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  Topic: Need to induce absconding
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 4
Views: 4791

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 2:34 am   Subject: Need to induce absconding
A house painter contacted me last Friday (the 8th) re a swarm that had just moved into the top of a porch column of a house he was working on. The house is not currently occupied. Unfortunately, the e ...
  Topic: thermal research - need advice on VERY tall warre
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 20
Views: 18671

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:24 pm   Subject: tall hive research
Derek;
I was truly impressed by your ambitious endeavor to build “a very tall”, one mile high (4 X 400m) bee hive; but, since no one else seemed to share my excitement over such a feat, I concluded t ...
  Topic: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 34
Views: 53953

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:22 pm   Subject: Summer and Autumn plants for honeybees.


I will be planting Borage and Nasturtium in huge quantities next year.

Now you've really got my attention, Dusko. Last summer I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about how to get the sort ...
  Topic: Making Increase Without Splits ...
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 15
Views: 19631

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:24 am   Subject: Making Increase for the Compleat Newb

Just my thoughts.

Once again, Bernhard shows his strong penchant for wild understatement.
Notice the time interval between my post and his reply. Does he not sleep??
It will take me about a wee ...
  Topic: Making Increase Without Splits ...
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 15
Views: 19631

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:18 am   Subject: Making Increase Without Splits ...
I pointed out above, that Prakel pointed out that
“Weak and strong aren't necessarily numerical issues; I reckon it's more about colony cohesion, the way the
unit works as an entity. Some small spl ...
  Topic: Making Increase Without Splits ...
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 15
Views: 19631

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 1:21 pm   Subject: Making Increase Without Splits ...
So what you're saying is you use the genetics of the weak colony to develop new colonies?

But are the genetics the cause of the "weakness" in the first place? Or are there other factors a ...
  Topic: Making Increase Without Splits ...
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 15
Views: 19631

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:49 am   Subject: Making Increase Without Splits ...
Colin;
This is Really Good Stuff, and it's simply scandalous, IMO, that this is so far the only reply.
Seriously, by first stating the underlying principles you've provided the long view necessary ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 86
Views: 112080

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 2:04 am   Subject: Over wintering colony size, splits, etc.
Yo, Colin;
My question regarding the bees’ welfare next year arose from Bernhard’s Oct. 22nd response to your Oct. 21st. post. He obviously has first, second and nth hand experience with small colon ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 86
Views: 112080

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:07 pm   Subject: Rose Hive method
I don’t know Bernhard. If you have the experience/s, and the similar experience of others, (aka research findings), and all of it supported by the math, then why not be zealous? Last time I checked, t ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 86
Views: 112080

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:00 pm   Subject: Rose Hive method
In summary then, can we describe hive growth and contraction as being the result of two distinct and separate, albeit intimately related growth rates (+ and -); to wit,
a.— the increase and decrease ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 86
Views: 112080

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:46 pm   Subject: Rose Hive method


The "arguments" are weak. Like the broodnest "expanding". There is no such a thing. After the broodnest first grows in Spring it simply doesn't grow anymore. Yeah, you can cert ...
  Topic: My IPM
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 21
Views: 44493

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:49 pm   Subject: My IPM
An interesting old thread indeed Smile

As bee 'keepers' aren't we responsible to keep our bees alive?

Maybe a bit OT but I'll add my few euros to it Wink
What Im trying to say is that we often than ...
  Topic: Clover
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 7
Views: 8004

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 12:36 am   Subject: Clover


...You may want to make sure you have Plantain weed in your yard as well, as that really helps when you inadvertently step on one! Mash up the leaves and put it on the sting... my wife stepped on ...
  Topic: The Russian Scion
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 25
Views: 31588

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 11:36 pm   Subject: Decisions
Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the total in-depth nitty-gritty on how a colony-as-superorganism makes the numerous decisions involved in the swarming process: by Thos. Seeley—Hone ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:01 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
Thanks for your posts, August:
So far, they’re the best replies I’ve seen so far on this thread. (You have hands-on experience with experimental design; that’s simultaneously a question and a statem ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:58 am   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
For the main part, I agree with you without reservation. I guess. In fact, I stated as early on as my second post:
“The second test, to determine the effect of hive placement on the grid, would be m ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:07 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
Well, that's that. For the time being or at least until I can get someone out there-wherever-that-is to show me how to make sense out of the rod responses I get while stumbling about in the field. Emp ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:57 am   Subject: testing for objectivity
The response I look for as I slowly walk forward or backward is the rods swinging inward. This is the Standard Response, so to speak. Its pretty much the same whatever the stimulus may be, varying onl ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 12:45 pm   Subject: Over-and-Out—received
No Steve, I don’t think you’re seeing at all what I’ve tried to describe in words. For one thing, there’s no pacing involved at all. I appreciate the quick feed-back however, because it tells me that ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 3:50 am   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
Hi Steve—
Once again, thanks for your thoughtful reply —as monotonous as it was. I’ll answer it counterpoint by counterpoint, but first I’d like you to shed some light on a question you’ve elicited i ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:29 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
^^^ I can't think of any sensible response, but good luck with whatever it is that you are up to.


Well Ian, sincere thanks for the well-wishing on my enterprise.

At the moment I’m being thunde ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:58 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
Hey! J.Oak/Ian—
Your post came after I’d written the following, but hadn’t yet submitted, so first things first:
Have I got a nice coconut cream pie for you!
http://beekeeping132.rssing.com/chan-6 ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:46 am   Subject: Grid stalking
J.O.—
I’m more than happy to relate as much as I can about grid stalking using L-rods, but before you or anyone else tries picking out the grids you should first get some practice with well concealed ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:45 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
^^^ So, in fact, you have not dowsed the Hartmann Grid at all to date.

Where did you get that idea? I think you may have thought that the test I spoke of to Phil and the mapping out of the grid wer ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:14 am   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
You first J.O.

You've dowsed it. Now, don't be coy:
- What were you dowsing for (i.e. were you focussing on 'Hartmann Grid', 'Stress Lines' or what)?
- What exactly was the outcome? Include dimen ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:03 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited

Lacking pure scientific evidence of the highest quality one can still get started with anecdotal evidence if that's the only thing available.


Charlie
If you stopped and thought about what you ...
  Topic: Sowing bee forage crops.
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 26
Views: 40703

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:31 pm   Subject: Golden Rod
It occurred to me this morning that folk in other parts of this country, and in particular over in north America,...

Quite right you are on that Colin. Can't tell you how totally incongruous it lo ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:36 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
Steve—
Thanks for your thoughtful reply. I was surprised—and highly gratified —to get it. It would have taken me about half a day to formulate a such a post, with the same degree of care that's evide ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:18 am   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
Natural beekeepers run the risk of being considered cranks and nutters.

This thread in my view confirms that risk.

Well, so what? Analyze the risks. What's the worst the skeptical "Theys&q ...
  Topic: The Hartman Grid Revisited
CharlieBnoobee

Replies: 57
Views: 104029

PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:53 pm   Subject: The Hartman Grid Revisited
As to this thread being moved, particularly how I feel about that— well, since it's already been moved there's not much point in offering an opinion, other than 'sure, why not.' I can certainly see th ...
 
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