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  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development
CJ

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:47 pm   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development
Thanks, that was helpful.

I didn't realize it might need topping up with debris but I guess it will compact as it rots.

I'll get a better look in 3 or 4 weeks, still pretty cold here in Vermont, ...
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development
CJ

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PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:11 am   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development
I would like to note that I started with a nuc last May and split 2x and all 3 made it thru the (mild this year) Vermont winter. Splitting really helps them get ahead of varroa.

All 3 hives had ec ...
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development
CJ

Replies: 42
Views: 38116

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:05 am   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development

I have never understood the logic of forcing bees to walk into a hive over a pile of debris and mites - at least the eco-floor will give earwigs and the like places to lurk so they can tidy up for t ...
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development
CJ

Replies: 42
Views: 38116

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:03 am   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development

What's to stop the bees from continuing the comb below the frames of the brood box?

So the answer is, nothing.

I did a quick check a week or so ago and the bees did extend the comb below the ...
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development
CJ

Replies: 42
Views: 38116

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:34 am   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development
I've eliminated the bee landing in my latest version. It should make it easier to insulate the hive (Vermont gets COLD).

Also changed to top entrances. With bottom entrances I thought they might fl ...
  Topic: Split questions
CJ

Replies: 2
Views: 2468

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 1:59 pm   Subject: Split questions
I think the queen is still in the old hive because they seem find/quiet/still bringing in pollen.

I'll check again in a week, thanks.
  Topic: Split questions
CJ

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:11 pm   Subject: Split questions
6 days ago I split my newish hive hoping they would raise a queen in the split. No sign of queen cells, but the hive isn't making that roaring sound of a queenless hive.

How many days till I see qu ...
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development
CJ

Replies: 42
Views: 38116

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:21 pm   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development
Here a pic of the eco-floor. Solid bottom.
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/272/18376976083_da00b45dce_z.jpghttps://c1.staticflickr.com/1/264/18992225612_2f2192f0b2_z.jpg[url=https://flic.kr/p/uWh7ZJ]I ...
  Topic: Eco-floor - idea and development
CJ

Replies: 42
Views: 38116

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:30 pm   Subject: Eco-floor - idea and development
I'm making an eco-floor today for a Lang. Wondering about putting the the entrance at the top of the eco floor or bottom of the brood box? I'm leaning toward the top of the eco floor.

What's to sto ...
  Topic: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
CJ

Replies: 25
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:42 pm   Subject: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
My Perone was failing in early fall, I suspect the queen died. The population fell off and they stopped building new comb.

Anyway, I bought a NUC this year and put it into conventional a Langstroth ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:54 pm   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
Everything looked much better in the afternoon! It was a nice sunny day in the upper 60s and there was semi-decent activity at the entrance. Could've been a little pollen on the legs. I even saw a dro ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:16 pm   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
Things look bad! Population drop off has been dramatic! It doesn't look so terrible at the entrance, I even saw a yellow jacket being fought off. When I look through the window there are hardly any be ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:52 pm   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
So, does this look like a queen cell forming?
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3839/15258385636_7ea492f872_z.jpg
Would they really get ready to swarm at the end of September? In Vermont?
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:44 pm   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
Hi Vernon.

That's actually a Bull Thistle.

The other day I heard a honey bee buzzing and I finally spotted it and where do you think it landed? With all the Bull thistle, Jewelweed, Smartweed, a ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:55 pm   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
I stopped worrying when I saw this:
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2906/14785447422_36c2e5e7e0_z.jpg

On the same plant there were 3 other species of bumblebees, a dragon fly and a few other bugs I ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:47 pm   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
If you are not getting much rain, the flowers may survive but will produce little nectar.

I was shocked when my husband informed me that this was the 3rd wettest July on record! Shocked because the ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:24 pm   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
They stung you just because you opened the shutter to the plexiglass? Oh, I see, looking at the pic again the shutter is in the front by the entrance. I only have one around the back of the hive.

I ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 2:48 pm   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
I was wrong there are 3 empty bars:
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3837/14833268561_34a4b393ce_z.jpg

The rest of the space is completely filled up. It's been like that since day 75 and activity ha ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:30 pm   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/14591368485_fa3289de9f_z.jpghttps://farm4.staticflickr.com/3869/14568336796_57e3f5e7eb.jpg
  Topic: bear controll
CJ

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Views: 4111

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:07 pm   Subject: bear controll
Livestock Guard Dogs are loud at night and will convince predators there are easier meals elsewhere. They don't really eat much even though they are large because they tend to sleep all day unless the ...
  Topic: Oscar Perone is retiring...?
CJ

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Views: 39194

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:52 am   Subject: Oscar Perone is retiring...?
Does anyone know where Oscar is now? Does he still keep bees?
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

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Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:18 am   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3902/14239368537_6d0c319d5d_z.jpg

At 32 days, I'd say the brood box is 20% occupied. Of the 17 bars, all but 6 have some comb. In a few weeks they should all have so ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

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Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:08 am   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
Here we are at 3 weeks:
https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2903/14332950615_090539a475_z.jpghttps://farm4.staticflickr.com/3861/14329634131_33f3db645d_z.jpg
I assume that's normal. Looks like old bee pa ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 10:54 am   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
Lots of activity at both entrances when it warms up. It's still pretty cold at night, almost freezing, and it can take till 11am before it's warm enough for them to forage.

https://farm6.staticfli ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 2:44 am   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
Here's what it looks like after 1 week:
Comb below the NUC frames
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5535/14234400685_be8bf85de9_z.jpghttps://farm3.staticflickr.com/2917/14254587923_9fef5c94d9_z.jpg[url ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Mon May 19, 2014 1:32 am   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?

A lot of my package bees died in transit. A lot more died during their first week in the hive, when the foragers seemed lethargic and disorganized. I thought the colony might be DOA. But after th ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Sat May 17, 2014 2:42 pm   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
...Now that you’ve introduced your bees your work is done for a year or so. Relax and allow the bees to manage their own colony. That is the essence of the Perone approach.

With all the flowers ...
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
Views: 71509

PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Thu May 15, 2014 3:06 am   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
OK, good to know.
  Topic: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
CJ

Replies: 52
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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 5:51 pm   Subject: Anyone have a Perone hive for more than a year or two?
It took till 11 to warm up enough to see some activity but it's been perfect and there's lots of activity out of both entrances and I did see some full pollen baskets. I did see two different colors o ...
  Topic: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
CJ

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PostForum: Perone Hive   Posted: Tue May 13, 2014 10:33 pm   Subject: A fantastic ongoing photographic record of a Mk2 Perone Hive
That video was over a year old. I'm quite sure he has overwintered one or two, I think from a swarm.

edit...
Here's a link to the video of the swarm capture & transfer to a Perone:
http://you ...
 
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