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  Topic: insurance - how many hives?
WileyHunter

Replies: 4
Views: 4773

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:22 pm   Subject: insurance - how many hives?
Could you please update your profile to include your location...

And could you please be a little more specific? Are you talking about the insurance offered thru Friends of the Bees?
  Topic: Rose Hive method
WileyHunter

Replies: 86
Views: 102732

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 12:29 pm   Subject: Book offer
I would be very happy to donate a copy of the book to anyone on this forum and only ask that they pass it on when they’ve read it.

Generous offer, and one that I am taking Tim up on. I hope that be ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
WileyHunter

Replies: 86
Views: 102732

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Tue May 27, 2014 11:32 am   Subject: Rose Hive method
Dexter's shed, please calm down.

I second that...

There is nothing wrong with the discussion that zaunreiter is providing here (both prior to, and now after Tim was prompted to join in), he is n ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
WileyHunter

Replies: 86
Views: 102732

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 12:01 pm   Subject: Rose Hive method
I suggest you get in some weight-lifting practice - you will need all the muscles you can muster - especially using Commercial supers!

Good enough! I'm not lazy, by any means, but I prefer to find ...
  Topic: Rose Hive method
WileyHunter

Replies: 86
Views: 102732

PostForum: Conventional and miscellaneous hives   Posted: Fri May 23, 2014 1:07 am   Subject: Rose Hive method
Well, I guess my knowledge of this topic will have to stay limited for a spell... As I often do when I want to learn about a new subject, I Googled it... Found out there's a book by Tim Rowe, who seem ...
  Topic: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
WileyHunter

Replies: 22
Views: 19506

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 11:02 am   Subject: Bait Hive stolen N.Yorks
I'd leave it there... Could actually be productive in two ways.

If you have access to a trail cam (ask your hunting buddies if you don't own one or don't want to buy one) hand it in such a way that ...
  Topic: Smoking a colony out
WileyHunter

Replies: 21
Views: 18570

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon May 19, 2014 12:06 pm   Subject: Smoking a colony out
How about instead of trying to fit something "over" the smoker nozzle, run a piece of copper tubing into the nozzle a short distance, then tape in place with true duct tape (the metallic kin ...
  Topic: Selling Top Bar Hives
WileyHunter

Replies: 6
Views: 6441

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Fri May 16, 2014 1:32 am   Subject: Selling Top Bar Hives
One comment that I run into, from those who oppose TBH's as a whole, is that there is no standardization... And I can see where they're coming from. I actually tweaked on the (several) plans that I us ...
  Topic: A Truly New Bee!
WileyHunter

Replies: 2
Views: 6812

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 12:03 am   Subject: A Truly New Bee!
That's terrific! I love looking at all the hive pics, here and on FB, this is top of the list for great shots!
  Topic: Unused hives as swarm traps?
WileyHunter

Replies: 3
Views: 3416

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 10:40 pm   Subject: Unused hives as swarm traps?
I have a "standard" nuc box (5 frame) hanging in my yard, it's my swarm box, but until I get a call to retrieve a swarm, I'm letting it hang in hopes of attracting one. There've been a few h ...
  Topic: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
WileyHunter

Replies: 10
Views: 8621

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu May 08, 2014 11:07 am   Subject: If you have vacant hives, can you just bait them?
A great tool for scorching the boxes, those weed killer "flame throwers". You can pick them up for like $30 at Harbor Freight. Make sure you get the one with electric start and trigger which ...
  Topic: Powdered Sugar
WileyHunter

Replies: 2
Views: 3048

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 11:35 pm   Subject: Powdered Sugar
You're on the right track... I stick regular sugar in my food processor and go full bore at it. Makes for a real nice powdered sugar, with only the one ingredient.
  Topic: New experimental arched top bar design
WileyHunter

Replies: 47
Views: 45458

PostForum: Bright ideas, experiments and projects   Posted: Wed May 07, 2014 1:35 am   Subject: New experimental arched top bar design
I think you can upload .png files to Photobucket, then you link here.
  Topic: 1st top bar Hive going well
WileyHunter

Replies: 3
Views: 4061

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue May 06, 2014 9:10 pm   Subject: 1st top bar Hive going well
I'm working with a mentor, who is trying to get me ready to tend to 45+hives in pretty short order. We installed 25 packages about 2 weeks ago, and even though there is decent pollen and nectar going ...
  Topic: Collapsed Brood and other general worries
WileyHunter

Replies: 4
Views: 4461

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat May 03, 2014 8:19 pm   Subject: Collapsed Brood and other general worries
Without seeing it, from your description, the "puffy" brood is likely drone cells.
  Topic: Pesticides used on our farm land
WileyHunter

