Search:

Type: Posts; User: cnt

Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4

Search: Search took 0.01 seconds.

  1. Replies
    53
    Views
    1,900

    Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    There are way way more drones than queens. The odds of even mating once is pretty low let alone twice. The Queen mates with 10-20 drones so strategically you want to be the father of the next...
  2. Thread: What's this sound?

    by cnt
    Replies
    1
    Views
    291

    What's this sound?

    So I was watching random bee videos on youtube and I came across this one:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DobxqhczJyQ

    you can hear the bees buzzing but you can also occasionally hear a "wee"...
  3. Re: queen cell after supersedure? Do they do that?

    Ok, so typically they kill the old queen at some point during the supersedure process.
    Suppose the new queens battle it out and one lives and mates. will the mated queen kill the newest queen...
  4. Replies
    6
    Views
    369

    Re: Bee Behaviour - please explain

    I think your best bet to post a video is to upload to youtube and then click the "insert video" button and give it the youtube url.
  5. queen cell after supersedure? Do they do that?

    I installed my package into last year's dead topbar hive about 3 weeks ago. They immediately decided to make two supersedure cells. One has emerged, the other is due any hour now. Looking in on...
  6. Thread: Does Size Matter

    by cnt
    Replies
    16
    Views
    833

    Re: Does Size Matter

    Two questions.
    1) What is a WAS situation. I don't think I've read that before.
    2) Whats wrong with emergency queens? Aren't nearly all commercial queen emergency queens. By that I mean, don't...
  7. Thread: Stung again

    by cnt
    Replies
    17
    Views
    835

    Re: Stung again

    I've had the same reaction. My hand swelled up to the point I couldn't even type. Some people get less sensitive(i think this is the most common) some people get more sensitive over successive...
  8. Re: Installed my first hive. It could have gone better......

    my hives collect red propolis. Not exactly sure where it comes from though.
  9. Re: Oh great! Landlord behind us is spraying dandelions and it is windy!

    I'm not saying it's absolutely safe but if you're afraid of auxin you should probably stop eating any plants right away.
  10. Replies
    7
    Views
    390

    Re: are my virgin queens "doomed"?

    Ah! so drones are good for something ;).

    As always, thanks for the great info Michael.
  11. Replies
    7
    Views
    390

    Re: are my virgin queens "doomed"?

    Generally i'm on board with the idea that bees have been bread to survive (duh) but packages aren't really mother nature's doing. I've read that swarms often supersede once they get established, but...
  12. Re: Oh great! Landlord behind us is spraying dandelions and it is windy!

    Most of those "weed and feed" and "kills weeds not grass" herbicides are synthetic auxins (plant hormones). They also aren't intended to be insecticides. So while it's reasonable to not want that...
  13. Re: Installed my first hive. It could have gone better......

    When I do this some faction jumps off the frames and goes straight for my face stinging my veil. Otherwise my bees aren't too aggressive.
  14. Replies
    7
    Views
    390

    are my virgin queens "doomed"?

    I've been reading more lately and it seems newly emerged queens need royal jelly to finish development. It also appears that only nurse bees 3-15 days old make royal jelly.

    I installed my...
  15. Thread: New beekeeper

    by cnt
    Replies
    5
    Views
    431

    Re: New beekeeper

    My money is on cold too. When I was feeding they could take a whole jar during the day but occasionally i'd refill at night and they'd barely have touched it in the morning. It'd be all gone by the...
  16. Replies
    9
    Views
    690

    Re: Fast cheap hive scale

    I have no idea if it'll wear out the scale spring, but constant compression (leaving it set in your drawer) wears out torque-wrench springs. As much as 20% over 6 months. Those scales are so cheap...
  17. Replies
    3
    Views
    233

    new package in old hive, supersedure

    I read it's quite common for new packages to try and supersede. I've got what looks like two in-use queen cells (not yet capped) and I want to make sure I do the right thing with them.

    Some...
  18. Replies
    23
    Views
    1,548

    Re: Overturn truck Seattle

    They look like they were single deeps so the queens aren't in danger of getting lost/doubled up during reassembly.

    KIRO has video of the fire fighters spraying them with foam ...
  19. Replies
    11
    Views
    605

    Re: restarting my topbar hive from a package

    I had a contingency plan for doing a split from last year (top bar nuc ready to go) but I didn't have a varroa plan (other than wishful thinking) and I paid the price. I now have a testing plan in...
  20. Replies
    11
    Views
    605

    Re: restarting my topbar hive from a package

    I considered that but initially I decided against that because I was worried with all the comb already drawn they would feel their space is "full" and want to swarm early especially since, I'm told,...
  21. Replies
    11
    Views
    605

    Re: restarting my topbar hive from a package

    That's a neat idea. thanks!
  22. Replies
    11
    Views
    605

    restarting my topbar hive from a package

    I've got a 4lb package coming to replace the bees that didn't make it over winter. The likely cause of death was varroa.

    My hive has room for about 30-35 bars with 22 drawn out and a follower...
  23. Replies
    13
    Views
    735

    Re: bees gone some time over winter.

    To protect the comb and honey I currently have as suggested. Is that not a good idea?
  24. Replies
    13
    Views
    735

    Re: bees gone some time over winter.

    I don't like the sticky board idea because the geometry of the hive doesn't match that of a langstroth so I'd have no way of estimating mite count from that (That's the conservative scientist side). ...
  25. Replies
    13
    Views
    735

    Re: bees gone some time over winter.

    Sadly, I never did a mite count. And I SHOULD have known to do one :(.

    They did have a huge drone population over summer too, which I suppose could have made things worse mite wise. So with...
Results 1 to 25 of 162
Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4