Type: Posts; User: GregV
Care to share few pics and notes on your current Dadants?
In the "Horizontal hive" area be great.
PS: I still have a full box of Dadant frames unused - still flip-flopping;
Best I can do is this:
Well, the darn bugs like my dry, recycled sugar so much, they prefer it over syrup:
While at it:
To be sure, they keep bees in Siberia up to USDA zone 3 and the no-fly time is up to 7 months (forget Alaska - they keep bees in Alaska close to the Pacific - mild).
Not a problem IF the equipment...
I got to wonder again - how is it TBHs winter in cold climate.
Well, no magic.
Madison WI vs Basalt CO (Jan/Feb/March 2019 attached)
You guys hardly even went into the...
OK, so yes - I can see you have to use 2-inch XPS slabs on all sides.
It works in some setups.
The real pain with the TBH is when you need feed dry sugar from the top.
For me often this means if...
Unsure what is up with the attachments in this thread
We reached out freezing points on Oct 12-14, 2019.
There was ice in the buckets and bird basins.
Not the killing frost just yet - the dandelions are still blooming in the parks.
We will still...
Well, consider - my typical indoor relative humidity in winter is 30-40% (similar to Ian's controlled shed).
This is "terribly dry".
At the same exact time, the outdoor humidity can be 70-80% as in...
Another project about "Honey Bees Need Your Help".
The "snorkel" - I suggest you don't enter into the over-engineering trap.
Just do 2-3 hives the most simple way; run them 2-3 years; observe and THEN adjust what you must.
Frame extraction - here...
Goldenrod is out and done.
Time to harvest the seeds.
Dandelion is back in (the typical late fall bloom in mowed city parks; can be significant, the weather permitting).
3-4 years ago now, we...
At my location and now - orange means dandelion.
I would place the traps around Leo's property and see what turns up.
He claims to be letting the swarms go.
PS: your own bees will live in the Layen's just as well;
make a couple of splits...
Let me guess... you have plastic foundation in your frames?
So you are in the Ozarks (pretty much - South).
Hopefully, you got some of those feral bees then (a prerequisite for the Leo's talks and stuff to work - "....local bee's, no feed, no...
Yeah, check into "hawkweeds".
There are some around my area for sure.
Some big patches.
Both hawkweeds and dandelions may have significant late fall bloom (varies by a year).
I tried my area and got mostly non-sense (rag-weed and such - which passed long ago).
In reality we have dandelion blooming in local city parks.
Some late aster is still on.
Ian winters his in the conditioned storage AND packed into single boxes.
He CAN winter the boxes pretty much opened (no lids and stuff).
In fact, you want them wintering pretty much openly...
Last year the newly moved neighbors blamed my bees for "harassing them".
They wrote a letter to the City and all that hoopla.
I told them to provide photo-evidence and warned to NOT come back IF...
Many people would actually want this smoker (some progress, you know):
Not that I want one.
Low tech is still the best for me.
I would not really worry of the the kilocharlie's ideas and keep it simple
He is coming from the toasty California coast and does some commercial grade work (hence his approaches and make sense for...
Then why don't you check the B for its status?
Somehow it was assumed you correctly checked both - "A had brood" AND "B had no brood".
So now that theory turns possibly wrong too (until B status...
It is your area and your honey and your bees.
You should be the expert and have the answers.