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by moebees
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Queen rearing
Replies: 27
Views: 1870

Re: Queen rearing

Ferdi wrote,
I tried OTS queen rearing once but it did not work for me. Bees chose another larvae from the area I had not notched at all.


Thanks Ferdi. I like to get feedback from people who have tried it.
by moebees
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 15993

Re: Is your expansion successful?

lharder wrote: Are your bees still flying? I think one of the hurdles to surviving bees is that they get an influx of mites from the dwindling hives. If there are lots of dwindling hives, this may set up a domino effect of hive failure. I haven't implemented it yet, but I want a strategy to identif...
by moebees
Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:58 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member From Turkey
Replies: 18
Views: 1175

Re: New Member From Turkey

Welcome Ferdi! :) I would be interested to hear what kind of hives you use and what kind of bees?
by moebees
Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Queen rearing
Replies: 27
Views: 1870

Re: Queen rearing

Ya thanks Michael. I think unless I see information to the contrary my conclusion is notching is probably a waste of time and some brood. I may try in once or twice as an experiment but probably will forget it.
by moebees
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Queen rearing
Replies: 27
Views: 1870

Re: Queen rearing

Michael Bush wrote 1) the bees can't tear down old brood comb with cocoons and there is some speculation that when they can build the cell down rather than float the larvae out the quality is better. 2) there is the speculation that they will start with too old of a larvae and by tearing down the w...
by moebees
Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 15993

Re: Is your expansion successful?

SiWolke said Today found me with my carni bee yard crashing, now two hives left and one elgon ( out of 8) Sorry to hear. The AMM seem to be more resistant. They are all still alive. I hope the one queen carni, an original "resistant" one, will survive so I will be able to breed from her. ...
by moebees
Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Queen rearing
Replies: 27
Views: 1870

Re: Queen rearing

Not sure if this is the right place or I should start a new thread but my question is about OTS queen rearing. My specific question is what is the idea behind notching? I understand that it is to provide a vertical space for the queen cell but from what I can find the process seems very iffy at best...
by moebees
Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarms
Replies: 35
Views: 1590

Re: swarms

SiWolke said I hope never to have to hurry with something like this and the bees do not build swarm cells at the same time. If I have to hurry I will do walk- aways and only one or two taranovs. I am not thinking in terms of being in a hurry because I have so many hives to manage (but that could be...
by moebees
Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarms
Replies: 35
Views: 1590

Re: swarms

I want to try the Taranov swarm to do splits but one drawback of the method I have been thinking about is that it is not a rapid method of doing a split and if you have a number of them to do it could be problematic. Or you may only have two to do but at an out yard a ways away. In my research on th...
by moebees
Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Wintering
Replies: 12
Views: 834

Re: Wintering

Michael Bush said: It could be worse. We could still be in the ice age that started in the late 1400s and lasted until the 1800s... Before that there WAS a "Northwest Passage Actually some minor regional temperature fluctuations during the period before massive burning of fossils fuels is in n...
by moebees
Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:06 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Extra wax on plastic frames?
Replies: 14
Views: 1048

Re: Extra wax on plastic frames?

> but if memory serves me you don't have much of a hive beetle problem where you are?

No. For the first time this year I actually saw more than one hive beetle at the same time..


Wow!! You are really over run! ;)
by moebees
Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Extra wax on plastic frames?
Replies: 14
Views: 1048

Re: Extra wax on plastic frames?

Thanks Michael. That is good to know. Have you had any experience with bees getting trapped in the spaces in the frames and could one lose a queen that way? Also, I have heard that the gaps are a problem with hive beetles but if memory serves me you don't have much of a hive beetle problem where you...
by moebees
Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:38 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Extra wax on plastic frames?
Replies: 14
Views: 1048

Re: Extra wax on plastic frames?

Thanks for the picture Dustymunky. If they are propolizing it like that you must not have them tight against one another? Maybe that is why you don't see trapped bees either. Are you running fewer frames than your boxes are made to hold? Like 9 in a 10 frame box?
by moebees
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Extra wax on plastic frames?
Replies: 14
Views: 1048

Re: Extra wax on plastic frames?

