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by Dustymunky
Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Extra wax on plastic frames?
Replies: 14
Views: 1045

Re: Extra wax on plastic frames?

I use a mini crockpot to heat the wax. Didn't measure temp. Takes forever to heat up. Basically when it was liquified I painted it on. Guessing no more than 10 degrees above the melting point of wax. Guessing 155-160 degrees.


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by Dustymunky
Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Extra wax on plastic frames?
Replies: 14
Views: 1045

Re: Extra wax on plastic frames?

I painted my Mann Lake plastic frames with a brush. 1lb of wax covered 10-14 deep frames. They were drawn out just fine by the bees. I don't know if it helps acceptance but seemed like cheap insurance. My bees were not small cell bees and had no issues building out the 4.9mm. Sent from my iPhone usi...
by Dustymunky
Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Entrance location
Replies: 2
Views: 444

Entrance location

I have used the standard langstroth entrance reducers and made my own out of blocks of wood. It seems that the brood nest kind of centers around the entrance location. When entrance was on right most activity was on right. Bees didn't have much activity on far left. Same thing happened on other hive...
by Dustymunky
Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:01 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Genetics of grafted queens
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Genetics of grafted queens

I have heard when a queen lays eggs, the groups of eggs layed at one time are from the same sperm/drone. We generally graft off of one frame with same age larvae. If all the grafts are from the same drone father's genetics, we are really limiting genetic diversity in our apiaries. Does anyone have k...
by Dustymunky
Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:06 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarms
Replies: 35
Views: 1589

Re: swarms

I'm not sure why one would want to simulate a swarm? I would think splitting the hive would be the way to go if you were concerned they were gonna swarm off. Maybe I'm missing something


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by Dustymunky
Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:23 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)

Welcome Carlos. Parkerbees.com has a tab/map with treatment free bee suppliers. Looks like there are 3 suppliers in the central Illinois area. Getting good genetics and/or small cell bees will increase your chances of success. There are a bunch of podcasts on this forum that will be helpful to you a...
by Dustymunky
Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Moderators wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 964

Re: Moderators wanted

Those spammers are relentless tho. I wonder if they generate money? I know there's a sucker born every minute but I can't imagine who would even bother reading past the first sentence.


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by Dustymunky
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: open floors
Replies: 19
Views: 2208

Re: open floors

I have been reading Honeybee Democracy. The author made many observations based on many experiments. Bees, almost without fail, preferred a specific enclosure size and entrance opening. Swarms preferred enclosures about the size of a single deep with a typical tree knot hole sized opening. The fact ...
by Dustymunky
Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:01 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Fall nectar
Replies: 12
Views: 935

Re: Fall nectar

Only seeing random dandelions, Queen Anne's lace and a few flowers in people's flower beds. Probably bringing in a little nectar I suppose.


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by Dustymunky
Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: First expansion attempt
Replies: 62
Views: 3451

Re: First expansion attempt

The 2 original queens started failing. 1 quit laying during flow and the bees built multiple supercedure cells. The other queen stopped laying in September. Cluster shrank to nearly nothing. I combined that hive. 4 of my 5 colonies have decent honey stored. 5th colony is pretty light. 5th hive will ...
by Dustymunky
Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Moisture issues with TBH
Replies: 23
Views: 1847

Re: Moisture issues with TBH

I have kept rains out of hive by covering it with a piece of scrap rubber roofing material. There was a lot of moisture still condensing to the combs, ceiling and walls in the hive. Bees seal all the top bars together with propolis so I don't think a quilt on top of bars would be effective. Bees als...
by Dustymunky
Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:22 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: First expansion attempt
Replies: 62
Views: 3451

Re: First expansion attempt

This is my 1st winter beekeeping. Started with 2 nucs and a package this spring. After making queens, growing up to 8 colonies, losing 2 original queens, and 1 new queen disappearing, my apiary is at 5 colonies. All the colonies are looking strong. They range in size from 5 frame nuc, to double stac...
by Dustymunky
Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:33 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Fall nectar
Replies: 12
Views: 935

