Type: Posts; User: djastram
My incubator project.
A virgin queen from this years 1st batch.
We had an honor stand for a while. Our only problems were with the City concerned about traffic on residential streets, and we had two little boys steal honey and dump it all over our sidewalk.
Here is the link to the video Bees of SC mentioned.
I built some 8 1/8" nucs out of 3/4" which hold 4 frames, with a lot of room on both sides of the frames. The bees build cross comb with this design, as expected.
My next batch, I plan to use 1/2"...
I used them this last summer, and I like the concept.
Because of the burr comb between the outside frames and the side of the box, I plan on changing the sides from a 3/4" board to 1/2" ply. Then...
I do think it would be better with hot water. I plan to add a water heater element eventually.
When this pump goes out, I think I will also boost it to a 1/2 HP.
Or maybe a fire truck with a...
Stop by in two weeks, you can help me feed Bees. :)
Yes. Last Sunday in fact. 200 lbs of sugar and 100 lbs of water, straight from the garden hose.
I am not sure if I've mentioned it or not.... I use cold water straight from the tap in my setup.
I'm certain hot water would be better, but this works good.
I like the 3-way valve idea, unfortunately they're not available on a Sunday in small town U.S.A.
I wouldn't use the boiler valve/washing machine hose over again if I was building another. It is...
The sump pump in a barrel method is what I use. It works well. I plan to add a water heater element eventually.
See the video below.
How many different sizes and styles of honey containers do you offer? I would like to minimize what we have to have on hand when bottling, and would like to hear from others on what you use.
How's that for a brood pattern?
Well I tried grafting again today. Turned most of them into mush, but I think I got 30 of them transferred ok. If I close one eye, and get real close, I can see the larva.
I didn't have any...
Oops. Thanks folks.
I started round 3 today. I found my favorite queen on the 2nd frame in. Her hive is booming, and I was afraid I'd never find her. 3 deeps & 5 mediums. She is a Broke-T 2014 queen.
The Starter has...
As closely as I can, except for the Nicot part. Also I cage the cells. Darn full time job gets in the way.
No. I remove the box with the queen, rotate it 180 and place it behind the now queen less section for a starter, then reunite the two the next day for a finisher.
To be clear, I am using the nicot system, and only transferring cups with larva.
I started another starter last Sunday with 7 frames of capped brood above an excluder. I'll be...
I started a new round of queens, and I just happened to pull my nicot grid at a time when their were still eggs, and very young larva. Most of the larva had almost no jelly yet.
I only got 9 out...
I inspected my starter/finisher colony that I used for this last batch of cells. It has 13 deep frames of capped brood. I guess the nurse bees have been busy.
Thanks for all the pics. I forgot about this thread until now.
Does your box have a hole in it? How do the bees get into the feeder?
Mated and laying.
She's kinda runny, is she just young yet?