Hi From N Colorado

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Hi From N Colorado

Postby kygreer » Wed May 10, 2017 8:55 pm

Hi there,
In my third spring now keeping bees in N Colorado. First successful overwintering of two hives and hoping to make substantial increase.
I'm only catching/baiting swarms, did one cutout, never bought bees. I think I have 6 swarms already caught this year and hope for more!
Running mostly warres and one top bar. Hives in two top bars died the first and second winters (maybe need top ventilation!). Warres are kicking butt now. Up to 8 warre colonies and 1 in TBH
Running these hives because I'm frugal and handy - and rough cut lumber here is the way to go. I'll give it more time before I start preaching!
Experimenting this year with half-frames on the warres so I can play with nucs/small splits/queen rearing?!/etc
Happy to have found the TF podcast and work my way through the episodes. Great resource and happy to be here!

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Re: Hi From N Colorado

Postby GregV » Wed May 10, 2017 9:30 pm

Congrats on swarm scoring!
Shallow TBs for colder climates are not that great (per the energy profile of the geometric volume of TB).
Deep horizontal/vertical volumes are better ways (which includes Warre, btw).
Look here: https://sites.google.com/site/lowenergyhome/architectur

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Re: Hi From N Colorado

Postby moebees » Wed May 10, 2017 11:17 pm

Welcome Kyle. Happy you found us.
Sam Droege, a biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey—“bees are not optional."

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Re: Hi From N Colorado

Postby Nordak » Wed May 10, 2017 11:22 pm

Welcome, Kyle. Glad to have you aboard.

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Re: Hi From N Colorado

Postby SiWolKe » Thu May 11, 2017 5:32 am

Kyle, welcome!
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Re: Hi From N Colorado

Postby Rurification » Thu May 11, 2017 9:29 pm

Welcome! Hope you have a great year.
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