Fall nectar

I'm in Oregon and it's mid fall. Pretty rainy and temps ranging from 40's to low 60's. Whenever temps get close to 60 and the rain stops my bees get extremely active (assuming because they have been cooped up). I still see them bringing in pollen whenever they are active. Just wondering, if I see th...
by Dustymunky
Sat Oct 22, 2016 2:46 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: to take out capped brood
Replies: 9
Views: 718

Re: to take out capped brood

My personal opinion is that the bees need to survive without intervention, under normal environmental circumstances. I doubt that insects can learn how to deal with disease or mites in one season. I personally think natural selection of abilities or behaviors over long periods (years or decades) is ...
by Dustymunky
Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:05 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Germany
Replies: 16
Views: 1002

Re: Germany

Very interesting. I was curious if different breeds were kept in Germany and it sounds like they are, since I haven't heard of about half of the bees you listed :)
by Dustymunky
Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Germany
Replies: 16
Views: 1002

Re: Germany

Just curious as to what breed of bees you keep and what they generally keep in Germany?
by Dustymunky
Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Moderators wanted
Replies: 11
Views: 964

Re: Moderators wanted

I usually check in on the forum multiple times a day. I would be more than happy to ban those spammers.
by Dustymunky
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:14 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mixing races of bees
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Mixing races of bees

I reared Russian and Caucasian queens this year. The Russian hive made multiple queen cells. I took the ones out I wanted and placed in queen castle. I moved queen out first, to get emergency cells, and put her in a seperate nuc. The hive swarmed with a virgin even though it wasn't very strong. The ...
by Dustymunky
Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:37 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New in Northern Saskatchewan
Replies: 5
Views: 473

Re: New in Northern Saskatchewan

Welcome northernbee. Hopefully your bees do well this first winter.
by Dustymunky
Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mixing races of bees
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Mixing races of bees

Thanks for the replies. I think I'm going to stick with Caucasians and any swarms I catch. They will be mated with local drones so who knows what type of bees I will have in 5-10 yrs. I did have some problems with the Russian bees this year. I think they were too different from the caucasians and Ca...
by Dustymunky
Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:03 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mixing races of bees
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: Mixing races of bees

The link doesn't seem to work but the site is bee works.com and article is mongrel bees
by Dustymunky
Fri Sep 30, 2016 4:02 am
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Mixing races of bees
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Mixing races of bees

I started out with 3 hives which were 3 different races: Carniolan, Russian hybrid (Yugo), and Caucasian. I know that no bees in North America are pure bred. I have read that the farther you get from purebred races, the less productive bees become. I also read that when bees swarm in a mixed race hi...
by Dustymunky
Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:41 am
Forum: Forum Feedback and Requests
Topic: Spammers
Replies: 1
Views: 466

Spammers

Spammers are getting kinda out of control. Can they be banned and posts removed?
by Dustymunky
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:40 am
Forum: Comb
Topic: Storing comb over winter
Replies: 1
Views: 322

Storing comb over winter

Is there any way to store comb chemical free other than the freezer? I've heard moth balls or moth crystals but I would think the wax would absorb some of the chemicals. Moths invaded some partially drawn combs within a week of removing it from the hive. As of right now I'm planning on melting down ...
by Dustymunky
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bee's least favorite color
Replies: 5
Views: 670

Bee's least favorite color

Anyone have an unlucky color that the bees really don't seem to like? I was told by someone not to wear black around the hives (because bears are black) but my bees don't react adversely to the color. I do seem to get stung more often while wearing red shirts around the hives. I have heard bees are ...
by Dustymunky
Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Mite Adaptation
Replies: 2
Views: 404

Re: Mite Adaptation

I am not a biologist but I don't think a parasite adapts to become less lethal to its host. Parasites that are less lethal probably persist longer because more lethal parasites kill their hosts and "burn out". The more lethal parasites are then naturally selected out while less lethal para...
by Dustymunky
Mon Sep 05, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New in Illinois
Replies: 11
Views: 777

Re: New in Illinois

I live in the Portland area. Where were u living in Oregon?
by Dustymunky
Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New in Illinois
Replies: 11
Views: 777

Re: New in Illinois

Welcome moe. Good luck with beekeeping round 2
by Dustymunky
Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Nucleus Hives
Topic: Overwintering Nucs and small hives
Replies: 6
Views: 791

Re: Overwintering Nucs and small hives

Hi Megan. I'm in the Portland area as well. I'm a first year beekeeper and am trying to overwinter 3 nucs. They are both 5 frame deeps, double stacked. They all look strong and I'm optimistic. It's hard to find specific advice since overwintering seems to be very regional. Our biggest issue will be ...
by Dustymunky
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:25 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Where did you get your bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 3165

Re: Where did you get your bees?

