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by Wally
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: When to check?
Replies: 8
Views: 94

Re: When to check?

Looking for eggs is "mostly" for the beek, not the bees. You can look if you want, but should have large larva or capped brood within 14 days of install. It won't hurt to wait until then, will be easier to see than eggs, and you can get out quicker.
by Wally
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nuc questions
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: Nuc questions

Use wax. Once the plastic is drawn out, the bees mdon't know the difference.
by Wally
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 4/16 Second Swarm
Replies: 3
Views: 37

Re: 4/16 Second Swarm

That's about what I would plan. Of course, when in a bee activity, I am always ready to change plans instantly when the circumstances require it.
by Wally
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 4/16 Second Swarm
Replies: 3
Views: 37

Re: 4/16 Second Swarm

Most likely the queen got lost coming back from her mating flight and wound up on the bottom. They need to be removed and put in a nuc or hive.
by Wally
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: When to check?
Replies: 8
Views: 94

Re: When to check?

Some people go in and release her after 4 days. As Rob said above, I wait 7 days, then check for eggs. As soon as I see eggs, I close them up and do not disturb except to feed for 10 or more days after seeing eggs. I have never had an introduction go wrong doing it that way. I feed until the first b...
by Wally
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Watermelon Swarm 4.14.19- have it if you want it
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: Watermelon Swarm 4.14.19- have it if you want it

I'll bring you a hive to put them in, then pick them up afterwards. :P :lol:
by Wally
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Virgin Queens?
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Virgin Queens?

They will need to be released to mate in a SHORT number of days, or they won't ever mate.
by Wally
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm - 4/10/2019
Replies: 4
Views: 65

Re: Swarm - 4/10/2019

I don't know what you CAN do, I just said what I WOULD do.
It is only going to get heavier and harder to handle as it stays there longer.
by Wally
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm - 4/10/2019
Replies: 4
Views: 65

Re: Swarm - 4/10/2019

Whatever they are doing, I would take them down and put them in a hive or nuc.
by Wally
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms-4/4/19
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Swarms-4/4/19

Get a bottle of Fischer's bee quick and fill the oven vent. Hopefully, it will run them out before they have brood.
by Wally
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie questions - variety of topics
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Newbie questions - variety of topics

I do hope you replaced all missing frames Sunday. You NEVER want to leave empty space in a hive more than a day during comb drawing season.
by Wally
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie questions - variety of topics
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Newbie questions - variety of topics

Like Jacobs says, except I wait 7 days before opening the hive after installing a package. Then I only open it long enough to find eggs. I leave it closed for 10 or more days after finding eggs. Don't worry about checking it before the weather warms. Checking too often is much worse than checking to...
by Wally
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: First graft, 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: First graft, 2019

Jacobs, myself, Keith from Beez Needz, and another helper set up 15 mating units yesterday and installed Wayne's queen cells. Hopefully, we will get a few nucs and queens for sale from them. We also grafted again Friday, March 22. Checked them yesterday and counted about 29, Those, too, were Wayne's...
by Wally
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 3/23/19
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Re: Swarm 3/23/19

Thanks for posting, Ed. Let's hope others do, too. It makes a good record for future years.
by Wally
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: First graft, 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 174

Re: First graft, 2019

Moved 16 cells to the incubator today. Put 2 more frames in the starter to be cleaned. Will graft into them tomorrow.

16 of 40 doesn't sound too good, but it was rainy and cold here the day we grafted, so I'm not too awful disappointed.
by Wally
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bee escapes
Replies: 1
Views: 136

Re: Bee escapes

Before we had SHB, they worked well. I would be very cautious with them now.
by Wally
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: How often to refresh?
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: How often to refresh?

I had another one reported to me on Thursday, the 14th.
by Wally
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: First graft, 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 174

First graft, 2019

We set up the starter hive Thursday and grafted 40 plus cells Friday. All Wayne's bees. Checked them Yesterday. Didn't brush the bees off for an exact count, but it looks like about a 50% take. About 20 cells being drawn out and about the same being ignored. With the weather the way it is, I'm happy...
by Wally
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First swarm 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: First swarm 2019

Pollen going in......
by Wally
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First swarm 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 120

First swarm 2019

Caught a 3 lb. swarm yesterday evening in Sophia. March 12.. Season has began.