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by moebees
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16324

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: 359

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: 1244

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: 1101

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 ...
by moebees
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to give a brood break AND get some honey -
Replies: 17
Views: 1244

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

Good question - and not obvious, either. I want honey for me and friends. Last year I got just over a gallon. I gave some away and we ran out already. So I'm thinking a goal of 3-4 gallons per year total from the apiary would meet my needs. I don't object to doing it piecemeal either. Crush and str...
by moebees
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to give a brood break AND get some honey -
Replies: 17
Views: 1244

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

I was going to mention Mel too. There are some fairly good youtube videos of Mel presentations. Everything he says is geared to michigan so you would need to adjust accordingly. I think his ideas on brood breaks and timing are interesting. The actual notching of brood comb I am less enthusiastic abo...
by moebees
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Is bigger better?
Replies: 28
Views: 1101

Re: Is bigger better?

I'm not sure it is necessarily big versus small as much as size of hive relative to size of colony. I see allot of people fail with big hives because the hive is too big for the colony. Allot of empty space is not helpful. The work of Seeley and the success of people wintering nucs would suggest the...
by moebees
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to give a brood break AND get some honey -
Replies: 17
Views: 1244

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

Hi Robin
I kind of answered in the other thread but before I say anymore let me ask you this. When you say manage for honey do you mean you are wanting honey for you and your friends or are you talking about having enough to sell? I think that might change my answer.
by moebees
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to confine queen?
Replies: 12
Views: 1176

Re: How to confine queen?

Agree with Michael. I don't like the confining the queen idea. Its not good for the queen or the colony and in the process of getting a brood break you might as well get another queen and colony out of the deal.
by moebees
Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from southern Indiana
Replies: 10
Views: 350

Re: Greetings from southern Indiana

I'm glad to hear you have put up swarm traps. You just might catch some feral survivors and improve the genetics of your apiary. There are probably many ways you can institute a brood break and try to harvest honey but one method some use (and hopefully those with greater experience will chime in) i...
by moebees
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from southern Indiana
Replies: 10
Views: 350

Re: Greetings from southern Indiana

Welcome Robin,

Thank you for sharing your story with us and I look forward to hearing more about your adventure with bees. :D
by moebees
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Howdy from Western Nebraska
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: Howdy from Western Nebraska

Hi Mike and welcome.

How about a little background like how long you have been beekeeping, how many hives, etc.? Allot of us like to follow each others progress. :D
by moebees
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16324

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I went to three properties today and hung 6 swarm traps and placed hives stands. I have two more properties to set up next week and bees should arrive in a week from today. :D
by moebees
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Tetradium / Bee Bee tree from seed?
Replies: 6
Views: 449

Re: Tetradium / Bee Bee tree from seed?

Do you know what zones they will grow in?
by moebees
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16324

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Nice video Nordak. Very busy bees :D
Was that a tbh. Couldn't tell from the entrance. Almost looked like a nuc but that wouldn't be from one of your original hives.
by moebees
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from North Carolina
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Re: Hi from North Carolina

Hi Rusty,

Welcome to the forum. Great to have you here. :)
by moebees
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 12863

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Hey GregV,

I must be an oddball too then. :D
by moebees
Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:18 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 12863

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I am very concerned about moisture too because I live near Chicago. I don't think most people know that Chicago is not only the windy city but the gloomy city.. I think we get less sunshine in the winter than Seattle. It is very damp and much colder than Portland. Everyone is free to do what they li...
by moebees
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Tetradium / Bee Bee tree from seed?
Replies: 6
Views: 449

Re: Tetradium / Bee Bee tree from seed?

I have no knowledge myself but there are people on Beesource that advertise seedlings or just show their seedlings from time to time. I don't recall and discussion of how they grow them but you could contact them and ask.
by moebees
Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 12863

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Wrapping has been very ingrained in traditional beekeeping circles for a long time. This goes along with the idea that insulation is not needed and some even believe detrimental. Europe and Australia have accepted insulation and it will gradually change here too because it is the sensible thing to do.
by moebees
Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 12863

Re: Is your expansion successful?

