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  Topic: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
DurangoKid

Replies: 5
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:35 pm   Subject: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
> Having said that -29C is bloody cold.

Indeed it is. It has not been that cold for at least 10 years - if not longer. Adding insult to injury there was no snow to provide insulation. The hiv ...
  Topic: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
DurangoKid

Replies: 5
Views: 870

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:50 pm   Subject: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
Barbara,

To better set the context the colony was only eight months old. All the comb was drawn and filled by them so it, too, was only a few months old.

It was a large, hard working colony wit ...
  Topic: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
DurangoKid

Replies: 5
Views: 870

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:08 pm   Subject: Hive reuse - how much comb/honey stores to retain?
I had very robust colony which was killed off during a -29C cold snap in December. I plan to move a new queen and package into the hive in a few weeks (queen cells still being built). I intend to le ...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
DurangoKid

Replies: 18
Views: 6204

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2016 2:10 pm   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
It will likely work out nicely in the end. I have split in August before and it has worked out - although in hindsite I wouldn't recommend it. I typically have nectar flow from wildflowers until Oc ...
  Topic: Queen but no brood
DurangoKid

Replies: 7
Views: 2994

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:44 pm   Subject: Queen but no brood
I, too, wonder about the possibility of genetic failure. I've never seen anything like it before.

I like the option of recombining the two hives. I'll post an update after my inspection today.
...
  Topic: Queen but no brood
DurangoKid

Replies: 7
Views: 2994

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:57 am   Subject: Queen but no brood
Thank you Barbara and AugustC. Here is the history in a nutshell.

I purchased two packages of Italians from a reputable beek Spring of 2015. By mid-July both hives (#11 and #12) were bursting at ...
  Topic: Queen but no brood
DurangoKid

Replies: 7
Views: 2994

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:12 am   Subject: Queen but no brood
I think UKip / Brexit stole my audience...
  Topic: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
DurangoKid

Replies: 18
Views: 6204

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:31 am   Subject: Bees about to swarm, best way to split?
Cheers Rob,

Any news on how the two new(-ish) colonies are progressing?

dK
  Topic: Queen but no brood
DurangoKid

Replies: 7
Views: 2994

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:41 pm   Subject: Queen but no brood
Hello fellow travellers.

This spring I discovered that two of my hives had queens (I year olds based upon the ID color) but no brood. I immediately donated a frame of fresh brood from another hive ...
  Topic: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
DurangoKid

Replies: 8
Views: 8872

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:18 am   Subject: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
To be clear, I am not advocating for sympathy nor for the beekeeper in question. I am simply advocating for the rule of law. In the US, a legitimate warrant must be served at the time of entry onto ...
  Topic: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
DurangoKid

Replies: 8
Views: 8872

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:28 am   Subject: Re: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
Had the Beek stepped up, it wouldn't have happened.

So, due process goes out the window if you are found to have AFB?

From the article:

Ingram can prove his bees did not have foulbrood, an ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
DurangoKid

Replies: 22
Views: 15762

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:36 pm   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
I would use your hive bar to keep those comb free of the hive sides. It is also good to keep free space so the colony has that "not too full" feeling. I try to be cautious adding bars int ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
DurangoKid

Replies: 22
Views: 15762

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 3:00 am   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
Seven combs is good! Neither of my new hives have seven combs.

I have one colony that has remained small and never fills the hive. They produce enough honey to get them through the winter and ar ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
DurangoKid

Replies: 22
Views: 15762

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:18 am   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
How many combs have they drawn? By this time I would anticipate 3-6 combs of varying sizes. Were you able to spot any brood? If there is brood and they are foraging steadily I wouldn't worry abou ...
  Topic: Going to give this a go in Michigan.
DurangoKid

Replies: 2
Views: 4350

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon May 18, 2015 3:39 pm   Subject: Going to give this a go in Michigan.
Nick,

Please keep us posted on how things go. Where are you in Michigan? I raised bees in western Michigan and the bees did very well. I've always wondered if an English Black Bee would do well ...
  Topic: Time to re-queen?
DurangoKid

Replies: 6
Views: 5637

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 2:11 pm   Subject: Time to re-queen?
I would be very surprised if they have not requeened themselves during that 2.5 years. Is the queen marked that you know for sure that she is the original one.

