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by GregV
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 59

Re: Dead Hive

Hence, I operate by statistical likelihoods for something to happen, not by facts. BRILLIANT! In order to have facts you should go on site directly and investigate. Until then, it is all interpretations based on probabilities of this and that. But fine, I take "brilliant" as a compliment....
by GregV
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 59

Re: Dead Hive

Look, neither I or you know much about this case. Hence, I operate by statistical likelihoods for something to happen, not by facts. What I do know is early-August in upper Midwest is a bit too early to for the mite load to dangerously peak just yet, *in general* (and PMS, consequently, also). This ...
by GregV
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 59

Re: Dead Hive

I'm wondering how long ago the previous inspection was? The bees on the bottom board look like they have been dead for some time. The dead emerging brood with tongues out would fit with PMS. No stores is not diagnostic because they were probably robbed. PMS in mid-August and so abrupt? Keep in mind...
by GregV
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 59

Re: Dead Hive

Looking for help diagnosing a dead hive. ............ My first inclination is that they starved. Any other thoughts? Starved in mid-August? Not reasonable. Even in a dearth situation now in Ohio/upper Midwest (I am in WI) should be enough income to sustain afloat. Late bloom is already kicking up. ...
by GregV
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Moving a colony with a virgin queen
Replies: 4
Views: 39

Re: Moving a colony with a virgin queen

I have a colony with a virgin queen that I have seen. Is it safe to assume that once she starts laying that mating flights are complete? The reason I ask is that I need to move the colony and I don't want to move it until she's done mating. Thanks. I say so. If she is laying and stable at that - mo...
by GregV
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Books
Topic: VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS FROM BEEKEEPING (By R.Krell)
Replies: 0
Views: 19

VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS FROM BEEKEEPING (By R.Krell)

"VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTS FROM BEEKEEPING" (By R.Krell; ISBN 92-5-103819-8).
Freely downloadable book in PDF format.

http://www.hunter-valley-amateur-beekee ... ping.-.pdf
by GregV
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Books
Topic: Interview with Tom Seeley (Feb 8, 2016)
Replies: 0
Views: 23

Interview with Tom Seeley (Feb 8, 2016)

This is an interview/conversation between Tom Seeley and Leo Sharashkin I found while googling stuff (not a book, but unsure where to drop it off).
A worthwhile lunch-time read:
https://m.facebook.com/abcbees/posts/1025522620841341
by GregV
Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Really tiny queen
Replies: 8
Views: 152

Re: Really tiny queen

So this all just reiterates the point of queen to become productive does take time. Much more time than the "bee math" might suggest. PS: I have a similar nuc on hand right now; they have been in a "re-queen" mode for, like 1-2 months by now; the initial new queen emerged but got...
by GregV
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Bait hives
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Re: Bait hives

Late last night I was correcting the mess they created on foundation-less "northern style" top bars that I use widely. Along the way documented how well the stick-and-staple guides work. See attached. I am pleased with this very low tech way while reviewing all the things people are doing....
by GregV
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 40
Views: 830

Re: 1 1/4 frames

Greg, Your experience sounds similar to my own when using 1.25" bars. For simplicity sake, I decided 1.5" was the way to go... Yep, Jeff. I recall you mentioned this. So, in fact, at the moment, I ended up with the same mix of 1.25/1.5 bars all over. It is pretty unpractical to keep them ...
by GregV
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 40
Views: 830

Re: 1 1/4 frames

This is a common problem in honey supers with or without foundation. One nice thing about vertical hives - those supers are meant for honey combs (and mostly are exactly that). With this TB-style hives that I do, my tall frames are trying to be both - honey and brood in one. So while I am trying to...
by GregV
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 40
Views: 830

Re: 1 1/4 frames

Finally looked into my hives again, something 2-3 weeks since the last time. Just managed to look in few hives (got stuck correcting the messes they created). One problem: with my foundation-less setups, I found them keeping the inter-mixed 1.25 inch blank frames exactly that - blank. Instead, they ...
by GregV
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 301

