ISO for a flohive in Southern California. Thanks
Just for anyone who is older than millennial (like the dinosaur that is me), ISO means “In Search Of”…
Now, some questions for @b0lo33…
- You want to buy one?
- You want to see one in operation?
- What part of SoCal?? The area is probably 10,000 square miles or more!
Lol. You’re right. Looking to buy one used in la/oc arwa
Hi Dawn. Thanks for clearing ISO up. I had no idea what it meant. I never thought to google it, that would have given me the answer, I guess.
PS. I’d also like to caution folks against seeking second hand beekeeping equipment, especially where plastic is involved. There is always a remote possibility that second hand equipment can contain disease spoors. In my own activities, I always treat second hand equipment like it is contaminated. In doing so, I scrape clean before lightly scorching everything before using it with my bees. As you can imagine, I can’t do that with plastic.
Not that I buy second-hand stuff. It’s always stuff that gets given to me.
OK, dinosaur translation for myself - @b0lo33 wants to buy a used Flow hive in the Los Angeles/Orange County (south of Los Angeles) area…
Please correct me if I am wrong, @b0lo33 . I am not trolling you, just we are so international and mixed in age groups here, we don’t all speak the same acronyms. I have lived in SoCal for 24 years now, but I am still learning the culture…
No offense taken. Inn a newbie so learning
How long does it take 3lbs of bees to make comb from scratch? That’s what I picked up this past weekend. Plenty of 1:1 in the feeder.
It depends… Yes, I know that doesn’t help, but it really does depend on a lot of things, like:
- How old the bees are - younger bees make more wax and will build faster
- How warm it is. Wax is easier to model in warmer weather
- How much food they have, and whether it is high quality (like their own honey), or less preferable, like syrup
- Whether they have foundation. The build faster on foundation
- Whether they need the comb for brood or stores. If they don’t have enough bees to support fully drawn comb on every frame, they won’t build it until they do
I am sure that there are a lot of other factors too, but those are the ones that immediately come to mind. A very vigorous package will start building comb right away, but may not fill the brood box for a month or sometimes even more. A weaker package may take several months or longer to fill a single brood box.
Lol Dawn. You do make me smile