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by GregV
Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16588

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Not much Buzz here. The weather is cold and rainy and all the hives are buttoned up for winter. A local Beekeeper that I purchased two packages from this year was on a local radio program last weekend. He made the comment that annual losses in the northern Illinois area now run 80%! I texted him ye...
by GregV
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 336

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

Just to show good wintering on narrow/deep frame is a common thing (not just a single beekeeper phenomenon). Below is video posted on February 13, 2017 by some other fellow (filmed on February 10, 2017). Ukraine. Deep horizontal hive on Ukranian frame. Starting minute 1:20 observe the frames - the b...
by GregV
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 336

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

Here is a quick 4 minute video (in Russian); the locality is in Ukraine. January 26, 2016. Just observe as the keeper quickly checks his hives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksFCfPEiwn4 Typical (as Michael said) - bees are on top and started to wander around as they can not go up and are forced to...
by GregV
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 336

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

This picture is not always true.... I would agree. I feel that the book author does favor his own frame subjectively. I, for example, disagree with his argument that "ukranian hives are too small and swarmy" and that's why he chose a different, larger frame route. It is still a good book ...
by GregV
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 336

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

I will plug a book here just because I am a fan (not mine; I have nothing to do with the book). Here is a picture from the book. ClusterFormingDiffFrames.jpg I will let the author of this blog to talk about the book as they are doing a fine job already: http://happyhourtopbar.blogspot.com/2015/04/do...
by GregV
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 336

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

.... you can see the arrangement they did central frame, the domes later were as high as half of the frames in the other hives. .. These kinds of frames (mostly empty; like the pictured) should be removed from the wintering nest completely. I hope, SiWolKe, you reduce the nest for winter. If your b...
by GregV
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 336

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

>Is it that cluster started on the top and stayed on the top all winter OR is it the cluster started down below and ended up on the top after few weeks/months. I suspect, lots of those who claim the "top wintering" actually report the latter cases. IF, indeed, they spend the entire winter...
by GregV
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 336

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

>It is not given that the bees spend the winter in the top box. Nothing in beekeeping is 100% but I've seldom seen an exception here. >With your top entrances - they will tend to do the entire winter in the top because the bottom is too cold to sit there efficiently. I had them with bottom entrance...
by GregV
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 336

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

Bees here spend the winter in the top box. How will they move up? The gaps have never stopped my bees from moving from box to box. It in no way slows them down. In fact the cluster usually spans the gap and the bees move from side to side more easily with a gap in the middle of the cluster. It is n...
by GregV
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 336

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

>In fact, even conventional Dadants/Langs routinely freeze in place - food-less. Exactly. Which indicates it's not the direction that is the issue. It's the cold. >Mid West, Nebraska included, has very crazy winter swings where cold spells alternate with warm temperatures and this allows bees to re...
by GregV
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 336

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

You assume that bees only live in vertical hollow spaces in trees. They live in horizontal ones in trees as well. They also live in any other hollow spaces they can find other than trees, horizontal or vertical. Bees have no trouble moving horizontally. If they did then horizontal hives would not h...
by GregV
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Winter projects for spring plans
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Winter projects for spring plans

You mean Kazimierz Lewicki who constructed this great frame 240×435 mm in his orginal Lewicki hive in 1880 year. It was complicated and hard to build hive with two parts. .. Yes; that's him. Thanks for the correct name spelling (I was not sure). His original hive was not the greatest and over-engin...
by GregV
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 20
Views: 1021

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

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by GregV
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 20
Views: 1021

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

OK, for the fun of it, here are the pics how I packed a colony into my latest deep hive for the winter. This is a traditional way to winter in a traditional 16-frame deep horizontal hive. The bees are sitting on 8 deep frames - any frame not covered with bees has been taken out (actually, some are j...
by GregV
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 20
Views: 1021

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

My last 16-frame hive built for the 2017 season.
This one is an experiment - the walls are from sandwiched plywood and rigid foam.
A bit lighter, but feels less sturdy than solid board hives.
Did not take me less work either (give and take).
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by GregV
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....

Cool, thanks.

So, basically, this may be a re-confirmation of a simple man theory - "give the bees a good hive; they will take care of the rest".
by GregV
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Switching to top entrances
Replies: 9
Views: 209

Re: Switching to top entrances

For sure top entrances are fine for moisture to dissipate. But be aware top entrances will cost you extra in terms energy losses (same as required honey weight to over-winter). If you don't care, it is fine. If you do care - consider alternatives. I observe how people in much more brutal conditions ...
by GregV
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16588

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I observed a video where tiny mating nucs in polystyrene hives wintered just fine outside (Ukraine; similar USDA zone). Out of 4-5 all made it fine. That is encouraging. To clarify: the tiny nucs were configured the warm way on those teeny-tiny square frames; there was a ventilation hole in a floor...
by GregV
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Winter projects for spring plans
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Winter projects for spring plans

....I am struggling to understand what you mean by reorienting the hive body 90 degrees, do you have a pic of that? Not the hive body itself - turn the frames within the hive. Turn them 90 degrees so that they become narrow and tall (not wide and shallow). Obviously, you'd need to construct somethi...
by GregV
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16588

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

moebees wrote:........ it will be interesting test for my polystyrene hives to see if such a small cluster can make it. ....


