Search found 438 matches

by Nordak
Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: Waggle dance outside the hive
Replies: 1
Views: 271

Re: Waggle dance outside the hive

Interesting you mentioned that, I've been seeing the same thing. I suppose bees will look for recruits hanging out not doing much. Their version of "get to work!"
by Nordak
Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Resistance and Tolerance
Replies: 16
Views: 946

Re: Resistance and Tolerance

From an observation I made yesterday, from one of my feral hives, there was a decent patch of capped drone comb on both sides of comb. Yesterday, I witnessed them uncapping all of it, purple eyed stage, while the worker brood had some, but very little activity in relation to VSH, amazing pattern for...
by Nordak
Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Frame width questions?
Replies: 8
Views: 616

Re: Frame width questions?

I understand about your head hurting. I can get a bit obsessive with this stuff too. One thing I've noticed from my own experiences, which involve a long medium Lang, a standard 8 frame medium and many TBHs, the bees seem to do equally well in all of them. If you get some good bees they'll thrive in...
by Nordak
Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Frame width questions?
Replies: 8
Views: 616

Re: Frame width questions?

Hey moebees, have you thought about a Warre hive before? If manufacturing frames is within the realm of your skill set, seems like it would be a great way to go as far as weight concerns without some of the frameless aggravation associated with Warre style hives. The design was based around keeping ...
by Nordak
Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Resistance and Tolerance
Replies: 16
Views: 946

Re: Resistance and Tolerance

Well thought out response. Thanks lharder. I will stop trying to wrap my head around this and just enjoy the fact it works, for whatever reason. My brain is wired to try and understand the "why" behind everything, but in this instance I believe I've reached my limitations.
by Nordak
Wed Sep 07, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Resistance and Tolerance
Replies: 16
Views: 946

Re: Resistance and Tolerance

I was hoping you'd weigh in. What is the nature of a typical viral infection in a colony? Is there a "typical?" Is it necessitated by the scenario you described as a parasitic transmission, or once established, transmitted through contact via host? If the way I understand it is correct, an...
by Nordak
Tue Sep 06, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Resistance and Tolerance
Replies: 16
Views: 946

Re: Resistance and Tolerance

This explains a lot: "What we have bred for No Propolis Solid brood patterns Queens that never shut down Color Large bees Less drones Less swarming More honey" I read somewhere, it might have even been second hand knowledge on the matter, but it made sense to me. Some of the oldest beeks t...
by Nordak
Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Honeybee Genetics
Topic: Resistance and Tolerance
Replies: 16
Views: 946

Resistance and Tolerance

I know there is a significant difference between the two terms, but in a varroa-bee relationship, would it be possible to have bees show resistance but not tolerance in regard to virus loads, and still thrive? My guess is that many folks breeding resistance are actually breeding for both if they are...
by Nordak
Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:05 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New in Illinois
Replies: 11
Views: 670

Re: New in Illinois

Welcome Moe,

There are a lot of vocal opponents toward a TF approach on the BS forum. I am considering taking a hiatus from it myself. I just wish this forum had a bit more involvement as I thoroughly enjoy talking bees. Good luck to you.
by Nordak
Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Supersedure x3
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Re: Supersedure x3

Guilty as charged...oh, you meant the bees... :)

In other news, EuniceLee has the real deal on Adidas Ultra Boost.
by Nordak
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Supersedure x3
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Re: Supersedure x3

Every time I have seen the queen and coinciding cells. I have never seen two queens together. I really haven't messed with them too much, no more than typical inspection regularity. It's possible they could still get a mated queen, so I'll leave them the cells. At this point, I don't trust these bee...
by Nordak
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:29 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Supersedure x3
Replies: 7
Views: 572

Supersedure x3

So I've got a hive I split around late June. The bees superseded the queen of the split, which was a first year queen from a swarm cell. Well, the supersedure seemed to go well, and about two weeks in to laying, the bees built supersedure cells yet again. I thought I would let them give it another g...
by Nordak
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Treatment Free Backlash-What's Driving It?
Replies: 12
Views: 1567

Re: Treatment Free Backlash-What's Driving It?

