Today 07:53 AM
What Percent of Hives Are Feral vs Kept
The pioneer work on breeding bees was done by Ludwig Armbruster. It is the mentor Brother Adam followed. Here is his writing (computer translated, but readable) ... (6,275 views, 299 replies)
Today 07:52 AM
colonies absconding from nucs
Micheal, That fits a lot of what we are seeing. We have witnessed there of the abandonment. I am calling it abandonment because it is not what you describe as absconding. The bees do in fact cluster... (477 views, 12 replies)
Today 07:48 AM
Queen cells anyone!
There is a lot of it going around, a lot in almonds last 3 years, many bees held there because of it. Many more left and spread it through out the country. It even baffles the experts... (409 views, 10 replies)
Today 07:45 AM
Planting 1 1/2 acres of Yellow Sweet clover. Cost approx 150.00. Is it worth it?
>Just so you know, That plant in my area is a scourge plant. We try to maintain natural plant growth and it will take over and dominate. That's what I love about it... > Planting 1 1/2 acres... (416 views, 13 replies)
Today 07:42 AM
Is all of this management necessary?
AMEN.... a great manager has vision and finds a team to move in that direction.. So educating yourself in how the bee works, inside its body, within its hive and the surrounding world. You will can... (89 views, 3 replies)
Today 07:41 AM
How many of you lose hives to ants?
Yes, I have lost a nuc to an ant invasion. These were carpenter ants, black, bout 1/4-3/8" long. They move in at night while your sleeping. They killed all the bees, chewed and dragged out of the... (106 views, 4 replies)
Today 07:39 AM
Opening hive, check, more advice?
I love this site. It's so nice to have lots of other beek's just a mouse click away. (275 views, 12 replies)
Today 07:26 AM
How much wax
For estimates "a pints a pound" rule works fine for caclulating wax and rosin. It is slightly less dense, but only slightly. (180 views, 4 replies)
Today 07:22 AM
4 frame nucs
Here's how you calculate a box size. Since nucs are sometimes made of 1/2" plywood (see D. Coates references on Beesource) you want to calculate the inside space and then allow for material... (314 views, 7 replies)
Today 07:17 AM
speed controller for a 1/2 hp Dayton ???
Ace, here is a sad tale of woe from someone trying to deal with a program on a 30 year old SyMax 10 series PLC the plcnut referenced above: http://forums.mikeholt.com/showthread.php?t=808 41 One... (665 views, 47 replies)
Today 07:13 AM
Bees in new hive - wild swarm- How to help them get through the winter
What method are you using to feed? (43 views, 2 replies)
Today 07:08 AM
How regularly do queens stop laying when nectar stops coming back to the hive?
It is very much tied to the race of bees. Italians are less likely to shut down... (343 views, 5 replies)
Today 07:07 AM
Black Sugar Syrup
You could mix up a batch, let it sit overnight for the sediment to settle, then dip out syrup from the top, stirring up as little sediment as possible. (471 views, 18 replies)
Today 07:05 AM
Ideas for "in line" filter and "automatic" valve
I figured the items would be more than I can afford. I sell to raise $ for a cancer foundation so I am pinching pennies. I thought the valve by itself would be in the $1-200.00 range but I am seeing... (182 views, 4 replies)
Today 07:03 AM
Molted skin cleaning
>Mine are bar coded. Cool idea... I bet it's time consuming to mark them all... ;) It would be interesting to watch them in an observation hive that could be quickly opened to mark a bee of... (319 views, 11 replies)
Today 07:01 AM
What to do with supers after harvest
Don't leave the honey supers on the hives all winter. Many reasons this is a no no. Don't put them in the basement unless frozen and bagged either. Wax moths will find them and you could end up... (724 views, 21 replies)
Today 06:58 AM
Swarm or not to Swarm
Entire books have been written just on the topic of swarm control. I find Walt Wright's writing on the topic very enlightening. You can find those articles here or you can buy them (last I asked)... (223 views, 6 replies)
Today 06:47 AM
Bee foraging skills impaired by neonicotinoid pesticides
Nlk, I have a question for you. My bees are surrounded by neonics and have been for years. Why is it that I don't have a single negative impact from neonics? (213 views, 8 replies)
Today 06:39 AM
What woods are the best for making your own woodenware?
I am currently building a wood airplane. You think finding good lumber for beehives is hard...LOL try finding aircraft grade lumber that doesn't break the bank. I've started frequenting the... (400 views, 11 replies)
Today 06:37 AM
Can I use Modern Pressure treated DADO splinters in my smoker?
>I hear it's a good treatment for varroa LOL (400 views, 20 replies)