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Posted on Oct 3rd, 2012

If you could not tell, the gecko star I posted as my first 3d print was a long way off from the quality needed to print decent looking gecko gargoyle heads as bolt covers.  Current home 3d printing technology is no where near the consumer level yet, so printers like mine need a lot of tweaking in order to get the best performance from them.  The occasionally fun, usually tedious process of calibrartion consists mostly of tighting bands, repositioning gears, and making minute turns of screws to bring things into alignment.  Often these adjustments are trying to hit a target of 0.1mm which... more

Posted on Sep 17th, 2012

It has been a while sicne I have been able to put an update on the geckos and gecko condo.  This time of year can be a bit slow with the geckos depending on if I have many clutches that need to be managed, and I do not have as many to work with this year as I did last.  I was finally, however, able to get my 3d printer, a Printrbot+, calibrated and working properly.  It still needs some tweaking, but it is generally running just fine.  Along with the many other things I can use this for it means I can finally move ahead with the final... more

Posted on Sep 17th, 2012

Last weekend was Philadelphia's third annual Honey Fest!  The first one was held one year after beekeeping within Philadelphia was made legal again and was held to promote beekeeping and celebrate Lorenzo Langstroth's 200th birthday.  Langstroth, if you were not aware, is the father of modern beekeeping and developer of the first hive to successfully employ bee space with movable frames to make practicle reusable and exchangable hives.

This year's festival took place over three days.  The first was was held at the Wagner... more

Posted on Sep 3rd, 2012

This week I continue to check how the bees are doing in prep for winter.  I also wanted to get a good feel for how the fall nectar flow, which largely consists of goldenrod, was doing.  Every hive seems to be doing very well and it looks like I will get to do one more small extraction of fall honey and it currently looks like I will not need to feed the bees in prep for winter.  It is amazing how different the bees' behavior is when there is a nectar flow on.  Everyone was much more docile and I... more

Posted on Aug 28th, 2012

I have had a fair bit of adventures during August and had to leave the bees to their own devices for a couple of weeks.  Vacation, fun and work conferences, jury duty and a summer cold have filled my list of recent events and I hope the bees enjoyed their time without me invading their homes and poking around on their comb to try and meddle with them in ways I think will help them out.  The end of July saw the most serious meddling by me when I decided that the hive Cheese Palace, which has done very well with most... more

Posted on Aug 12th, 2012

On August 3, I put a treatment of mite away quick strips (MAQS) into Cheese Palace as a treatment for the high mite count I found from the sugar roll test I conducted earlier in the week.  I debated if I should treat or let the bees fend on their own with a little help from me with less harsh meassures, but eventually did decide to treat with MAQS.  The formic acid is used as a quick 7 day treatment that is hard on the bees but deadly to the mites, and since this hive had built more... more

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