• Has anyone running Lang hives ever used the Mann Lake Pro-Feeders before?
    They hold 1, 1 1/2, and 2 gallons of syrup and fit in the brood box in place of several frames. Would seem to solve the problems of robbing and allow better feeding of my more remote hives without a bi-weekly visit to change out quart jars of syrup.
    All opinions welcomed. Thanks

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    I did a lot of research and for Lang type hives Mann Lake is the hands down winner. They offer free shipping and if you are ordering frames and hive boxes that’s where you make your savings. If you are handy with screw gun, staple gun, glue, and paint brush order the disassembled and save a butt load. Pay close attention as there are a lot of…[Read more]

  • Ken Henderson posted an update 6 years ago

    Need advice- I placed a super on my full double boxed Dewey swarm hive July 13. I checked a few weeks later and found a small amount of comb but no honey yet. Checked again yesterday. Nothing has been added into the super. Been almost 3 months and NO HONEY or comb made in the super.
    I am running the plastic queen excluder from Mann Lake. I have…[Read more]

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 2 months ago

    What I did was go into the hive very 3 days or so and remove the webbing and cocoons. Look especially hard on the undersides of everything. The moths will be predominately in the lesser occupied portions of the hive. I replaced my hive floor as it was one of those older 3 piece ones and gave too many small cracks, etc. for the eggs to be hidden…[Read more]

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 2 months ago

    if that doesn’t work make a moat by putting the hive on blocks in a pan of water

  • Just got a call on a cutout in Alamorosa. 122 Mt. Meadows. Located in a garage which is separate from the house. Sounds like an easy one but I am leaving for Wisconsin in the morning and can’t get to it right away so told them maybe someone else could handle it. If not they will have to wait until I return. They don’t want to kill them.
    If you…[Read more]

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 3 months ago

    Trying to follow the thread. Kevin, do you mean you have tried this and it didn’t work so well? And by this, I mean the tree cutout.

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 3 months ago

    Do you think it was a wax moth? If not, I wouldn’t worry about it. If not sure, start looking for webbing in the unpopulated parts of the hive and on the floor, and cocoons with larva, usually along the bottom corners of the unpopulated frames. If this is the situation, let me know and I’ll tell you how I finally got rid of mine in a weak hive.

    • Ok Ken I’ll check tomorrow. Thanks

    • Ken I checked and no moths but I did have a bunch of ants coming into the hive I sprayed the ground around the hive and the ant hill hope that works.

    • KEN the worst fears occurred I do have wax moths in my weak hive any suggestions????/ I have cocoons and webbing and those gross grayish white worms!!!! Dang….

      • What I did was go into the hive very 3 days or so and remove the webbing and cocoons. Look especially hard on the undersides of everything. The moths will be predominately in the lesser occupied portions of the hive. I replaced my hive floor as it was one of those older 3 piece ones and gave too many small cracks, etc. for the eggs to be hidden…[Read more]

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 3 months ago

    What I did was use 2 short sheetrock screws in 2 corners of the inner cover to allow a spacing the same as a reducer on one of the short sides. Then replaced the top cover. They seem to be using the new entrance.

  • While up doing the combine modifications this morning we also looked into the first hive I put there back in February. The bees still had not filled 4 of the 10 frames but there was some small patches of comb buildout on everyone of them. I very carefully shuffled the empty frames in between the honey filled frames and also inspected the brood…[Read more]

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 3 months ago

    Rob, did that last night but didn’t have an answer when I left this morn to check up on them. Called Ralph Ketter and he said OK to block up inner cover a bees width so they have ventilation and entrance/exit. Also pulled the 2 middle frames which were empty and made a few slits in the newspaper with my hive tool and liberally sprinkled with sugar…[Read more]

    • Ken. Can you get a screened inner cover or make a temporary one out of hardware cloth? If you can, then you can just prop that top cover up and give them some ventilation. However, I’ve combined some pretty crappy hive bodies down here in Deming where they both had entrances, and it didn’t really cause an issue. So, if you are worried about…[Read more]

      • What I did was use 2 short sheetrock screws in 2 corners of the inner cover to allow a spacing the same as a reducer on one of the short sides. Then replaced the top cover. They seem to be using the new entrance.

