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by Jacobs
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Tulip Poplars blooming!
Replies: 11
Views: 3862

Re: Tulip Poplars blooming!

Earlier this week I saw fully open tulip poplar blooms on the ground during a morning walk. There were also some unopened blooms that had blown down. I'll have to get my binoculars out and check to see whether we are at the start or fully into the tulip poplar blooming around my house.
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms-4/22/19
Replies: 0
Views: 12

Swarms-4/22/19

I am re-thinking bait hives. I have stacks of supers with stinky old comb to by cycled out. Some supers have rotted corners that provide an opening, and the tops are covered by a ratty old outer covers. I saw scouting activity this afternoon, and left with Wally to do some stuff. About 15 minutes af...
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: When to check?
Replies: 8
Views: 94

Re: When to check?

I will yield to Wally's opinion which is give it a week and then check for queen release. If you have frames that are undrawn, you should keep feeding. If they are not taking it as quickly as before, you can reduce the amount you put on, but you want them to have it for overnight and when weather do...
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Capped brood box honey last year.
Replies: 3
Views: 35

Re: Capped brood box honey last year.

The main thing is keeping an eye on what is going on in the hive. If you are not using a queen excluder, your queen can go anywhere to lay eggs. In my opinion, if you are going to extract honey, that is fine. Don't take any frames for extracting that currently have brood on them. Swarms may happen w...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Capped brood box honey last year.
Replies: 3
Views: 35

Re: Capped brood box honey last year.

I think you will be fine adding a frame of capped honey to each end of each brood box. The bees that read the bee books will be trying to do this on their own and you will save them a lot of effort. The ones that don't read the books may take brood all the way to 1 side of a brood box if they favor ...
by Jacobs
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:20 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm - 4/10/2019
Replies: 4
Views: 65

Re: Swarm - 4/10/2019

I'll be heading over in a few minutes with the bee vacuum. Suck up the hangers on, bring down the box and put them all in a hive--that's my first thought.
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms-4/10/19
Replies: 0
Views: 25

Swarms-4/10/19

I picked up a 1lb swarm at sunrise this morning off Cone Blvd. There was a voicemail on my phone from last night during our meeting about this swarm. This afternoon bees ignored 2 bait hives configured along the lines of what Thomas Seeley says bees prefer. At first they went to 2 stacks of supers w...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms-4/8/19
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Swarms-4/8/19

I called Wally for help getting one about 20 feet up a cherry tree in Jamestown. He brought a cloth bag swarm catching unit on an extension pole that he grabbed from Beez Needz. It did the trick and we safely (not counting multiple stings) got the bees down from where they had been clustering for a ...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie questions - variety of topics
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Newbie questions - variety of topics

If you are using 10 frame equipment, when 8 of 10 are drawn out, move the 2 undrawn frames to just beside the brood frames, 1 on either side of the brood, AND add the next super with frames to be drawn. If you put the 2nd super on before the majority of frames below are drawn, the bees will tend to ...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: captured swarms not staying in hive
Replies: 3
Views: 35

Re: captured swarms not staying in hive

The newly hived swarm will leave if they don't like the new home or if they have scouted another home before you catch and hive them. If you can move them more than 3 miles away and let them settle in then move them back home, that may increase the chance they will not leave. If you can put a frame ...
by Jacobs
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie questions - variety of topics
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Newbie questions - variety of topics

Give it about 10 days before opening the hives again and when you do, look for eggs, larvae, and some capped brood. Until then watch to see if the bee flights seem purposeful and if you see a steady supply of pollen coming in on the back legs of foragers. Although not 100% certain, steady pollen is ...
by Jacobs
Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms-4/3/19
Replies: 0
Views: 43

Swarms-4/3/19

One of our second year beekeepers had a swarm come out of his hive and conveniently land near his driveway. I loaned him some beat up old equipment until he can get the rest of a new set up. He had a medium and 10 undrawn frames, so I traded him a frame of dark comb for one of his undrawn ones. We l...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie questions - variety of topics
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Newbie questions - variety of topics

Welcome to the forum. 1. For now, you just want to get your hives going and make sure the queens are functioning well. If your hives are getting plenty of sun, this will help keep SHB numbers down. Keeping your hives strong and not giving them too much room to patrol is the most important control fa...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-4/1/19
Replies: 0
Views: 57

Swarm-4/1/19

Swarm4119_IMG_3074.JPG I was starting to run errands this morning when I got a call from a City of Greensboro employee about bees on the ground in their parking area. The building is on Yanceyville Street. I have not spotted a queen and some of the employees said a van had been parked there at the ...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey bee deterent
Replies: 4
Views: 86

Re: Honey bee deterent

I have used the Fischer's on a few occasions to deter a swarm from completing the move-in to houses and office buildings. That involves spraying over a small area and just long enough to allow homeowner/maintenance men to plug openings AFTER checking to make sure the swarm had not completed the move...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey bee deterent
Replies: 4
Views: 86

Re: Honey bee deterent

I'm not sure if Fischer's Bee Quick would work in that situation, but it would be worth a try. I would try a small squirt/spray at the places where the bees are gathering. This would need to be done a few times a day and over a period of several days. It might get the bees to view this water source ...
by Jacobs
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 6
Views: 1592

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

Neither hive made it through the last of winter, so I installed 2 new packages yesterday. It looks like a row on holly type plants along the baseball field are just days away from blooming.
by Jacobs
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-3/24/19
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Swarm-3/24/19

I got a call this afternoon from second year beekeepers in Summerfield. The 1 hive they started with last year became 3 after we/they captured 2 of their own swarms. All 3 made it over winter and 1 made an attempt to go a couple of days ago, but returned to the hive. That was not the one that swarme...
by Jacobs
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: How often to refresh?
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: How often to refresh?

My swarm lure hives are not special made set ups, but are old supers with landing boards, etc. I may put 1-2 drops of lemongrass oil on the landing boards every week to 10 days (or sooner if they get rained on). I may go with a quick spray of swarm commander on the landing board if I see significant...
by Jacobs
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How long do I wait?
Replies: 2
Views: 204

Re: How long do I wait?

Some of this depends on how you caught the swarm. If they moved into your swarm lure or empty equipment, they have selected that place. I would leave them for at least a few days to let them settle in and then move them to where I wanted to locate them. If the queen has started laying eggs in the sw...