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 on: August 07, 2012, 11:28:03 AM 
Started by HunnyB - Last post by HunnyB
Hi beeks Wink
I hate that I have been away for a while.... I have had some major struggles with my bees, but now things seem to be on track.

 on: September 22, 2011, 07:42:52 PM 
Started by Al - Last post by crownbees
 bee smiley  Thanks Al.  I find that failure is always an opportunity for future success IF you think it through.

Having bees in straws in the frig are probably fine for a month or so.  There would be less moisture disappearing through the walls of a tube.  In my situation, it was exposed cocoons on a cookie sheet probably very near the cool vent. 

I placed my hygrometer in various places throughout the frig and in general, found the humidity too low everywhere.   So...  thus the "mason bee humidity chamber" as something for people to think through.


 on: September 22, 2011, 07:33:26 PM 
Started by Al - Last post by Al
So I get a crown bees e-mail today. In the body of the message it says the following:

Our mistake:

    We had been using a modern refrigerator as a temporary means to keep some cocoons cool rather than run across the yard to the "bee cooler."  We probably had 400-500 cocoons in this situation between early April and early May.  Cocoons would be quickly bundled in shipping tubes with cooling packs and then mailed nightly.

    Early May, we stopped shipping and placed all remaining cocoons outside to emerge.  Very few mason bees emerged.  (We sent refunds to a few last customers.)  A commercial peer had his mason bee cocoons in a cooler similar to my bee cooler.  60-70% mason bees emerged from his late stock.  Hmmm.

Analysis of the mistake:

    Modern refrigerators pull the moisture out the air so that frost doesn't build up in the freezer.  It's a nicety of our ages!  ...unless you're a hibernating mason bee.

    We placed a humidity reader in the modern refrigerator and found readings of 25-30% humidity.  This is too low for hibernating bees and we more than likely dehydrated these poor bees.  Hibernating bees should have between 45-75% humidity.

    Science has studied and confirmed that bees kept at a constant temperature during hibernation have higher survivability than those left to variable outside winter temperatures.  We want every bee to survive if possible.  Our long term food chain will depend on "non honey bees" in the near future.

So I guess most of my bees died a death of refrigeration. Bummer. I know I kept mine in the fridge a few weeks after I got em.

 on: September 22, 2011, 07:10:23 AM 
Started by Al - Last post by bigbear
I love how they sensationalize the stories by applying human emotional terms to the bees.  "angry" bees indeed.

 on: September 16, 2011, 09:48:39 AM 
Started by Al - Last post by Al

 on: September 09, 2011, 01:03:21 PM 
Started by bigbear - Last post by bigbear
Fall is coming fast this year. Are your hives ready?

Bees need to be warm and pest free. Some folks use non-chemical pesticide methods and treatments, others will use them if they find them necessary.

We have supplies and products to help just about every type of beekeeper, regardless of the methods and equipment you use.

To get ready for Fall we have in stock and more coming in…

Bee Cozy Hive wraps and inner cover insulating batts to keep those hives toasty warm

Mite Away Quick Strips to help keep those mites and small hive beetles at bay.

Natural Honey Harvester spray to move those bees down into lower boxes.

12 oz honey jars to put that fresh honey in that you took off not too long ago.

All of that and a whole lot more.

Come on down to the BBE-Tech: Bee Market live every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am till 6 pm inside the Omaha Indoor Flea Market on the SE corner of 72nd & L St in the Rod Kush Shopping Plaza

Call us at 402-370-8018

Visit our web catalog then email us with your order at

 on: September 07, 2011, 09:17:13 PM 
Started by bigbear - Last post by bigbear
started walking every morning this week with my dad early in the morning. (about 6 am) just a mile for now.

Walking/exercising before breakfast supposedly gets the metabolic rate going faster for the whole day to help burn more calories.

Here's hoping it helps.

 on: September 05, 2011, 04:55:29 AM 
Started by bigbear - Last post by bigbear
well, I finally got all of the garden pollination hives sold.  I'm back to hobbyist hive numbers again. 

I just lost one hive to ants, the little boogers.

so now I am going into winter with 6 hives.

there are no real gradual seasonal changes lately.  it's like BOOM! it's Spring.  BOOM! it's Summer!  BOOM!  It's Fall.

I've got two hives to move in the next couple of weeks  got to wrap them all for winter, plus I need to change the bottom boards and put in entrance reducers on most of them.

 on: September 05, 2011, 04:49:01 AM 
Started by Daddys Bees - Last post by bigbear
 sorry  aargh

well, that just sucks.  I have been following the heat situation down there as I have some relatives down there dealing with it too.

I hope you don't completely lose your spirit.  the bees need you and every other determined beek to keep plugging away on their behalf.

 on: September 04, 2011, 12:04:01 PM 
Started by Daddys Bees - Last post by Daddys Bees
Well crap!  I've gone from 18 hives to 3 and one of them is really weak. This drought and heat is just too much for the queens and hives. These 105 degrees plus daily temps(112 or so some days) with no rain has just kicked their butts. I still have only 2.85 inches of rain for the calendar year. And the last rain before the start of the year was in June 2010!!!! Dang.  I had a one inch rain each in Jan and Feb this year. We need such a relief from the heat and some decent rains!!!!   All of this has just broke my beek spirit. You'd think I lived the the Sahara, but it gets more rain than this!!!    censored

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