Search:

Type: Posts; User: Andrew Dewey

Page 1 of 20 1 2 3 4

Search: Search took 0.04 seconds.

  1. Replies
    1
    Views
    81

    Re: Frequency of checking

    What you are inspecting for will change seasonally and drive the frequency of your inspections. 5-8 times per year sounds about right.

    Your own learning is a perfect reason for an inspection -...
  2. Re: Mite Count: What is considered "high" for those who do not want to treat?

    TF beekeepers - and I hope to be one some day - need to recognize the issues they are not treating for. As I have said previously, I don't do anything for AFB - but I'm aware as someone who hasn't...
  3. Replies
    5
    Views
    299

    Re: Winter feeding techniques

    My take is that feeding in winter is only necessary if the bees are in danger of starving. In my area, which is about as far away as you can get from Texas and still be in the United States, we feed...
  4. Re: When to reduce entrances for winter prep?

    Some folks never open up the entrance completely. I try to but don't panic if I forget. I started getting hives to 3 inch entrances about a week ago. About a week before our usual first frost.
    ...
  5. Replies
    4
    Views
    200

    Re: Ash content of darker honey

    As do my bees. There are a few beekeepers in Maine that avoid wintering on honey with high ash content. I thought it politic not to dismiss their claims outright, instead to dig a bit, and see what...
  6. Replies
    4
    Views
    200

    Re: Ash content of darker honey

    Thanks Graham,

    Here's a link to a PDF of the complete text of USDA Handbook 335 - "Beekeeping in the United States"

    http://www.thebeeyard.org/ebooks/
  7. Replies
    4
    Views
    200

    Ash content of darker honey

    Does anyone have any references for the ash contents of darker honey - specifically Aster? :scratch:

    I am NOT looking for anecdotal/old time wisdom.

    Several beekeepers that I know avoid Aster...
  8. Re: Reduce hive size for winter for late season swarms?

    Combine with another hive. Unless you are doing this for your education there is very little point to trying to get a late swarm through winter.

    The old beekeeper saying of take your losses in...
  9. Replies
    7
    Views
    230

    Re: Late season swarm

    What is the size of the swarm? It seems unlikely that you will successfully get a late swarm through winter, despite great effort on your part.
  10. Replies
    2
    Views
    306

    Re: Finally got it

    The image shows now - it didn't before. I'm envious - you've got a book report in your future!
  11. Replies
    5
    Views
    352

    Re: Need help on what to do...

    Squarepeg is right on.

    If I were convinced that there were no disease and pest issues, I might use it to combine or just shake/brush the bees off of the woodenware and the bees will die or end...
  12. Replies
    4
    Views
    260

    Re: inspecting hive

    I rarely do. In the odd case where I need to find her (to replace her for some reason) I concentrate first on the brood nest. Most times I'm happy with signs that she has been there recently...
  13. Replies
    128
    Views
    2,496

    Re: What is raw honey?

    It frustrates me that there is no agreed upon definition of raw honey. There seem to be some that go with as it comes from the extractor - http://www.reallyrawhoney.com - me, I "lightly strain"...
  14. Re: Is nectar flow over in Northern New England?

    There is still some bright Goldenrod here - a few honey bees on it but it is on the cool side for much foraging and rain is forecast for the afternoon. Lots of low purple Asters this year. I think...
  15. Replies
    30
    Views
    1,300

    Re: A plan to increase honey production

    I took a different approach to increasing honey production last year that seemed to work out well - but it involved getting started 4-6 weeks before the expected flow. What I did was identify hives...
  16. Re: When to stop feeding syrup before winter?

    There are differing practices depending on your region. These are first year hives I take it?

    You'll need to determine by inspection or weighing the hive when they have enough winter stores. ...
  17. Re: Lots of nectar in hives, but no capped honey yet...

    It is NOT a New England thing - you are being impatient. The first frost here will be in another week or so and most nectar is reduced and capped. I would imagine you have another month to go...
  18. Replies
    5
    Views
    346

    Re: anyone seeing meaner hives??

    Think about it - if you were a bee - and your hive has a large population and there is no flow on at the moment and other critters want to steal some of your hard put by stores, wouldn't you be a tad...
  19. Replies
    11
    Views
    347

    Re: Benefits of Requeening

    Hi Brian,

    Based on my experience the temperament of hives with a failing queen is often improved by replacing the current queen with a younger model.

    So to if a hive has developed a few more...
  20. Re: Ongoing Conversion to mediums... have question.... and Early Autumn report

    Hi Marcy,

    The stack won't be as tall as many in big honey producing parts of the country. If that doesn't set your mind at ease you can always pass a ratchet or lashing strap around the cover and...
  21. Re: Ongoing Conversion to mediums... have question.... and Early Autumn report

    Hi Marcy,

    I've not had to deal with your scenario precisely, but here is what I would do at this point. Temporarily you'll have an even taller stack.

    day 1 - remove the two deep supers shaking...
  22. Replies
    12
    Views
    516

    Re: Preparing a single deep for winter

    Be aware that there are no guarantees in beekeeping, especially when it comes to over wintering in singles. (especially in the North - and I'm don't consider Maryland North)

    If this is a first...
  23. Replies
    3
    Views
    266

    Re: Experience with the Buckfast Bee?

    I am thinking about importing Buckfast Queens from Ferguson's in Ontario next summer. What I'm told is that the Buckfast in this country resemble true Buckfast in name only. I do not have...
  24. Thread: RAIN

    by Andrew Dewey
    Replies
    14
    Views
    417

    Re: RAIN

    I'll pass your comments to the developer - there are no adjustments that I can make. All I can do is plug in the connections and I have a button for turning it on & off. There are some lights which...
  25. Thread: RAIN

    by Andrew Dewey
    Replies
    14
    Views
    417

    Re: RAIN

    I do not know if is the current unit of measure is static or dynamic; since the unit is new I presume it is accurate - the prior three days reflect the weight cycle I expect to see as a flow slows.
    ...
Results 1 to 25 of 500
Page 1 of 20 1 2 3 4