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by Nate K
Fri May 12, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 301
Views: 8101

Re: Is your expansion successful?

After working in the garage for a few days, I threw together some real nuc boxes. I really struggled last year with not having enough expansion equipment. This year I swore I wouldn't do that again. I have about 25 nuc boxes I made and have a few more to finish up. Will post a picture of them later....
by Nate K
Fri May 12, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 301
Views: 8101

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I caught 3 swarms so far. 2 were at my house,....... It is amazing to me how people catch swarms right at their houses (congrats on that). I am yet to score one like this. I have a baited nuc at my back porch right now; pretty close to my existing live hive (which is also a lure, in itself). Unsure...
by Nate K
Fri May 12, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 301
Views: 8101

Re: Is your expansion successful?

......I knew some smaller hives wouldn't make it..... About this: How did you know they would not make it? And if you did know they were doomed before hand, did you try to improve their chances in any way? Out of my two small nucs that went into this winter, one is pretty much booming right now and...
by Nate K
Tue May 09, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Building 8 Frame Bottom Boards
Replies: 0
Views: 85

Building 8 Frame Bottom Boards

Hey Everyone, wanted to show you guys how I build my bottom boards. The dimensions listed below will be for 8 frame hives. I'm building bottom boards with scrap plywood I get for free. Of course, you could do this with any lumber you salvage or buy. I make my own tops and bottoms because of the cost...
by Nate K
Mon May 08, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swarm survival
Replies: 7
Views: 872

Re: Swarm survival

If you have no resources like Michael said above, then I would recommend feeding the small ones. I don't normally feed, but this is a time where I think its worthwhile. It will really help them build out comb and get a head start.
by Nate K
Mon May 08, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 301
Views: 8101

Re: Is your expansion successful?

That sounds awesome, you had some great numbers pull through. Glad you have some hives that are strong. Unfortunately for me, my wintering was pretty terrible. I had 4 hives I thought would make it, only 1 did. Down from about 18 hives, I knew some smaller hives wouldn't make it, but this was pretty...
by Nate K
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Tetradium / Bee Bee tree from seed?
Replies: 6
Views: 189

Re: Tetradium / Bee Bee tree from seed?

I'm currently starting some from seeds right now. They have not come up yet, but I believe they take time.
The seeds are so cheap though, it would be worth trying!
by Nate K
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:37 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Top entrance
Replies: 5
Views: 496

Re: Top entrance

I've considered using Top entrances for a while, this year I may give it a try.
by Nate K
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 301
Views: 8101

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Thought I'd jump in here. Starting at 2016, I had no hives. The 2015 winter killed all of my hives. I went from no hives to over 20 at the peak of summer. I caught anywhere from 1-4 swarms in a week. Some did fantastic and some died off rather quickly, which I realized is the norm. I took those stro...
by Nate K
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 348
Views: 10122

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Hey there everyone, Spent some time this weekend making tops and bottoms. After doing the math, these bottoms cost me about $3 a piece. Just need to paint them up and get them sealed. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170321/6392ae4e345456188785e8268ac85888.jpg Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
by Nate K
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Smoker Fuel
Replies: 12
Views: 1083

Re: Smoker Fuel

I have great luck with wood shavings from my planer. They are big curls that hold the flame for a long time.
by Nate K
Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 855

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

I completely agree Chuck.
A sloped entrance or some type of drainage is needed, To be clear I'm not advocating for a swimming pool for our bees :lol:
by Nate K
Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 855

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

I disagree with bees taking the water out, anytime but especially in winter. Otherwise, they would take moisture on the top cover away. I have thought about ecofloors but my tbh design makes it difficult to install I'll try to find the video, but the creator of the innerview covers regularly sees h...
by Nate K
Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 855

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

For the bees to effectively manage the atmosphere of the hive, the insulation above the cluster need to much greater than the sides because the heat generated by the cluster rises and creates a temperature gradient through the roof of the hive due to convection and conduction. The sides need to be ...
by Nate K
Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 855

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

As long as your hives are completely rosined inside, water collecting in certain areas is not a problem.
Rosin is completely impermeable to water, and we are providing domestic water to the brood and normal functions of the hive.

