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by GregV
Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Making queen cells
Replies: 4
Views: 38

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: 114

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: 8975

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: 114

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: 114

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: 11190

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: 22
Views: 158

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: 11
Views: 274

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: 11
Views: 274

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: 22
Views: 158

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: 22
Views: 158

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: 22
Views: 158

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: 22
Views: 158

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: 22
Views: 158

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: 665

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: 1014

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: 1014

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: 1014

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: 107

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...
by GregV
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: nucs fell over, likely months ago...
Replies: 11
Views: 1014

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

BTW, this brings another discussion point back to live - do we need landing boards that stick out? Guess what, IF a piece of wood is attached under the entrance and is sticking out even by one inch, that would save the hive that fell on with its face down. That inch of wood would prop the hive just ...
by GregV
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: nucs fell over, likely months ago...
Replies: 11
Views: 1014

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

Just reviewing some old topics (of interest to me). Most of my hives are in out-yards and some of those I check bi-weekly only (no time to run about). Some I check weekly (the closest yard). But in all cases, I would not know for up to a couple off weeks if anything bad happened. I have been doing t...
by GregV
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?
Replies: 8
Views: 174

Re: Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?

Hmm... I am a big fan of Wyatt too and read his website A-to-Z long ago... Time to revisit. Anyway, if he says the swarm can "usurp" then it must be so indeed. http://americanbeejournal.com/summer-swarms-far-frequent-bees-changing/ https://honeybeesuite.com/usurpation-when-one-colony-takes...
by GregV
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?
Replies: 8
Views: 174

Re: Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?

Sounds as-if the "usurpations" have to do with absconding the existing hive in a fall and trying to join some other existing hive. Which may have some logic in fall where a colony is better off joining some other bees vs. dying in winter. The issue above is taking place mid-July, however, ...
by GregV
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?
Replies: 8
Views: 174

Re: Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?

.......So is it possible that since we are in our summer dearth here in North Carolina, is that swarm hanging on that colony slowly robbing it or trying to take it over? Don't think they are trying to "take over" anything. They are just attracted by a hive smell. By the intent, the swarms...
by GregV
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:28 am
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Managing Large Swarm in Nuc
Replies: 4
Views: 107

Re: Managing Large Swarm in Nuc

Well, you are lucky they did not abscond from such a small trap. They often just leave if the space is too small. :D Anyway, of course, you should have moved them into a larger hive ASAP. Now - it would likely make a terrible case of a cut-out if you look inside, I would not do it. Especially with t...
by GregV
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: Reducing entrance

There is one important disclosure about the screens (from experience) - it is best to get the bees trained to them during the warm weather. Saying this because I learned of screen usage during September robbing onslaught. The nights were too cool for the bees to be stuck outside and they would die. ...
by GregV
Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: Reducing entrance

What´s your temps just now Greg? My hives look the same, 28°C, high humidity. Part bearding, part traffic. Seems to me not much chaotic. They must learn about the robber screens. This changes the normal traffic. My current weather forecast is attached. Robber screens create a temporary challenge an...
by GregV
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 23
Views: 1180

Re: Ventilation

Well, alternative design of the same is well known and is called - slatted rack. The same basic idea - additional air cushion below the nest; used for ventilation and excess bee holding area. Makes sense to me. Here: https://honeybeesuite.com/how-to-build-a-slatted-rack/ https://honeybeesuite.com/ho...
by GregV
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: Reducing entrance

But also, really, why do you care?

You have robbing screens installed on your smaller hives (if not yet installed - then do so).

This makes the issue of entrance reduction irrelevant.
Keep them wide as-is behind your screens.
This provides for better bottom-based ventilation.
Do nothing.
by GregV
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Reducing entrance
Replies: 13
Views: 186

Re: Reducing entrance

Consider the additional ventilation box under your hives. Details are posted under the "Ventilation" topic. Simple and effective method, and you are free to reduce your entrances at any time to any size while still providing maximum bottom-based ventilation. PS: sorry for repeating myself,...
by GregV
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member from Central Kentucky
Replies: 4
Views: 1125

Re: New Member from Central Kentucky

Welcome to the forum! Incidentally, the Family and I spent the last summer vacation in Tennessee/Kentucky (Smokies, etc). All the mountains/forests/non-farm land make for a great feral bee habitat since corn/soy are impossible to grow there. I noticed bees in many remote places we took hikes in (no ...
by GregV
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 271

Re: Ideas

Okay; let Coach google and decide for himself. There are plenty of points.
by GregV
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:44 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 271

Re: Ideas

I don't think I have seen anyone mention black locust. Wonderful honey and just as big a flow as basswood. Black locust if a fine bee pasture as long as you are aware of its toxicity and you are OK with it and still want to intentionally plant it So I would recommend looking into it before hand and...
by GregV
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 271

Re: Ideas

Sweet clovers are perennial. You don't have to replant. You don't want it if you are going to make hay though. Sorry, moe.. You are not correct. I will have to support my statements above and use good sourcing for support them. It maybe there are some other sweet clovers. I refer to the most well k...
by GregV
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 271

Re: Ideas

I am going to focus this year on trees and shrubs because they take up less space. My friend who has the buttonbush told me today that the bees are still working it. They have been on it for over three weeks now. I can buy wild cherry seedlings from the conservation department very cheap. I just ne...
by GregV
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 271

Re: Ideas

There are a lot of good ideas here, but not all are practical in my case. Alfalfa I hear produces lots of nectar and makes great hay, but the cows can't eat it Green because it causes bloat. Sweet Clover is another good choice, but I would have to replant every couple years, which I am trying to av...
by GregV
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 271

Re: Ideas

Kwalt wrote: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


From my times in Topeka and Lawrence, I know - there are tons of basswood in NE Kansas.
by GregV
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 271

Re: Ideas

Just back from picking raspberries. :) If I was close by, I'd give for free bunches of mint and oregano and catnip that I don't need - also good bee pasture plants (and herbs). I got to think of these as I was bush whacking through the overgrown raspberry patch. There are always people around who wa...
by GregV
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Bait hives
Replies: 11
Views: 274

Re: Bait hives

Oh - yeas. I am very low on equipment now. Really need to build at least a couple of larger, winter-grade horizontal hives to re-hive my larger swarms. Getting really tight. My small nucs are getting ready to graduate out of cardboard boxes to something bigger. I can only offer bigger cardboard boxe...
by GregV
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Bait hives
Replies: 11
Views: 274

Re: Bait hives

Nice! What does that bring the total to for the year? I have 8 colonies running at the moment (4 nucs + 4 stronger hives)! This is starting with just ONE nuc that over-wintered for me. I really like this line so far and have three daughters stand-alone now from that Mother. I got all the nucs start...

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