Search found 438 matches

by Nordak
Fri May 12, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

SiWolKe wrote:Spray them with water next time! Be quick about it.

Why didn't I think of that? That's something I'll do next time. Thanks Sibylle, great idea.
by Nordak
Fri May 12, 2017 3:16 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

No, unfortunately just as I was getting ready to cut the limb and shake them in a box, they took off en masse. They were from one of my hives I'm pretty certain, just not sure which.
by Nordak
Fri May 12, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Found this in my backyard this morning:

Image
by Nordak
Fri May 12, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Expansion Model Beekeeping
Topic: Using swarms' resources for expansion
Replies: 16
Views: 709

Re: Using swarms' resources for expansion

My whole apiary has been based on swarms. I've never bought bees. Queens, yes. Similar to lharder, I've been using nucs for brood factories this year. I'll utilize mating nucs with newly mated queens and keep them from building to the point of swarming until I either sell them, give them away or uti...
by Nordak
Thu May 11, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from wet western Washington
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Re: Hello from wet western Washington

Hey Braden. Welcome!
by Nordak
Thu May 11, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Somerville MA
Replies: 3
Views: 191

Re: Somerville MA

Hi Peter, welcome to the forum!
by Nordak
Wed May 10, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi From N Colorado
Replies: 5
Views: 261

Re: Hi From N Colorado

Welcome, Kyle. Glad to have you aboard.
by Nordak
Wed May 10, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Landing board
Replies: 22
Views: 1446

Re: Landing board

IF the bees end up showing problematic signs, and IF you can determine cause, such as high varroa infestation, don't discount taking an action such as requeening. It's sort of a gamble, but a big win when it pays off. You essentially keep those bees around for increase. It generally can't be a too f...
by Nordak
Wed May 10, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Landing board
Replies: 22
Views: 1446

Re: Landing board

A hive stand, such as a cinder block under the entrance, is essentially a landing board. As you say, it's not a big deal. I certainly don't think it is as long as mouse guards in winter are in place.
by Nordak
Wed May 10, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Landing board
Replies: 22
Views: 1446

Re: Landing board

I agree. A vertical landing pad could very well be seen as a landing board, and is utilized as such. That being said, the area above a bottom entrance could be viewed as a landing pad, and is utilized when necessary as I've observed. Bees crawl downward as easily as upward. More to the point on your...
by Nordak
Wed May 10, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Landing board
Replies: 22
Views: 1446

Re: Landing board

Keep an eye on them. Bees that can't fly back into the hive could very well be a symptom of some form of virus. Not saying that's the case, but if you were seeing high enough numbers to cause concern, quite possible.
by Nordak
Sun May 07, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

lharder wrote:Well its a nice problem to have. My problem will be space. I have 3 hive positions open at my sites. I need another site.


Sounds like you're in a similar position to me.
by Nordak
Sat May 06, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Hey lharder, Yes, I have a table saw that's good enough to get the job done. Currently I have 9 hives and 8 nucs going that I'm trying to keep weak by robbing from. I'm guessing you can see where the bottleneck is. Standard equipment would be two 8 frame langs and a long hive. I'm about to put toget...
by Nordak
Sat May 06, 2017 4:16 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

After all the work on packages this year, thinking that would help me stem population increase, I've got hives and nucs running out my ears. With the help of my wife who had almost captured them before I got home today, I housed a swarm that issued from my 8 frame medium. I've been meaning to work t...
by Nordak
Thu May 04, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Bees won't move up.
Replies: 13
Views: 479

Re: Bees won't move up.

Hey guys, I'd listen to lharder's advice. He's got a lot more experience with lang equipment than myself.
by Nordak
Thu May 04, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I just had a probably not so good idea. The top two boxes above the snelgrove board will be absolutely full of bees and young nurse bees after the initial cells are harvested. If I don't start diverting them to the boxes below. I think I have a good cell builder in place. I've heard many folks use ...
by Nordak
Thu May 04, 2017 3:33 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Bees won't move up.
Replies: 13
Views: 479

Re: Bees won't move up.

Kwalt wrote:I think it may be done raining for at least a week


I sure hope so.
by Nordak
Thu May 04, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Like a phone in one's pocket?


Showing my age I guess. :)
by Nordak
Wed May 03, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Thanks, lharder. Yep, those are packages bursting with bees. Next year I'll make them roomier. I think I'm done this year unless I get the odd request. Those 6 packages came from 3 hives. Had I had the queens, I could have done twice the packages pictured. I ended up ditching my grafting attempts a...
by Nordak
Wed May 03, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from SW Missouri
Replies: 7
Views: 354

Re: Hello from SW Missouri

Welcome to the forum, coach.
by Nordak
Mon May 01, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Bees won't move up.
Replies: 13
Views: 479

Re: Bees won't move up.

