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by Jacobs
Sat May 23, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms 5/22/20
Replies: 0
Views: 16

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: 142

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: 2
Views: 123

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: 197

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: 197

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: 175

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...
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Adding wax to pre-waxed plastic foundation
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: Adding wax to pre-waxed plastic foundation

The method I started using takes a lot of wax--around 1 oz. per medium plastic foundation. I have a large stock pot devoted only to wax processing in its various stages. For coating plastic foundation, I fill the pot nearly full of water and add my wax. I turn on the heat and melt the wax. It floats...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4/28/20
Replies: 0
Views: 98

Swarm 4/28/20

Those darn Stadiem bees swarmed again-the 4th time I am aware of. They will come to the Swarm Commander, if and ONLY if you play them a tune. Tanging these bees seems to work. I suspected another swarm because I heard queen piping in the home hive for the last 3 days and saw no dead queens in front ...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Warre Hives
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: Warre Hives

It is not too late to start. We are in the main nectar flow now. It usually ends around the beginning of June. You may need to feed your bees even with the flow going on and you will definitely need to feed them when the flow slows or stops. You want the bees to continue drawing comb and the queen c...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Warre Hives
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: Warre Hives

I sent you a pm and held off responding in hopes that someone might have information for you. I don't know of anyone using Warre Hives. We have some folks using top bar equipment, but most use a variety of Langstroth hives (8 frame, 10 frame, deep & medium for brood, all mediums, etc.) We focus on L...
by Jacobs
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4/24/20
Replies: 0
Views: 120

Swarm 4/24/20

I don't know what it is about the swarm I picked up at Stadiem's, but they swarmed again Friday afternoon. This makes the 3rd I have seen and captured. They like to come out in high winds when Swarm Commander is most difficult to apply and these bees seem less organized than most I have seen swarm. ...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Queen Excluders
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Queen Excluders

In the past, I haven't used queen excluders to prevent the queen from laying where she wants. I would simply take only frames with capped honey and no brood. I am playing with excluders on 3 hives this season. On 2, if I read Imirie's pink pages correctly, I had most of the brood below and 2 supers ...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4/20/20
Replies: 0
Views: 106

Swarm 4/20/20

The swarm I got from Stadiem threw another swarm around 4:30pm. They seemed disorganized and did not come down to where I had sprayed some swarm commander. I looked at the direction of the bee cloud, sprayed a tree branch a little ahead of them and began tanging. It took about 15 minutes, but the be...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Products of the Hive
Topic: wax for candles or just beeswax
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Re: wax for candles or just beeswax

Part of my going back to basics was cycling out old plastic foundation frames. For years, it was all I used. I am using more and more wax foundation as time goes on. Its not so much that it is more "natural" but it is so much easier to take old comb out and replace it with new wax foundation than it...
by Jacobs
Sun Apr 19, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Products of the Hive
Topic: wax for candles or just beeswax
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Re: wax for candles or just beeswax

It looks like there is some wax to be had on some of those frames. The lighter areas at the edges of some are wax and should "render" out yellow wax. Before this winter I had 2 terrible ones in a row. I went back to basics--mite counts and timely treatments, aggressively cycling out old brood comb, ...
by Jacobs
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Products of the Hive
Topic: wax for candles or just beeswax
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Re: wax for candles or just beeswax

You can try and reclaim what small amount of wax there is in old brood comb. A solar wax melter may be the easiest and best way to go to get lighter wax. As it melts out of the comb, you should see yellow wax. You will mostly have old pupa casings and slum gum. I am stubborn and like to get what wax...
by Jacobs
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: European Hornets
Replies: 7
Views: 4174

Re: European Hornets

I haven't seen European Hornets yet. The queens that are out early are usually quite large. If I see them at the hives and can kill them, it really cuts down on the numbers I have to contend with later in the season. I am seeing yellow jacket queens in the back yard searching for potential hive loca...
by Jacobs
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 16
Views: 5327

Re: Plants

Wild blackberry is blooming. Most of the holly type plants I see have a large number of good sized new berries on them, so they are about done. They definitely got good pollination from something.
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Anything but bees.
Topic: Baby Black Snake
Replies: 0
Views: 453

Baby Black Snake

Ran into this youngster on the platform where I keep water for the bees. I sent a picture to Wally and he made the identification for me. I must be doing something right in my yard. Turtle, arrowhead, baby snake. . .
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by Jacobs
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 2 Swarms 4/13/20
Replies: 0
Views: 180

2 Swarms 4/13/20

The swarm I got at Stadiem's house swarmed today. I sprayed some swarm commander at a convenient spot, but the high winds seemed to prevent it working by itself. I started to tang under the rising cloud of bees and it came lower and toward me. I moved by the spot I had sprayed and the bees gathered ...