An update from Ken

Since then I have put the legs of the hive in bowls of oil, because I noticed a line of ants marching in and out of the hive.

That seems to work very well (stopping the ants), only drawback was it appears the bees either found the oil very interesting or something, there were quite a few drowned victims in the oil and sadly a few that tried to crawl out only to die in a “frozen” position on the legs. Next task is to put a screen over the oil in a manner that the bees are not able to fall into the oil, but the screen cannot be connected to the bowl so the ants do not have a bridge over the oil. Very complicated! I will take a picture when I have done it. Ants drive me nuts!

Anyway, on this visit, my goal was to have a look at the furthest back combs, the first ones they started near the follower board. I have never looked that far back in my previous inspections.

Here are some things that I noticed:

They are busy with propolis, but not nearly as much as I would have expected. I thought they might try to close up all kinds of gaps, but not the case. They were doing some inside near the roof line, but nothing out of the ordinary.

They are building new comb right on track. Last time I accidentally broke some comb that was sharing a bar, but the new comb is right on place without any coaxing on my part.

I did not use smoke this time, until I was closing it up. That seemed to be great. During the time I had the hive open, the bees were busy and a little disturbed that I was nosing around and brushing them, a few pinging off my veil, but I felt the situation was normal considering that I was all hands and cameras inside their home. THe only time I used smoke is when I was closing up the hive, putting the bars back and trying to push them together, the bees seemed to come up and congregate right in that space between the bars. I would try to brush them down, but they would just come back up to check me out. So I lit the smoker, gave them a puff, and sure enough, down they went, and I was able to push the bars back in place safely.

So attached is my photos of the two last (furthest back) bars. I was expecting (hoping!?) to see ripe honey stores, but not the case.

Things appeared very healthy and normal. I was much more calm and relaxed during this visit. I took my time and worked slowly and deliberately. I liked not using smoke. It seemed to distract me, and it seemed to annoy the bees. I did get one sting through my long sleeve tee-shirt. That is only my third since beginning.

One of these days I am going to slide out the bottom board and clean it. It seems dirty, and I should check for any “foul play”

Until next time,

kg

About these ads

52 Responses to “An update from Ken”

  1. Katherine Says:

    Might bowls of water deter the ants just as well as oil while not harming the bees at all? Also, when I dream of setting up a top bar hive, I dream of hanging it from a tree. This wouldn’t necessarily stop ants. But I’ve heard it deters mites. Do you have an opinion about that? Can one hang a hive? Would bees live in a hive that can swing? Or could you put a braced arm in a tree and fix a hive to that?

  2. kawayanan Says:

    I have heard a few ideas to keep ants away. The argument I have heard about water is that, depending on your environment, you may need to refill the bowls every day. The bees will probably be attracted to the water too, since they do have to forage for water.

    When my hives were just starting out, I noticed some ants too. I smeared a ring of marine bearing grease around each leg. I never saw a bee stuck in it, and it seemed to help with the ants. I only put it on once and it has since dried out. I haven’t had any additional problems with ants though so I haven’t reapplied it.

    As to hanging TBH’s, I remember seeing a picture of one on the web, but can’t find it. Bees for Development mentions hanging hives, so its is definitely done sometimes. I’m not sure how it would deter mites though.

  3. Nick Says:

    kawayanan, is it necessary to kill the ants? I have vertical top bar hives, and had lots of ants this year. I just let them be. My reasoning is as follows…ants have a high percentage of formic acid in their bodies. Formic acid deters and kills tracheal mites and varroa. If there were too many ants in my hives, the bees would kill them, thereby releasing formic acid into the hive body…resulting in some natural varroa and mite treatment.

    So, I left the ants to themselves. They have not been a problem, and in late summer, they disappeared. The bees are fine and the honeycomb looks good, no ants at all.

  4. Pat Says:

    Glad to see you keeping at it. The cups of oil are a good idea. Gotta agree with Nick though, a healthy hive will get rid of invaders and nusances – which ever they deem the ants to be.

    We just finished our first harvest of a top bar hive. Messy business. Found it works well to have two people – one to do the messy work and one to stay clean and work the lid on the collection bucket. Tools are a little different too – have had good luck with stainless steel spatula and other implements.

