Re: Need advice on supering from those familiar with Tim Ives's methods.
You have what he does correct.
Question is, will it work for you?
Having tried his method here is my OPINION only, could be wrong.
Best I can tell, where Tim is, he gets a series of pretty reliable flows, he knows when they will start & end etc.
Which is why the neonicitinoids sprayed on corn all around him present no problem, the bees never go near the corn there is always something better going for them. No need to ever feed sugar either.
But here's the kicker. If you are somewhere with no early flow or even a dearth, the bees are not going to touch that foundation, they will swarm. When I tried his method there was an early spring willow flow, then a dearth. Result, HUGE swarms that I could not stop. I was told by Tim that if I would just get the hives big & strong enough, they would find and store the nectar from somewhere. But, they didn't, there wasn't any.
Other thing, Tim's rapid increase in hive numbers has been made entirely from swarm cells, ie, his bees do attempt to swarm & he splits to prevent it. His method just used on one hive will likely not prevent swarming.
Anyhow likely Tim himself will post and he obviously knows his method better than anyone. But my opinion, it is a great method, in his area. He understands his bees and is a clever beekeeper. But, like many beekeepers he assumes that what works for him, will be good anywhere.
I will not be doing any Tim Ives tower hives next season, I get as much honey as him relative to equipment, but with a different hive configuration, and management system, more suited to my area.
Last edited by Oldtimer; 04-16-2014 at 05:23 AM.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).