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by moebees
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: what to do with crushed comb?
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Re: what to do with crushed comb?

It will store in a closed bucket for awhile. You could also stick it in a freezer.
by moebees
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What could I have done better?
Replies: 9
Views: 295

Re: What could I have done better?

You may need a better smoker. The large Dadant smoker is superb. I have trouble getting it to stop smoking. Pine needles or burlap would be better fuels. I think you did pretty well with the cross comb mess you had. Have you watched videos on harvesting top bar hives? The key is to have a bucket wit...
by moebees
Sun Aug 27, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: how to harvest foundationless frames?
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: how to harvest foundationless frames?

Some do it. Be careful if robbing is possible. If robbing might be a problem leave it a couple hundred yards from the hive and let them rob it before putting it back. The other drawback is if you are in a cold climate you probably don't want the empty space on the hive. I think some of the people th...
by moebees
Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 12946

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I haven't given an update in awhile. I started in April with 2 Italian packages and 4 Carniolans. I have two original package queens left that are doing well. Two were lost accidentally, one swarmed, and one was eliminated for aggression. All package hives are doing well although my northern most on...
by moebees
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: how to harvest foundationless frames?
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: how to harvest foundationless frames?

You can use foundationless in honey supers but bees tend to build honey comb wider than brood comb. So if you put a box of empty frames on top of the hive even if they follow the comb guide on the first one they will grow them out wider and wider until they become hopelessly cross combed. The best w...
by moebees
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: how to harvest foundationless frames?
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: how to harvest foundationless frames?

Turn the box upside down on a flat surface like a table and then lift box off leaving the frames sitting on their top bars. Then you can begin to separate them and cut free what needs to be. Have a food grade bucket with lid available to cut the comb into after brushing the bees off. This will be a ...
by moebees
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 42
Views: 1443

Re: 1 1/4 frames

My experience is they tend to build larger cell in areas or at times when their primary focus is on storing honey. The frames I inserted earlier in the spring between frames of brood were mostly drawn small cell. The ones added later and higher in the stack have all been drawn large cell. But by lar...
by moebees
Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Dead Hive

Hence, I operate by statistical likelihoods for something to happen, not by facts.


BRILLIANT!
by moebees
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Dead Hive

PMS in mid-August and so abrupt? Keep in mind - this is a fresh June swarm that went through a brood break too. Mites should not be an issue yet, if at all. Doubt it. We don't know how abrupt it was because from the op's description and the pictures posted it seems that he apparently hadn't inspect...
by moebees
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Dead Hive
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: Dead Hive

I'm wondering how long ago the previous inspection was? The bees on the bottom board look like they have been dead for some time. The dead emerging brood with tongues out would fit with PMS. No stores is not diagnostic because they were probably robbed.
by moebees
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: 1 1/4 frames
Replies: 42
Views: 1443

Re: 1 1/4 frames

One solution might be 1 1/4 bars with shims to widen the spacing for honey. Might give you more flexibility so different size frames aren't jumbled up.
by moebees
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Really tiny queen
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Really tiny queen

We need to be patient with new queens. I learned that this summer.
by moebees
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Swarm absconds and abandons brood
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: Swarm absconds and abandons brood

New queens sometimes lay multiple eggs. Is there plenty of room for her to lay?
by moebees
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Expansion plan
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Expansion plan

I am doing a split this week with purchased mated queens. I am in northern Illinois. I would only do it with a mated queen introduced right away. Raising their own would be too late for where I am. I would think you could do the same in Missouri. I don't know if you still have time there to raise yo...
by moebees
Mon Jul 17, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Requeening
Replies: 28
Views: 768

Re: Requeening

The trap line is set and revenge will be sweet.
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Wow. How about being smarter than the skunk instead of exacting revenge on an animal that is simply exploiting a resource you have provided. I can assure you the skunk is not out to get you.
by moebees
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Really tiny queen
Replies: 8
Views: 331

Re: Really tiny queen

4 weeks since the split or 4 weeks since she emerged? If the former she probably just hasn't been mated yet.
by moebees
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: From Maine
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: From Maine

Welcome to the forum.
by moebees
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: nucs fell over, likely months ago...
Replies: 11
Views: 1323

Re: nucs fell over, likely months ago...

