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by Michael Bush
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 22
Views: 158

Re: Requeening

If you let the bees decide on a home they pick one with a very small entrance. Doing cutouts I often find booming colonies with an entrance only big enough for one bee to get through at a time. A lot of our robbing problems are because beekeepers are fond of large entrances. Bees are not so fond of ...
by Michael Bush
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarming queen question
Replies: 8
Views: 854

Re: swarming queen question

"For years our bee journals have been printing reams of articles on the question of a non-swarming strain of bees. It has always seemed to me there was a lot of time wasted advocating such an improbable accomplishment, because nature would hardly yield to an arrangement that in itself might des...
by Michael Bush
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:04 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?

C.C. Miller was describing usurpations in 1917 and there were certainly no AHB here then...
by Michael Bush
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:57 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?

The one I observed was mid June and it started as a swarm that then took over an occupied hive. It was in Massachusetts.
by Michael Bush
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:06 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?

Wyatt Magnum wrote an interesting article on usurpations. I have watched one once. Here is a description of it by C.C. Miller: "Q. I had 32 colonies of bees, and I have lost five of them. They will swarm and come out of their own hive and settle on the outside of some of the other hives, and le...
by Michael Bush
Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:53 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Feeding a swarm?
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: Feeding a swarm?

Keep in mind they have no stores (unless you give them some from another hive) so a week of rainy weather can cause them to starve. I think as long as there is a nectar flow and you are prepared to go out in the rain and feed if it lasts more than a couple of days, then you can probably not feed.
by Michael Bush
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 454

Re: keeping chickens

>Even my pre-college kid will give me an ear full about humane animal treatment. When I first heard of PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals) I thought, "I'm for the ethical treatment of animals". I thought they were trying to have humane conditions for animals. But that wasn't...
by Michael Bush
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 454

Re: keeping chickens

>when they cut down the egg production what to do with them?

Tell the kids you found a nice home for them. Don't tell them that home is your stomach...
by Michael Bush
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 454

Re: keeping chickens

>You can´t have chicken in such a small town, Michael? Why not?

It's the law. You can have them in the bigger cities around here if you don't have roosters. Omaha and Lincoln allow chickens, but Nehawka does not. Luckily I'm not IN town, I'm just outside the village limits.
by Michael Bush
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 454

Re: keeping chickens

I've been around the world a bit and everywhere I went there were chickens running loose everywhere. I live just outside of a town of 200 people and you can't have chickens there... I am glad for whatever regulations we DON'T have, but we have way too many...
by Michael Bush
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 454

Re: keeping chickens

A mouse running through the chicken yard is good entertainment for both the chickens and the humans watching...
by Michael Bush
Thu Jun 22, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Chickens
Topic: keeping chickens
Replies: 30
Views: 454

Re: keeping chickens

>I read you can feed the worms everything chicken won´t digest

Well, I suppose a chicken won't eat dirt... and can't eat bones unless you grind them up, but other than that they will eat anything...
by Michael Bush
Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 157

Re: When to add 2nd box

The norm around here is two ten frame deeps (the equivalent of four eight frame mediums). A large cluster in two deeps overwinters the best here, but a smaller cluster can overwinter in a single deep and do well. Or two eight frame mediums, in my case, if the cluster is small and there are adequate ...
by Michael Bush
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mite Biting (video)
Replies: 14
Views: 172

Re: Mite Biting (video)

The ones riding around on their backs can leave very quickly. I've watched a bee with one on its back do the "get it off me" dance and finally recruit a bee to help. The helper tried to groom the Varroa off but it jumped onto the helper and the original bee acted relieved and wandered off ...
by Michael Bush
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mite Biting (video)
Replies: 14
Views: 172

Re: Mite Biting (video)

>Braula runs around; Varroa sits tight.

Varroa can run VERY fast and while they do the "squirrel thing" (run or stand still) they really go fast when they want to move. You seldom see them run on comb, but I've seen it and they are also fast there.
by Michael Bush
Thu May 25, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Observation hive
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Observation hive

Basically that's what I did and came up with the calculations in my head...
by Michael Bush
Thu May 25, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Another hive goes queenless
Replies: 12
Views: 850

Re: Another hive goes queenless

You assume they are queenless. I would assume they are superseding. It seems like a good time to do it, while there is plenty of food to feed the queen etc.
by Michael Bush
Wed May 24, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Observation hive
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Observation hive

I need to get pictures of the ones I've done. A frame with grooves for the frame rests and plexiglass held on with mirror clips works nicely.
by Michael Bush
Tue May 23, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 609

Re: 1 1/4 frames

The end bars should be 1 1/4" wide at the widest (32mm) The top bar should be no wider than 1" and no less than 3/4" wide. The bottom bar needs to be less than 1" and probably 3/8" is a good plan, but 1/2" is fine as well.
by Michael Bush
Fri May 19, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 26
Views: 609

Re: 1 1/4 frames

by Michael Bush
Mon May 01, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top entrance/robber screen
Replies: 19
Views: 1591

Re: Top entrance/robber screen

I agree with Dusty. Queenless nucs seem to be particularly targeted by robbers. Even if the queen doesn't manage the screen well, she will eventually find her way in.
by Michael Bush
Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 367
Views: 11190

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

SiWolKe,
So if you leave some equipment out and the bees move in will you be in violation of the law?
by Michael Bush
Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Intermediate cell size benefits?
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: Intermediate cell size benefits?

