Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.
Tells us about your efforts to keep bees in a Natural environment, share ideas, and methodology and purpose.
Latest Activity: Aug 27
I believe the bees honey comb is an integral part of the colony, whom is dependent on its health and availability, so I currently extract my deep Langstroth Frames that are all natural foundation for reuse and I only recycle comb into beeswax when I retire it from use. I use mostly deep frames and only attempt to radially extract lang comb when it is attached to all 4 sides of the frame, I use either a hot knife of cappings scratcher, or roller. I have had good success for the most part, however the temperature and extraction speeds can effect the process adversely. So I extract them at about 78-80 degree Fahrenheit for about 10-30 minutes in a radial extractor at a slower spin speed with good results. In addition I cycle out 2 year old brood comb into honey comb for reuse an additional year, I am cycling out all comb at 3 years. We still use and have some plastic foundation that we use for specific purposes, but we are cycling it out of our hives, slowly but surely. Proper storage of the Comb is still a challenge for me due to space requirements.
My husband and I are new to beekeeping and we are looking to find someone who is going treatment free to give us some advice. We have 2 langstroth hives started from nucs this spring. Advice would be…Continue
Started by Binny Neiser. Last reply by Rhett Renoud Jun 6, 2017.
Welcome Randy Szymanski,Thanks for joining "Natural BeeKeeping", Please feel free to ask questions. Please feel free to share why you joined and what type of information you are looking for.Best…Continue
Started by Raymond Espinoza. Last reply by Randy Szymanski May 19, 2016.
Fully operational Langstoth hive with glass sides to view the hive operation as a whole, not just a few frames. The top is removed with a protective screen to observe from the top down as well as…Continue
Started by Ben Noyce. Last reply by Melodie D'Amour Jan 28, 2016.