I would like to update my previous post regarding my bees. The bees I purchased from Old Sol seemed to start out slow. Since then they have done excellent. This hive is my strongest and doesn't seem to have any issues with mites. I made 3 daughter queens from this hive and they are doing well too. T...
by Dustymunky
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Comb
Topic: Cell size in old comb
Replies: 3
Views: 545

Re: Cell size in old comb

:) My bees have been drawing out the Mann Lake 4.9mm very well. I painted the foundation with wax to encourage the bees. Queens have been laying and tons of capped brood. I was worried that my large cell bees wouldn't draw out the small cell but zero issues between 5 hives
by Dustymunky
Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Bee stings
Replies: 18
Views: 2116

Re: Bee stings

I'm a first year beekeeper and have been stung 6 times this season. I believe I get Large Local Reactions. About 4 days of swelling that travels 4"-12" from site of the sting. I use plantain and ice as home remedy. I have heard many beekeepers develop resistance. I read that about 10% of p...
by Dustymunky
Wed Jul 13, 2016 3:09 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: The importance of Space Management
Replies: 6
Views: 887

Re: The importance of Space Management

I made some dummy boards for this very reason. It's kind of a big jump going from a 5 frame deep nuc to a full 10 frame deep. By using dummy boards I can fill up 3 spaces of the deep and basically upsize to 7 frames for the transplanted nuc. I think the dummy boards are a helpful tool to keep the be...
by Dustymunky
Sun Jul 03, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Not much brood
Replies: 13
Views: 1040

Re: Not much brood

It will take 21 days for a newly laid egg to hatch. As long as you are seeing eggs, larvae, and capped brood I wouldn't worry. The bees need to store pollen and nectar so they are going to have areas where queen won't lay. Remember that this nuc is behind the other one you have as it was queenless f...
by Dustymunky
Fri Jul 01, 2016 12:28 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Large Cells
Replies: 2
Views: 527

Re: Large Cells

Sounds like drone comb. Completely normal and nothing to worry about. I can't see the picture, I think it needs to be pretty small file size to post.
by Dustymunky
Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Queen Cells
Replies: 12
Views: 1038

Re: Queen Cells

I now have 3 hives, 3 nucs and 2 compartments of queen castle with queens. 3 of the queens are still virgins so I don't know if they are "queenright" until queen lays. Weather has been very cooperative so I expect good things. Time will tell if they will all be ready for winter. I have bee...
by Dustymunky
Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:40 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: Queen Cells
Replies: 12
Views: 1038

Re: Queen Cells

I found out the noise I heard was the queen piping. Bees are so fascinating!
by Dustymunky
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Verticle cells with eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1011

Re: Verticle cells with eggs

2nd attempt at making queens worked perfectly 5 for 5! Two are laying and I will find out about the other 3 in the next few weeks. Making queenless colonies was the method used on this 2nd try at queens. Loading tons of bees in the hive was the key.....Thx MB! Robber screens really helped too.
by Dustymunky
Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Queen Cells
Replies: 12
Views: 1038

Re: Queen Cells

I left 4 cells intact that were clustered in one area of a comb and I'm pretty sure the hive swarmed. I was out of town for a week and now the population of the hive is considerably smaller. I found a nice looking black queen in the hive :). I also found 2 new queen cells which is puzzling. I'm surp...
by Dustymunky
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Queen Cells
Replies: 12
Views: 1038

Re: Queen Cells

The purpose of the split was to create a new hive and a few queen cells. I moved frames from a TBH to a standard nuc....rubber bands and pissed off bees. I plan on leaving the established queen in the nuc. I don't plan on moving the queen back because I don't want to disrupt the hives more than I al...

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