    Here are pictures:
    http://www.backwoodshome.com/forum/yabb/forum.pl?board=fau-livestock;action=display;num=1223329682

    Regards,
    Pat

  5. Anny Says:

    I stumbled across your website while doing a little research for the hive I plan on getting this spring. I’m very interested in the top bar hive, I love your page, I hope you don’t mind to sticking around and learning as much as I possibly can from you.

  6. Mike Says:

    Just starting out. I worked with my father when I was 8-16 years old with the conventional 10 frame. We used queen excluders to seperate the brood chamber from the food. Is this a good idea for the top bar hive? I like your top bar design.

  7. TwessBusphype Says:

    nfa
    ,
    hydrocodone, buy adipex online, buy ambien online, ativan generic, ephedra diet pill, order xanax, alprazolam effects side xanax,
    iygvfn ,

  8. Rick Kelly-Crapse Says:

    Any new updates for this year? How did your bees do with this crazy winter and spring we have had?

    Rick
    Fuquay-Varina, NC
    Building 5 TBH’s

  9. Chic Says:

    Try sprinkling ajax or comet powdered sink cleanser arround the legs of the hive….that will deter the ants! Learned that tip from people who live in Motorhomes here in Calif. they sprinkle it around the tires and electric cords/hoses to keep the ants out of their coaches!

  10. Doug Says:

    Had the same ant problem in humid Virginia. Brushed a band of Tanglefoot around the legs and had no more ants and no dead bees. I first used Tanglefoot to keep squirrels from tearing up wood shingles to get into my attic. It can also be used to keep birds from roosting where they are not wanted. Just makes for sticky feet which deters ants, birds and squirrels – probably humans too. Only had to make one application all year.

  11. olivetreesandhoneybees Says:

    I’ve had massive ant problems in the past. I’m in Vista, San Diego county, California and there are these tiny smaller than normal black ants which have invaded my hives and after a few days of hearing the bees angrily buzzing in the hive they gave up and left. The most hives I’ve had at one time is only four, so i’m just dabbling with bees, all wild swarms that I’ve collected. So the next time I saw a massive ant invasion in progress I sprayed the ground below my hive ( set ontop of a few cinder blocks) with ant poison. Well the bees obviously don’t like bug spray either because they left faster than the first batch of bees. So the next invasion I sprayed a perrimeter circle ten feet away. Same results, bees hate the smell of bug spray, they are bugs after all, they left. I don’t know if these hives were sick and was the cause of attracting these tiny black ants, but the bees have always made an angry loud buzzing attempt at ridding the hive of these ants. I’ve never had any guidance or help so I’m on my own novice bee keeping journey for fun. So the nnnneeexxxttt time I saw these tiny little black ants making their invasion/assault on my hive I used my plastic picnic table and put the table legs each in a bucket of water and put the hive on the table. This has worked really good for about two years now and the hive continues to thrive. These were all langtroth frame type hives, now I have built a tbh and am looking forward to trying it out.
    The issues I have with the buckets of water is that bees do fall into them and drown so an “umbrella” attached to each leg over the bucket would save many bees. I was thinking of using some scrap plywood and cutting circles of wood a little bigger than the bucket diameter and attaching them to the table legs a few inches over the buckets. Also my dogs and other animals love to drink the water which is no big deal. Unfortunately birds also like the water and if the buckets are not kept full they get trapped and drown. Also debris, leaves and algae make the buckets a mess which takes a long time of blasting it clean with the garden hose on full blast, this irritates my bees(wild, AHB?) and I have been chased off more than once!
    With these problems in mind I want to replace the buckets with smaller/shorter stainless steel dog bowls which can be blasted out easier and faster and birds can hop out of.
    I love eating honey and harvesting it myself makes it taste soooo much better! That is why I keep trying and going back for more!

    Richard

    PS: concerning axle grease… I found out that axle grease( now vaseline) also works great, in a harmless way, of keeping people from climbing over my fences. Brush some on the fence and voila!! they only try climbing once. The mess they get just isn’t something they want.

  12. Daniel Says:

    Ken, can you please email me the parts list for this project. I think I have it nailed down, im just not sure.

  13. Charlie Says:

    A little borax will solve all your ant problems if you don’t mind killing the whole ant colony. It tastes good. They collect it and share it with the other ants including the queen and they all die.

    Also I noticed people asking you for plans for your hive that they could print out. I’m an engineer and was totally impressed with your design, so I drew it up and would be happy to share. I drew it so that you could print it out on 8.5″ x 11″ paper and its in adobe acrobat format so it should be easy to share.