I suppose treatment free beeks would make a great scape goat for failure. The "mite bomb" theory seems to be a common thread upon which to place the blame for failure on the treatment end. I hope you're correct and it's just desperate people grasping for answers. My fear is if all the trea...
by Nordak
Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:41 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Treatment Free Backlash-What's Driving It?
Replies: 12
Views: 1567

Treatment Free Backlash-What's Driving It?

Is it just me, or lately has there been a 180° turn in the direction some media and vocal beekeeping personalities have taken regarding TF beekeeping. It seems most of it stems from the BeeInformed group's research on overwintering statistics in relation to hobbyist beeks from last year to this year...
by Nordak
Sat Aug 20, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: PMS, the Bee Kind
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: PMS, the Bee Kind

I think they are making the best of a bad, not horrible, situation. I don't see any outward signs of mites...no DWV, no crawlers. Just a lot of uncapping, chewing out. The fact that I couldn't see well enough to notice the larvae and eggs on the perimeter of the capped/uncapped section of combs led ...
by Nordak
Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: PMS, the Bee Kind
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: PMS, the Bee Kind

What a difference a day makes. I think this hive is going to be fine. My wife joined me on the inspection today, and in the sunlight (was cloudy last inspection) we saw a lot of glistening rj with young larvae surrounding the uncapped brood. Plenty of eggs as well. They had cleaned out most of the c...
by Nordak
Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: PMS, the Bee Kind
Replies: 6
Views: 466

Re: PMS, the Bee Kind

I have honestly never seen a robbing event in my yard. I think I'm ok there. I will try the forced requeen, it's worked in the past for me, though it was a different scenario. Nothing to lose at this point.
by Nordak
Thu Aug 18, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: PMS, the Bee Kind
Replies: 6
Views: 466

PMS, the Bee Kind

Well, there is a first time for everything in beekeeping, and I am facing what appears to be a serious case of PMS in one of my colonies, with another showing signs of it. I plan on a requeen of the worst of the two, and have cells ready to place on 8/20. They had drawn two cups on a comb, and it ap...
by Nordak
Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:36 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Where did you get your bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 2859

Re: Where did you get your bees?

Your Old Sol bees sound similar to the best of my feral bees. Slow to build, recognize dearth and shut down in Summer, pick back up Fall with a strong finish. I think this is one of the main reasons these bees in particular are experiencing low mite counts, as they stem the explosive population of m...
by Nordak
Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi - Asheville Beekeeper
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Hi - Asheville Beekeeper

It's interesting you are going for top bars only as I was considering doing this very thing, much like a warre hive. I posted a question on BeeSource about turning the supers 90 degrees (perpendicularly) to one another, and wondered if it would reduce ladder comb between bars. I was thinking it migh...
by Nordak
Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: TFB Episode 34 - Catching Swarms
Replies: 9
Views: 858

Re: TFB Episode 34 - Catching Swarms

I have 3 swarm traps, 0 takes this year. Man. I hear there used to be lots of feral bees in this area. Lots of big ponderosa pine trees to provide habitat. A big pine beetle outbreak took out most of the trees and feral bees haven't seemed to make a comeback yet. Regarding the feral population, may...
by Nordak
Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: TFB Episode 34 - Catching Swarms
Replies: 9
Views: 858

Re: TFB Episode 34 - Catching Swarms

The double 6 framer should work real well. Sounds like you are well on your way, and ready for success. Regarding lharder's double 8 configuration, I've heard that some northern breeds prefer a larger box due to cluster size, which might be his thinking there. I think the inverse is true as well: wi...
by Nordak
Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: TFB Episode 34 - Catching Swarms
Replies: 9
Views: 858

Re: TFB Episode 34 - Catching Swarms

I think your volume figures are about right. I would make the trap deeper than it is wide, as from my experience the bees prefer that to a wider shallow box. It's also easier to mount to a tree being less wide. If the worry is using medium frames in this set up, don't. If you have good comb guides, ...
by Nordak
Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
Topic: TFB Episode 34 - Catching Swarms
Replies: 9
Views: 858

Re: TFB Episode 34 - Catching Swarms

They are often, from my experience, better than bees money can buy. It seems like around clearings, along wood lines/fence lines with open meadows are good. Just pick a tree that stands out to you for whatever reason. No need to put it 20' high. I put mine as high as I can reach and have had good re...
by Nordak
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: comb honey how to??
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: comb honey how to??

