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by Michael Bush
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 12
Views: 102

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: 12
Views: 102

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: 12
Views: 102

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: 12
Views: 102

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: 88

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: 365

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: 365

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: 365

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: 365

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: 365

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: 79

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: 196

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: 230

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: 408
Views: 17276

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: 241

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: 863

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: 863

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: 273

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: 42
Views: 1570

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: 273

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: 42
Views: 1570

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: 226

Re: Moving a colony with a virgin queen

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

Yes.
by Michael Bush
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 42
Views: 1570

Re: 1 1/4 frames

I have about the best luck in honey supers at 1 1/2" spacing. I just space them by eye. Until Julius Hoffman invented the Hoffman frames we use today all frames in bee hives were spaced by eye...
by Michael Bush
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 42
Views: 1570

Re: 1 1/4 frames

>One problem: with my foundation-less setups, I found them keeping the inter-mixed 1.25 inch blank frames exactly that - blank. Instead, they chose to widen the existing combs up to 2-3 inches wide. This is a common problem in honey supers with or without foundation. Honey combs can vary a lot in th...
by Michael Bush
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: 2017 Fall Bee Camp
Replies: 0
Views: 146

2017 Fall Bee Camp

Details here:
http://bushfarms.com/beescamp.htm

Bee Camp dates: 10-16 September 2017
$700
by Michael Bush
Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Treatment-Free Bees and Equipment For Sale
Topic: 2017 treatment free queens for sale
Replies: 2
Views: 241

2017 treatment free queens for sale

Details here:
http://bushfarms.com/beesqueens.htm

$25 shipping and handling per shipment.
$50 per queen
by Michael Bush
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Feeding a swarm?
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: Feeding a swarm?

If the flow is over, you may need to feed to get them up to weight and size for winter.
by Michael Bush
Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Skunk as a North American pest
Replies: 7
Views: 288

Re: Skunk as a North American pest

My solution was top entrances only... To understand why some things work you need to understand how the skunks do the deed. They get down low because their throat is vulnerable to stings. They scratch to get a bee to come out. They grab the bee between their paws and roll it in the grass to get it t...
by Michael Bush
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 887

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: 1023

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: 525

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: 525

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: 525

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: 8
Views: 323

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: 33
Views: 1274

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: 33
Views: 1274

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: 33
Views: 1274

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: 33
Views: 1274

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: 33
Views: 1274

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: 33
Views: 1274

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...

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