If there is to much, the bees can take it out of the hive.
by Nate K
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 855

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

Just saw this link on Facebook. It seems to back up the idea that when the hive is insulated really well, humidity isn't an issue. https://oxnatbees.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/warm-hives/ Warm hives Posted on January 25, 2015 by Paul Interesting read. I have considered insulating the tops of my hives...
by Nate K
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 855

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

Keep us posted on your results. Are you going to do any head to head experiments to directly compare hive systems. Yes sir, I do plan on Head to head, hopefully devoting 2 on each side to have a solid base. You talking about a horizontal dado, or a vertical dado? My first bet would have been a dado...
by Nate K
Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 855

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

I want to discuss Troughs in this post. What I mean by troughs in this case, is a small slot for moisture to accumulate in inside the brood nest. We now can accumulate moisture, but with a high amount, it will just run down the sides and on to the bottom board and maybe outside the hive. This could ...
by Nate K
Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 855

Re: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

I have heard Phil Chandler talk about this. He also mentioned that there will be propolis in the water condensing on the hive walls and that this may be a very important part of bee immunity when they drink it. Are bees that produce more propolis healthier and have beekeepers who have bred this tra...
by Nate K
Thu Feb 04, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Condensation and Humidity Manifesto
Replies: 26
Views: 855

Condensation and Humidity Manifesto

Hi there Everyone, Wanted to post my thoughts and findings into a thread which I plan to update this season as I progress and test out a few various methods of creating condensation in the beehive. I plan to add citations to this main post as quickly as I can find them, and will add notes where need...
by Nate K
Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:15 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swallows swallowing bees
Replies: 3
Views: 301

Re: Swallows swallowing bees

Putting in a fence, or wind break would make it harder for them to dive toward the hive, i have my hives against a fence and see no bird problems.
Just an idea. You could put a few stakes in the ground and weave some tall grass through it.
by Nate K
Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Garden cover crops for Bees too
Replies: 2
Views: 349

Re: Garden cover crops for Bees too

I'm a huge fan of Comfrey, but as far as I know, it is only for bees with a longer tongue(bumblebees for example). I have never seen a honey bee on it. Check out Purple Tansy, here is where I got mine. it is very inexpensive. http://shop.wildseedfarms.com/Purple-Tansy_Lacy-Phacelia/productinfo/3334/...
by Nate K
Mon Jul 20, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Size limitation on picture attachments
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Size limitation on picture attachments

Currently trying to upload a picture of my Eco-Floors, but tells me my picture is too large to post.

I can make the picture smaller, but if I need to do it with every picture it can be cumbersome. Do we have a limitation on file size?
by Nate K
Mon Jul 20, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Home Brewing
Topic: First attempt at mead making
Replies: 5
Views: 868

Re: First attempt at mead making

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Yes sir! I was getting on here to do that.
My first 1 gallon batch, bubbling away like crazy this morning.
by Nate K
Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Home Brewing
Topic: First attempt at mead making
Replies: 5
Views: 868

Re: First attempt at mead making

I have been hearing that, as far as say 6 months in certain ones have been horrible, and others are great, and vice versa like you said.

Sometimes the time is the variable. Very interesting...
by Nate K
Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Home Brewing
Topic: First attempt at mead making
Replies: 5
Views: 868

First attempt at mead making

Last week I took my first shot making mead using wild yeasts.

Well it started as mead, but turned into Melomel with Black Raspberries. So far, about 10 days in, it tastes great! Although this process is not complete, I had to sample it.
Now time to age, and the hard part, waiting!
by Nate K
Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:08 pm
Forum: Warre
Topic: Warre Hive Experiment
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Warre Hive Experiment

Nice to see a comparison.