I observed a video where tiny mating nucs in polystyrene hives wintered just fine outside (Ukraine; similar USDA zone).
Out of 4-5 all made it fine.
by GregV
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Winter projects for spring plans
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Winter projects for spring plans

Greg I think swarm trapping is becoming an obsession for me, I really enjoy doing it............. Also I am going to reread Tom Seeleys book honey bee democracy again, wonderful read. Any other good books or articles on trapping you can recommend? Cheers Based on the feeling when you find a trap wi...
by GregV
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Logbooks
Replies: 11
Views: 358

Re: Logbooks

moebees wrote:
I tried duct tape; it does not for me as the permanent marker notes on it go away too quickly


Most permanent markers are not UV resistant. Garden markers or a grease pencil will last a long time.


Thanks.
by GregV
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....

Strange. I see full article. :( after tommorow i could try copy this text here Please! If you have access to the entire PDF, just post it up. It will be greatly appreciated. I suspect this has to do with the regions we are coming from. The web site senses our origin in Poland and gives you full fre...
by GregV
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:00 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Logbooks
Replies: 11
Views: 358

Re: Logbooks

I tried duct tape; it does not for me as the permanent marker notes on it go away too quickly. Instead, I want start keeping kind of a "passport" for each hive just under the lid - just toss in a piece of cardboard with notes on it. I have seen people doing it. Otherwise, I keep a small ta...
by GregV
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Winter projects for spring plans
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Winter projects for spring plans

Interesting topic.. Assuming 50% survival, I should get 5 hives next spring (more is a bonus). Though, I am pretty bullish about the 7 hives out of 10 I got; the remaining three - not very bullish; the Italians will surprise me if they survive. So I will make a 2-3 combined honey hives configured to...
by GregV
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Austria :-)
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: Hello from Austria :-)

HI! Good to have you here.
by GregV
Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16588

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Yesterday took a day off from work so I could use the last warm day to re hive bees. Just crappy, cold weather now as far as forecast can see. So I had to move fast to move my two remaining nucs from traps into a solid winter hive (put them into a solid horizontal 20-framer, side-by-side). So a side...
by GregV
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Winter projects for spring plans
Replies: 15
Views: 231

Re: Winter projects for spring plans

I thought about heading off in Greg V territory and coming up with a design of my own but after more thought decided to use an established form factor. Here is a "free advice".... :D Feel free to ignore. Take an established form factor and optimize it. This is what I do. I am not doing pu...
by GregV
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....

There is another link in google with full article for free. Interesting. What are the google search words? I looked for long time and could not find the entire article for free. Here You are https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00484-015-1057-z?no-access=true Unless I am missing something obv...
by GregV
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....

MMh, Lets see what are the surviving traits but nobody will reduce space there and warmth must be kept by the cluster alone. As long as they have very solid "ceiling" above the nest that prevents the heat loss upwards (the most critical), they may do OK in your locality. I know of two fac...
by GregV
Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....

Varroa Apiary wrote:There is another link in google with full article for free. Interesting.


What are the google search words?
I looked for long time and could not find the entire article for free.
by GregV
Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16588

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Well, down to 10 now.
Today found that one of my swarms (some commercial bees; caught in June) absconded.
The same where I found many sick bees outside.
Must be mites.
Too bad; moving along.
by GregV
Thu Oct 19, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Poland
Replies: 37
Views: 1681

Re: Poland

You may try to put a sugar brick on top or bottom. I hope they make it. Sometimes there is a big surprise. :) I hope too. What do You mean sugar brick? Dry sugar on the top on the paper, sugar candy or maybe just sugar cubes? I like this approach: http://mudsongs.org/category/feeders/sugar-bricks/ ...
by GregV
Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Poland
Replies: 37
Views: 1681

Re: Poland

I also have one colony that I have hopes for mite resistance due to their origin. One thing about this colony - they stored no winter stores to speak off (lots of pollen but no honey). So I will feed them. They gonna have to winter on dry sugar blocks (trying to give them heavy syrup now, but not mu...
by GregV
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: 3/4 of flying insects gone
Replies: 5
Views: 72

Re: 3/4 of flying insects gone

Re-posting essentially the same article (but some details are complementary - hence still posting) http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/50673/title/Germany-Sees-Drastic-Decrease-in-Insects/ Part of the Germany's problem (likely, the major part) is efficient implementation of central...
by GregV
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16588

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

SiWolKe wrote:GregV do you ever read others posts or just view them?
I need bees not queens.

No offense meant but it makes me tired to explain again and again. ;)


I do mean - queens.
No offense, but fine. Get bees.
by GregV
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16588

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

...I don´t think I will drive to romania to buy colonies and pay for the health certificates. Gas and renting of a truck , hotel room, will be the same money spend. And I have my own stuff. Why drive? :D Order queens by mail and done. I know for the fact beeks in Russia routinely get queens by mail...
by GregV
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16588

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Here is a quick write-up about the Carpathian bees:
http://apiexpert.eu/carpathian-honey-bee/
It is a good bee, albeit not well known (maybe for the better - not as much industrial selection that spoils everything).
by GregV
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16588

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Wow, you are spending some money.... :shock: Well, at that rate I would really look for a variety and order some queens outside of West Europe, actually. Lately I watched several videos by an Ukranian beekeeper and really like his ways. He raises and sells his own local Carpathian bee queens from hi...

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