>With that, one question is - who decided that 4.9mm size is best of each and every bee? I like foundationless. But IF you are going to use foundation you have to make a decision on cell size. 4.9mm is in the middle of the natural range of any area from far North to the equator. I often see natural ...
by Michael Bush
Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Rant about Layens hive.
Replies: 8
Views: 316

Re: Rant about Layens hive.

Back in the late 1800s the Heddon hive was popular. It had reversible frames (you could flip the comb upside down) and reversible boxes (you could clamp the frames and flip the box upside down). The bees used it fine and it was a popular technique that was often discussed in the bee journals of the ...
by Michael Bush
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Intermediate cell size benefits?
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: Intermediate cell size benefits?

I think every little bit helps. 5.0mm seems to be sufficient to control Varroa. 4.9mm is just a nice number that is large enough to be in the natural range for the core of the brood nest without getting too small and with less risk of being too large. 5.1mm is better than 5.4mm...
by Michael Bush
Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swarm survival
Replies: 7
Views: 914

Re: Swarm survival

Any resources you have can be a big help to a swarm. A frame of honey. A frame of pollen. Some drawn comb. A frame of open brood is good to anchor them and a frame of emerging brood can boost the population quickly...
by Michael Bush
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: TFB non-honey products
Replies: 28
Views: 486

Re: TFB non-honey products

How long do you leave the plantain poultice on? In other words do you just hold it on for a min or two or wrap it up and leave for a while? Just rubbing it on it makes it stop hurting immediately. But I'm sure leaving it on is even better. I just stick it on and it soon falls off... but tying it on...
by Michael Bush
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to confine queen?
Replies: 12
Views: 918

Re: How to confine queen?

Those depending on brood breaks and not small cell seem to think a nuc doesn't have issues. I don't know because none of my hives have Varroa issues. I've never done brood breaks for that purpose.
by Michael Bush
Fri Apr 07, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to confine queen?
Replies: 12
Views: 918

Re: How to confine queen?

I would put a frame of open brood and a frame of honey in the nuc with the queen. Also a shake of bees from some brood comb. More frames if you want, but that's enough to sustain her. The nuc won't get a "brood break" per se, but it probably won't need one.
by Michael Bush
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to confine queen?
Replies: 12
Views: 918

Re: How to confine queen?

>Too soon after they are mated or too soon in year?

Too soon after they are mated. They need to lay for two weeks or more before being interrupted or the ovarioles don't get a chance to develop.
by Michael Bush
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to confine queen?
Replies: 12
Views: 918

Re: How to confine queen?

I tried banking queens for long periods and could see no loss in productivity when they were introduced and started laying again. I think banking them TOO SOON is the problem, not banking them in general or banking them too long. But the simplest is to take the queen out. If you also want to get som...
by Michael Bush
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to give a brood break AND get some honey -
Replies: 17
Views: 1086

Re: How to give a brood break AND get some honey -

>I got some great ideas in the other thread and Michael gave me a great link to his ideas on his site

The ideas predate me by a century at least... I certainly am not claiming credit for them.
by Michael Bush
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to confine queen?
Replies: 12
Views: 918

Re: How to confine queen?

The easiest is to put her in a nuc and let the original colony raise a new queen. To maximize the production of that colony you should do this 2 weeks before the main flow. By the time they have a new queen laying they have had a brood break and you get a fresh young queen mated with local drones.
by Michael Bush
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: TFB non-honey products
Replies: 28
Views: 486

Re: TFB non-honey products

>The nettles misery is overstated, just like bee stings are overstated. :D Really.

I get bee stings and nettle stings all the time. I would take a bee sting over nettles any time... luckily there is plantain for both...
by Michael Bush
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from southern Indiana
Replies: 10
Views: 213

Re: Greetings from southern Indiana

>My conundrum for this year is how to get some honey AND provide a brood break for the mites.

Brood break and MORE honey:
http://www.bushfarms.com/beessplits.htm#cutdown
by Michael Bush
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: TFB non-honey products
Replies: 28
Views: 486

Re: TFB non-honey products

>This is one super-food plant commonly ignored in US of A

It creates so much misery it's difficult to view it as food...
by Michael Bush
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Howdy from Western Nebraska
Replies: 8
Views: 117

Re: Howdy from Western Nebraska

Yes, Omaha has a world class Zoo. I have not seen a better one. It includes a world class aquarium. I have not seen a better aquarium either. If you drive north on 75 you will pass within about five miles of my house. If you drive up 34 into Lincoln from 75 you'll pass within two miles of my house...
by Michael Bush
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Howdy from Western Nebraska
Replies: 8
Views: 117

Re: Howdy from Western Nebraska

When I started I was in Mitchell Nebraska in the panhandle. I'm now in Southeast Nebraska south of Omaha.

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