Type: Posts; User: heaflaw
It should not take the bees much longer at all without foundation. The purpose of foundation is to serve as a midrib for bees to draw comb from. It is important for comb in the brood chamber to be...
From posts it seems to freezing & UV light and reuse all.
IMO equipment looks in very good shape. Amazing that honey in comb survived for 2 years in a storage shed.
There's something else no one has mentioned yet. I would be concerned that the hives...
They will almost never rob when there is some nectar available, which for us is early spring until early July. If all hives are strong, they almost never rob. Fall is usually not a problem. July &...
I made boxes to go over my nucs to decrease robbers after the flow is over. Also, they don't seem to propolize as much if you use a large mesh screen (#7???) over the opening for jars of sugar water.
Also, UV light kills nosema spores: http://articles.extension.org/pages/63774/sunlight-water-and-nosema-spores
Yes. Thanks Michael.
Welcome. Check out Brushy Mtn near N Wilkesboro http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Beekeeping-Supplies/departments/1/ Closer for shipping and you could drive to pick up stuff on the way to the...
Looks better than some frames I have successfully returned to hives.
Extremely observant and an original thinker. Practical beekeeping is better off because of his contributions. This can be said of only a few beekeepers.
http://anarchyapiaries.org/hivetools/ Sam Comfort
Lincolnton NC (western piedmont)
No treatments for about 12 years
10 to 15 hives
Thanks for posting this. I wish someone with a geneticist background will explain it to be sure I really understand it.
Wishing Walt the best.
Beltsville has instructions on their website. Send in dead bees, if not decayed, soaked in alcohol.
I've sent in samples twice to Beltsville when I had a lot of winter deadouts. They test for varroa, tracheal and Nosema. (My problem both times was Nosema) They do not distinguish between the two...
I usually reverse mid to end of March and then checkerboard/open up broodnest a month later. I'm in 7B.
Yes, exactly. All hives have varroa. Treatment free bees are able to not let the varroa overcome the hives by different means. They may groom the mites off of each other or they destroy mites...
Do you treat for anything?
My opinion is that it would be very difficult to keep treatment free bees for more than 2 years of so if neighboring bees (feral and kept) are not also treatment free.
Maybe you have a virgin or just mated queen,
They did not do well for NC either. I am in western Piedmont NC and the map includes us with Mountains. Here we do not have Basswood or Black Locust and Sourwood is very inconsistent. NC State has...