Replies: 14
Views: 12606

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu May 01, 2014 11:02 am   Subject: Pesticides used on our farm land
Che - I worked at a small airport many years ago, and used to fuel the local crop duster. He'd tell me of farms that all the kids (from the farmers family) would run right out to the edge of the field ...
  Topic: Top bar hive plans
WileyHunter

Replies: 9
Views: 8038

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:27 pm   Subject: Top bar hive plans
Che, I think there may be a difference in our pallet materials... The only ones I've seen (used to drive OTR and deliver to grocery stores) that aren't chemically treated, are super thin slats no more ...
  Topic: Top bar hive plans
WileyHunter

Replies: 9
Views: 8038

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:31 pm   Subject: Top bar hive plans
Welcome!

I just did a little tweeking to the plans, as I built my TBH and adjusted it so I would have top bars that "could" be dropped into "standard" hives/nucs.

As to your ...
  Topic: Apology for the downtime...
WileyHunter

Replies: 13
Views: 12381

PostForum: Announcements: Read This First   Posted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:28 pm   Subject: Apology for the downtime...
I actually used to use, and resell Fasthost about 5 years ago here in the US. There were very minimal downtime issues ever complained about to me by my customer base, and they provided excellent servi ...
  Topic: Installing the nuc
WileyHunter

Replies: 4
Views: 4295

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:04 pm   Subject: Installing the nuc
Yesterday I learned a valuable lesson about working without a smoker vs with one. Last week we had been preparing hive bodies to receive packages, some replacements for winter losses (about 10) and th ...
  Topic: Pesticides used on our farm land
WileyHunter

Replies: 14
Views: 12606

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:14 am   Subject: Pesticides used on our farm land
...He said it was sold to him as a package with the seeds so he never questioned it Rolling Eyes

I think many farmers fell for the same... I think we will see more and more of them question their trust ...
  Topic: Top bar bee keepers in and near Chicago illinois, USA
WileyHunter

Replies: 9
Views: 8585

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:30 am   Subject: Top bar bee keepers in and near Chicago illinois, USA
You'll find that to be a common response. Don't let it discourage you, you might find a commercial keep or two that are familiar and encouraging about them.
  Topic: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
WileyHunter

Replies: 22
Views: 21709

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:01 am   Subject: Idea for making top bar hold comb better
I think the bees would tend to want to stay away from this bar, and might build elsewhere, possibly away from hive elsewhere. I wouldn't risk it.
  Topic: What direction should the entrance face?
WileyHunter

Replies: 2
Views: 2967

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:09 pm   Subject: What direction should the entrance face?
It should face away from prevailing winds, mostly during inclimate weather, which can vary from good weather winds.

For me good weather winds generally come from west to west-southwest. BUT our bad ...
  Topic: My distractions...
WileyHunter

Replies: 10
Views: 12849

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:51 pm   Subject: My distractions...
Thanks for that info Liz. I actually came across some expanded grating, similar in size to small hardware fencing, i was going to use it in conjunction with the deep bed to 'try' to keep the gals from ...
  Topic: My distractions...
WileyHunter

Replies: 10
Views: 12849

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:03 am   Subject: My distractions...
It's actually looking more lie a hive today! Still have some serious work to do, but then again, I still need to nail down some decisions. Like their door... End or side, top or bottom, inside or outs ...
  Topic: My distractions...
WileyHunter

Replies: 10
Views: 12849

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:56 pm   Subject: My distractions...
Ok, so 'most' of my distractions are under control now... Got the hens home finished, and they are super happy! They spend a few hours every afternoon on a supervised freerange, until the kids finish ...
  Topic: European queen breeders
WileyHunter

Replies: 20
Views: 26357

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:11 pm   Subject: European queen breeders
So are you interested in an answer?...

Or do you want to stirr in the hornets nest only?

Being from the wrong side of the puddle to even think about providing an answer, i have read through the ...
  Topic: New sub-species discovered!
WileyHunter

Replies: 3
Views: 4489

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:25 pm   Subject: New sub-species discovered!
Saw that one first, tried to find it so I could post it here and only came up with the 8 legger story. I love today! Showed a pic of a cubed egg and told the kids that they had GMO'd the hens to lay t ...
  Topic: New sub-species discovered!
WileyHunter

Replies: 3
Views: 4489

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:49 am   Subject: New sub-species discovered!
Big news out of Dublin today!

http://dublinbees.org/2011/04/01/8-legged-bees-found-in-dublin-mountains/
 
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