Hi Barbara,

Our colonies sound ve ...
  Topic: Time to re-queen?
DurangoKid

Replies: 6
Views: 5637

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 2:50 am   Subject: Time to re-queen?
Thank you Smorning. I value your advice and am leaning that direction myself.

I should have noted that I was not considering purchasing a queen. I am leary of commercially raised bees and queens. ...
  Topic: Time to re-queen?
DurangoKid

Replies: 6
Views: 5637

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 2:02 am   Subject: Time to re-queen?
Hello fellow beeks,

I have a 2.5 year old TB hive that is wonderful to work with, stores plenty of honey for the winter (and survives our winters!), and appears to be completely mite and disease fr ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
DurangoKid

Replies: 22
Views: 15762

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 1:53 am   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
It can be tricky. I like to lift the bars so enough so I can see with the sunlight but not enough to drop the queen. You should see tiny white eggs or else what will appear to be tiny white grubs in ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
DurangoKid

Replies: 22
Views: 15762

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 9:46 pm   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
To quote our bee guru to the east - Michael Bush:

"Don't freak out if the queen doesn't lay right away. Some will lay as soon as there is comb ¼" deep in the hive. Some take as long as t ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
DurangoKid

Replies: 22
Views: 15762

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu May 14, 2015 4:17 am   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
I am still a newbie and always learning. But, I do push my learning curve a bit. Sometimes too much.

I am thinking of having a "bee day" some time this Summer. A few other folk have m ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
DurangoKid

Replies: 22
Views: 15762

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 9:58 pm   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
I've had a couple top bars for a while and decided this Spring to add two more. I've only had them for a week and it is too early to tell if they have accepted the queen or not. They are drawing com ...
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
DurangoKid

Replies: 22
Views: 15762

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 12:17 am   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
I am south of Castle Rock near the Palmer Divide.
  Topic: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
DurangoKid

Replies: 22
Views: 15762

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 5:21 pm   Subject: Any Colorado / Wyoming members?
Feel free to ping me if you have questions. I have only a couple of years on you so I am a seasoned, high altitude, newbie. And, I am not too far away distance-wise...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 17412

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 9:02 pm   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
Thanks to all of you for your PMs and helpful suggestions. Stopping the robbing appears to be largely responsible for getting things right again.

dK
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 17412

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:03 am   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
I have some excellent news to report! The weather was finally clear and sunny today so I decided to open the hive and look around. My curiosity was piqued by the sudden dumping of dozens of drone ...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 17412

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:10 pm   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
I noticed today that the bees are dragging out drones and dumping them over the side of the hive. It seems awfully early in the year for that to occur in a healthy hive. Is this an indicator of so ...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 17412

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:43 pm   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
I am posting a follow-up as promised.

Since reducing the entry to a single bee space (thank you Barbara) the robbing has stopped completely. I am now seeing more capped honey on the top 1/3 of the ...
  Topic: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
DurangoKid

Replies: 8
Views: 8872

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:23 pm   Subject: illegal bee seizure in Illinois
While Roundup is an herbicide it can also burn the skin when freshly applied. The notion of a Roundup-proof bee is quite odd . However, I can see how it would harm bees or any other insects present ...
  Topic: Queenless and being robbed?
DurangoKid

Replies: 17
Views: 17412

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2014 1:21 pm   Subject: Queenless and being robbed?
Thank you Barbara. Your response was very helpful.

I will post a follow-up in another week or two as things unfold (hopefully for the better) in the event another tyro beek has a similar experie ...
 
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