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by moebees
Mon May 08, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen
Replies: 24
Views: 2264

Re: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen

Great Robin. Sounds like you are making progress.

And glad you are getting some decent weather. Our weather has been atrocious.
by moebees
Mon May 08, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Landing board
Replies: 22
Views: 1904

Re: Landing board

They don't need landing boards.
by moebees
Mon May 08, 2017 3:55 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Isn't there a procedure called a Taronov artificial swarm to get the queen and a few bees into a new box when they are likely to swarm?


Yes the Taranov swarm is wonderful..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETgWMMZr4So
by moebees
Mon May 08, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

If you have extra equipment why do you just move them into it before they swarm?
by moebees
Wed May 03, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from SW Missouri
Replies: 7
Views: 423

Re: Hello from SW Missouri

Hey coach welcome to the forum. You seem to be doing well having caught so many swarms already. Look forward to you participating on the forum.
by moebees
Mon May 01, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Log hives
Replies: 17
Views: 563

Re: Log hives

As I walk around the office and think about it, I may be liking Jeff's ("I'd leave them a single top entrance") more and more. Basically, I will set these "logs" just above the ground on some stands. Not raising them high at all. So the hole in the upper section should produce t...
by moebees
Mon May 01, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Bees won't move up.
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: Bees won't move up.

I agree with Nordaks design. Thought of it myself but from the question I thought maybe that you were anxious to do it as fast as possible. Nordaks scheme should work. The queen excluder with upper opening for drones should work and is nearly fool proof. Just make sure they don't get honey bound.
by moebees
Mon May 01, 2017 5:08 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Log hives
Replies: 17
Views: 563

Re: Log hives

Bees will occupy all kinds of structures with more than one entrance. I don't think it is a big deal either way. You obviously don't want it to look like swiss cheese but short of that it probably is not a big deal. I would not worry about scent location. I believe bees would find your trap without ...
by moebees
Mon May 01, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Log hives
Replies: 17
Views: 563

Re: Log hives

I vote for one entrance but don't think location matters. And technically they are not log hives but hexagonal hive. The hex hive is an example http://organicbeekeeping101.com/hexhive.html and there are others on the market as well.
by moebees
Mon May 01, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Bees won't move up.
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: Bees won't move up.

So you have multiple mediums on top so the first one is empty and the honey/nectar is higher? Are you switching to medium equipment or something?

You might find eggs and put a queen excluder below that level then move up when the queen moves up. Be sure to have an upper opening for drone exit.
by moebees
Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swarm survival
Replies: 7
Views: 1116

Re: Swarm survival

And blossoms that hang down are protected from rain.
by moebees
Thu Apr 27, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Look, I personally participated in annual pig/poultry slaughter since I was a child - this is how we got our home-grown meat. Some gore and guts are a part of it all. Fresh blood cooked with onions and salt/pepper is delicious. For some, I look like a murderer. I was brought up to slaughter animals...
by moebees
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarming queen question
Replies: 8
Views: 1384

Re: swarming queen question

Sounds like a good one to me. If that hive has a bunch of swarm cells they could be put to good use if you can make up some nucs. Perhaps you could even solve your queenless hive problem. You mentioned in your other post that you had give them room with supers but you may need to create space in the...
by moebees
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen
Replies: 24
Views: 2264

Re: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen

Good to hear that your split worked. Of course when the queenless half of the split hive has a laying queen you will really be happy.
by moebees
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Lharder wrote: I'm taking a couple of nucs from my back yard to a customers yard. Not to sell as they weren't the best coming out of winter and had to shake some nurse bees into them to get them going. I'm going to put them in a side by side square dadent set up and hope to get some honey out of the...
by moebees
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen
Replies: 24
Views: 2264

Re: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen

Any luck with the frames of eggs/open brood, Robin?
by moebees
Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen
Replies: 24
Views: 2264

Re: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen

I think it is probably laying workers but if you have end larva in fresh comb it might help make it easier to remodel into queen cells.
by moebees
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Gorgeous weather today and blooms popping everywhere. Checked the first two Italian packages today. Both have larva and one even had about 8 capped brood! I couldn't believe it. They had finished the 2 quarts of syrup each had so they are now off feed and on their own.
by moebees
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Looking good Dustymunky.
by moebees
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Moebees, that happens if you beekeep in your "birthday suit "