This is a little off topic but in my youtube searching I ran across some hive inspections with the Mannlake pf120 frames and noticed that the shoulders on the end bars are not solid and the cavities are large enough for bees to go in them. So when this guy opened his hive after a previous inspection...
by moebees
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Extra wax on plastic frames?
Replies: 14
Views: 1048

Re: Extra wax on plastic frames?

I did some looking on youtube and several of the people putting extra wax on seem to emphasize the fact that they are using wax from their own hives. That the fact that this wax (I guess hasn't been cleaned up as much?) has the smell of the hive still in it causes the bees to draw it out better. Sin...
by moebees
Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Extra wax on plastic frames?
Replies: 14
Views: 1048

Re: Extra wax on plastic frames?

Thanks Dustymunky and Lharder. How hot is the wax when you apply it?
by moebees
Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Extra wax on plastic frames?
Replies: 14
Views: 1048

Extra wax on plastic frames?

I have never used plastic frames before so I am clueless. I just received an order of PF100 frames from MannLake and have read several places where people say they paint added wax on them. My question is, is this essential, advisable, desirable, optional, or perhaps detrimental? Just looking at the ...
by moebees
Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:34 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Supersedure x3
Replies: 7
Views: 657

Re: Supersedure x3

They have just decided to be your queen producing hive. Save you the trouble of grafting. You should be thanking them. :lol:
by moebees
Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:29 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Beekeeper In Blue Island, IL (chicagoland area)
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: New Beekeeper In Blue Island, IL (chicagoland area)

Hi Carlos

I am DuPage county starting out next year. I haven't found anyone willing to sell treatment free bees. But maybe we can compare notes on how things go for the each of us. :) Good luck!
by moebees
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:13 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Dadant and dadant square
Replies: 20
Views: 1073

Re: Dadant and dadant square

My experience was that the queenless very strong hives ( density) are able to fill a dadant deep with honey in my spring flow. So, following MB, I want to use two deeps with the queenless until the honey frames are capped, store some for donation and harvest some. Then reduce the queenless, which h...
by moebees
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarms
Replies: 35
Views: 1590

Re: swarms

I'm sure that is a kind of stress, but I wouldn't compare it to stress of shaking bees on the board. Again, I will acknowledge that I have never done a Taranov swarm but from watching the videos of them the bees do not appear anymore stressed than a regular swarm. They are not at all aggressive and...
by moebees
Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarms
Replies: 35
Views: 1590

Re: swarms

So far I have only foundations. This I want to change. But there must be a way to cut the queen cells out and secure them on new comb.
Instead of shaking I can use a brush for the queen cell combs.


If you get lucky and it isn't near a wire.

Sure brushing the queen cell combs will work fine.
by moebees
Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarms
Replies: 35
Views: 1590

Re: swarms

Now my thoughts are how to distribute the frames in the boxes if I do a taranov swarm. If the older bees are in the original hive there are not many nurse bees. So I have to be careful about how much open brood is there. The best would be to wait for swarm cells and a brood brake. But the the queen...
by moebees
Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarms
Replies: 35
Views: 1590

Re: swarms

My question is: what´s the age structure of bees in a natural swarm with mated queen? and what´s the age structure of bees in a taranov swarm? Since no one else seems to be answering your question I will make a stab at it. I found a study from 1978 that said 80 to 100% of bees in swarms from Africa...
by moebees
Sat Oct 22, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: to take out capped brood
Replies: 9
Views: 719

Re: to take out capped brood

SiWolke wrote: The professionals http://www.dieBiene.de are doing it after main flow. But they don´t use it to prompt the bees to do VSH. They do it as a varroa treatment, separate the brood from the original hives, collect this in a queenright hive above an excluder, melt the old combs after hatch...
by moebees
Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Propolis Benefits
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Propolis Benefits

Here is a video of a modified European long hive. Modified to use Langstroth deeps. I don't know why you could not insulate your tbh like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWWZkUT ... e=youtu.be
by moebees
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Propolis Benefits
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Propolis Benefits

