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  Topic: Great skep keeping book
SueBee

Replies: 7
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PostForum: Beekeeping Book and Product Reviews   Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:27 pm   Subject: Great skep keeping book
I'm excited to see this thread, and will look up the books on skep beekeeping. This spring, I hope to have four colonies in skeps that I'm making. So far, I have one colony doing well in the Sun Hive ...
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
SueBee

Replies: 22
Views: 18319

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:18 pm   Subject: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
Yes, the building is way out of my league, but I love the long, deep combs. It is , I think, more of a vertical orientation for the bees, which I know they like. The colony has completely taken off, g ...
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
SueBee

Replies: 22
Views: 18319

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 8:49 pm   Subject: I love my cathedral hive.
I've had bees in my cathedral hive since March when we started our swarm season. The first group was tiny and perished. The next group absconded. The third group is building like crazy. Corwin has now ...
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
SueBee

Replies: 22
Views: 18319

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:45 pm   Subject: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
Great Barbara, we can compare our skep effort photos! I've been thinking about what it would take to keep bees comfortably in a skep, and I DO have cover over my little bee garden, which I'm certain i ...
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
SueBee

Replies: 22
Views: 18319

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:26 pm   Subject: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
Will do, Barbara. I have a woodworking friend who is helping me along the way. We have the three-part bars done. We're also slightly modifying the hive so that we put an eco-floor on it.

This summ ...
  Topic: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
SueBee

Replies: 22
Views: 18319

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:48 am   Subject: Cathedral hive-the next evolution in TBH design?
I'm in the process of building a cathedral hive right now, and hope to have it up by swarm season this year. I'll post photos and let you know how the bees like it!
  Topic: HomeMade Russian Scion
SueBee

Replies: 3
Views: 4621

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed May 13, 2015 3:43 pm   Subject: HomeMade Russian Scion
Hey Solarpat! The scion was easy-peasy to make, but so far, none of my swarms have taken to it. My experience in my own backyard, where I over-wintered my one hive, has been pretty wild where swarms a ...
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
SueBee

Replies: 18
Views: 17520

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:54 pm   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
Simply magnificent! I've never seen anything like it, and I hope it sings with bee-life for many, many years!
  Topic: I'm building another log hive...a big one
SueBee

Replies: 18
Views: 17520

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:44 pm   Subject: I'm building another log hive...a big one
If I were younger and stronger and smarter, I'd make one of these. What a beauty you have there!
  Topic: My Tiny Bee Yard
SueBee

Replies: 7
Views: 6320

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:42 pm   Subject: My Tiny Bee Yard
Thanks! It is fun to share these with my friends across the big waters! I'm trying to make "gobsmacked" a slang word here. It is so great a term!
  Topic: My Tiny Bee Yard
SueBee

Replies: 7
Views: 6320

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:29 pm   Subject: My Tiny Bee Yard
Okay, Adam, next question: How do I make the photos a bit smaller, AND, how would I post more than one at a time??

I know Phil explained this, but I need to be told from six different people befor ...
  Topic: My Tiny Bee Yard
SueBee

Replies: 7
Views: 6320

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:27 pm   Subject: My Tiny Bee Yard
Oaky, one more time... I'm so bad at all things techical... But here is my little spot of heaven: Three top bars and one tall Warre'---

https://wintersojourn.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/dscn0798.jp ...
  Topic: HomeMade Russian Scion
SueBee

Replies: 3
Views: 4621

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:20 pm   Subject: HomeMade Russian Scion
Oaky, I think I've got this photo thing down, maybe... If so, here is my first Russian Scion I put up today. I'm hoping to entice my bees!

https://wintersojourn.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/dscn0797 ...
  Topic: My Tiny Bee Yard
SueBee

Replies: 7
Views: 6320

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:05 pm   Subject: My Tiny Bee Yard
Okay, back to the drawing board!
  Topic: My Tiny Bee Yard
SueBee

Replies: 7
Views: 6320

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:04 pm   Subject: My Tiny Bee Yard
Well, this is my first try to post a photo from my blog. If it works, I'll send a few more. If not, it's back to the drawing board!