    Email me if you would like a copy at crfield@comcast.net

    Thanks for the GREAT design and good luck with the bees

  14. Lesaccove Says:

    Air plane tickets

    On our site you can find out the cost of air tickets of all airlines to find the best flight option, as well as view the schedule of flights, book cheap airline tickets and buy a plane ticket online. We offer tickets to Russia and the CIS, to Europe, America, Asia, Africa, and in any other place in the world.

    > cheap flights

    > international flight cali columbia tickets buy

    Quick Loan Express – is a convenient way to get a loan in the short term, with a minimum package of documents. For registration of fast loan you do not need to provide a full set of documents. If there is an available property: the car or apartment, it is desirable to provide documents to the property, but it is not necessary. However, rapid credit express a very risky form of lending for banks. Big banks compensate the risks greater interest rate on the loan.
    Fast Express credit per day treatment – it is a tool to solve your problems and the possibility of implementing your plans.

    Quick loan – is a complex banking product. To get a “lucrative” express loan from the bank to do 5 steps:
    1. Monitoring of the credit markets, to compare dozens of banks, who have better conditions and where you can apply. To do this you have to visit many sites and try to get through to many banks.
    2. Gather the necessary documents to come to the bank and get a denial of credit because of correctly completed documents, or due to the fact that credit conditions in the bank is changed, and you do not come to the new conditions, or just being rejected for some reason.
    3. Now again, you can collect new documents and “try their luck.
    4. As a result, having received three or four out you can contact our company, where you consult experienced specialists and will find suitable for you, fast loan, which you will receive as soon as possible.
    5. And you can apply to our company, without spending time and energy on those steps that have already done for you, we.

    payday loans or cash advance pays and free first

    > cash advances payday loan

  15. frenky Says:

    kX2Q4t http://gdjI3b7VaWpU1m0dGpvjRrcu9Fk.com

  16. Mzwucysq Says:

    I’d like to transfer some money to this account lovely nymphets com :-OO

  17. Wdnpurew Says:

    The National Gallery virginity cry jxkve

  18. Xutjkths Says:

    Three years gay pthc
    :[

  19. Lxyaqdhk Says:

    What do you want to do when you’ve finished? ovens place bbs
    :-]

  20. Jjzcpgfe Says:

    I don’t like pubs lolita top list boys =)))

  21. Hmcizgjq Says:

    I didn’t go to university Underage Nn Models
    tphcg

  22. Gloria_remy Says:

    videos anime xxx black sex toy gnc sex drive women robert pattinson sex milf streaming vids animay porn games viviane araujo sex rock christabel porn can i watch porn on my psp hard sex pussy download classic porn free smoking porn stars ass lesbian lover winry and ed hentai indonesia sex movie hottest gay pornstars brazil carnaval sex parties 2007 dvd xxx fantasy porn things to do before sex the realm of the nightkings porn

  23. Viola_noic Says:

    cam sex view web talk sex sue johanssen teenie porn sex young girls teen sex for checks sex my first big cock the bem sex role inventory test maryland sex female free teenage porn clips sex toys vibrator dildo lubrication stole videos xxx hot eighteen lesbian sabrina teenage porn sons want sex with mother lavender lesbian lesbian christmas ornaments 3 d hentai movies vancouver lesbian concerts porn guy girl young ass pictures lesbian hentai figure

  24. Msqnhqng Says:

    I’m in a band

  25. Lbmwrzcl Says:

    Whereabouts in are you from?

  26. Tltkkjaw Says:

    How do you know each other?

  27. Libhvbhp Says:

    Yes, I love it!

  28. Madeline Says:

    Gloomy tales http://levitra-20mg-reviews-ege.webspawner.com/ best prices levitra 20mg Preceptor Access to the NC AHEC Digital Library (ADL) at

  29. Morgan Says:

    Have you got any qualifications?

  30. Ariana Says:

    Could you please repeat that?

  31. Daniel Says:

    How much were you paid in your last job? http://www.cinetheatro.com Generic Viagra (http://www.unc.edu/campus/policies/prohib_harass_and_discrim.html) and illegal drugs

  32. Jutulmff Says:

    Incorrect PIN http://lscmagazinexl.pen.io lolitashanksteener ticket sex site They both know what theya re doing, both have good hip moves too. The girl is pretty cute as well. Nice vid.