"Titanic" hive which just makes for a large target to be torpedoed and sunk


The Titanic hit an iceberg. It was not torpedoed.
by moebees
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16324

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Sorry to hear this news. There will be better days ahead.
by moebees
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Good Video on Bait Hives
Replies: 12
Views: 1215

Re: Good Video on Bait Hives

Thanks for the offer Greg V but my question was at the time I was considering horizontal hives for my apiary and now have decided to go a different route. I was commenting only because my experience had been so different from yours. I am glad you found him accessible and who knows what the reason wa...
by moebees
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:50 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Good Video on Bait Hives
Replies: 12
Views: 1215

Re: Good Video on Bait Hives

I suggest do associate yourself with maybe with Leo's podcast with SP (listen to it first, though). Or maybe start with a specific questions based on his website information. I don't know your ways of approaching, but if I recall before I wrote him, I already knew his web site right to left and use...
by moebees
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Good Video on Bait Hives
Replies: 12
Views: 1215

Re: Good Video on Bait Hives

Maybe my last name did the trick?


I didn't think of that until you mentioned it but could be. :)
by moebees
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Good Video on Bait Hives
Replies: 12
Views: 1215

Re: Good Video on Bait Hives

Btw, I emailed with Leo back and forth few times; he is pretty responsive.


What's your secret? I emailed him and never got a response.
by moebees
Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16324

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Don't give up hope Nordak. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will be ok.

Did someone say insulation? ;) Sorry, I couldn't resist.
by moebees
Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the Fens of Lincolnshire, UK
Replies: 14
Views: 576

Re: Hello from the Fens of Lincolnshire, UK

Hi Ben,

Welcome. Glad you could join us.
by moebees
Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Smoker Fuel
Replies: 12
Views: 1327

Re: Smoker Fuel

Hi Ben,

Welcome to the forum.

Yes you need to be careful with pine needles from commercial sources. In the southern U.S. they sell needles and call it pine straw. They have all been treated with herbicide to harvest. Nothing is done commercially in the U.S. with out lots of chemicals.
by moebees
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: bees, not honeybees
Replies: 28
Views: 988

Re: bees, not honeybees

Well English is my first and only language and you got me to learn a new word so I would say you are doing pretty good.
by moebees
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: bees, not honeybees
Replies: 28
Views: 988

Re: bees, not honeybees

Varroa Apiary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadsden_flag I understood the reference to "don't tread on me" instantly. That is why I said i liked the sign. I am not however among the literati class so was unfamiliar with term rebus. So thank you for teaching me the meaning of this term alth...
by moebees
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 12863

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I just read Seeley's article again about natural ecosystem configuration vs what us beekeepers do. I'm thinking about horizontal transmission of pests and disease and how important it may be, and maybe robbing screens are part of the answer. Bingo. And smaller entrances. 9 out of 10 (a number I jus...
by moebees
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Bee Sourcing Options
Replies: 11
Views: 496

Re: Bee Sourcing Options

I don't want to seem like I am trying to buy my way to success by sourcing bees all over the place,


Doesn't seem that way at all and different sources makes sense to me.
by moebees
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Bee Sourcing Options
Replies: 11
Views: 496

Re: Bee Sourcing Options

I don't think MB has bees to sell but you can ask. I am going the package route myself this year. I know all the issues with them not being local and people say the packages are terrible now days and they probably are. But packages have some advantages too. You mentioned one being you can get them m...
by moebees
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: bees, not honeybees
Replies: 28
Views: 988

Re: bees, not honeybees

This sentence is kind of rebus


Sorry, I don't understand. Is rebus some hip slang I am too old to understand? :D
by moebees
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: bees, not honeybees
Replies: 28
Views: 988

Re: bees, not honeybees

That habitat looks really nice GregV.
by moebees
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Moisture issues with TBH
Replies: 23
Views: 1407

Re: Moisture issues with TBH

I have not read the article you site but agree with every one of your take away points.
by moebees
Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: bees, not honeybees
Replies: 28
Views: 988

Re: bees, not honeybees

Nice video Varroa Apiary. I love the "don't treat on me" sign. Apparently bumble bees are not easy to get into nest boxes. Most of ours around us nest under ground although I did have a nest take up residence in my shed one year. That was a little disconcerting every time I went in there t...
by moebees
Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 403
Views: 16324

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Bummer. But don't worry. You have got some tremendous bees there.
by moebees
Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Estimated Honey
Replies: 5
Views: 1200

Re: Estimated Honey

So amazing! My first year is not very well.


I wouldn't expect much the first year. And hi and welcome to the forum Hanna. Are you treatment free in New Zealand? :o Aren't you afraid of being exiled? ;)

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