Re: Requeening

Oh! I can see the logic in this issue. Yes - you need to completely and totally close the bottom entrance. Take the screens of and plug the entrance hole. The partial way out/in is no good - only adds to the confusion. The change should be radical (not a half way). In my recent swarm trap re-hiving ...
by GregV
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Skunk as a North American pest
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: Skunk as a North American pest

My solution was top entrances only... ......... The long nails are overkill. A simple board would work. The robber screens help as they can't just catch them coming out the entrance so easily. Thanks, Michael. We'll see, I guess. Hopefully, the skunk-screens are sufficient and work for me. It is ea...
by GregV
Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 301

Re: Requeening

Grappling Coach wrote:....I am curious to see how long it takes The bees to figure out the top entrance. It took them a few hours to figure out the robber screens. The top entrances may take longer


They will figure it out quicker even than the robber screens. A couple of hours, if that.
by GregV
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Skunk as a North American pest
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: Skunk as a North American pest

Done. Bees were confused with the new obstacle but did manage to get through it. They will have to live in jail hives (or get eaten). Along the way I got this idea to combine both wire screens together the next time. Just attach somehow the both skunk and bee screens into a single unit. Staple the c...
by GregV
Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Skunk as a North American pest
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: Skunk as a North American pest

OK, found something similar to what I was thinking of (pics). I was thinking of similar fixture, but rather vertical and covering most of the hive front wall (if not the entire wall). But clearly, 0.5 inch screen is being used exactly as I was thinking it could. SkunkScreen02.jpg SkunkScreen01.jpg T...
by GregV
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Skunk as a North American pest
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: Skunk as a North American pest

I suppose I also could move my valuable nuc to a less skunk-infested area (I have options), but I am out time now due to a pending vacation trip. A nuc move needs to wait a couple of weeks if I am to do it. Meanwhile I need to protect the bees the best I can and take the measures quickly and directl...
by GregV
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Skunk as a North American pest
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Re: Skunk as a North American pest

Boys did a good job practicing the hammering skills.
I will anchor these in front of the hives.
OR, will it work better to attach these to the hive walls instead (nails will be looking out horizontally)?
What do you, people, think?
Anyone tried this nail deterrent yet in real life?
by GregV
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Skunk as a North American pest
Replies: 7
Views: 116

Skunk as a North American pest

Well, over the weekend I concluded that I became a target of a pest specific to North American beekeeping. Talking of skunks... :x This topic about "Requeening" problem turned into a skunk problem, in the end, and was very informative to me (being an Old World expat, until now I mostly ign...
by GregV
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Bait hives
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Re: Bait hives

My second "log" hive also scored a swarm. Going now to re- hive it. 20170722_190359_Small.jpg So now both "log" hives scored a swarm. These particular traps worked at 100% and I like them a lot due to the easy installation (on the ground). (maybe, however, the fact of previous oc...
by GregV
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Making queen cells
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: Making queen cells

Well, IF you do want to keep this hive as a stand-alone unit, I would do a temp split (as Dusty suggested) to ensure you have at least one laying queen in the end. Then combine back the temp split. Maybe even prop this project with more outside resources to ensure good queens. If, on the other hand ...
by GregV
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Cool pic of cooling/drying
Replies: 9
Views: 172

Re: Cool pic of cooling/drying

I need to get my AŽ hives built so I can get away from all this lifting and moving boxes to get downstairs. I'll prop the bottom to get some additional flow Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I hear you - need to build more hives. :D Same here. PS: if it is not possible to create some shade (or mov...
by GregV
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 304
Views: 9627

Re: Is your expansion successful?

So, I am up to 12 colonies at the moment (starting with just one surviving nuc this spring as I reported then). The surviving nuc has been expanded into 4 hives (a large boomer plus 3 growing nucs). I also got 4 swarms so far (2 trapped + 2 free hanging catches). Plus I made 4 more scraped up nucs f...
by GregV
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Cool pic of cooling/drying
Replies: 9
Views: 172

Re: Cool pic of cooling/drying

It was 89 today. I can't believe those 3 boxes are near full. When I added 2 there was 8 of 9 frames with some drawn comb in 1. The third was added shortly after the 2nd as I had moved the swarm not too far from the trap spot and lots of foragers where still going back to the original, so I put a b...
by GregV
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Cool pic of cooling/drying
Replies: 9
Views: 172

