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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: 84

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: 6
Views: 97

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: 393
Views: 14163

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: 148

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: 386

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: 386

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: 171

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: 1132

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: 171

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: 1132

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: 121

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: 1132

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: 1132

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: 94

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: 148

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: 277

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: 208

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: 481

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: 927

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: 338

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: 338

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: 338

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: 277

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: 847

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: 847

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: 847

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: 847

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: 847

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: 847

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: 246

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: 361

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: 361

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: 135

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: 946

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: 135

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: 42
Views: 1132

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: 42
Views: 1132

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: 1768

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: 393
Views: 14163

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: 289

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 ...

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