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by Jacobs
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Snow on Outer Covers
Replies: 0
Views: 69

Snow on Outer Covers

Most hives at home look like the one on the left and not the one on the right. Snow_Top_IMG_0004.jpg I take the melting as a good sign--strong enough clusters to be producing heat. That matches the relative strengths of the 2 hives when I examined them about 10 days ago. Then again, melting snow on ...
by Jacobs
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 1950

Re: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2020

REVISED revised schedule

February 27-Hands on equipment--Main Building Auditorium
March 5-Optional question & answer session for class & review for written exam--Barn Kitchen Meeting Room
March 12-Written portion certified exam--Barn Kitchen Meeting Room
by Jacobs
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Hive Placement-Celebrating February 19th
Replies: 11
Views: 6400

Re: Hive Placement-Celebrating February 19th

I put my swarm lure hive up 2 days ago and yesterday the bees were bringing in a steady stream of pollen. Most of my hives at the house are stronger than they have been the last 2 years at this time. I'll see what that means for swarm season.
by Jacobs
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm traps
Replies: 11
Views: 4046

Re: Swarm traps

I took advantage of yesterday's warm weather to set up my swarm trap. I did not get any swarms to move in last year (2019), but have gotten at least 1 move in each of the years I have had it up.
by Jacobs
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:58 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: Iredell County Intermediate Beekeeping Class-Saturday March 28th & April 4th
Replies: 0
Views: 45

Iredell County Intermediate Beekeeping Class-Saturday March 28th & April 4th

The Iredell County Beekeepers Association asked that we make the following information available to our membership-- Iredell Beekeeper (iredellbees@hotmail.com) Howdie, We are planning on an Intermediate Beekeeper Clinic for the days of, Saturday March 28th and Saturday April 4th. Please share this ...
by Jacobs
Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 1950

Re: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2020

Remaining beginner course schedule (unless weather changes it again) Thursday February 13th-7:00pm Main Building Auditorium--Beekeeping Year(Seasonal Management)/Pests & Diseases Thursday February 20th-7:00pm Main Building Auditorium--Hands on Equipment Night (last "formal" teaching session of the c...
by Jacobs
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Pollen
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Re: Pollen

The red maple down the street is blooming. I saw olive green pollen a few days ago and bees have shown little interest in the dry pollen substitute that they have been enthusiastic about up til now. This red maple is one of the early bloomers and usually has some of the larger blooms I see.
by Jacobs
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Drone laying worker hive
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: Drone laying worker hive

Is it a drone laying queen or a laying worker hive? Even if you don't see the queen, single well placed eggs in the center of worker cells are an indicator of a queen's presence. Multiple eggs in cells, eggs on the sides of cells, and eggs on top of pollen are all indicators of laying workers. I gen...
by Jacobs
Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 101

Drones 2020

I examined hives today at the house. I saw capped drone brood with purple eyed drones in one of my stronger hives and several drones walking around on comb in another of my stronger hives. I haven't seen or heard any drones flying. If weather stays generally mild the rest of this month, we could be ...
by Jacobs
Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Pollen
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Re: Pollen

Bees have been gathering pollen from the flowering quince and from the henbit?/creeping charlie? for about 4 days now, but they are still active in the dry pollen substitute I have out near my honey water "nectarometer." Activity at the pollen substitute had slowed until those 20-22 degree nights, a...
by Jacobs
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Looking for two old drawn-out deep frames
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Looking for two old drawn-out deep frames

I don't know if I have much in the way of deep comb, but if you are not successful at getting deeps, use old medium frames in your bait hive. If a swarm moves in, they will be in comb drawing mode and will likely turn your medium frame into a make-shift deep. Most of the time when I have seen this, ...
by Jacobs
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Don't Let Your Bees Starve
Replies: 10
Views: 5465

Re: Don't Let Your Bees Starve

Bees were flying with temperatures in the low 30's yesterday morning. A quick check with a temperature gun at that point showed 61 degrees at entrances where the sun was hitting. Bees were going heavily to water, some to pollen substitute, and some were exploring blooms of leatherleaf mahonia and wh...
by Jacobs
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: NCSBA Spring Meeting 2020--March 5-7, 2020 New Bern, NC
Replies: 0
Views: 80

NCSBA Spring Meeting 2020--March 5-7, 2020 New Bern, NC

Registration is open for the Spring Meeting of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association

the link to information and registration:

https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/calendar/state-meetings
by Jacobs
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period
Replies: 5
Views: 197

Re: EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period

BT was approved years ago, but I think the registration expired and there wasn't enough money in it for companies to pay the costs for a new registration. Dipel is a form of BT that I believe can be used on organic crops and is effective for things like tomato horn worms. You can apply it to the pla...
by Jacobs
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period
Replies: 5
Views: 197

EPA and BT for Wax Moth-Comment Period

https://mailchi.mp/dadant.com/abj-extra ... 15fb405077

Proposed registration of a BT product for wax moth control on combs--comment period is open.
by Jacobs
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plant info and observed timing
Replies: 4
Views: 708

Re: Plant info and observed timing

A few of the flowering quince buds have opened as blooms today, though most have not. I cannot see what the red maples are doing, but my bees have shown far less interest in the dry pollen substitute than they have at any time since I started putting it out.
by Jacobs
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plant info and observed timing
Replies: 4
Views: 708

Re: Plant info and observed timing

Bees were working Winter Honeysuckle at the Arboretum a little after 1:30pm today.
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by Jacobs
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets
Replies: 3
Views: 2180

Re: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets

I have a small collection of buckets and a number of bucket lids that I intend to bring to January 2020's meeting. My car, truck and the buckets were blessed by a flock of birds yesterday, so the outside of these buckets may take a bit more washing if rains don't rinse them before next week.
by Jacobs
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: Environmental "Protection"???
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Re: Environmental "Protection"???

http://msdssearch.dow.com/PublishedLiteratureDAS/dh_090d/0901b8038090d420.pdf?filepath=au/pdfs/noreg/012-10866.pdf&fromPage=GetDoc There are different formulations of this pesticide, but the label for this one does say it is highly toxic to bees. I am not a scientist and I've never played one on t.v...