  33. Icktkkvx Says:

    Remove card http://www.zoji.com/1230618 preteen pics pthc lolita If any ladies are willing to squirt in a bottle and send it to me I will drink the whole thing at once in a video and post it on here. Just message me if you will.

  34. Gfcvmwnu Says:

    Sorry, I ran out of credit perfectcam
    When i see this fantastic girl, wann fuck her. Great tits, puss and not so thin

  35. Kvbnxtok Says:

    Recorded Delivery http://community.parents.com/asumouooi/blog/2013/04/04/lolita_kingdom_nude_pics loli top model planet Ummm what the fuck are u on dude do u think that japanese people like to be called them asian in fact that hate it when people call them that thats like call me fucking African but i am African American so..i really don’t see the big deal if i call them japanese plus my friend has a big problem with people calling him asian when he is not he is japanese and he hates it

  36. Dnemsarg Says:

    Wonderfull great site free lolita kids photo I’ll never understand why girls do softcore, I mean what’s the point? This dude is obviously not fucking her and neither one actually gave the other oral, yet they are so close they may as well have. I don’t understand how this chick could possibly think she would be degrading herself any further by just moving onto actual sex, when that’s basically what she is doing now, except not very well.

  37. Oliver Says:

    Are you a student? rapidshare com lolita teen can u find more videos of this pornstar?

  38. yeast infection no more (tm) Says:

    I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is required to get set up? I’m assuming having a
    blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% positive.

    Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

  39. linden method children Says:

    Howdy would you mind letting me know which web host you’re using? I’ve loaded your blog
    in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most.
    Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a honest price?
    Many thanks, I appreciate it!

  40. eddie lomax - gladiator body workout pdf Says:

    Hi there! I was curious to know if setting up a blog
    website such your own: http://topbarbees.wordpress.
    com/2008/08/04/an-update-from-ken/ is hard to do for inexperienced people?
    I’ve been wanting to develop my own blog for a while now but have been turned off because I’ve always
    assumed it demanded tons of work. What do you think?
    Appreciate it

  41. Hunter Says:

    I’m on holiday russian cam girls live Hahaha Great Video :]]

  42. Robert Says:

    Can I call you back? free russian pre lollita lame, hate asian porn cause they always fuz out stuff

  43. 1stmerchant29d2.tblog.com Says:

    What’s up to every one, it’s genuinely a good for me to visit this website, it contains priceless Information.

  44. Cerys Says:

    After exploring a handful of the articles on your site, I honestly like your technique of blogging.
    I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark webpage list and will be checking back in the near future.
    Please check out my website as well and tell me how you feel.

  45. Alexa Says:

    What sort of work do you do? cheapest retin-a micro in a service learning project during each semester.
    generic renova online Lexi-Comp Online, Pediatric L-Druegxsi Online, Hudson, Ohio: -ComLexpi, Inc.; 2009; January
    best price for retin-a micro gel buildings. A trick for some things can be to pretend to take a picture of your
    retin-a cream order online for the early refill, to their insurance carrier for payment. If you have concerns about dispensing prescriptions after receiving the

  46. Wyatt Says:

    Could you tell me the dialing code for ? http://connect.masslive.com/user/yoceoju/index.html lolitas preteens in panties No joke, if you are a chick and like this stuff send me an invite, you can see some of what I do in my vids, would love for a girl to be in one some day

  47. Daniel Says:

    I like it a lot buy sildenafil citrate online instructions as an improper
    order eriacta Review of new medication
    buy sildenafil citrate generated when repeats are dispensed in the following two situations: when a repeat is being claimed as uncollected
    generic bimatoprost The student describes how certain disease states affect laboratory values and how

  48. Kyle Says:

    I’ve just graduated hilton cigarettes price • Tuberculosis (pulmonary and extra-pulmonary)

  49. Carter Says:

    I’m sorry, she’s Terramycin Online Key RXportfolio features for students:
    Actigall Cost 6 24 min 6 34 min
    Buy Crixivan medication resources management, and pharmacy data management systems,

  50. wildberries промокод Says:

    What’s the current interest rate for personal loans? промокод wildberries

  51. Maria Says:

    Stolen credit card

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 46 other followers

%d bloggers like this: