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: First expansion attempt
Replies: 62
Views: 2892

Re: First expansion attempt

This is not exactly on topic either way, so apologies in advance. I really enjoyed the Charles Simon article. I'd never read anything by him before. Thanks for sharing that. I've "found" (it's not hidden, is it? ;) ) Chareles Martin Simon's articles about 3 years ago when I was looking fo...
by pantruten
Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: First expansion attempt
Replies: 62
Views: 2892

Re: First expansion attempt

I would use them in whatever means I would see possible.


Don't worry about dieseases. ;)
by pantruten
Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:18 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: First expansion attempt
Replies: 62
Views: 2892

Re: First expansion attempt

Thanks Nordak. I'm trying to do my best :) I think the main thing is try to make difference in the way people think. but You have to give examples that work. that is the main problem here (maybe not only here). There was a beekeeper that wanted to put log hives on the trees or use tree hollows in th...
by pantruten
Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: First expansion attempt
Replies: 62
Views: 2892

Re: First expansion attempt

there are some forests here - but almost no hollow trees. these are "wood producing forests", and most trees older than 80 years are cut down. We have here lots of apiaries around (from my house there are 4 in the circle of about 1,5 km). All are treating apiaries. I live near Kraków - tha...
by pantruten
Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: First expansion attempt
Replies: 62
Views: 2892

Re: First expansion attempt

This year I had almost all the problems You can imagine with expansion model. I lost so many nucs because of different reasons during late spring and summer (like You said NOrdak - many were because of queen problems), that I can't even give a proper number (maybe 30 - 40 or more?). Of course I coul...
by pantruten
Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: First expansion attempt
Replies: 62
Views: 2892

Re: First expansion attempt

Sibylle, Everybody does what he/she believies in. As You probably know, because of what I wrote it on Your beesource thread, I don't want to overthink the process I have no (or minimum) influence on. Most think that bees that have less varroa will tend to survive more (which is probably true), so th...
by pantruten
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:12 am
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Turkey
Replies: 28
Views: 1762

Re: Turkey

I use only foundationless frames for three years now. I haven't put any full sheet foundation to the hive for that time - I had some frames prepared from 4 years ago with foundation strips so I used them (it was like maybe 15 frames altogether - I went into winter with 41 colonies, so that was only ...
by pantruten
Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:58 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Fall nectar
Replies: 12
Views: 792

Re: Fall nectar

I never thought it would be wrong not to harvest. :( ... Why do You think it was wrong??? Question: there are some very nice pollen patches covered with honey.I want to cut the patches out. Can I store this parts of comb, maybe freeze and use it when making splits, if the weather is bad? Can I put ...
by pantruten
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:28 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member From Turkey
Replies: 18
Views: 988

Re: New Member From Turkey

Hi Ferdi,
best wishes from Poland.
I see beekeeping all over here seems similar...
by pantruten
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:14 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13373

Re: Is your expansion successful?

SiWolKe wrote:I want to try the "fort knox" initiative Barteks association talks about.
http://wolnepszczoly.org/about-us/


be careful... there are lot's of problems with that ;) it must be build on trust.
by pantruten
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Unread since last visit?
Replies: 5
Views: 744

Re: Unread since last visit?

good idea. :)
thanks
by pantruten
Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13373

Re: Is your expansion successful?

On the page of your friends I read you started with "resistant" queens though. Did this help? We had some queens from people that breed for "resistance" (mostly hygienic, vsh, grooming). They still die. I have some F1 from Erik Osterlund's stock (so not directly from him, but fr...
by pantruten
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:19 am
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Unread since last visit?
Replies: 5
Views: 744

Re: Unread since last visit?

Would it be possible to put "unread posts" somewhere directly visible? I know I can use "quick links", but it's choosing from the menu, not a "click" on the main page... I would say it would be easier that way... (e.g. near "notifications", "private massa...
by pantruten
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:02 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13373

Re: Is your expansion successful?

thanks Sibylle :) adaptation is strange proces... As Peter Wohlleben wrote in his book : trees can change their adaptation processes in many ways after a year or couple of years (they live for centuries, don't they? - and the conditions change) - they can survieve in many ecosystems (of course they ...
by pantruten
Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13373

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Maybe diversity is better. I will think about this more. Sibylle, have You read Das geheime Leben der Bäume (I think that is the original title of the book) by Peter Wohlleben?? He writes about "primal forest" - I know that is not the perfect analogy, but it makes one think about differen...
by pantruten
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: question language about feral bees
Replies: 12
Views: 520

Re: question language about feral bees

hehe ;)
Rumpel sounds nice, not that nice as Varroa, but still.... :D :lol:
by pantruten
Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Genetics of grafted queens
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: Genetics of grafted queens

I haven't heard that before, but I don't find it credible.
I think that sperm is pretty mixed up in the queen's "resorvoir" ;)
by pantruten
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:37 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Dadant and dadant square
Replies: 20
Views: 884

Re: Dadant and dadant square

ok. thanks
by pantruten
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Beekeeper In Blue Island, IL (chicagoland area)
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: New Beekeeper In Blue Island, IL (chicagoland area)

