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by Jacobs
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-7/18/19
Replies: 0
Views: 18

Swarm-7/18/19

Swarm_71819_IMG_3307.JPG I got a call from a beekeeper about a swarm from one of her hives. These bees have very swarmy genetics. I picked up an early season swarm there and I have managed to keep the bees in the box by making 3 hives of the one. I had to do a quick shake down into my swarm bucket ...
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 12
Views: 3180

Re: Plants

Wally's bee tree is in bloom.
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The bees seem to like it.
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Responding to HOA's request to remove beehives
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: Responding to HOA's request to remove beehives

You need to seek a consultation with an attorney who does land use/HOA law. What rights you can contract away and whether you have contracted away the "right" to keep bees is a complicated situation.
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Cleaning Plastic foundation
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Re: Cleaning Plastic foundation

I just put another batch of plastic foundation in the tub with bleach and dawn. I did have a stack of supers with plastic foundation and comb that needed to be cycled out. I had them outside and was slow to get to them. While wax moths are hard on the wooden frames, they did do an excellent job of c...
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Dearth?
Replies: 8
Views: 3361

Re: Dearth?

I reduced the honey content in my "nectarometer" from 3 oz./pint to 2 0z./pint about 10 days ago. The bees are emptying the jar in a couple of hours. I am now putting a veil on to check my bees since they are likely to be more defensive when little nectar is available. I am also paying attention whe...
by Jacobs
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: Environmental "Protection"???
Replies: 0
Views: 56

Environmental "Protection"???

Handiwork of the current EPA--see the article at the bottom of the page.

https://guilfordbeekeepers.org/wp-conte ... e0.pdf.pdf
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Harvest timing
Replies: 6
Views: 319

Re: Harvest timing

You have options. You will want a full medium super of capped "honey" on the hive going into winter. You can put the capped frames in the freezer and return them to the top of your hive toward the end of August or in September. If you do this, I would keep feeding sugar water at the 1:1 mixture for ...
by Jacobs
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Swarming - newbie questions
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Swarming - newbie questions

Sit back and wait. Let the bees sort things out for awhile. It sounds like you had a newly emerged queen piping a challenge to other queens that may have emerged or are about to emerge. You may want to follow the Bush Farms link on our home page and check out his bee math sheet. It gives a fairly he...
by Jacobs
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Swarming - newbie questions
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: Swarming - newbie questions

We are toward the end of traditional swarm season and at the beginning of when bees abscond because of things like starvation, hive beetle infestation, or other problems with the home hive. There will still be some swarms when bees get nectar/honey bound and feel crowded. Open, drawn comb gives them...
by Jacobs
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: Heavy Winter Losses 2018-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 688

Re: Heavy Winter Losses 2018-2019

This story was in the Greensboro News & Record this morning.

https://guilfordbeekeepers.org/wp-conte ... 28.pdf.pdf
by Jacobs
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: High temps
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: High temps

Nectar flows can be very local things, but generally by mid-June, bees will be looking for any good "nectar" source, get more defensive, and some will be more prone to attempt robbing of weaker hives. Mine have not been going to the "nectarometer" because I have frames for them to clean up. Until ou...
by Jacobs
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets
Replies: 1
Views: 532

Re: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets

I just picked up a small load of 5 gallon food grade buckets with lots of extra lids from the folks at L&B. I'll be bringing them to tomorrow night's (6/11/19) GCBA meeting. They are free for the taking for GCBA members. They are staying in the truck bed, so be prepared to wipe them down if moisture...
by Jacobs
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Adding supers to new packages?
Replies: 1
Views: 84

Re: Adding supers to new packages?

You will want to continue feeding sugar water to make sure that the bees do not starve when the nectar flow slows/stops and as the bee population continues to build. If they are strong, feel the need for space, and have a good steady supply of nectar (sugar water), you have a good chance of continui...
by Jacobs
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-6/3/19
Replies: 0
Views: 314

Swarm-6/3/19

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I got a call this morning about a swarm in the "bone yard" of Colonial Pipeline. There were more bees on the other side of the metal support, 3lbs+ in all. I wish they were all this easy. I was able to sit down on the ground and get them in a hive.
by Jacobs
Fri May 31, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/30/19
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Swarm-5/30/19

Swarm_53019_IMG_3210.JPG This softball+ sized swarm showed up at my house around 6:00 pm. Swarm commander got them to the bait hive, but they weren't going in. I brought a nuc and a few frames of old comb over to them. As they walked onto the comb, I spotted an unmarked queen and got her into a cat...
by Jacobs
Tue May 28, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: High temps
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: High temps

Today marks a significant turn--bees showing real interest in the nectaometer and emptying a pint in less than a day for the first time this season. Until today, I would have to spill out spoiled honey water and replace the pint jar after 3-5 days. There would usually be half a jar of honey water th...
by Jacobs
Tue May 28, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: High temps
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: High temps

The bees are showing more interest in it, but results may be skewed because I have some old frames out that I am assessing/cleaning up, and the bees are showing definite interest in the residual honey and nectar in those. I have been seeing bees work the white clover in the neighborhood. This is usu...
by Jacobs
Mon May 27, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Fanning at the entrance - in the morning
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: Fanning at the entrance - in the morning

They are probably fanning for temperature control. Sometimes you will see a line on 1 side of the bottom board facing in and fanning, while seeing another line of bees on the other side facing out and fanning. They are increasing air flow in the hive. Bees will also fan to evaporate water from necta...
by Jacobs
Wed May 22, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/20/19
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Swarm-5/20/19

A number of bees stayed, but no sign of a queen. I took a frame of eggs, larvae and nurse bees from my Wayne's bee hive and put it in. I'll check in 4 days to see if they are making queen cells. Something to play with.
by Jacobs
Wed May 22, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: High temps
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: High temps

The high temperatures and dry weather may slow the nectar flow or may mark it's end for this Spring. So far, bees have shown very little interest in my "nectarometer" even using 3 oz of honey (and the rest water) in a 1 pint jar. As long as bees are flying out regularly during the day but showing li...