Threads go poorly because to many people make poor posts. I have posted form my experience and what I have seen in my bees. or what I have read in the very books it was suggested I read and gotten the exact same response from the members of this group. So it is not about someone making unsupported comments. it is about anyone that is not approved to make comments making any at all. In fact that was the answer I got when it happened to me. I was told they just did not like someone with not enough experience posting. So I asked them to point out what in my post was not accurate or correct. they could not offer one thing. They had no problem with any point my post had made. they only had a problem that I was the one posting it.
Not many people that post anything here can prove that it works. certainly not anything to do with treatment free.
This is me demonstrating at a queen rearing training day last summer.
Someone needs to buy the guy at the back a washing machine!
jonathan, interesting deep there. Strongback and handle in one piece. Fewer frames in deep than medium?
It wasn't my equipment, I was just demonstrating at the event.
Most people in Ireland use British national size rather than Langs so I think from memory that is what it was.
They measure 18 1/8 inch square and take 11 frames which have a brood area of 14 inches by 8 inches.
The supers take frames 14 inches by 5 inches approx, depending upon spacing there can be 8-11 in there.
Pete/Beeuk will tell you exactly. He makes them in his business.
No. Being serious, it is a well known method over here.
Some pictures of a course teaching the method:
If you have something in English that is a true study, I'd love to read it. I find dead winter bees to be a poor specimen. There are many elements that can affect the dead bee.
Last year I bought a lot of sawn wet cedar, air dried it, and made about 10 improved versions. These are a tad wider, allowing a division board, and have two entrances at the front and one at the back. I can divide the contents anytime I think they're ready and add a queen cell or let them raise their own queen.
The floors are fixed, and I always make a note of colonies that keep them nice and clean. I also made deep roofs, and they hunker down well over winter. I'll take some photos when I get hold of a camera.
So you have a workshop with sawbench etc? Everything looks home made.
Barry, in Europe they spend hundreds of millions of Euros on varroa research. Unfortunately it all goes into studies like: what is the varroa resistance gene? and the like. Nothing down-to-earth or practical. At least one electric device that beeps and blinks/flashes has to be involved in a decent study. You won't find a pratical approach like the one described in recently published studies. It is a pitty. Beekeepers are own their own to develop hands-on solutions.
All 5 of my 3-4 deeps made it through the winter here in N.Tx. I often wonder what the definition of a treatment free hive or colony is, in terms of size and believe a lot of TF beekeepers give up because they can't keep a TF single deep or nuc alive. I am new here and don't post very often, so I'm not familiar with everyone's operations. How many practice unlimited brood nests, small cell, 3 deeps or more, local mated queens,
and no artificial feeds?
Mike in N. Tx.
I'm trying to follow Tim's hive configuration, etc. .
3 deeps certainly didn't hurt. Not really small cell, though I had them in the lowest super. BeeWeavers from Texas, so no locally mated queens. I'm not opposed to artificial feed, but I have a super of honey in reserve for each colony when I'm ready to 'light the fuse'.
I think I lost a lot of bees this winter to the cold. So, I lost some initial momentum.
I'll have to wait to see how things work out.
I've seen piles of dead bees on the bottom board this winter, but they've since cleaned them up.
Both hives look fine now, but I found a wind blown pile of bees, and a wide streak of dead bees leading to the pile. It looked like it came from my 'best' hive. This was in March.
There was a warm up, then a cold snap that coincided with it. They were flying just the week before that.
Right now, the night time temps are still below 50 degrees F.
It's almost May, and the Callery pears are STILL in bloom.
Things have been pushed back a few weeks.
So, I've got to roll with it.
I can't help thinking the free celling might be making a difference.