Hi! So I'm encouraging ;) Many of my friends and collegues started TF beekeeping with 2, 3, 4 etc hives with no experience whatsoever, and with treated bees (because we have no TF stock here)... with different result though, however I don't think the bees died because they were unexperienced... :) I...
by pantruten
Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:23 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Dadant and dadant square
Replies: 20
Views: 884

Re: Dadant and dadant square

My entrances are reduces all year around now. how big are they? I made upper entrances as well (I like the idea very much), but I have them big (the width of the box) - this year I had much problems with bees' health (it was their second year TF), and I had to make them smaller - there was much rob...
by pantruten
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Dadant and dadant square
Replies: 20
Views: 884

Re: Dadant and dadant square

My entrances are reduces all year around now. how big are they? I made upper entrances as well (I like the idea very much), but I have them big (the width of the box) - this year I had much problems with bees' health (it was their second year TF), and I had to make them smaller - there was much rob...
by pantruten
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Dadant and dadant square
Replies: 20
Views: 884

Re: Dadant and dadant square

Mr Bush, have You tried any frame that is longer (higher) than wider? We have some Polish hive system with frames 43cm high, 30 cm wide (like dadant but vertical). I am amazed how nicely they build up. I also have some system that is a square box 37,5 cm x 37,5 cm with 18 cm frames high. (the area o...
by pantruten
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Dadant and dadant square
Replies: 20
Views: 884

Re: Dadant and dadant square

There is a theory (I can't remember whose it is), that the bees decide whether to swarm and when in the early spring by judging the place they have. If the hive is small they will want to swarm and do it quickly - so they would do that as soon as it is possible (even if You add them super before the...
by pantruten
Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarms
Replies: 35
Views: 1187

Re: swarms

5 minutes. It "left" into my box when I shook the branch :D and seriously. I have observed only 2 swarms from my hives and I caught them at once. Couple left before I came so I have no idea how long or even where they were. Mostly I found swarm cells in the hives but there were still eggs ...
by pantruten
Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:07 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarms
Replies: 35
Views: 1187

Re: swarms

I don't really believe that swarming or at least its aftermath is not stressful. All the exuberance followed by an oh crap moment once they cluster on some branch. A little bit like sex followed by a positive pregnancy test. How else could you convince carefree young adults to give up their easy li...
by pantruten
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarms
Replies: 35
Views: 1187

Re: swarms

I do that simulated swarm by shaking the bees into the box covered by excluder. That way I'm sure that I find the queen and put it in the package. I wonder if with Taranov's you may be sure that the queen stays outside the hive, and don't come back? If I shake bees near their hive most of them flies...
by pantruten
Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: First expansion attempt
Replies: 62
Views: 2892

Re: First expansion attempt

Varroa Apiary wrote:Do You know polish SiWolke?


As far as I know she doesn't ;)
but we put some English text on the page, and Sibylle helped us by translating it into German (here: http://wolnepszczoly.org/uber-uns/)
(thanks again) ;)
by pantruten
Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: First expansion attempt
Replies: 62
Views: 2892

Re: First expansion attempt

congratulations Sibylle! :) very nice! as to refered to "Free Bees" association: 1. it is not "mine" ;) I'm just the member. 2. "Fort Knox" project is for me a great idea for smaller apiaries, and for bigger too. The idea is very helpful for beekeepers to find courage t...
by pantruten
Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: VSH and Allogrooming Bees
Replies: 33
Views: 2854

Re: VSH and Allogrooming Bees

The problem is not the migration alone (as "migratory beekeeping") but also moving genetics from one place to antother. From what I read about US beekeeping bees are often moved from south to north, and the migration for pollination or crops is through all over the country. In Poland that ...
by pantruten
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: comb, age, cell structure, size...
Replies: 34
Views: 1873

Re: comb, age, cell structure, size...

Sibylle, my opinion is that You may use this "messed up 4.9 cell comb" no matter if in the brood area or honey storage area. If the bees won't like it they will chew it up, or the queen will lay only in some part of it. i think the problem of an old comb is only the problem of contaminatio...
by pantruten
Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:47 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: VSH and Allogrooming Bees
Replies: 33
Views: 2854

Re: VSH and Allogrooming Bees

SiWolKe wrote:The bees like us to smell sweaty and not showered for some days... :lol: ;)


that is why I don't take a shower from March to September :lol:
by pantruten
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: VSH and Allogrooming Bees
Replies: 33
Views: 2854

Re: VSH and Allogrooming Bees

Nordak wrote:A case of one too many smelly humans perhaps.


yes, but they sting them not the guests ;)
by pantruten
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: VSH and Allogrooming Bees
Replies: 33
Views: 2854

Re: VSH and Allogrooming Bees

My friends wrote, if I remember corectly, that when they go alone to apiary bees never sting, but when they go with somebody bees sting them, and not the guests... that is like they didn't like their "master" shows them to others ;) they punish them for that ;)
by pantruten
Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: VSH and Allogrooming Bees
Replies: 33
Views: 2854

Re: VSH and Allogrooming Bees

From MB website: The other issue of being too selective is that you can create a bottleneck in the gene pool. Genetic bottlenecks can cause obscure problems to become common problems. Inbreeding fixes traits. The problem is that it fixes both good and bad traits. Fixing the bad traits can result in...

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