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  1. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Some queen impressions. Freshly hatched one, and another one mated recently.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRgBpLgeeq8
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRgBpLgeeq8
  2. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Things are doing well in the sweet chestnut, too.
    http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/30_6_2015/c1.jpg

    http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/30_6_2015/c2.jpg
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  3. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Black berries blossomed at June the 10th, 2015. For two days there was lots of black berry pollen and that was it. Today the big surprise: supers were filled up to the rim with black berry honey! The...
  4. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Interesting enough, the cornflower nectar flow is still going on, although most blossoms faded out. The bees fly at the brown blossoms, which do excrete nectar at the sides of the calyx. You can see...
  5. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    This is how the brood combs look like in the lower brood box right now.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QSpfk9Mq1k
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QSpfk9Mq1k
  6. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Catching a swarm with the help of my "bee tractor"
    http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/27_6_2015/b1.jpg

    Pluck the swarm bit by bit and dump it into a hive with some drawn comb....
  7. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Lots of varroa this year.
    http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/27_6_2015/a1.jpg
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    I like the corn flowers.

    Bees like it, too, and do profit from the rich food provision.
    http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/27_6_2015/c1.jpg

    Tons of brood....
  9. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    The sweet chestnuts are about to blossoming. Some slow motion, too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da7eOsLxvJI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da7eOsLxvJI
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    Re: 12 volt BEE hive ventilator

    Better read the book written by the son of Dadant on the Dadant bee hive system. Chapter on frame spacing. And forget about the geek stuff.

    Here you can download the book for free:

    Dadant...
  11. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Bees in the sweet chestnut. Hopefully this gonna be a good chestnut year 2015.

    Female blossoms.
    http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/19_6_2015/a1.jpg
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  12. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    The one-size-fits-it-all box (Warré) and queen rearing. Making a starter hive.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tIjiXvJb50
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tIjiXvJb50
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    Same size and honey gathering in that yard. Have three different lineages and although it remains a wild guess, I reckon it is due to lineage. Some friends of mine do find the same to be true when it...
  14. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Yes. (The curved frames came from a fish-eye camera/widescreen.)



    Enough. :)

    http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/15_6_2015/a6.jpg

    Preparation:
    http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/15_6_2015/a1.jpg
  15. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Harvesting honey with a bee escape and a leaf/bee blower.

    Early in the morning, right after sunrise, set the lid on the ground, set the supers on the lid, ......
  16. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/13_6_2015/a3.jpg

    http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/13_6_2015/a4.jpg

    Trapping pollen:
    http://www.immenfreunde.de/pics/13_6_2015/a1.jpg
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  17. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Bought them from Icko and modified them. I reckon you can buy the "pollen rake" from Icko loosely.
  18. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    The bees enjoy the cornflowers. The farmer grows his own fodder for his pig farm instead of feeding soy.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWVH8Uoe66o
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWVH8Uoe66o
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    Good thing about holistic beekeeping, you don't rely on one product only, but you do make use of a many bee products. Example: pollen. I trap pollen and it is the second valuable bee product that you...
  20. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Also found a field of Triticale (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triticale) that the farmer didn't spray and see what is the outcome: tons of cornflowers!
    ...
  21. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    Next stop: a forest full of sweet chestnuts. This year extra-long blossom sprouts = means a lot of honey. The other hives go into the lime tree flow.
    ...
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    Re: Counting Queen Cells in the Warre?

    Natural queen cells in a fixed comb hive (not a frame hive) you find between the first bottom and the second box. Counting is pretty easy. Cut them out for usage in mini nucs.

    In a brood split...
  23. Re: Impressions on beekeeping with a Warré or Gatineau hive

    This is the fixed comb version of the Warré hive plus it is treatment free for about seven years.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_qdElx-D8Q
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_qdElx-D8Q

    It...
  24. Re: ? - Developing Warre comb in advance using Langstroth hives

    I am not completely narrow mined on Warré or Gatineau hives. Some beginners I recommend to use a frame hive, because I reckon' it better suits them. The right tool is a relative thing. Relative to...
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    Re: swarm-catching bucket

    Catching a swarm with a bucket: (Catching the queen along the process, the queen always floats on top of a swarm when shaking it down.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SXGtrkOd_g...
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