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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    Had 2-3 hours to visit my base #2 (before the rainy mix drove me away).

    Among other things - opened up the test log hive.
    Bees appear fine; looks as if they even stored some honey (which can not...
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    Re: Two untreated hives in my bee yard

    The main issue is - the TF "experts" often will say - "just not treat".
    Then the new beeks will do exactly that - not treat (and get terrible results, more often then not).
    This is a huge...
  3. Re: funny story, really short on facts but high on speculation

    I would not worry about it.
    Been mocked and slammed enough.
    Not a worry.

    Once you get the worthy bees going (not some treatment-dependent commercial package/nuc and the like), should not worry...
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    Re: Northern Midwest Winter Beekeeping Manifesto

    1. My own, store-bought composting worms live year around outside - they do fine in the composting bin just as-is (Southern WI is somewhat warmer than Northern MN - yes).
    2. Granted this, I would...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Granted all that (heck, I still am reading his book; will finish it too - it is a good and useful read, for sure)...

    .... I still find him not appropriate (or is it evidence of ignorance? or poor...
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    Re: Block/log hive slightly modernized

    Very good!
    Looking forward to the reports.
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    Re: Block/log hive slightly modernized

    Cool!
    My log pieces are random 30-40 cm height (I pulled them from a pre-cut pile as-is).
    Using a borrowed, electric chainsaw I made the internal hollows as square as possible so to drop inside...
  8. Re: funny story, really short on facts but high on speculation

    The "save the bees" blurb can be dropped.
    We need to save the insects as a whole, not "bees".

    Otherwise a worthy project - anyone should benefit from presence of self-sustaining (but yet...
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    Re: Block/log hive slightly modernized

    I would apply some rachet straps (periodically check/re-tighten) around them when drying - they should not crack/split then (not much).
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    Re: Block/log hive slightly modernized

    Juhani, Join the log club!

    If things work out, the next year I will have my own log hives populated so to run them in unmanaged mode (simulation of feral bee population - which I don't have around...
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    Re: The right number of hives to keep it fun

    Like I said in my "blog" if I recall - I realized what I have been doing is a "reality game" - that is really the fun factor.
    We, in the family, enjoy playing strategy games (a good example -...
  12. Thread: Community Apiary

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    Re: Community Apiary

    I have been with the Community Gardens for many years.
    Starting the next year, I will be stepping away - tired of it.
    I value my remaining personal/family time too much to stay in certain community...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Now, this is my favorite way!
    Near zero inputs - lots of output!
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    All good!
    As long as we keep the sense of humor and don't pretend to have discovered a flaw in E=Mc^2, what do we care?

    Let me repeat myself - have been slowly working through the recently...
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    Sticky: Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Do share the recipe.
    I got lots of apple to quickly process/use up while still good.
    200 pounds maybe still left.
    Drying, saucing, juice/apple butter, freezing; some will try to store fresh for a...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    I guess my issue is this - where do you draw a line between the empirical science (the black box) and the "scientific?" (looking for the proper word here) science (the white box).

    I don't believe...
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    Sticky: Re: Treatment-Free Bungling 2018 - ?

    Good luck, Russ, looking for some solid "logical scientific basis"; moreover to actually depend on it.
    :)

    Time and again, I am finding how our brilliant researchers lack knowledge of some...
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    Sticky: Re: GregV's Alternative way to keep (have?) bees.

    For what it is worth, both captured swarms this year got a whole yard to keep to themselves.
    Alone.
    One died.
    The other is looking very good.

    Well, I shook some bees out of the "dead" hive in...
  19. Re: Compact vertial hives - wintering in Siberia

    This guy runs his 300x300 variant on a standard shallow Dadant frame (whatever it is - 145mm, I recall), BUT shortened to fit the 300x300 architecture.
    (this is the same guy who treats his mites...
  20. Re: Compact vertial hives - wintering in Siberia

    For this particular model, the standard frame is height is 102 mm.

    Because the frame is so small (1-2 kilos of honey max) it can be staple together from any scraps and requires very little...
  21. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    OK, thanks.
    Unsure this is absolutely true, however.
    Partially true - very much likely.


    The VR (varroa resistance) is really a multi-variable function with the appropriate coefficients...
  22. Re: Compact vertial hives - wintering in Siberia

    Not mid-winter, LJ.
    :)
    It is March; spring in that region and time to start setting the bees into the open.
    To most on the West it may look as if mid-winter.

    The Siberian summer for production...
  23. Sticky: Re: treating vs. not treating for mites: opinion thread

    Or a deductive trait.
    The unsuitable drones should be prevented from ever appearing (by terminating their source colonies before they produce any drones).
    In theory.

    About this:

    I assume...
  24. Compact vertial hives - wintering in Siberia

    Here how the little 300x300 mini hives winter in Siberia.
    The owner was not happy about his decision to live them outside - Novosibirsk region, USDA Zone 2.
    Better to winter in a shed he says....
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    Re: Video - long Ukrainan hives - English audio

    Removed.
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