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by GregV
Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Income from bees
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Re: Income from bees

Ya; we can talk some plant exchange in spring, what not.

The currants make a good early spring bee pasture - though my bees totally ignore my own backyard.
I mean these bees of mine are worthless pollinators as for me.
Thanks God for the bumblebees and the like for all my fruit...
by GregV
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:48 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Income from bees
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Re: Income from bees

If we made honey the new gold standard, I'd still be broke. :mrgreen: I like barter, though. My neighbors and I have an unspoken agreement in that regard. They supply me free range eggs and I give them honey when I have it. It's a good deal. Barter rules in many ways and I like it too, a lot. This ...
by GregV
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 113

Re: When to add 2nd box

Grappling Coach wrote:Does anyone know if sumac is a short or long flow?


Go here: https://honeybeenet.gsfc.nasa.gov/Honeybees/Forage.htm
Look up your region.
Find "sumac".
by GregV
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

I got to think.. Where I grew up - geese were one staple we raised. The village geese were sturdy and compact, self-sustaining in summer, and even could fly from a fox when ambushed in field. These were true hardy, local mutts. The most I liked about them - various plumage they had, from pure white ...
by GregV
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Income from bees
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Income from bees

Since this topic of money making from the bees came up, I wonder...

Honey makes for a good alternative currency (very long shelf life) and can be used to barter directly for things. ;)
by GregV
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Propolis as medicine
Replies: 4
Views: 37

Propolis as medicine

SiWolKe wrote:.... I started a propolis tincture now...


Sibylle, will you share the details?
The more propolis I get a hold of now, the more I think of making some home medicines out of it.
by GregV
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Homestead.org
Replies: 0
Views: 20

Homestead.org

I know of this really cool homesteading website. Being a homesteader-type, I really enjoy reading and finding some good ideas. Some of these can apply to TFB ways as well. After all, good old traditional beekeeping has always been TFB and nothing else. Look for the library of articles here: http://h...
by GregV
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

... But instead of making me money, they're costing me money for a couple years. ...or costing money every single year. I feel your pain. This is my 6th year and they have never made me any money. Maybe...maybe...next year. But I'm not holding my breath. Well, put it this way - you don't have to mo...
by GregV
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 8
Views: 237

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

I really mean my hives to be mobile and easily movable by a standard vehicle using a standard luggage carrier. Idea is to be able to manage several separate, remote sites with few hives each. The hives can be left unattended for long stretches of times (including year around). Robust, well insulated...
by GregV
Wed Jun 21, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 8
Views: 237

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

OK, things are finally slowed down enough for me. Garden/orchard work done for now. First - a camping trip is needed to give the kids some break. :D Then time to build at least two new mobile hives (I have these two large swarms sitting in temp plywood boxes). I just scored 80-90 nice wooden Lang me...
by GregV
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

........Well, Alaska because there were no honeybees in America at all before European settlements.... Yes; we know this. If you are in the USA/Canada, this is the given context - all honey bees are imported in Americas. But we also know that Alaska is probably about the last place in the continent...
by GregV
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

I´m not so pessimistic like you are, Sol, about the shipping, how about moving to another location and taking your bees along? That´s the same. Did you start with local bees once again, Sol, or did you use your old ones?. I think you do the right thing in your circumstances - trying to establish fr...
by GregV
Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 352
Views: 10253

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

35C is nothing.
Try 45C. :D

Meanwhile our heat wave is over.
We have 10-12C nights ahead.
Keeping my nucs under several blankets, nice and toasty.
This is June in WI, mind you! :roll:
by GregV
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Google: "honey bees non-native species alaska" - lots of resources.

Or Google more directly to: "Introduction to Alaska Insect Pollinators - NRCS - USDA"
Look for non-native pollinator paragraph and find the "honey bees".
by GregV
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Solomon wrote:Are you certain they were shipped?

Absolutely.
Bees never existed in Alaska historically.
They physically were not able to make it there on their own (yet).
by GregV
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

I feel like people are to anxious to get going often so they'll blow money on bees that won't survive. There are already bees in Alaska, but maybe they are impossible to purchase. I guess the other option is to buy a bajillion southern packages and hope some of them randomly survive. Naturally, I d...
by GregV
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

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by GregV
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

.....Greg, to a certain extent you are correct in your tiger sourcing model. ...... Hey, Solomon! A great fan here, btw! Just during this AM commute I finished listening to yet another podcast. I am here trying to develop (or rather restore?) the old, low-maintenance ways of homestead beekeeping th...
by GregV
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 113

Re: When to add 2nd box

This would be a good opportunity to learn how to winter nucs. I would recommend you do it, in fact. Especially down in MO, this would be easier than up here (the North). Ability to winter backup, redundant nucs is highly desired now days if you want to succeed. PS: check Michael Bush's website for l...
by GregV
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 352
Views: 10253

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Next week will be the hottest in June, 35°C, lets see it they are able to climate with closed floors. I am sure they will be fine. :) We just had a week of 30-35C non-stop and thunderstorms. High humidity too. I have three nucs now - all are in cardboard, computer boxes and under blankets. This nuc...
by GregV
Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

..I believe Italian honey bees were kept successfully in fairly far northern latitudes before varroa and pesticide pressures bees deal with currently. Latitudes and climates much different than the areas they were originally from. To me this is a testament to the honey bees adaptability... Over tim...
by GregV
Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Moisture issues with TBH
Replies: 23
Views: 739

