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by Jacobs
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19

The second queen is mated. I caught her and marked her. I used this 2 queen nuc for my observation hive at Art in the Arboretum. It was fun pointing out that the bees did not do what we are taught and have 1 queen per hive and that the worker bees were either the daughters or granddaughters of one q...
by Jacobs
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets
Replies: 2
Views: 665

Re: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets

I am scheduled to pick up another load of buckets this morning. I will bring what I get to tonight's GCBA meeting. They are free for the taking.
by Jacobs
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Fall honeyflow
Replies: 12
Views: 7291

Re: Fall honeyflow

Yesterday when I got home from Art in the Arboretum, I could smell aster in my hives and I could see that some of the volunteer aster plants in my yard are in bloom. I have my doubts about how much of a fall flow there is, but at least there is something.
by Jacobs
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 94

GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2020

The Guilford County Beekeepers Association will offer the Beginner Beekeeping Course on the following dates: Thursday, January 16 Thursday, January 23 Thursday, January 30 Thursday, February 6 Thursday, February 13 Thursday, February 20--optional test review/question & answer session Thursday, Febru...
by Jacobs
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19

I caught and marked the damaged winged queen awhile back. Around 9/20/19, I saw a capped supercedure cell. On 9/26/19, I saw a queen that looked like she just emerged based on the pale color of her exoskeleton. Today, she looks darker, but her abdomen does not look fully enlarged. I also saw the mar...
by Jacobs
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mite Treatments
Replies: 14
Views: 4652

Re: Mite Treatments

The half treatments at home are complete and all hives are queenright for now. One does have supercedure cells, so I will keep a closer eye on it over the next month. I should be finished with the full treatment with Formic Pro at my other hives Thursday afternoon and hope the hives look as good as ...
by Jacobs
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Rube Goldberg Lives!--Smoker Repair
Replies: 0
Views: 200

Rube Goldberg Lives!--Smoker Repair

SmokerRepair2_IMG_3428.JPG SmokerRepair1_IMG_3427.JPG I like using this antique small barrel smoker, and continued using it after the top detached from the barrel. This made the finger hold on the top even more essential, but one of the connectors pulled out and the hold came off. I went to local h...
by Jacobs
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mother & Daughter in Nuc
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Re: Mother & Daughter in Nuc

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The daughter is the lighter queen, the mother is darker and just below the daughter. They were on the same frame when I opened the nuc and all I had to do was wait for them to get closer to get this picture.
by Jacobs
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mite Treatments
Replies: 14
Views: 4652

Re: Mite Treatments

The label says check for supercedure one full month after the end of treatment. I guess that gives time for the replacement process to finish up if a queen does not make it through the process. The label does say that weak queens of any age may be superceded during treatment
by Jacobs
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mite Treatments
Replies: 14
Views: 4652

Re: Mite Treatments

I am using Formic Pro for my mite treatments this year. I am going with full (2 strip ) treatments at the Cooperative Extension and at Brown Summit, and I am in the 2nd half of the 1-strip for 10 days + 1-strip for 10 days half treatment method on my hives at home. I am a little concerned that 1 hiv...
by Jacobs
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mother & Daughter in Nuc
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Mother & Daughter in Nuc

The queen I had in an observation hive on National Honey Bee Day also had a capped queen cell on the visible frame. I left a frame with a capped queen cell with the remaining bees at the house when I loaded these into the observation hive. Today I went into this nuc to see what happened since the qu...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19

My best guess is that there were 2 queens based on behavior in the nuc. For several days it looked like bees were doing protective balling of 2 queens on 2 different frames. Yesterday, for the first time, I saw 1 queen walking freely on a frame and bees were coming and going from the nuc in a normal...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 11
Views: 2556

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

I probably crushed 200+ adult SHB in these hives this morning, but they appear to have kept larvae from the hives. I dug up my old AJ's Beetle Eaters and mineral oil and put 2 SHB traps/super in the hives. I haven't had much success with these in the past, but I have never seen SHB numbers like thes...
by Jacobs
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: Local Honey May Have Been Safer
Replies: 0
Views: 360

Local Honey May Have Been Safer

This will make you think twice about trying to bring honey back from a foreign nation. https://www.greensboro.com/news/trending/innocent-man-spends-days-in-jail-for-bringing-honey-back/article_33282259-6ec6-5418-9114-5b16cd24e6df.html?utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=NEWS%20-%20GSO%20PM%20News&...
by Jacobs
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19

David called me around 5:30 pm yesterday to tell me that one of my hives was swarming. Given the small number of bees in the air near that hive and the known strength of the hive, I thought this was an abscond on a suicidal attempt to join my hive. Some of the bees started toward the back of my yard...
by Jacobs
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 11
Views: 2556

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

I don't know that I will bother with mite counts. These bees may get a dose of OAV in the near future and then let it go until I hit them with OAV in winter. Flood water appears to kill varroa and does kill brood under the cappings. I don't know that I will get either of these hives strong enough to...
by Jacobs
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 11
Views: 2556

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

Both hives were queenright, but full of SHB larvae where pollen frames went bad quickly. I reduced one hive to 1 10 frame medium and the other to 3 10 frame mediums. Both sets of bees have been able to manage their space and not let SHB re-establish. Populations in both were severely reduced, so I p...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nucs - need some help.
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: Nucs - need some help.

It is late in the season to be attempting splits/nucs. If you are going to try nucs from very strong hives, I would go with mated queens. My stab at what happened is that we are clearly in the robbing season and nucs are weak enough to be a good target. Queenless hives are also vulnerable to robbing...
by Jacobs
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 11
Views: 2556

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

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This is what 7+ inches of rain will do when hives are not strapped down. I'll find out Monday if both are queenright (and if a creek water flush is an effective varroa treatment).
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small hive beetle
Replies: 6
Views: 2537

Re: Small hive beetle

Last winter was mild enough that it looks like the SHB have made a full recovery in my area. Hives that are in significant shade have had a large increase in SHB population. I must have smashed 50+ that a strong hive had pushed to the inner cover. I may be going to traps or the unscented dryer sheet...