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by Nordak
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:19 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Michael Bush Video
Replies: 2
Views: 796

Michael Bush Video

After listening to Michael speak, I understand now why I'm still beekeeping after giving up or tiring of most other hobbies throughout my life. Great video.

https://youtu.be/MK3cmHFbWs4
by Nordak
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13431

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Oh well, slow and steady wins the race. :) An extremely significant statement in relation to many aspects of TF beekeeping. Explosive growth can be just as detrimental to a hive as building too slowly. Optimal is somewhere inbetween by my observations. You don't want bees that are "all in"...
by Nordak
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Please Introduce Yourself
Replies: 0
Views: 195

Please Introduce Yourself

To try and help moderation of the forum in stopping spammers and letting the other members get an idea of who you are (we're genuinely interested in your story!) please take the time to make an introductory post upon joining the forum. It will let the moderators know you're a real, live beekeeper. L...
by Nordak
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13431

Re: Is your expansion successful?

I think the key to understanding splits is density. A small hive can be "strong" with a reduced entrance and being heavily populated. My goal is to keep them on that fine line between dense with bees (in relation to comb and volume) and swarming, whatever the hive size. In my area, anythin...
by Nordak
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Lesson learned and one I hope never to repeat.. I was recommended not to split (same as "raise new queens") until dandelions bloom. Dandelions bloomed starting second half of April last year, in my locale. Blooming dandelions are a good indicator of drone presence and natural swarming I w...
by Nordak
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Yes, it was my smartphone. It's a cheap one, so the quality is not so great. At one time my whole hand was covered before I got the idea to start filming. It was pretty neat. next time, maybe I'll go for a bee beard. :D I'll take the live queens over the ones in alcohol any day. Always kind of makes...
by Nordak
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

If they're moving stored honey, they are getting ready to ramp up brood production by the sounds of it. Over the years, I have been making "queen juice" out of old queens I've had to pinch, ones I've found dead or virgins found dead outside of hatching cells. Just dump them in rubbing or p...
by Nordak
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Hey Sibylle, Yesterday I went through some of the stronger hives. They have some nectar coming in, good pollen stores. All of the stores are fresh nectar so they have essentially depleted their winter stores turning it into brood. It's amazing how quickly the bees exploded this Spring. The cold fron...
by Nordak
Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Awesome, lharder. I know you're anxious to get started. Looking forward to following your story.
by Nordak
Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Thank you Moe and Sibylle. Lesson learned and one I hope never to repeat.

Lharder, sounds like a really good system you have.
by Nordak
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Well, today was officially the worst day of beekeeping yet. I lost a hive to starvation and another, while healthy, had pulled most of their brood because they had no stores whatsoever. I have given the one hive sugar water to get them through. This was completely avoidable and an oversight on my pa...
by Nordak
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Keep us updated on the queen rearing, Leroy. With any luck, I'll be placing cells tomorrow.
by Nordak
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:49 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

That's great news, Sibylle. Beautiful bees you have there. Look very healthy from where I'm sitting.
by Nordak
Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Good Video on Bait Hives
Replies: 12
Views: 1235

Re: Good Video on Bait Hives

Yeah, that would stink coming across a swarm trap riddled with bullet holes. I guess they got bored with road signs?
by Nordak
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Good Video on Bait Hives
Replies: 12
Views: 1235

Good Video on Bait Hives

This is a good general guide for swarm trapping. GregV, you'll recognize the source.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdr1iRrjA5I
by Nordak
Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Did someone say insulation? ;) Sorry, I couldn't resist. Hehe. Guess I should have gotten an earlier start on that. The good news is they were all pretty condensed and packed with bees, even after giving them some room. The ones that weren't booming I condensed early and lately have been picking up...
by Nordak
Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I will be do some emergency cells in parallel until I get the grafting right. That's plan B once the weather improves. My plan was make as many queens as possible with the fewest amount of resources as I'm trying to raise lots of bees this year. The grafting I believe is going ok, it's the time of ...
by Nordak
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: bees, not honeybees
Replies: 28
Views: 1052

Re: bees, not honeybees

How cool!
by Nordak
Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Thanks Sibylle. It was a worry I'd discussed with myself well in advance of plans this year. It was going to be a close call trying to raise queens this early. I feel that perhaps I got greedy at the bee's expense. This cold snap just kind of came out of nowhere, but I knew that was a possibility.
by Nordak
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Talk about timing. After opening up brood nests this week and attempting to rear some queens taking a considerable population of nurse bees from a couple of hives, it's cold enough we had quite a bit of sleet fall today. Figure I'll be watching bees pulling out chilled brood come next week. I've bee...
by Nordak
Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from the Fens of Lincolnshire, UK
Replies: 14
Views: 607

Re: Hello from the Fens of Lincolnshire, UK

Hello Ben,

Best of luck to you and your bees. Hope they pull through for you.
by Nordak
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Bee Sourcing Options
Replies: 11
Views: 521

