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by Dustymunky
Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Cameron, from Georgia
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Re: Cameron, from Georgia

Welcome Cameron. Good luck with your bees.
by Dustymunky
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Queen Cells
Replies: 12
Views: 1036

Re: Queen Cells

I split my TBH by moving queen and 4 frames of capped brood/honey to a nuc. TBH now has 12 full frames left, lots of bees, and they made 6 nice looking queen cells. I'm gonna move one of the cells to a queen castle but I don't need the rest of the surplus cells. The TBH is queenless and I'm wonderin...
by Dustymunky
Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:07 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: Cell size in old comb
Replies: 3
Views: 544

Re: Cell size in old comb

Just ordered 30 frames of PF117. I'm planning on rotating my 5.4mm to the outsides when the brood hatches, and then remove when I can. Hoping my bees aren't too big to use the 4.9mm if I start sticking a frame in the brood nest here and there. I have a lot of foundationless but it's probably pretty ...
by Dustymunky
Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: Cell size in old comb
Replies: 3
Views: 544

Cell size in old comb

I have 19 frames of 5.4mm plastic foundation comb that came from nucs and a previous 1 yr old beekeeping operation. Everything else I have is foundationless. My goal is to get to a smaller natural cell size and to be 100% foundationless eventually. I have considered ripping the foundation and comb o...
by Dustymunky
Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Member.
Replies: 1
Views: 285

Re: New Member.

Welcome Caleb. Sounds like you gave big plans. I wish I could fit that many hives in my backyard. Congrats on catching the swarm. Gotta love free bees!
by Dustymunky
Tue Jun 14, 2016 1:27 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello All
Replies: 1
Views: 311

Re: Hello All

Welcome to the group msimmonds.
by Dustymunky
Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Managing Comb
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: Managing Comb

I would suggest letting the bees fill up the first deep before adding a second deep. Sounds like they had 30% expansion room still (3 frames). Sometimes it's hard to get them to draw out the outer frames. Moving empty frame into brood nest will get them to draw it out quick. Move honey and drone fra...
by Dustymunky
Fri Jun 10, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Help! I need encouragement!
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Re: Help! I need encouragement!

I definitely know what you mean. I went to a beekeeping meeting when I first got interested in the hobby. The 2hr meeting was almost all about how you MUST test and treat hives or else. I was so discouraged when I left the meeting, I considered abandoning beekeeping before I got started. Luckily the...
by Dustymunky
Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Verticle cells with eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1009

Re: Verticle cells with eggs

Thx Michael. Next time I will cram the bees in there. Probably going to modify one of my nuc boxes to add a ton of ventilation so I don't cook the bees as well.
by Dustymunky
Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Queen cells in queenright finisher
Replies: 1
Views: 395

Queen cells in queenright finisher

I'm moving my queen cells to a strong queenright finisher hive. Queen is below excluder and plenty of open brood/stores up top with my cells. My question is: Why wouldn't you move the cells back to a queen less hive as soon as they are capped? Note, I wouldn't cut them out...just move the whole fram...
by Dustymunky
Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Verticle cells with eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1009

Re: Verticle cells with eggs

My first attempt at making queens failed. 5 cells capped but none emerged. I believe I identified my mistakes: 1. Not enough bees/nurse bees in swarm box. 2. Didn't close off entrance to swarm box so I lost even more bees. 3. Didn't even have robber screen so hive got robbed and harassed by the 3 la...
by Dustymunky
Thu Jun 02, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: All 6 hives aren't doing well
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: All 6 hives aren't doing well

5 new hives of bees and none of them are doing well? My first thought would be to snap a bunch of pictures and go back to supplier. It would only be a wild guess without more information. If the hives aren't doing good this time of year then there is definitely a problem. Can you share some pictures...
by Dustymunky
Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Moisture issues with TBH
Replies: 23
Views: 1820

Re: Moisture issues with TBH

Thx for the replies. I think a steeper slope to roof, painting underside edge of wood roof and a moisture quilt will all definitely help keep the moisture down.
by Dustymunky
Sat May 21, 2016 4:49 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Moisture issues with TBH
Replies: 23
Views: 1820

Moisture issues with TBH

I bought a TBH that was used one year and looked to be in fairly new condition. One big issue I have noticed is the shallow slope roof is almost useless. The roof is painted cedar and keeps out the water. Unfortunately the water wicks up from the edges of the roof. Water is a big issue where I live ...
by Dustymunky
Sat May 21, 2016 4:37 am
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Verticle cells with eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1009

Re: Verticle cells with eggs

Thanks for the help Michael. I thought I had explored your entire website already but I had not read these pages. Now I'm thinking I will use the alley method to finish the queen cells. Seems like that is the safest method to get high quality queens. I plan on using eggs instead of larvae since that...
by Dustymunky
Sun May 15, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Verticle cells with eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1009

Re: Verticle cells with eggs

Thx Iharder, that was a good info.
by Dustymunky
Sun May 15, 2016 2:55 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 15956

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I'm planning on making my own queens. I kinda laid out my strategy on the queen rearing topic. Hoping to start queen cells in 2 weeks. Long term I plan on introducing a new queen line here and there. I'm in the metro area of Portland so I'm sure there's a decent drone diversity. Hopefully the local ...
by Dustymunky
Sat May 14, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 15956

Re: Is your expansion successful?

That's awesome Iharder. I bet it's nice to see your bees performing so well for the experts. Sounds like your operation is a great success. I hope to get there in a few years
by Dustymunky
Sat May 14, 2016 2:37 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: From Texas Yall
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Re: From Texas Yall

Welcome Double E. Good luck with beekeeping and your YouTube videos.
by Dustymunky
Sat May 14, 2016 1:53 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Where did you get your bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 3157

Re: Where did you get your bees?

I got one Carniolan queen/nuc from Foothills Honey co, a commercial pollinator in the Portland area. The bees are building like crazy and are very gentle. Unfortunately I'm seeing lots of mites on the sticky board and have concerns about their survivability. I got one Russian hybrid queen/package fr...
by Dustymunky
Mon May 09, 2016 12:52 am
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Verticle cells with eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1009

Verticle cells with eggs

I'm planning on trying a method I saw on Don the Fat Bee Man's YouTube channel http://youtu.be/y64cKn4rLNM. Basically cutting a half inch wide strip of eggs out of comb, turning it vertical and attaching it to a frame with wax. Then I plan on putting it into a nurse hive which I think is Ben Harden ...
by Dustymunky
Mon May 02, 2016 12:57 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New in Western North Carolina
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: New in Western North Carolina

Welcome John. I'm in Oregon and got a 4 frame nuc on April 8th. 3 weeks later they have filled a deep and I have a 2nd deep on now. I'm probably gonna have to split them in the next month to prevent a swarm. So.....you shouldn't have any problems with hive population size.
by Dustymunky
Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Tye in Oregon
Replies: 1
Views: 268

Re: Tye in Oregon

Hi fellow Oregonian. I'm getting a package from Bee Thinking April 30th which sounds like the same description as what your getting. Hopefully they are somewhat mite resistant. Good luck this year with the bees.
by Dustymunky
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New beekeeper in Portland, Oregon area
Replies: 1
Views: 290

New beekeeper in Portland, Oregon area

I'm a new backyard beekeeper and I just got my first hive going 3 weeks ago. I will have 2 more hives full of bees in the next 2 weeks. I am hoping to go into winter with 3 hives and 3 nucs to increase my chances of live bees next spring. I really hope treatment free works for me and am really glad ...

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