But even the best stand ever will not stop a cow or a deer from scratching against your hive. One must account for the hive to tip over. Agreed but it doesn't take a cow to tip a nuc sitting on milk plastic milk crates. Soft ground or a good breeze would be enough. Here is the stands I build. Strap...
by moebees
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Package source
Replies: 4
Views: 741

Re: Package source

Just wanted to give an update. Apparently Mountain Sweet Honey is no longer selling Carniolans. They will only have Italians next year.
by moebees
Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: nucs fell over, likely months ago...
Replies: 11
Views: 1323

Re: nucs fell over, likely months ago...

This could have easily been prevented by having a decent hive stand.
by moebees
Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: Ideas

In my area basswood gives a very nice flow of 2, sometimes 3,4 weeks.


There are several varieties of Tilia so if you have more than one the flow can last several weeks. American Basswood, little leaf linden, silver leaf linden, Carolina Basswood, etc.
by moebees
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member from Central Kentucky
Replies: 4
Views: 1214

Re: New Member from Central Kentucky

Welcome to the forum. Quite the story for your first year!
by moebees
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:39 pm
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: Ideas

Yeah and contrary to the name honey locust does not make decent honey.
by moebees
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Using a Scythe to Trim Around Hives
Replies: 6
Views: 189

Re: Using a Scythe to Trim Around Hives

On a more serious note a scythe is designed for long sweeping motions to cut hay. It isn't good around obstructions or where accuracy is important. I'm not sure you will find it very efficient around hive legs.
by moebees
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Randoms
Topic: Using a Scythe to Trim Around Hives
Replies: 6
Views: 189

Re: Using a Scythe to Trim Around Hives

Yeah don't cut your or anyone else legs off!
by moebees
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:25 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: Ideas

Black locust if a fine bee pasture as long as you are aware of its toxicity


I don't know what you are talking about? Black locust is a large tree. It has nothing to do with pasture and no toxicity. Sweet clover hay on the other hand is feeding rat poison.
by moebees
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: Ideas

Actually thistles are excellent for bees and from your description it doesn't sound like what you are calling locust is black locust trees which are large and resemble ash.
by moebees
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: Ideas

Good grief. You don't make hay out of sweet clover!!
by moebees
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: Ideas

I don't think I have seen anyone mention black locust. Wonderful honey and just as big a flow as basswood.
by moebees
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: Ideas

PS: if anyone comes up with a source for basswood trees I'm interested. Seedlings would be fine. The national arbor day foundation has little leaf and silver leaf linden and they are very reasonable on prices. If I had land to plant trees on my first source would be the national arbor day foundation.
by moebees
Tue Jul 04, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Honeybee Horticulture
Topic: Ideas
Replies: 29
Views: 1125

Re: Ideas

Sweet clovers are perennial. You don't have to replant. You don't want it if you are going to make hay though.

Yes it is a biennial but because it reseeds its growth pattern is like a perennial.
by moebees
Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Kiaora from New Zealand
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Kiaora from New Zealand

Hi Kiaora, Glad you are here.
by moebees
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Logbooks
Replies: 11
Views: 356

Re: Logbooks

At this point with 8 hives I am not keeping records but you after your response to Nordak I would suggest perhaps trying the Michael Palmer duct tape method. Here is a video on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9Qnzf-2BAU
by moebees
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Greetings from Ontario Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Greetings from Ontario Canada

Welcome Kevin.
by moebees
Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 302

Re: When to add 2nd box

Where you are at I would say yes. In the north they usually winter in two but you are in southwest Missouri, right? One should be ok. We are talking a 10 frame deep?
by moebees
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: When to add 2nd box
Replies: 9
Views: 302

Re: When to add 2nd box

Unless you feed them. They will still build comb if you feed. I'm not recommending that. Just saying that is the only way I would add a second box.
by moebees
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:05 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Moisture issues with TBH
Replies: 23
Views: 1412

Re: Moisture issues with TBH

Yes, stay away from screened bottom boards.
by moebees
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Possible supersedure
Replies: 1
Views: 429

Re: Possible supersedure

They may have but I would think you would have seen q cells at some point.
by moebees
Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Moving frames
Replies: 24
Views: 1390

Re: Moving frames

Its honeybee line dancing! :lol:

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