It's quite exhilarating. You should try it some time. :lol:
by moebees
Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:52 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: First swarm trap action
Replies: 10
Views: 1017

Re: First swarm trap action

Very exciting Kevin. I'm no expert and Nordak may be right that you saw the tail end of the swarm entering. But since there seemed to be fighting it could be rival swarms. It is my understanding that scouts from different swarms may joust of a prime spot. Either way it sounds like you either have or...
by moebees
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

The past few days I have notice several solitary bees checking out holes on my deck and near my garage. So this afternoon I drilled a bunch of holes in a 2 ft section of 4 x 4 I had laying around. So far they haven't looked at it but it hasn't been up long.
by moebees
Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Yes its a decent day today and I'm going out with a bunch of boxes, bottom boards, top covers to see who needs more room and who is strong enough to go into big boxes. I have some boomers and have some decent weather, so will be busy the next while.


Update us on what you find. :)
by moebees
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: TFB non-honey products
Replies: 28
Views: 1208

Re: TFB non-honey products

I don't really have a problem with the pain. Does it help with swelling and or itching?
by moebees
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

You hope you got Carnies. :D Yes I hope so. A sting per a package - not bad, actually. I have never been stung installing a package. They got you through your suit? Was not wearing anything for the first. That is how I have always done it. Not anymore. Got me on the ear so the next three I wore jac...
by moebees
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Installed 4 packages of Carnis today and got stung 3 times. I thought Carnis are supposed to be gentle. I have never been stung by packages before. Anyway, all went well and I have 6 hives starting the year. We are finally getting nice weather and blossoms are appearing.
by moebees
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Check on my two packages installed 3 days ago. Queen was out in one and I released the other. Both have taken a quart of syrup and are drawing out the pf100 frames. Looking good so far.
by moebees
Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen
Replies: 24
Views: 2264

Re: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen

Oh my signature. Lol
by moebees
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen
Replies: 24
Views: 2264

Re: Queenless colony reluctant to make new queen

Do you have laying workers? I would give them more but suspect maybe laying workers. If you don't have laying workers you may be able to get an extra queen from your split.
by moebees
Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: TFB non-honey products
Replies: 28
Views: 1208

Re: TFB non-honey products

Say Michael,

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?
by moebees
Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I installed two packages today at two different locations so I am officially back into beekeeping. Went well but extremely windy here today. Had to open the entrance on the opposite side of where I intended on one hive because the wind was blowing so hard they couldn't find the open one, only the cl...
by moebees
Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

This year will pilot test few cardboard box traps (computer boxes).


Won't those crumble in the rain?
by moebees
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I'm in 5b. It is too early but it doesn't hurt to have them up early. Many people think foragers check out potential spots when they are in the field even before swarming starts. Whether true or not I also wanted it done before my packages arrived just to get it out of the way. There has been some w...
by moebees
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Wisconsin
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Hi Nathaniel and welcome to the forum. I believe GregV from the forum is near Madison too. We seem to be getting a large contingent of cheese heads here. lol Look forward to your contributions.
by moebees
Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n188/fishingpuddycat/bees/IMG_20170407_114043463_zpssewymvnz.jpg http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n188/fishingpuddycat/bees/IMG_20170407_123329785_zpsyo2oyvuh.jpg Seven foundation less frames, lemon grass oil, old brood comb on center frame.
by moebees
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 421
Views: 23010

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Placed 4 more swarm traps today. Pick-up two packages tomorrow. Let you know how it goes when I get back.

Is it possible to upload pictures on here directly or do they need to be linked and hosted somewhere else?
by moebees
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from NC
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: Hello from NC

Hi Mark,

Welcome to the forum and look forward to your contributions. There is definitely a need for chemical (treatment free?) nucs. Keep us updated on your progress.
by moebees
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to give a brood break AND get some honey -
Replies: 17
Views: 1339

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

Production hives are honey hives. Expansion hives are bee/queen producers and can be kept small. These are my 'back up' nucs or single medium hives Correct. If I let 2 make honey [fingers crossed], and I split the other two, I'll have 6 at the end of the year [hopefully]. Is that enough? [I don't w...
by moebees
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Is bigger better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1485

Re: Is bigger better?

I have access to a remote location that I'm considering basically dropping off a hive and seeing how many years it can make it with 0 interference. The area has documented feral bee colonies over the years, so it should sustain that kind of experiment. Consider at least two hives and a control. If ...

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