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  Topic: feeding bees too much?
gizmo

Replies: 8
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:01 am   Subject: feeding bees too much?
eltalia,& cratchercradle, thanx for the reply....that helps put our mind to rest.

the weather is pretty mild here in florida with only a few cold days intermingled thru out jan-feb.
don't un ...
  Topic: feeding bees too much?
gizmo

Replies: 8
Views: 290

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:53 am   Subject: feeding bees too much?
eltalia,

we checked earlier about a month ago, the queen brood frame was active with a healthy queen.
this last inspection was to check to see if the nuc was filling out. we just looked at the la ...
  Topic: feeding bees too much?
gizmo

Replies: 8
Views: 290

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:10 pm   Subject: feeding bees too much?
hello ,

recent nubee in the hive! we bought a nuc from local keeper .
he advised feeding them to help them along. they consume almost a quart a day of 50/50 syrup.
when opening the hive yesterday ...
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:37 pm   Subject: nucs this week
thanx bill,

for sharing some great options ....

cheers,
gizmo
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:16 am   Subject: nucs this week
hey bill

your method of transfer using the PVC pipe is interesting.

Setting drawn brood comb - 4 frames/bars minimum - adjacent the entrance (QX in place) to the TBH, I make a 65mm penetration ...
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:22 pm   Subject: nucs this week
good question andyC.

marking her so my old eyes can catch sight of the Q easily,

clip her....as in clipping the wings....like a chicken?

we will probably wait for this hive to mature , fill i ...
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:52 pm   Subject: nucs this week
hey andyC

yes, we have read about the method you are describing.

last week we inspected the hive and located the queen. next visit we mark her.

cheers.....
gizmo
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 11:33 pm   Subject: nucs this week
no worries.........
this is a procedure for down the road when the langstroth get full.

one guy uses the upward transfer
the other the downward....

am considering going for another nuc and tra ...
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:01 pm   Subject: nucs this week
hello friends,

recently became aware of another technique for transferring a langstroth hive into a top bar.
the author of the article Les Crowder uses a top bar hive with a four inch hole cut in ...
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:32 pm   Subject: nucs this week
yes....will keep our progress posted.....

cheers to all!

gizmo
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:04 pm   Subject: nucs this week
hello AndyC,
some potential methods there thanx for sharing. as a novice the phil chandler method seemed easiest to do. unless we misunderstood the video phil was transferring from the langstroth to ...
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:13 pm   Subject: transfer from standard frame to top -bar
greetings,

we are prepared to continue with the standard langstroth hive until it is ready to split. than we are considering using this method from phil chandler:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v ...
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:02 pm   Subject: nucs this week
thank you AndyC for your tip.

will read up on the taranov method too.
cheers,
gizmo
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:28 pm   Subject: nuc in hand
picked up the nucs today.......

was a bit blind sided about it all. thought the colony could stay in the nuc for a time until they filled out all five frames. was told they needed to be put into so ...
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:02 pm   Subject: nucs this week
thanx babara,

much obliged! Smile

gizmo
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:32 pm   Subject: nucs this week
will look patrick up.....though florida is a big state....if he isn't close it would be difficult to obtain much from him.
as for our climate here in florida it is sub tropical with mild winters noth ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:56 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
okay thanx barbra....for the advice.
spoke with our local keeper yesterday . are supposed to pick up the nucs by the end of next week. they will also provide us with info relating how & when to t ...
  Topic: nucs this week
gizmo

Replies: 36
Views: 2479

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:20 pm   Subject: nucs this week
once again we will be trying our hand at beekeeping.

our last attempt with packaged bees proved to be, (NPI) a dismal failure.
within a week or so our bees had mostly died and the remainder swarme ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 1:12 am   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
barbara,

thanx for the tips.......will consider insulating the feeder jars with silver bubble wrap. over the black poster board. will speak to the local bee keeper about waiting to chop & crop. ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 7:17 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
hey JGW07,

the feeder jars were one quart flat side mason jars as @ instruction with those needlepoint grids we found at wally world. we couldn't find the plastic 1/8" screen. the needle point ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon May 01, 2017 1:55 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
hey JGW07,
no cedar chips. used dried oak chips for floaters....it was the strangest thing the bees just crammed their way into the jars like a feeding frenzy. the sleeves were made from Black double ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:45 pm   Subject: sad day
checked late this morning on the hive...again catastrophic drowning of bees in feeder jars.......noticed a huge amount of grounded bees. so we inspected the hive. there were about five bars with vario ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:42 am   Subject: drowned bees
hey,
JGW07

our bees arrived on Wednesday. started using two 1qt feeders filled with spring syurp the grid & dried oak wood chips cut last year off our property.
covered the jars with the blac ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:05 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07 ,
thanx......

we wrapped the stitch cloth into a cylinder shape that fit snug against the throat of the jar & went from bottom right up to the top edge of the jar opening. then wove some ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Jan 08, 2017 4:57 pm   Subject: bait for traps
hey JGW07,

guess we are getting old,.... thought we asked about bait in the traps ... banana peels in cider vinegar were mentioned previously....we do not have supply for propolis.
is there any ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:47 am   Subject: pictures
greeting JGW07,


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hope this works...not ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:05 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07,

seems like you had a good run with the minnesota hygienic bees. hopefully the breeders will uncover more genetic clues for breeding a mite resistant bee.
our hives (2), are a hobby and we ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:29 am   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07,

appreciate all your advice. picking up the jars tomorrow and will begin retro fitting .guess the ECO bottom can serve as a window flower box for the bees....
if ya want will send pics when ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:44 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07,

if you would be so kind as to answer some questions.........

concerning the syrup feeders.....the screen is inserted into the jar, than wood chips. are the jars screwed into rims without ...
  Topic: natural enemy of SHB.....
gizmo

Replies: 31
Views: 6700

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:09 pm   Subject: natural enemy of SHB.....
JGW07,

thanx for the continuous dialogue.

question on the jars ??? are you now using the normal "ball" style canning jar? is this what you mean as to the straight sided non-flare jar? ...
 
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