So far, I have only given honey away to friends and family. Next year, I believe I will be trying to sell at the local farmer's market, and plan on utilizing the comb in jar as people seem to like it around here if only for the display effect. It's kind of a way to sell cut comb and fluid honey all ...
by Nordak
Thu Aug 04, 2016 12:28 am
Forum: First Year
Topic: comb honey how to??
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: comb honey how to??

That bottom pic looks more like the honey I get here. I too love cut comb, and will often process mine like you, a chunk in the jar surrounded by honey. It is interesting how much variation there can be, even between combs at any given time of the year. Most I've harvested this year (last month) has...
by Nordak
Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: First Year
Topic: comb honey how to??
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: comb honey how to??

Wow, what kind of honey is that? I thought clover was fairly transparent, but that's a whole other level. Very pretty.
by Nordak
Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13689

Re: Is your expansion successful?

The nearest set of supers in the last pic appear to be 2x material. I was wondering if you have less bearding in those on days of excessive heat. Not sure what your high temps are in your area, can get 100+ F at times here. Was wondering if the increased weight difference between 1× might be worth t...
by Nordak
Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:19 am
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Sugar Roll Numbers
Replies: 0
Views: 317

Sugar Roll Numbers

As I have never actually done any form of measurement for mite loads in my hives, I thought I'd get some estimates based on sugar roll testing of standard half cup measurements/approximately 300 bees. The testing was done on 3rd generation queens, 3 full size colonies with open and closed brood to e...
by Nordak
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello, from North Georgia!
Replies: 1
Views: 283

Re: Hello, from North Georgia!

Welcome!
by Nordak
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New Wisconsin Beeks
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Re: New Wisconsin Beeks

Welcome to the journey.
by Nordak
Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:41 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Is your expansion successful?
Replies: 305
Views: 13689

Re: Is your expansion successful?

Hey Leroy, I have been following the results of these tests and look forward to hearing more. Do you have a measured range of average brood cell size for your colonies on foundationless? I have gauged mine at around 5 cells to an inch in most hives with little variation on either side. I was curious...
by Nordak
Sat Jul 16, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: bee brushes
Replies: 5
Views: 662

Re: bee brushes

I have a cheap, laminated handle horse hair bristled brush that works great, very soft. I've been known to use a clump of grass reed or a pine twig with needles in a pinch. I think the trick to brushing is in the technique, the wrist motion. That and brushing with the angle of comb, not against.
by Nordak
Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: The importance of Space Management
Replies: 6
Views: 821

Re: The importance of Space Management

Every time I hear of someone who has lost a hive to SHB, I just shake my head. It's such a manageable situation if you follow these guidelines. Great info.
by Nordak
Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Pesticide?
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: Pesticide?

Thanks Michael. It was my first encounter with it. It was alarming and sad, to say the least. Lots of gardening in my area, my only guess to the source.
by Nordak
Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Identifying Pests & Diseases
Topic: Pesticide?
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Pesticide?

This morning I am doing my daily checks when I notice hundreds of bees (day after inspection and looking healthy) constantly grooming and writhing in the grass in front of my 8 frame Lang. I have seen paralysis virus before in my apiary, and initially thought that might be the issue, but the behavio...
by Nordak
Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 2
Views: 341

Re: Hello

Hey lharder, good to see you.
by Nordak
Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello
Replies: 2
Views: 341

Hello

I am a 3rd season beek from west central Arkansas. I currently have 9 hives total, most being TBHs with a medium 8 frame lang and a long box to boot. I am lucky to be surrounded by bees that are thriving despite the naysayers. Don't believe the bad news, bees know what they are doing. I still have a...

Go to advanced search