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by GregV
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 393
Views: 14163

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: 393
Views: 14163

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: 393
Views: 14163

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: 393
Views: 14163

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...
by GregV
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 393
Views: 14163

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I had a deadout on Saturday. This colony was made as a split in June 2017, I splitted in two strong parts because I was not able to find the queen ( supplier 16 years tf), they had 12 brood combs dadant and bursted with bees. Genetics: AMM descendants from a "resistant survivor " queen, t...
by GregV
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Cheers
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: Cheers

Cheers!
Use the Search on this forum about the swarm traps (there is much has been talked about already; i don't feel like rehashing it again).

PS: ticks and chiggers are partially why we escaped the lower mid-west long ago (KS).
by GregV
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: why a swarmed hive doesn't bring honey anymore?
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Re: why a swarmed hive doesn't bring honey anymore?

A good comparison I saw somewhere and can not find now...

Two hives with 15K bees each will bring less honey in total than ONE hive with 30K bees.
Two hives with 30K bees each will bring less honey in total than ONE hive with 60K bees.
And so on...
All about the overhead.
by GregV
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: why a swarmed hive doesn't bring honey anymore?
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Re: why a swarmed hive doesn't bring honey anymore?

Because there is a such thing called "overhead" (like in any good old business project). This is the same as fixed cost in business term. In bee terms, this is the population fraction of the colony that is required to just keep the colony itself functional and alive. Bees have a very energ...
by GregV
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: skeps
Replies: 20
Views: 433

Re: skeps

Skeps are perfect, natural bee cavities for moderate locales (not too cold). Skeps would make perfect swarm-generating hives which you do not manage at all and just keep them to throw swarms. But, thinking about a minute, the skeps are really easy to extra-insulate - just cover them up with somethin...
by GregV
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Is 5 over 5 better than 10 wide
Replies: 7
Views: 84

Re: Is 5 over 5 better than 10 wide

All my nucs are tall (it will be like 6x6 or 7x7 in Lang terms). Looks like I will do a couple of nucs as stand alone units. Will do them like on the picture. 20171001_135602_Small.jpg Another pair may go wrapped together (unless I get around to build another large permanent hive - then will put the...
by GregV
Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Is 5 over 5 better than 10 wide
Replies: 7
Views: 84

Re: Is 5 over 5 better than 10 wide

Flon18: you really should specify your area Overwintering in Northern WI (zone 4) is quite different from overwintering somewhere in AR (zone 7, give/take). I would not even worry much in AR about how to overwinter - just use what is on hand. In WI, I would do 5x5 (or 8x8 like MB) to make it tall vo...
by GregV
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: skeps
Replies: 20
Views: 433

Re: skeps

The skeps, btw, are one of the most energy efficient structures there exist (because they are dome shaped). Dome houses for humans rule as energy saving approach (the same for the bees should work too). So, I got to think, why - a dome approximation can be very well constructed inside a regular rect...
by GregV
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Derek Mitchell - Ratios of colony mass to thermal conductance of tree and man-made nest enclosures ....
Replies: 1
Views: 53

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

Abstract: In the absence of human intervention, the honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) usually constructs its nest in a tree within a tall, narrow, thick-walled cavity high above the ground (the enclosure); however, most research and apiculture is conducted in the thin-walled, squat wooden enclosures we k...
by GregV
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 393
Views: 14163

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

GregV you have resistant bees if you have descendants of your actual stock left after 6 years without expansion through catched swarms. I believe Sol is now starting again with local swarms after many losses? If you are able to flood your area with your own tf stock then you will have resistant bee...
by GregV
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 386

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

Well, 4 out of the 6 nucs are set pretty well just over the month of September (our fall flow was good). I'm surprised your fall flow was good. Ours was terrible. We have not had rain for over a month. August was cool and wet here. That gave a good boost to the local late bloomers with strong roots...
by GregV
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 393
Views: 14163

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

....... You will not propagate resistance but you will have bees left. And why, exactly, not? Just to be sure, this is what Sol does - after many years still has bees without much regard to conventional anti-mite practices, if I still understand this. You have to have flu if you want to develop res...
by GregV
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 393
Views: 14163

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

It is a shame, started as a very strong June swarm (though a typical treated and cultured bee, so I can see this demise coming). Is it standing single? Perhaps I would avoid this area. Unsure what you mean by "avoid this area". The swarm was collected in a urban setting (someone did not w...
by GregV
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 17
Views: 697

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

Here are how deep frames well set for the wintering should look like. Since I have not had time this year at all to build more frames, I have been just using tied together Land med frames as substitute. Notice how nicely the honey is stored over the head and empty cells/late brood are placed at the ...
by GregV
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:01 am
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 386

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

Well, 4 out of the 6 nucs are set pretty well just over the month of September (our fall flow was good).
I don't to plan to feed them.
Two nucs will have to be fed.
by GregV
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:50 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 393
Views: 14163

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

OK, so as of today's survey, one of my hives might actually crash sometimes this winter. I have never seen so many sick bees crawling in front of the hive (classic deformed wing case, looks like). Let the selection begin, I guess. It is a shame, started as a very strong June swarm (though a typical ...
by GregV
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 393
Views: 14163

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I changed my mind about leaving here. I´m doing IPM now but MB said I could stay not telling about treatments, and another very nice person pm(ing) me convinced me there is still some interest in my doings in spite of using IPM. I will tell about those IPM because they are no chemical treatments un...
by GregV
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

h2o wrote:Thanks a lot for the video , that is exactly what i was looking for :)
I would agree it needs at least 10 if not 12 on the brood box....


