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by Michael Bush
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: The importance of Space Management
Replies: 8
Views: 1013

Re: The importance of Space Management

>What are your thoughts on "checkerboarding" frames as opposed to "throwing an empty super on top" when trying to increase space in the hive? Timing is critical to any beekeeping manipulation. The stage of development and the current weather has everything to do with the outcome ...
by Michael Bush
Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?
Replies: 16
Views: 188

Re: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?

ABJ was started by Samuel Wagner, the first editor, in 1851. It became a monthly magazine with the first edition in January 1861 It was edited by Samuel Wagner, followed by Wagner’s son, Elisha Gallup, Rev. L.L. Langstroth, Rev. W. F. Clarke, Samuel Wagner again, Thomas G. Newman, George W. York, C....
by Michael Bush
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Drone Comb for Increased Honey Production?
Replies: 10
Views: 97

Re: Drone Comb for Increased Honey Production?

There are 9 frames in all my boxes to start. Later when I have drawn comb, I often space the supers wider, but never the brood.
by Michael Bush
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Drone Comb for Increased Honey Production?
Replies: 10
Views: 97

Re: Drone Comb for Increased Honey Production?

If you are using an excluder drone foundation in the supers works well. It extracts very easily.
by Michael Bush
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?
Replies: 16
Views: 188

Re: What is the best entrance configuration for Langstroth hives?

"I had a neighbor who used the common box hive; he had a two inch hole in the top which he left open all winter; the hives setting on top of hemlock stumps without any protection, summer or winter, except something to keep the rain out and snow from beating into the top of the hive. he plastere...
by Michael Bush
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Treatment-Free Bees and Equipment For Sale
Topic: Optimum Entrance(s) Configuration (Langstroth)
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: Optimum Entrance(s) Configuration (Langstroth)

The problem with measuring what is better with bees is that bees are so adaptable and are so good and adjusting the management of ventilation to match what is available. Bees are opportunistic nesters. They can't make the shelter they live in, they can only arrange what is in that cavity. My take is...
by Michael Bush
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Small cell
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: Small cell

If you are starting with small bees, they don't even hesitate. Feral bees usually are smaller and if they have been a few generations feral they will be even smaller.
by Michael Bush
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Top Bar support
Replies: 12
Views: 1150

Re: Top Bar support

With angled sides I haven't used anything. With straight sides, I've put a 2x2 along the middle of the side to stabilize it. Also, if I had help and wanted to move it, the 2x2 would make a good handle...
by Michael Bush
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 45
Views: 2594

Re: 1 1/4 frames

>So then if I am trying to regress my bees, do frames need to stay separate? What is the "lazy" way of managing frames?

I'm not sure I understand the question. You mean keep honey separate from brood? It would probably help.
by Michael Bush
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 25974

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

It was in the mid 60s yesterday here too. I had thought maybe a lot of them had died based on lack of sound from the hives even when I banged on them on a moderate 40s day a while back. But yesterday there were bees flying in and out of all the hives. I'm sure some of them are dead and being robbed ...
by Michael Bush
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving Bees w/a twist
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: Moving Bees w/a twist

Bees will have enough trouble with one change, so I would do it in two steps. I would also do both on a day where that night it's not supposed to get below 50 F...
by Michael Bush
Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Maidens, VA USA
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Hello from Maidens, VA USA

Welcome
by Michael Bush
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 100% losses
Replies: 15
Views: 920

Re: 100% losses

I try to stay away from substitute by always having some pollen in the freezer. But I suppose substitute is better than sawdust...
by Michael Bush
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 100% losses
Replies: 15
Views: 920

Re: 100% losses

A lot of the issue is timing. Also bees gather whatever dust seems the most nutritious. Sometimes that is sawdust and coffee grounds. When I see the bees gathering poor sources is when I put out pollen.
by Michael Bush
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 100% losses
Replies: 15
Views: 920

Re: 100% losses

> By late summer, I had lost four to dearth and absconding. Sounds like the main issue may have been malnutrition. They need that last batch of young bees going into winter and if there is a dearth that may not happen. Sometimes you need to intervene. Learning when is often a difficult lesson. I try...
by Michael Bush
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Permacomb
Replies: 1
Views: 235

Re: Permacomb

I've got about a thousand of them. I heated them to 200 F and dipped them in beeswax and shook off the excess, but it was a very messy process. They were 100 percent accepted as drawn comb once they were dipped. If you don't dip them, they are less accepted at first but they are eventually.
by Michael Bush
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 25974

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I last opened mine in October as well. I don't plan to open them until spring, but if they get light I may open them to put some sugar on them. Otherwise I won't.
by Michael Bush
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Queen rearing
Replies: 27
Views: 2212

Re: Queen rearing

That is how they decide WHICH larvae to make into a queen, but they also need to have decided that they NEED to rear some queens.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenreari ... conditions
by Michael Bush
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 855

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

I think having it only open on the bottom may fail. Only on the sides, however probably would work fine. I find just opening the entrance all the way across and screening all but "one bee at a time" works well. In other words staple screen door screen over the entire entrance. After the ro...
by Michael Bush
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 855

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

Maybe this one:
entomology.ucdavis.edu/files/147611.pdf
by Michael Bush
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 855

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

>I didn't leave an opening. I figured there was more benefit to closing off the hive since the bees don't have anything to gather than to taking the time to leave an opening. Bees should always be free flying. They need water on warm days. They need cleansing flights on warm days. I have seen them f...
by Michael Bush
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 855

