Month: October 2009

Foundationless Frames

Foundationless Frames

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Observation Hive

Observation Hive

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 […]

Feeding Attractant

Feeding Attractant

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. My Bee Starving Environment Bees are transported around the world. They are kept in environments that […]

Oxalic Vaporizer

Oxalic Vaporizer

Oxalic acid can be sublimated into a beehive as an effective varroa mite treatment using cheap oxalic evaporators built from standard plumbing supplies. Methods Oxalic acid is distributed in a beehive by two methods. One method involves spraying or dribbling an oxalic solution. It has […]

End In Sight

End In Sight

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 […]

Two Day Old Cells

Two Day Old Cells

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 […]