Nordak wrote Id definitely be interested in hearing about it. I think polystyrene could be helpful in the heat of our summers. I might test one out TBH style one of these days, as my comb collapses were worse this year than they've ever been. Summer wasn't any worse than last year, but had 4x more ...
by moebees
Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:06 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member from Germany
Replies: 13
Views: 1114

Re: New member from Germany

Wow. Sounds worse than over here. I see you have a forum though so I guess you get some support.
by moebees
Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:48 am
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Propolis Benefits
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Propolis Benefits

I wouldn't mind doing that but probably might have the same problem of not being detailed enough. I tend not to write things down very well. There are not allot of options for polystyrene in this country. Especially if you want something less than 10 frames. I got mine from Betterbee. The Lyson 6 fr...
by moebees
Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:08 am
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Propolis Benefits
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Propolis Benefits

Thanks Nordak. I will update from time to time. I really enjoy reading about other peoples experiences if they are willing to post on the forums. The only thing I like on the other forum is the Squarepeg diary. It would be great to have more of that kind of thing.
by moebees
Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New member from Germany
Replies: 13
Views: 1114

Re: New member from Germany

Welcome SiWolke. :)

This is a friendly place compared to that other forum.

Is TF frowned upon in Germany?
by moebees
Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Propolis Benefits
Replies: 12
Views: 655

Re: Propolis Benefits

Good post Nordak. Marla Spivak has been talking about the benefits of propolis for several years. That is why I am going to line the inside of my polystyrene hives with 1/16 thick strips of wood to enhance propolization which is reduced in polystyrene hives. Yes, I have finally decided on my hives. ...
by moebees
Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:25 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Why are bees dying in Ontario
Replies: 0
Views: 426

Why are bees dying in Ontario

by moebees
Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:58 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Heavy losses in Australia without Varroa
Replies: 0
Views: 295

Heavy losses in Australia without Varroa

Article and podcast about heavy colony losses in Australia and I am sure all of you know that Australia doesn't have Varroa. Has implications TF beekeeping here.

http://www.theorganicview.com/bees/aust ... ee-deaths/
by moebees
Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Langstroth versatility
Replies: 40
Views: 4261

Re: Langstroth versatility

Nordak wrote: Hehe, yep. Did you ever decide on a hive type? No, my head is still spinning. I spend much of my day thinking about different styles and designs. I guess I have too much time during the day and too much time before I actually get some bees. I started out thinking I was definitely goin...
by moebees
Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:16 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Langstroth versatility
Replies: 40
Views: 4261

Re: Langstroth versatility

Nordak wrote: The horizontal argument baffles me. What is a single deep langstroth before the beekeeper adds another box? Bees build comb horizontally in a langstroth hive too. True that. And when a swarm moves in between some floor joists and hangs the comb from the sub-floor you have what? An ups...
by moebees
Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Langstroth versatility
Replies: 40
Views: 4261

Re: Langstroth versatility

Tyson Kaiser wrote: Sometimes it seems that everyone wants to reinvent the wheel, and while competing designs are interesting and have different qualities it's difficult to compare to the ubiquity and versatility of the original Langstroth hive. As many others have responded already, the big advant...
by moebees
Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Langstroth versatility
Replies: 40
Views: 4261

Re: Langstroth versatility

EkiPoPo wrote: Still don't get TB hives they sure don't seem to have any advantages except maybee if your building your own stuff. In nature seems like bee trees grow up and not sideways JGrizle wrote: Bees can be found in horizontal fallen trees/logs and bees often choose to make nests under house...
by moebees
Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New in North Central Texas
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: New in North Central Texas

Welcome Richard. Great to have your here to contribute to the discussion. That is fantastic that you had a colony move in like that. If you are mowing a few feet away from them I doubt they are too Africanized. If it were me and they are in a spot where they are not bothering anything I would set ou...
by moebees
Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Scientific Research
Topic: Natural Varroa mite-surviving Apis mellifera honeybee populations
Replies: 7
Views: 647

Re: Natural Varroa mite-surviving Apis mellifera honeybee populations

No. They insist that any bees not treated in three years are dead. They insist any colony that you claim survived more than three years, died out and was repopulated with a swarm. And that swarm came from someones treated bees... That is their model of the world. Exactly. I hear many of them claim ...

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