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

My observation on entrance size and how well the colonies did were that they did better with smaller entrances. So almost all my hives have a 1 1/2" wide 3/8" tall entrance all year around. I seldom have robbing issues. I did have one hive that got robbed out this last year and I can only ...
by Michael Bush
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Measuring Colony Loses
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Re: Measuring Colony Loses

I'm guessing most go by winter since that used to be when most of the losses where. Now that Nosema cerana is rampant a lot of them die in the summer. BIP started tracking summer losses I think just this last time. My problem with "summer losses" is that it is sometimes difficult to tell i...
by Michael Bush
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 974

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

>Is it that cluster started on the top and stayed on the top all winter OR is it the cluster started down below and ended up on the top after few weeks/months. I suspect, lots of those who claim the "top wintering" actually report the latter cases. IF, indeed, they spend the entire winter ...
by Michael Bush
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 974

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

>It is not given that the bees spend the winter in the top box. Nothing in beekeeping is 100% but I've seldom seen an exception here. >With your top entrances - they will tend to do the entire winter in the top because the bottom is too cold to sit there efficiently. I had them with bottom entrances...
by Michael Bush
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 974

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

Bees here spend the winter in the top box. How will they move up? The gaps have never stopped my bees from moving from box to box. It in no way slows them down. In fact the cluster usually spans the gap and the bees move from side to side more easily with a gap in the middle of the cluster.
by Michael Bush
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 974

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

>In fact, even conventional Dadants/Langs routinely freeze in place - food-less. Exactly. Which indicates it's not the direction that is the issue. It's the cold. >Mid West, Nebraska included, has very crazy winter swings where cold spells alternate with warm temperatures and this allows bees to reg...
by Michael Bush
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Layens
Topic: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens
Replies: 23
Views: 974

Re: Thoughts for TF small startup using Layens

You assume that bees only live in vertical hollow spaces in trees. They live in horizontal ones in trees as well. They also live in any other hollow spaces they can find other than trees, horizontal or vertical. Bees have no trouble moving horizontally. If they did then horizontal hives would not ha...
by Michael Bush
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: What to Expect When You're Expecting Bees
Topic: I've read plenty of materials
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Re: I've read plenty of materials

Where are you? You mean Apis vechti?
by Michael Bush
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Is 5 over 5 better than 10 wide
Replies: 7
Views: 916

Re: Is 5 over 5 better than 10 wide

Mel Disselkoen is overwintering nucs in a single 10 frame deep with good success. Bees are very adaptable. I think there is probably a slight advantage to the five over five because the cluster fills the width of the boxes. But that's part of what I like about eight frame boxes. I run all the same s...
by Michael Bush
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Switching to top entrances
Replies: 9
Views: 861

Re: Switching to top entrances

When you make the change over make sure the nights are going to be 50 F or above so the "slow" ones have some time to figure things out and don't get caught out in the cold.
by Michael Bush
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 25974

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

You are welcome. Good luck.
by Michael Bush
Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Treatment-Free Bees and Equipment For Sale
Topic: 2017 treatment free queens for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 587

Re: 2017 treatment free queens for sale

Just two more batches of queens for the year and I'll be busy traveling instead of queen rearing. I still have a few queens. Fall is a great time to requeen if you want treatment free or northern stock instead of some California or Georgia package queen...
by Michael Bush
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 1578

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

A nuc is in an unnatural position already so I would give up on the idea that I'm going to choose bees that make better decisions when any decision may or may not be wrong depending on when winter sets in. If there is a strong flow coming in, yes, I would let them do what they do and see where they ...
by Michael Bush
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Do nucs save any winter stores?
Replies: 27
Views: 1578

Re: Do nucs save any winter stores?

Every colony, nucs included, make decisions. Usually those decisions involve gambling on the future. Some decide they need more bees to make it through the winter. Some decide food is more important. Sometimes we can influence some of those decisions. For instance feeding may convince them to raise ...
by Michael Bush
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: what to do with crushed comb?
Replies: 9
Views: 868

Re: what to do with crushed comb?

I would not sell heated honey as table honey, but I would sell it as baking honey. I would not feed it to bees. I've eaten plenty of it, baked with it, made taffy from it and it never made me sick nor anyone else who was eating it. Heated honey may give bees dysentery and during some times of the ye...
by Michael Bush
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 45
Views: 2594

Re: 1 1/4 frames

>So then if I am trying to regress my bees, do frames need to stay separate? What is the "lazy" way of managing frames? I'm not sure I understand "stay separate". The brood nest should have all the frames up against each other. The honey supers work better sometimes if you space ...
by Michael Bush
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: what to do with crushed comb?
Replies: 9
Views: 868

Re: what to do with crushed comb?

A few dead bees don't matter any. I would put it all in a cake pan in the oven on low with the door cracked open. Your goal is to get the temperature up to 150 F or so. The wax will melt, the honey will sink and the wax will float. Remove it and let the wax harden. Lift the wax off and remove adhere...
by Michael Bush
Tue Aug 22, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 45
Views: 2594

Re: 1 1/4 frames

>Are the cell sizes bigger in honey frames?

Often, yes.
by Michael Bush
Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Moving a colony with a virgin queen
Replies: 4
Views: 703

Re: Moving a colony with a virgin queen

>Is it safe to assume that once she starts laying that mating flights are complete?

Yes.

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