Re: Cool pic of cooling/drying

Why not add an extra box? Make some shade?
Additional entrance would not hurt..
This is looking beyond normal. What is the temp, anyway?
by GregV
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 12005

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

...I had plans of making a split of my second hive as well, but I realised I didn't have all the materials I needed. Beginner's mistake due to being badly organised ;) . Well, then get those materials and still do the split. Missed opportunity now will amount to another wasted year - not the best w...
by GregV
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 301

Re: Requeening

+1
Totally protect it and save it.
Nothing wrong with the hive.
by GregV
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Bait hives
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Re: Bait hives

This is the ad-hoc replacement for the #1 - pretty good 80 liter summer hive. Cost - under $2-3 (just for the screws). You can see how I dumped the bees in front of the hive; they just crawled in on their own. Did not want to shake the stragglers directly into the hive (the trap was full of trash). ...
by GregV
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Bait hives
Replies: 13
Views: 394

Re: Bait hives

The trap hive #1 has been a popular with me lately. I pulled the #1 back into the stand-by rotation by dumping the swarm into ad-hoc deep 12-framer (from old Lang supers + 3/4'' plywood). Imagine a square Dadant flipped 90 degrees and standing side-ways.. That's what it is (pic in the next post). We...
by GregV
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 301

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 . Agreed. I g...
by GregV
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 301

Re: Requeening

Grappling Coach wrote:This is what had me confused. Every time I would look into the hive, I would see lots of brood but very few bees. So the queen was laying well, but the skunk was taking down the numbers


Wow!
I honestly did not know skunk could do so much damage.
by GregV
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:29 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 301

Re: Requeening

BTW, while back I stopped trapping rabbits/racoons in my backyard because of fear to catch a skunk (there are around).
I just don't know how to handle a skunk in a trap in a suburb.
The darn thing will bomb the enter neighborhood; people would hate me...

What is a practical skunk plan for suburbs?
by GregV
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 301

Re: Requeening

I'll be darn!
So the skunk decided that hive had the tastiest bees?
Or the entrance was the easiest to get to?
What kind of an entrance is it? How other do hives differ?
by GregV
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:45 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 301

Re: Requeening

Did you consider a possibility loosing a swarm there? If a lost swarm case, this is what left of it and it is an OK case (for next year). There is nothing to do and just let them be. Otherwise, who know.. For SW MO, not too late to do the re-queen. Drones should be available - why not? Flying drones...
by GregV
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Package source
Replies: 4
Views: 686

Re: Package source

Our own Nordak on this exact forum sells packages (obviously, next year now).
And his bees are as TF as you can get.
So...
by GregV
Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: nucs fell over, likely months ago...
Replies: 11
Views: 1079

Re: nucs fell over, likely months ago...

But even the best stand ever will not stop a cow or a deer from scratching against your hive. One must account for the hive to tip over. Agreed but it doesn't take a cow to tip a nuc sitting on milk plastic milk crates. Soft ground or a good breeze would be enough. Here is the stands I build. Strap...
by GregV
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: nucs fell over, likely months ago...
Replies: 11
Views: 1079

Re: nucs fell over, likely months ago...

Just now remembered...

A good friend lost few good TF hives last winter due to poor disaster planning.

His TBH's got tipped over by high wind. The top covers fell off. Bees froze. Sad.
by GregV
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: nucs fell over, likely months ago...
Replies: 11
Views: 1079

Re: nucs fell over, likely months ago...

Btw, car tires make excellent hive stands. Especially, if a metal rim is still inside (adds weight and robustness). I am now looking for them and pick up if I find any tossed around. But even the best stand ever will not stop a cow or a deer from scratching against your hive. One must account for th...
by GregV
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:39 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Managing Large Swarm in Nuc
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: Managing Large Swarm in Nuc

......at least one of you might be horizontal deep beekeeper? I'm reading about that... . I am. See my relevant rants under the Layens' hive areas. This year I am being slammed by my expansion and so keep making all kinds of ad-hoc equipment just to stay afloat. One thing I have been doing - making...

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