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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Secondhand Questions about Flow Hives
« Last post by Acebird on February 22, 2024, 08:27:44 am »
Sounds like you have never actually Seen a flow hive.
I have seen it and I have studied it.  The tool goes through all frames to get to the last one.  I think each frame should be independently actuated without moving other frames.  That way you can drain only the frames that are completely full.
FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Breaking a Broody Hen
« Last post by BeeMaster2 on February 22, 2024, 08:25:31 am »
My incubator came with it set to 99.5 and a 21 day count down. Judy kept saying that we didn?t need water in it because she thought that 21 percent humidity was good. I thought it was 50 percent. I looked it up and it should bee 50 percent until the last three days, when you turn off the egg turner, and then you add water in the second water tray to raise it to 75 percent.
Hope this helps.
Jim Altmiller
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Decontamination of old comb
« Last post by BeeMaster2 on February 22, 2024, 08:18:38 am »
So using a solar wax melter as the first step in recovering the wax is a really good thing.
Thanks Michael.
Jim Altmiller
« Last post by BeeMaster2 on February 22, 2024, 08:03:19 am »
When we were in Jacksonville, my bees were about 50 feet from our pool. Besides using it for a water source, even though they had a bird bath closer to the hives, they used the pool as a dumping site for their sick and to make sure that the drones can?t come back when they evicted them.
My wife and granddaughters used cups to pick the bees out of the pool. Almost every one walked back to the pool and jumped back in, no matter which side of the pool that they put them out from.
One day I was watching the bees from between the hives. There was a lot of activity on the landing board on one hive. A bee was dragging a drone out of the hive with all its might. When it got to the edge, they both fell off and the bees carried the drone about 30 feet, made a 90 degree left turn, flew over the pool and dropped it in the far end of the pool. It was an amazing thing to see and hear. Due to the drones weight her wings made a lot os noise the whole way. That was when I learned that the bees were not falling in the water but they were put there on purpose to make sure that they didn?t return.
Jim Altmiller
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Decontamination of old comb
« Last post by Bill Murray on February 22, 2024, 07:53:20 am »
That was what I was looking for, thank you Michael.
GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Decontamination of old comb
« Last post by Michael Bush on February 22, 2024, 06:41:03 am »
Fluvalinate (Apistan) and Cumaphos (CheckMite) break down in ultraviolet light.  So do a lot of (but not all) other pesticides.
« Last post by Michael Bush on February 22, 2024, 06:25:24 am »
>They told us not to face them towards a pool or an obstruction like the tree line in our class.

I have often faced them to the side of a house about 2 feet away from the wall.  It forces them up right off so they don't run into people in the yard.  All of this is irrelevant other than keeping people from getting in the flight path.

> Do they need much time to gain altitude to get over trees and bushes?

No.  They can quickly fly straight up.

> I figure I'll give them some kind of containers of water to drink out near their hives and hopefully they won't bother me at the pool.

The pool will probably be an issue regardless of what you do but you can try to make a more attractive water source:

Bees need water. One of the issues is providing it. Another is to have it more attractive than the neighbor?s hot tub. To accomplish this you need to understand that bees are attracted to water because of several things:

o  Smell. They can recruit bees to a source that has odor. Chlorine has odor. So does sewage.
o  Warmth. Warm water can be taken on even moderately chilly days. Cold water cannot because when the bees get chilled they can?t fly home.
o  Reliability. Bees prefer a reliable source.
o  Accessibility. Bees need to be able to get to the water without falling in. A horse tank or bucket with no floats does not work well. A creek bank provides such access as they can land on the bank and walk up to the water. A barrel or bucket does not unless you provide ladders or floats or both. I use a bucket of water full of old sticks. The bees can land on the stick and climb down to the water.

I was thinking that back corner, back to the tree line and facing the pool. Out of any activity there, morning sun, evening shade. I have a field across the street that they plant corn or soy beans in. I expect that soy beans have a lot of flowers but I don't see how corn pollen would bee of any interest to them.
FARMING & COUNTRY LIFE / Re: Breaking a Broody Hen
« Last post by Michael Bush on February 22, 2024, 06:10:47 am »
Pretty sure I always had 101 F as the target which means it varies between 100 and 102 F or so.
WEB VIDEOS / Re: A brief history of "The Bug"
« Last post by animal on February 21, 2024, 11:58:31 pm »
With their air cooled motor; What was a good highway cruising speed? Could they cruise at 70 MPH and still run economically and efficiently?
Dunno about economically or efficiently, but not comfortably. It's not the air cooled part that's the problem. Displacement and not being designed to output a lot of power is. After a fresh rebuild that was mostly stock 1500cc(90 cubic inches or so), I pushed my '67 to a little under 100 and it did not like it at all . It handled 70 ok. The earlier 6volt models had smaller engines and weren't as fast. At 70 it started to feel light and having a crosswind hit you if you were doing above 80 would really get your attention. Long steep hills were also a killer for the poor little motors.
In 1985, with the hotrod motor, I  got a ticket in Artesia MS on Hwy 45 for 97 mph. HP was being nice and told me he was writing it for that because if he wrote it above 100, he would have to take me to jail. Went to court in Columbus, it was taking forever and they broke for lunch before my case came up. I asked some official if there was any way I could get another court date because I had a test in a vector mechanics class in about 2 hours in Starkville, and they said the judge would have to ok it.... so .. I chased him down in the parking lot and caught up to him, as luck would have it, right next to my car. Quickly ran through the details to him, told him my speedometer was broken but now replaced, had a junkyard receipt for a speedo, the old speedo and a cordless drill in my hand and said something like "Besides, I don't think this thing was doing 97."(and kicked it's bumper) That got his attention and he said "In THIS car ?" I said "yes sir" while trying my best to will a halo into existence above my head. He said, "give me that" and snatched the ticket out of my hand and studied it over, looking back and forth between it and the car. Then he said "Go take your test and don't worry about this ticket, it's dismissed."
I never lied to him  :cool:

GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Decontamination of old comb
« Last post by The15thMember on February 21, 2024, 11:32:09 pm »
It depends on what it is contaminated with, I'd imagine.  And I expect that if the contaminant is in low enough quantity, the bees won't notice or care, but that doesn't necessarily mean it won't have sublethal effects on them or the brood. 
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