  • Just got in from my first newspaper combine tonight at 2230 hrs.. Here’s what we did. We combined the small swarm from Walkerville with the small swarm from Chaparral. Not sure which was the weaker so put the hive from my place which was the moved hive on top of the other located in Alamo Canyon. Did it in the dark. Took the top and inner cover…[Read more]

    • Ken It looks to me that Paul is no longer monitoring this site, he would be the right one to answer as he has lang experience with desert colonies.
      You may want to repost on his site at “Sacramento Mountain Beekeepers”, looks like it is getting quite a bit of use.
      Bee well!

      • Rob, did that last night but didn’t have an answer when I left this morn to check up on them. Called Ralph Ketter and he said OK to block up inner cover a bees width so they have ventilation and entrance/exit. Also pulled the 2 middle frames which were empty and made a few slits in the newspaper with my hive tool and liberally sprinkled with sugar…[Read more]

        • Ken. Can you get a screened inner cover or make a temporary one out of hardware cloth? If you can, then you can just prop that top cover up and give them some ventilation. However, I’ve combined some pretty crappy hive bodies down here in Deming where they both had entrances, and it didn’t really cause an issue. So, if you are worried about…[Read more]

          • What I did was use 2 short sheetrock screws in 2 corners of the inner cover to allow a spacing the same as a reducer on one of the short sides. Then replaced the top cover. They seem to be using the new entrance.

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 3 months ago

    What a great picture! Doesn’t even show all the junk and various country décor!
    Very informative newsletter also. Was hoping the results were in on the queen genetics survey but I guess too soon.
    Awesome picture though. I really do have a great view.

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 3 months ago

    Steve is an old friend of mine. I just called him. Going out tomorrow to check it out.

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 3 months ago

    Kevin,
    Site is working again. Not sure when I will be coming to Roswell to do this cutout but soon I think.
    I’ll definitely give you a call because I guess I’m stepping into something done a little differently.
    I’m thinking if I can pop the log open and expose the hive it should be just like any other cutout.

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 4 months ago

    Too bad. Roshole is bigger than Alamohole. Where are the aliens?

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 4 months ago

    Are there no beekeepers in Roswell?

    • Kevin is our only beekeeper in Roswell, though we do have one in Dexter not too far away.

    • Ken please give me a call 575-973-7422, I thought you were asking for advise I have none, Are you going to take the hive ???? I know a person that might be able to give you some advice. Call me Kevin

      • Kevin,
        Site is working again. Not sure when I will be coming to Roswell to do this cutout but soon I think.
        I’ll definitely give you a call because I guess I’m stepping into something done a little differently.
        I’m thinking if I can pop the log open and expose the hive it should be just like any other cutout.

  • I have a tree removal over in Roswell I’m trying to get scheduled. This tree has had bees a long time so the hive may be rather large. We will probably rent a lift or rig a gin pole to lower the occupied section to the ground but after that I’m not sure how to proceed.
    Should I notch the section lengthwise and split in half with wedges? Buzz…[Read more]

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 4 months ago

    DJN, I don\’t have a \”Visit Conversation\” button anywhere I can find but that would be what I would be looking for intuitively. Just where is it located?
    I am able to access this thread through my \”Groups\” tab but that was not where I would have thought to look without your post.

    • oops. I said on your profile page but the “Visit Conversation” button is actually on your activity page.

  • Ken Henderson posted a new activity comment 6 years, 4 months ago

    Well, it could be I\’m a dumb-a– and can\’t figure out how to navigate the site too.
    As I said, I can\’t figure out how to make it work for me. Had trouble with the old site also.

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