Hello from Maidens, VA USA

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clong
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Hello from Maidens, VA USA

Postby clong » Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:43 pm

Hello,

I got started in beekeeping due to, dare I say it, the Flowhive. I got excited by the prospect of harvesting honey without an extractor, knowing full well it wouldn't be THAT easy. My brother is a beekeeper in California, so I knew I had a ready advisor. I started beekeeping in suburbia with two hives from Ga. Package bees. They died by November of the same year.

After moving to the country, I resumed, and went into winter with 4 hives and one nuc. Only one made it into February, but I killed them off trying to move them into an 8-frame box in late January. Dumb!

Going into this winter, I combined and tried to encourage larger clusters. Started with 4 hives, now they're down to two. The survivors are both trapped swarms. One I suspect is feral. It was caught on July 3rd, and is no flyweight.

All along the journey, I have bee studying and reading everything I could get my hands on. Only recently, I discovered the Treatment Free Beekeeping podcasts. Those have really been helpful.

I am firmly committed to treatment-free beekeeping. Of late, I have been experimenting with no-top-ventilation using solid plexiglass inner-covers, and building boxes from 2x lumber for increased insulation. I hope to buy a few 10-frame poly boxes, and cut them down to 8 frame. I plan to put a swarm into three mediums, with no top ventilation, and keep it in there summer and winter, and see how it does.

Thanks Solomon Parker, for this forum, and the podcast!

I look forward to participating in this forum.

C Long
Maidens, VA

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Michael Bush
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Re: Hello from Maidens, VA USA

Postby Michael Bush » Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:50 pm

Welcome
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PropolisTarp
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Re: Hello from Maidens, VA USA

Postby PropolisTarp » Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:32 pm

Welcome! There is nothing inherently wrong with the Flow Hive. :)
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