Yes, exactly.
You got it.
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by GregV
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: The Small Hive project - build a small horizontal hive
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: The Small Hive project - build a small horizontal hive

While the idea is kind of cool, I don't like it. Too many moving parts for any good when in practical use. Just make the hive size a little bit bigger and be done with it (a simple uni-body hive is the most simple design that exist; why make it anymore difficult; 40-60 liters in volume will do). I m...
by GregV
Mon Sep 25, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

Just watch this video carefully (in Russian, but does not matter, watch and observe). It has your answers. They do exactly what you want to do - they are migratory yard. The brood chambers are on deep Ukrainian frame/90 degree turned Dadant. The honey supers are standard shallow Dadant. https://www....
by GregV
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 17
Views: 697

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

Pedro, I don't participate in Facebook for my own reasons. It maybe I will eventually, but for now I have no good reasons to give up yet more of my privacy. :) All in all, after a couple of years now since I reentered the beekeeping and lots of research done, I am a totally deep frame beekeeper and ...
by GregV
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: The Small Hive project - build a small horizontal hive
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: The Small Hive project - build a small horizontal hive

Hi!
I tried looking at your site and it is timing out.
by GregV
Wed Sep 20, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 386

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

Yea, this time of the year all the nucs should be strong 40 liter colonies being able to fend for themselves IF there is a flow available. This is my program anyway. I had one straggler nuc (I just could not get the queen mated in time - my fault there; bad configuration). Gave up on them and combin...
by GregV
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 17
Views: 697

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

Nice but like you say it's a two man job and I only have one man. :) A matter of personal circumstances (like everything else in this life). I knew it would be heavy, but I got a 17-year old helper and more are on the way. BTW, a man and a wife team works too (it is not the raw weight, really; that...
by GregV
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 17
Views: 697

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

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by GregV
Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 17
Views: 697

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

Finally finished and deployed a deep 20-framer. Excellent rig all way around. Can be run in 20/10x10/15x5 configurations. The only consideration - the deployment is a 2-men job. This is not a migratory rig but rather "leave it and forget it" type equipment (classic, old European style). Th...
by GregV
Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 386

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

Well, I have to say, I am pleased with at least some. Since this topic was posted, I already had to upgrade one my nuc from 7 frames to 10 frames. The thing was packed with both honey and the bees, and they started building combs outside and filling them too with nectar. :shock: PS: this is one of t...
by GregV
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: From Central Massachusetts
Replies: 7
Views: 109

Re: From Central Massachusetts

Before you get too deep into this, be aware of the energy profiles of different structures (homes or hives, all the same). https://sites.google.com/site/lowenergyhome/architectur Then see what fits your local climate profile better. As as homesteader, you'd be interested in energy efficiency of your...
by GregV
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: From Central Massachusetts
Replies: 7
Views: 109

Re: From Central Massachusetts

C# Dev: There are many discussions on this forum under the "hives". One thing to consider if you are being a "freelancer" and have freedom that way - do consider being at least partially compatible to the "standard Lang equipment". I am being a "freelancer" my...
by GregV
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: From Central Massachusetts
Replies: 7
Views: 109

Re: From Central Massachusetts

Hello, I'm Dan. I'm a software engineer and wanna be homesteader. So far I've got a couple garden beds, a few fruit trees (not yet fruiting/flowering) and a bunch of chickens. Next year I hope to add bees if funds and time allow. My adventures on You Tube the last week or so have led me to decide o...
by GregV
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 386

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

All in all - if there are no spare empty combs, not much you can do. If your bees only cover two frames, not much you can do either. Spare workforce is just not there to do foraging and building. You have to do something drastic to double the nuc population, like right now (this is mid-September in ...
by GregV
Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 386

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

Well, IF the queens are laying AND the queens are worth keeping (e.g. Nordak's queens), I would try to winter through. First, forget this comb-building thing - ain't gonna happen (UNLESS it is a swarm - a swarm will build no matter the season). The entire project setup is not good up front (late sta...
by GregV
Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:19 am
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 386

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

It seems we have good flow with the goldenrod at the moment. The weather has been great. Last 1-2 weeks now my backyard smells as ... don't know....... lots and lots of fermented pollen? sweaty socks? Something of the sort. Hopefully, the nucs will take care of themselves into the winter with all th...
by GregV
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What could I have done better?
Replies: 9
Views: 154

Re: What could I have done better?

I don't even bother plugging my smoker. Just lay it side-ways (horizontally, that is) while doing the after-project cleanup. That effectively cuts off the normal air flow in it an chokes the burning quickly. Works 90% of the time. 10% of the time - it is not horizontal enough and keeps smoking (you ...
by GregV
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:36 am
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 17
Views: 697

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

Strapped together medium Lang frames measure the same as Ukranian frame (90 degree turned Dadant) and work like this.
Foundation-less setup using a stick-guide.
by GregV
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Bait hives
Replies: 15
Views: 583

Re: Bait hives

This kind of free combs bees built in a vertical log trap. This is just using a stick guide on a top bar and short end bars to prevent wall attachments. The comb is now transferred into my more permanent hive, being fully compatible by dimensions. This example also shows that given a chance, they wo...

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