Thanks for the info!
I have also had luck with starter strips.
by Nate K
Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Mississippi Valley
Topic: Central Kentucky
Replies: 17
Views: 795

Re: Central Kentucky

Hey there Boomer,

Looks like the closest to you is in Bloomfield, MO, found here; http://parkerfarms.biz/map.html
Have you posted on the Facebook page asking for bees?
by Nate K
Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: 2 queen systems anyone?
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: 2 queen systems anyone?

Leroy i like the though, I am not trying this, but have to ask; what is the advantage of a 2 queen hive VS. 2 separate hives. We have 1 hive with double the equipment, or 2 hives with half as much equipment. 300lbs is incredible harvest. 150lb each is what a lot of commercial honey producers i know ...
by Nate K
Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Research to support TFB
Replies: 9
Views: 529

Re: Research to support TFB

I personally think its a very viable plan.I don't think the establishment beekeepers will take this concept seriously. For whatever reason, the varroa mite is the Boogeyman of the beekeeping world. It would be great if this concept we all in part use, would be recognized by our fellow conventional b...
by Nate K
Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What causes one hive to build faster than another?
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: What causes one hive to build faster than another?

First year performance may be a bad metric to judge from, as Leroy pointed out. A hive may stay small its first year and literally explode the second. The utilitarian question that comes to mind is, how long do we watch and use equipment to evaluate a queen? Using a hive for 2-3 years for a queen th...
by Nate K
Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:37 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Yorkshire (it's in the UK)
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: Hello from Yorkshire (it's in the UK)

Welcome!

I'd be very interested to see what you think on certain issues.
What type of scientist are you?
by Nate K
Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Latitudes
Replies: 18
Views: 753

Re: Latitudes

Agreed Solomon, the larger the baseline population, the deeper the gene pool and larger population, the greater chance a species has to adapt. Less population=less adaption. The environmental stress and reproductive stress change depending on location, and are not isolated factors, but directly corr...
by Nate K
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Latitudes
Replies: 18
Views: 753

Re: Latitudes

I would like to propose an opposing view for discussion; That genetic adaption happens faster in northern climates. Being that the south has less stressors(no winter) on bees, the bees multiply faster, without having winter to cull them. No winter(less stress) means bees are more easily able to surv...
by Nate K
Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Making splits the first year
Replies: 11
Views: 896

Re: Making splits the first year

1) start a queenless 5-frame nuc with 3-frames of brood incl eggs, one of honey, 1 foundation.from the stronger of the two hives. 2) when i get closed queen cells on the 1st nuc start a second nuc with the same mix of frame plus some of the queen cells from the 1st nuc. Whats the maximum number of ...
by Nate K
Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: TBHs in CT
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Re: TBHs in CT

Good to have you!

How many Top bars do you have?
by Nate K
Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames
Replies: 13
Views: 1080

Re: Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames

I've actually made most of my own 1 1/4 inch frames. I thought if I have to mess with store bought, I might as well make my own. I must have about 5 or 6 hundred of them. So far, so good with lots of comb being built this year. A local bee keeper calls them "sticks". They are lighter buil...
by Nate K
Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames
Replies: 13
Views: 1080

Re: Comb Spacing/Trimming Frames

Michael do you have any other info from Hoffman?
Ive searched fairly extensively online and mostly get a mention of him, but nothing more than that. Your page has the most I've seen.
by Nate K
Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Links for forage sources
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Re: Links for forage sources

That's a pretty extensive link. Has a lot of information for different foragers and plants.
Thanks!
by Nate K
Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Warre
Topic: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses
Replies: 23
Views: 2008

Re: Starting with Warre Hives and Colony Losses

I make my langs out of 2 by 8's. 1.5 inches thick. I'm curious about overwintering with these. I'm sure a Warre could be made out of this as well. I found some true 1 inch material to make nucs. Really nice boxes. I'm thinking hard about the idea of 8 frame lang boxes. Man thats some weight, what d...

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