Foundationless Frames

Foundationless Frames

The Idea Frames, found in a conventional hive, can hold natural comb. just run the frames without foundation frames can be wired to reinforce the comb set them up like a top bar hive beekeeper would setup his top bars use some kind of starter strip in each frame level the hive and let the bees draw out natural comb inside each frame It’s that […]

Bush Farms Lazy Man

Bush Farms Lazy Man

It’s been awhile since I’ve been over to Michael Bush’s website. His Lazy Beekeeping page caught my eye. Michael’s list is a great one.  Most natural beekeepers can eventually make a similar list with enough time and experience. Although actual application varies among beekeepers, his principles are sound: Top entrances Uniform frame size Lighter boxes Horizontal hives Foundationless frames No chemicals or artificial feeds Honey […]

Winter Thinking . . .

Winter Thinking . . .

Going to pots. My bee equipment is shot. It’s been 13 years  since I bought new equipment to setup a test yard. Initially I stopped mite treatments and selected for survivors. Then I tried formic acid, essential oils, mineral oil, Russian queens, powdered sugar, oxalic acid, small cell and eventually natural cell. I’ve painted the equipment four times. And now the corners and lids have […]

Observation Hive

Observation Hive

A functional $10 four frame observation hive. Plans Plans? Want plans? Here’s a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: observation hive.skp This hive is one frame high and four frames wide. It is large enough so that a small colony of bee can sustain itself during the summer. And it is easily transported for demonstrations or maintenance work. Details Observation hives are small hives […]

Feeding Attractant

Feeding Attractant

The Idea At times, most locations are nutritionally deficient during an active season. Supplemental feeding can become necessary. And adding vitamin C to pollen supplements enhances their attractiveness to the bees. The Details My Bee Starving Environment Bees are transported around the world. They are kept in environments that can’t supply all their nutritional requirements. And I live in such an environment. John Lovell in […]

Oxalic Vaporizer

Oxalic Vaporizer

The Idea Oxalic acid can be sublimated into a beehive as an effective varroa mite treatment using cheap oxalic evaporators built from standard plumbing supplies. The Details Methods Oxalic acid is distributed in a beehive by two methods. One method involves spraying or dribbling an oxalic solution. It has the same drawbacks as using powdered sugar. A second method involves sublimating oxalic acid by heating […]

End In Sight

End In Sight

The Idea It’s been nine years since I embarked on my small cell experience. And I have a little more to share. In 2007, I moved from Wyoming to Florida. It wasn’t practical to take my hives there. So, in 2006, I started reconfiguring them as two deep hives. It’s the conventional configuration here. Then, I ran them for a season, much like I did […]

Two Day Old Cells

Two Day Old Cells

The Idea Larry Connor, in the January 2009 American Bee Journal, page 53, writes about French beekeepers using two day old queen cells, instead of sealed cells. They modified this technique which is used by eastern European beekeepers. Two day old cells are: easier/cheaper to produce more robust quickly accepted or rejected The Details Before leaving my queen business in 2000, I did a little […]

Combo Long Hive

Combo Long Hive

The Plan Want plans? Here’s a Google Sketchup based plan for this hive: combo long hive.skp The Details My combo hive is a cross between a long hive and a standard hive. It has many advantages of both. Two supers, back to back, can set on top of it. This hive: is managed both horizontally and vertically uses deep frames accommodates top bars when used […]

Hand Fertilization

Hand Fertilization

The Idea Below is a copy of some correspondence between Michael Haberl and I concerning hand fertilization. I’ve never tried it. But it’s an interesting concept. The Details >It appears that some of the advantages of instrumental insemination in a breeding program are achieved or even accelerated by hand fertilizing. Mr. Haberl, could you share the details of this procedure with the list for those […]

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