Greg, Yep, you could easily accomplish the same thing utilizing a top entrance as you suggested I would think, though I have no actual experience to tell me otherwise. Moe's queen excluder idea might be the best way to make sure that happens if you wanted to use a top entrance, or any variation for ...
by Nordak
Mon May 01, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Bees won't move up.
Replies: 13
Views: 479

Re: Bees won't move up.

Or should I just put the deep that she is laying in on top of everything and let her move down out of that? Ok, imagine this set up where D=deep and M=Medium. Initial set-up: M D:Brood M:Box you want them to move in to. Bait them with comb if available. Once they have moved downward, move another m...
by Nordak
Mon May 01, 2017 5:29 am
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Log hives
Replies: 17
Views: 452

Re: Log hives

by Nordak
Mon May 01, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Log hives
Replies: 17
Views: 452

Re: Log hives

Well, there ya go! Keep us updated.
by Nordak
Mon May 01, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Log hives
Replies: 17
Views: 452

Re: Log hives

If it were here, I'd go with the 30 litres. There again, northern bees may need more space. It's probably not a deal breaker either way. I like it a lot, and I'm thinking the bees will too.

I'd stick with the one entrance I think.
by Nordak
Mon May 01, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Bees won't move up.
Replies: 13
Views: 479

Re: Bees won't move up.

Assuming you have bottom entrances, and you are trying to get them to move the brood nest from a deep to medium setting, I'd give them a medium under with brood comb to bait them. They'll want to naturally move the brood nest toward the entrance. Once they start, you can gradually transfer the deep ...
by Nordak
Mon May 01, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Log hives
Replies: 17
Views: 452

Re: Log hives

If it were me, I'd leave them a single top entrance. I dunno, call it a hunch. Some of my most successful TBH swarm captures were from similar sized top entrances. That to me seems like a lot of volume. Do you happen to know the total?
by Nordak
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Today I splitted the AMM hybrids. Good luck, Sibylle. Hope the splits go well. I just have to rumble - we have some terrible April days going into the second week right now. Looks like you're giving them what they need for now. Can't rain all the time. It'll be sunny and 70's before you know it.
by Nordak
Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: All Other Not Listed Above
Topic: Log hives
Replies: 17
Views: 452

Re: Log hives

Neat hive. Look forward to the updates. What's your plan on the unused corners of the hexagonal shape? Maybe you should cut some top bars to angle in the seat.
by Nordak
Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Thanks, lharder. Yep, those are packages bursting with bees. Next year I'll make them roomier. I think I'm done this year unless I get the odd request. Those 6 packages came from 3 hives. Had I had the queens, I could have done twice the packages pictured. I ended up ditching my grafting attempts as...
by Nordak
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Sold my first packages yesterday. Pretty pleased with how everything went. There are things I will do differently next year if I continue to sell them, but overall it was a learning experience and helps fund my little apiary. Good day. http://www.beesource.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=3266...
by Nordak
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Sibylle, I never judge another just because they follow a different path. I was just briging it up because it's essentially the same reasoning as your post. I do not care if you treat your bees. It does not make you a bad beekeeper or a lesser person for doing so. Treatment free is, in my opinion, t...
by Nordak
Fri Apr 28, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Did you know that treating with FA and OA is seen as a tf strategy here?


If you follow the IPM thread on the BS TF sub-forum, it's seen as a strategy by many here too.
by Nordak
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

being judged as losers from all sides or being assessed as bad keepers.


Who is doing that to you?
by Nordak
Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Bteeyard?

SiWolKe wrote:Anyone here who maintains a thriving beeyard without filling the gaps with swarms?


*raises hand*
by Nordak
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I'm taking a couple of nucs from my back yard to a customers yard. Not to sell as they weren't the best coming out of winter and had to shake some nurse bees into them to get them going. I'm going to put them in a side by side square dadent set up and hope to get some honey out of them. Meanwhile I...
by Nordak
Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:04 am
Forum: Randoms
Topic: birthdays
Replies: 9
Views: 511

Re: birthdays

Sibylle,

Happy Birthday! Hope it's a good one.
by Nordak
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

No, they were fierce, Sibylle. A true danger. Could not risk it. I want to make it clear that this was not a normal circumstance. It could have easily gotten out of hand. I have dealt with what many would call "hot" bees, but these bees were a different scenario altogether. I think it's a ...
by Nordak
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I bought a tub to dunk hive and all. Got everything ready, picked the hive up and after setting it in there, realized it was too small. Undeterred, I grabbed the now partially stuck in tub hive and walked the 50 yards to the pop up pool and held it underwater for a minute. Brought it out and dunked ...
by Nordak
Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:07 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 408
Views: 17372

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

Greg, I have one hive just as you describe. They are on the "hot" side when in the hive, but don't bother anyone in the yard. They are my top honey producers so I tolerate it. They have good days also where they are less bothered by my intrusion. I can work with such bees. Happy to say our...

Go to advanced search