Re: Moisture issues with TBH

Yes, stay away from screened bottom boards. Well, one of most successful member of our local community here does exact that - screen bottom boards year around. So......... The more I think/research about it, the more I think top or bottom ventilation is less of an issue. The more important negative...
by GregV
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

The problem is, Greg, that honeybees are "livestock". If a race brings more honey, beekeepers will try to import and migrate them. They will keep them in buildings, insulate the hives, feed like crazy... Bet if some see the local strains can survive they propagate more honey production......
by GregV
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

OK, let us do an exercise... Someone gives me $1B and asks to introduce tiger species into wild areas of North America (NA) so that we "save tigers" before they go extinct.(I know - crazy and irresponsible idea, but this exactly what happened with humans bringing honey bees into North Amer...
by GregV
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:28 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1115

Re: Ventilation

Here you go. The thing is called "swarm prevention pocket". But this is really a multi-function thing. A medium super can be modified into this without much work, I would imagine. Numbers on pic1: 1)hive wall 2)frames 3)bee space under frames (small enough to prevent comb building) 4)plywo...
by GregV
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1115

Re: Ventilation

I tested this myself, Greg, i have some hives with a medium under. One build comb in every available space under the frames and has worker brood there. This is a mess. Difficult to pull the frames. There is a way to make is so that bees do not consider the extra space under the frames for comb buil...
by GregV
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Ventilation
Replies: 22
Views: 1115

Re: Ventilation

The screen maybe OK - does not hurt (though unnecessary in this case). What I do notice is this - there is not sufficient free space under the frames (combs). Given enough free space under the frames (2-3 inches/5-10cms), these bees would likely hang in there and ventilate the hive. About this amoun...
by GregV
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Obviously if they can't survive, they can't adapt. I feel like that doesn't need saying.. Then agreed. However, Alaska and Siberia are just most obvious cases (cold long winters are very radical selection factor).... Actually, this kept bothering me and so I thought more on the subject. I retract m...
by GregV
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Control is important for germans ;) The Germans better drop this "control" thing. :) You only can control a thing or a process that you understand really, really, really well. No one should claim they understand Nature very well (and bees as a part of it). PS: to be more correct - this &q...
by GregV
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

BTW, I googled and found a good blog of some Alaskan beek:
http://alaskahoneybee.com/dev/alaska-wi ... /about-me/

For sure they do keep bees in both Alaska and Siberia and doing well at that.
by GregV
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Solomon wrote:Obviously if they can't survive, they can't adapt. I feel like that doesn't need saying..

Then agreed.
However, Alaska and Siberia are just most obvious cases (cold long winters are very radical selection factor)....[/quote]
by GregV
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Developing Local Climate Adaptation
Replies: 48
Views: 510

Re: Developing Local Climate Adaptation

Not only are they likely to adapt, but they will.... I would think this statement needs to be qualified. What if you moved from Arkansas to Alaska. Would your bees still adapt then? I think chances would be very high that all of them would just perish during the the very first winter. So, some qual...
by GregV
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 775

Re: Moving frames

I do not have a top entrance, only a bottom one. But do you ventilate through the top? That still might be a part of the picture... We mess with them too much to our liking. Basically, for a classic distribution of the comb usage, the nest should be something like Tom Seeley depicts in his book (pi...
by GregV
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Books
Topic: Constructive beekeeping
Replies: 2
Views: 316

Re: Constructive beekeeping

by GregV
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 775

Re: Moving frames

I honestly don't care to think of these multitude of these things because I am busy planting potatoes. Kind of late in the season! I am very, very late on everything this year. What should have been planted in April, got planted in June (like beets and carrots even). Blaming it on the bees and the ...
by GregV
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Books
Topic: The Nest of the Honey Bee by Seeley/Morse
Replies: 0
Views: 33

The Nest of the Honey Bee by Seeley/Morse

Free PDF.
Great Read and is scientific at that.
I have been re-reading few places.
No idea of any relevant legalese.
http://småbruk.se/publication/view/nets ... -honeybee/
by GregV
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 352
Views: 10253

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Caught another swarm. Late evening. Dark. Pouring rain. But this is a whooper all right (I am afraid, 40 liter nuc is too small for them). Some bees spilled all over the tarp; I brushed them into a cardboard box; the box is turning into a soggy mash. 20170612_214533.jpg Oh well, as of this AM, all b...
by GregV
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 775

Re: Moving frames

This is one reason I avoid getting into vertical, multi-body hives - this move up/move down management of the bees is just too strange and busy as for me. Why they are going up? Why they going down? Why different hives do it differently? Should you have top or bottom or both entrances? When you do t...
by GregV
Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 775

Re: Moving frames

The queen is laying heavy in the second brood box, but the bottom box has very little worker brood. Mostly drones and honey. Let me guess - you have a top entrance only (in the second, upper box)? If this theory is correct, this is pretty typical with top-only entrances (see MB's writings, for exam...
by GregV
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mite Biting (video)
Replies: 14
Views: 152

Re: Mite Biting (video)

I looked again.
I am pretty sure you can distinguish Varroa from Braula by their outlines and behavior.
Braula runs around; Varroa sits tight.
On the third picture down you can see how a bee is trying to scratch Varroa away (pretty sure that is Varroa).
BraulaAndVarrowOnTheSameBee.jpg
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