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by Jacobs
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Found dead queen in introductory frame
Replies: 2
Views: 30

Re: Found dead queen in introductory frame

Sounds to me like you have about as good an idea of what is going on/what happened as can be had. I have seen bees ignore a queen in a cage after package installation, even to the point of the queen dying. In these cases I expect to find that the "mother" queen of a colony had been shaken into the p...
by Jacobs
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Stupid hive beetles
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Re: Stupid hive beetles

I didn't have a hive beetle problem----yet. I am in the process of planning for "fall" varroa management and for examining hives that do not appear to be as strong as others. The day before yesterday, I determined that one of the weaker hives was queen right but had requeened. The population was way...
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: Recording of GCBA meeting of 7/14/20
Replies: 0
Views: 251

Recording of GCBA meeting of 7/14/20

This link will take you to a recording of our 7/14/20 meeting. Put in the password at the end of the link and you should be able to view it.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/uJBzI ... zm7P0x-VFW Password: 8Z.g170P
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: European Hornets
Replies: 8
Views: 5514

Re: European Hornets

I killed my first European Hornet this evening. I'll be paying the price for having missed killing a queen or two earlier this season and now have to contend with the foragers.
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Re: Nectar flow

This morning the bees at the house emptied my nectarometer (5 oz. honey & water in 1 pint jar) in less than 2 hours. This is not nearly as fast as they will empty it in a serious dearth, but it is the quickest they have emptied it this season. I am thinking that this stretch of 90+ degree weather we...
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: First Attempt at Queen Grafting
Replies: 7
Views: 850

Re: First Attempt at Queen Grafting

That is an excellent result for a first grafting attempt. Wally had Larry and Janice Tate come down to his place years ago and show several of us how to graft. We didn't have near that good a result with several of us grafting a few larva each into prepared cups in one starter box. What mating nuc s...
by Jacobs
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Re: Nectar flow

I haven't used escape boards, but I would be concerned that if bees were not available to protect the honey & nectar, small hive beetles might take advantage of the situation and ruin any potential crop.
by Jacobs
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey supers on Brood boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Honey supers on Brood boxes

I would use OAV as an emergency knock down if I were to get really high mite counts and temperatures in the upper 80's+ for an extended period. If I can get a 3 day stretch of highs in the lower 80's, I would probably go with FormicPro--allowed to have honey supers on & kills mites under cappings wi...
by Jacobs
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey supers on Brood boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Honey supers on Brood boxes

I haven't used Apivar. I did check out the label by going in our forum to: Just Stuff-Useful Information Links-Pesticide Labels and pulled this up-- https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/087243-00001-20131017.pdf If you are at/above threshold and have your honey supers off, I didn't see a...
by Jacobs
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey supers on Brood boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Honey supers on Brood boxes

Generally, 1-10 frame medium of capped honey/ sugar water "honey" plus the honey the bees have elsewhere in the hive is sufficient going into winter. Even with that on, it is still a good idea to heft the hives regularly to check weight during winter, and on 50 degree+ sunny days you can pop the out...
by Jacobs
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: Virtual GCBA Meeting using Zoom 5/12/20 7:00pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1788

Re: Virtual GCBA Meeting using Zoom 6/9/20 7:00pm

Lewis Cauble, NC Apiary Inspector for the western region, will present his varroa mite management routine.
by Jacobs
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Bait and Switch-Swarm 6/5/20
Replies: 0
Views: 208

Bait and Switch-Swarm 6/5/20

I had an outside swarm come to my bait hive yesterday at about 11:00 am. This is the 7th swarm to come from the outside to my house this season. The pattern seems to be scouts check out the bait hive. If they like it, it looks like 8 or 10 scouts occupy the hive and "hold" it for the colony. They se...
by Jacobs
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 6/3/20
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Swarm 6/3/20

The combined hive that swarmed and went high on 5/22/20, threw a small swarm yesterday. I suspected it was going to swarm again because I kept hearing piping all the way until yesterday morning. This less than 1 medium frame of bees went to my fig bush, so they were easy to capture. I have them in a...
by Jacobs
Fri May 29, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/28/20
Replies: 0
Views: 265

Swarm-5/28/20

I had a swarm move into a bait hive at the house around 3:10 pm yesterday. It did not look very big, but probably bigger than 2 less than 1 medium frame swarms I have had come in or have collected at the house the last 2-3 days. None of these appear to be the robust reproductive swarms from earlier ...
by Jacobs
Sat May 23, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms 5/22/20
Replies: 0
Views: 207

Swarms 5/22/20

I had 2 swarms come out of my home hives yesterday as soon as it was sunny and dry. Both went high to my oak tree. One was an over wintered nuc that I had put in 10 frame equipment with additional space. When I did this around 2 weeks ago, I saw no evidence of intent to swarm. The second was a stron...
by Jacobs
Sat May 16, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Moving hives
Replies: 2
Views: 479

Re: Moving hives

You can move them in stages--about 3 feet at a time. Foragers will return to the original spot, circle up & most will find the new location. I'm not sure how the bees would do if you made the move all at once. That might depend on how large the move is within the yard and whether the bees have enoug...
by Jacobs
Wed May 13, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Re: Nectar flow

This year may be the year that really demonstrates that all beekeeping is local--very local. I am about to have a look in my stronger hives, but I suspect the mild winter and early flow lead to earlier brood rearing in my case. For me, the question is--have the bees been able to bring in enough extr...
by Jacobs
Thu May 07, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Practical test for certified NC beek
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: Practical test for certified NC beek

I sent you a pm (private message).
by Jacobs
Thu May 07, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Practical test for certified NC beek
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: Practical test for certified NC beek

With your bees in Guilford County, we will come to you as long as we can maintain social distancing. We will need a good sunny day with little wind and temperatures above 65F.
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4/29/20
Replies: 1
Views: 417

Swarm 4/29/20

I made a quick trip out for a few essentials (pastrami, swiss cheese, rye bread) this morning when my neighbor called to let me know one of my hives was swarming. I am pretty sure this is not number 5 from the Stadiem swarm. These bees went directly to the spot where I had sprayed some Swarm Command...