Re: Bee Sourcing Options

Lharder, have you thought of selling packages yourself? No reason you can't keep your best, raise queens from them and sell bees in bulk.
by Nordak
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Thanks, Moe. It's all a learning experience. I'm determined to piece the puzzle together. I've struggled with grafting more so than anything else bee related. I posted on BS for advice and the going comments seem to suggest the bees just aren't ready for it yet. Makes sense.
by Nordak
Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Well, after checking the grafts, I got 4 of 13 takes. Just primed another bar and will check that one tomorrow. I'm not sure if it's my grafting at fault or the starter, but tomorrow should give me a better idea as I'm fairly positive that I did a.good job on this last grafting attempt. I'll get it ...
by Nordak
Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

moebees wrote:
And here we go - a good example to ignore industry-recommended way to change queens annually.


Yeah older is better. I ought to know! :lol:


You're just seasoned, Moe. :)
by Nordak
Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

. They both lay solid patterns for older queens. . And here we go - a good example to ignore industry-recommended way to change queens annually. There is so much to ignore in the conventional teachings... Thanks for the pic, Nordac! I'd argue that from my observations, a second year queen is probab...
by Nordak
Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13431

Re: Is your expansion successful?

What do you attribute the differences to between yards?

That nuc yard sounds pretty robust. If I read correctly on BS, a one Mr. Palmer may be dropping by? Exciting stuff, lharder. Enjoy.
by Nordak
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

They've both got really long abdomens. I think that's one of the reasons they might look thinner, but perhaps they are a bit thinner. I guess I'm not sure either :). They both lay solid patterns for older queens. Seems like that's a trend with both sets of these bees, long lived queens. I'm going fo...
by Nordak
Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Just finished my first round of grafts, 13 total and feel pretty good about it. Will check acceptance tomorrow, but it's amazing how much light and magnification helped my efforts this year, as well as old comb to graft out of. I used my oldest queen, who after having survived 3 winters, I've decide...
by Nordak
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Outside the US
Topic: Poland
Replies: 37
Views: 1774

Re: Poland

Varroa Apiary, thanks for the report. What's your plan for 2017 increase?
by Nordak
Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Sounds excellent, Sibylle. When will winter end?
by Nordak
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Looking at the bees which survived until now, the third year with me, they say yes, we want you to proceed. Third year. You shouldn't be depressed, you should be thinking about what you're going to do with bees that survive in the conditions you mention. I agree with MB in the sense that there is a...
by Nordak
Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:23 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Hey Sibylle, No, I've never had a cordovan queen, but apparently this queen (not cordovan) must have carried the gene and mated with cordovan drones for this to have occured, leaving two possibilities. Either there is a feral cordovan carrying population around or a beekeeper much closer than I real...
by Nordak
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Thanks, Sibylle. Either way I suppose, there's not a whole lot that can be done about it other than enjoy looking at them and hope this doesn't signify any major change.
by Nordak
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Is it possible to have Cordovan colored bees and them not be "Cordovan?" How does that coloration occur from a genetic standpoint? It seems as you stated, Sibylle, it's often used as a marker for breeding true.
by Nordak
Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17332

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I checked on the little nuc today that seemed to be struggling. The queen was laying an extremely spotty pattern and just wasn't getting much done. Today showed no signs of improvement, so I went ahead and pinched her and combined them with another hive. The other nuc sized box I brought through win...
by Nordak
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: swarm prevention - pre-planning
Replies: 10
Views: 1034

Re: swarm prevention - pre-planning

Hey Doc, you might want to get started on that swarm prep. I just did a combine on a weak nuc and noticed the bars I just inserted in the brood nest have quite a bit of comb on them from last inspection. My guess is 2017 will go down as one of the swarmier years in recent history.
by Nordak
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Alpine-style low-maintenance beekeeping - deep horizontal chest hive
Replies: 16
Views: 717

Re: Alpine-style low-maintenance beekeeping - deep horizontal chest hive

Don't be surprised if your swarm traps don't catch your bees. The swarms I've seen clustered with traps out always went North of me and ignored mine. I have caught many swarms outside of my own bees in my yard though. The traps are a good idea for increase either way.
by Nordak
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Alpine-style low-maintenance beekeeping - deep horizontal chest hive
Replies: 16
Views: 717

Re: Alpine-style low-maintenance beekeeping - deep horizontal chest hive

I admire your scavenging abilities. I try to utilize scraps at any opportunity I can as well. Not nearly handily as you have, but gets the job done. Never feel bad about the table saw. That's an investment you'll never regret I'd you do your own builds. There is a rather remote area I have permissio...
by Nordak
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: Topbar
Topic: Alpine-style low-maintenance beekeeping - deep horizontal chest hive
Replies: 16
Views: 717

Re: Alpine-style low-maintenance beekeeping - deep horizontal chest hive

Beautiful hives, Greg. Great craftsmanship. I think Wisconsin is a good fit for what you're trying to accomplish with these hives. Looking forward to following your progress.

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