[img]http://www.susanchernakmcelroy.net/wp-admin/upload.php?item= ...
  Topic: Bee Dysentery?
SueBee

Replies: 2
Views: 4307

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:39 pm   Subject: Bee Dysentery?
Barbara, thank you for your reply. It is reassuring. The hive smells wonderful, and the droppings are not at all liquid---just that mustard yellow baby-poop stuff. My hive that failed a couple years a ...
  Topic: Bee Dysentery?
SueBee

Replies: 2
Views: 4307

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:45 pm   Subject: Bee Dysentery?
Hi folks. It's an early spring here in the Northwest, and my one hive of bees has been very active on many good, sunny days, bringing in much pollen.

Just yesterday, I noticed a couple of bee poop ...
  Topic: Ants!!!
SueBee

Replies: 10
Views: 10103

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:37 pm   Subject: Ants!!!
This is what I do for ants, and it seems to work, although it might seem unconventional. I feed them. I make it easier for them to eat something other than my bees or bee sweets. With sugar ants, I se ...
  Topic: flys on bees
SueBee

Replies: 7
Views: 6481

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:33 pm   Subject: flys on bees
I may be way off base, but could these possibly be phorid flies, the ones who are now responsible for "zombie bees"? Google and see?
  Topic: New Hive Appears Queenless
SueBee

Replies: 10
Views: 10648

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:26 pm   Subject: New Hive Appears Queenless
Okay, I'm going over to the Warre' posting site and ask them how I look for brood in a Warre' box, short of chopping up the hive.
  Topic: New Hive Appears Queenless
SueBee

Replies: 10
Views: 10648

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:07 pm   Subject: New Hive Appears Queenless
I opened up the hive this morning. The main cluster is working on one very large comb and a slightly smaller comb that they have built this past week. I have to peek up into the hive box from beneath ...
  Topic: New Hive Appears Queenless
SueBee

Replies: 10
Views: 10648

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:21 pm   Subject: New Hive Appears Queenless
mannanin, thank you for your reply. This year has been a very slow swarm year. We had a very hard and unusual winter in the Northwest. Much colder than normal, and a very wet spring. I purchased this ...
  Topic: New Hive Appears Queenless
SueBee

Replies: 10
Views: 10648

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:33 pm   Subject: New Hive Appears Queenless
Okay, I wrote this too quickly last night. Dex, the swarm was collected a month ago into a Langstroth hive. They were collected off a pole at a business site. And yes, they charge for swarms here, too ...
  Topic: New Hive Appears Queenless
SueBee

Replies: 10
Views: 10648

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 4:18 am   Subject: New Hive Appears Queenless
Hello folks: I purchased a swarm from a respected source 8 days ago. When I brought them home, they had been "poured" into a box from my Warre' hive, and I simply, gently mounted that box on ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
SueBee

Replies: 228
Views: 385122

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:04 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Is varnishing the inside of the hive to give a hand to get the bees started? Is there a reason not to let them do this on their own with their propolis?

I'm new here. And dumb. And wondering...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
SueBee

Replies: 228
Views: 385122

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:30 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Okay, Charlie, photos pleeeeeeeeeease! A three-foot sump?? Filled with what? I'm loving the image of this.

I just received my long-saved-up for octagonal Warre'-style hive, and am trying to determi ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
SueBee

Replies: 228
Views: 385122

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2013 4:25 am   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Charlie, I'm really looking forward to your photos and your report!
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
SueBee

Replies: 228
Views: 385122

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:52 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Wow, I had been wondering about all that honey I have. My hive was collected from a church eave, in a place where honeybees had abandoned six years before. So, my bees started building in that old ver ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
SueBee

Replies: 228
Views: 385122

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:28 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
Bernard, thank you. Could I put the fiberboard INTO the quilt box, instead of adding to the top? Also, I am constructing a 4" high feeding box for just under the quilt. I planned to put thin wood ...
  Topic: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
SueBee

Replies: 228
Views: 385122

PostForum: Bee health: the treatment (or not) of bee pests and diseases   Posted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:44 pm   Subject: Condensation and varroa! Missing link to survivalists
I've spent two days reading this very informative thread. Now, an embarrassing question or two: I am a newbeek---lost my first cutout this past fall. Am spending the winter reading and studying as I p ...
 
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