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by Jacobs
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Plastic Divider to Make 2 NUCs
Replies: 1
Views: 10

Re: Plastic Divider to Make 2 NUCs

I haven't had experience with it, but it gives me another idea--cut 2 pieces like that out of thin plywood, drill openings on the 10 frame super to make openings for 3 different directions and have "queen castle" of 3 frames per queen cell to get 3 queens mated.
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Irregular comb
Replies: 4
Views: 59

Re: Irregular comb

I would not worry about them. It is almost impossible to keep them from bumming a free meal. In places with aggressive ants, some beekeepers place their hives on stands with legs that sit in cans holding oil or some other substance to keep ants out--usually making a mess and generally not necessary ...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Irregular comb
Replies: 4
Views: 59

Re: Irregular comb

You need to make sure your queen is not on that extra comb and remove the comb before the bees build much more of it. Make sure your frames are touching and that any extra space is on the sides of the super. If you do not do this, the bees will continue to build comb off of the side of that frame an...
by Jacobs
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-4/19/18
Replies: 0
Views: 18

Swarm-4/19/18

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No health insurance--no admittance to Wesley Long Hospital. These bees were discharged to the care of Norman Faircloth.
by Jacobs
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-4/18/18-4/19/18
Replies: 0
Views: 18

Swarm-4/18/18-4/19/18

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I got the call last evening and picked up this approximately 1 lb swarm on East Gate City Blvd. at 7:00 a.m.
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Split a Hive Today
Replies: 0
Views: 33

Split a Hive Today

I found my 2016 Wayne's Bee queen at home and moved her into a nuc with some brood and feed frames. The original hive was very strong, but not in swarm mode yet. I was surprised at the amount of nectar and new white wax cappings I saw. Tomorrow, I may well add a second super of open drawn comb on my...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-4/13/18-4/14/18
Replies: 0
Views: 43

Swarm-4/13/18-4/14/18

Homeowners called about this Browns Summit swarm at 8:00pm Friday. Just after first light on Saturday, I vacuumed them and installed them in one of Stadiem's empties. Later that day, it looked like another of his empties was occupied by squatters. Swarm_41318_41418_IMG_2385.JPG (He should know bette...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-4/13/18
Replies: 0
Views: 28

Swarm-4/13/18

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I picked up this swarm in Greensboro between 4:00pm and 5:00pm. Once I confirm that these lucky bees have settled in, I will take them to Norman Faircloth.
by Jacobs
Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Too late to start for this Spring?
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: Too late to start for this Spring?

It is not too late to get started, but you need to get going soon. I don't know if Beez Needz or Triad Bee Supply have any package bees available, but if they do, they are around $110.00 plus tax for a 3lb package of bees with a queen. If you are limited to starting with nucleus (half hives), those ...
by Jacobs
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer
Replies: 11
Views: 3936

Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporizer

The ones that survived are going gangbusters. One did not inherit mite tolerance and died out early. One hive of Waynes Bees starved during the period at the beginning of the year when it did not get above freezing. I had a shim and sugar blocks on the hive, but the bees had consumed all of the hone...
by Jacobs
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: Field Day 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 189

Field Day 2018

Sunday, May 6th--2:00 p.m. at the McLeansville Wildlife Club. For location and other information about the Wildlife Club, follow this link-- http://mcleansvillewildlifeclub.com/location/ You bring side dishes/desserts to share and the club furnishes hamburgers, hotdogs and the fixings to go with th...
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm That Got Away-4/3/18
Replies: 0
Views: 120

Swarm That Got Away-4/3/18

I got texts and was "coaching" a beekeeper in the Jamestown area late yesterday afternoon about retrieving a swarm from his very strong hive. Unfortunately, within 5 minutes of his arrival, they went airborne to the top of a nearby tree. Swarming seems sporadic, but is happening.
by Jacobs
Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar Flows
Replies: 15
Views: 3705

Re: Nectar Flows

I am smelling nectar curing at the house for the first time this season. The bees are working some type of holly which is blooming in David's back yard.
by Jacobs
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

I re-populated these hives this morning with 10 frames each of mostly brood and bees from 2 late swarms I overwintered in nucs. The weather was not ideal, but I have almost given up on spring coming and staying.
by Jacobs
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm traps
Replies: 9
Views: 1523

Re: Swarm traps

There is more interest in my swarm trap hive this afternoon. Bees are showing little interest in the "Jacobs Nectarometer" or in partial honey frames I have uncapped and set out. If I see more activity tomorrow as temperatures warm, it may be time for a small spritz of Swarm Commander on the landing...
by Jacobs
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Saving Burr Comb when there is larvae (with picture)
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: Saving Burr Comb when there is larvae (with picture)

I have a deal with local birds. I would examine a good number of larvae as Wally suggests. If there are more than I want to look at, I leave the burr comb out and give the birds a chance to eat the larvae. If they clean it out, I collect the wax and process it. If they don't clean it out, I collect ...
by Jacobs
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm traps
Replies: 9
Views: 1523

Re: Swarm traps

I have seen a couple of bees land and go in my swarm trap just a few minutes ago. I made sure the dark frame I put in along with 9 undrawn did not have honey or pollen in it. I hope these are scouts and not just bees looking for a free meal.
by Jacobs
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-3/29/18
Replies: 0
Views: 83

Swarm-3/29/18

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I picked up this swarm a little before noon today. The homeowner helped his family keep bees many years ago and was helpful getting this swarm vacuumed. He liked this method of swarm removal.
by Jacobs
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: "Requeening" question
Replies: 1
Views: 106

Re: "Requeening" question

Sounds to me like you did fine. If they were queenless, the lack of pheromones from the original queen and the candy to be removed should give plenty of time for your package to accept the queen. If the original package had ignored the caged queen and made no effort to remove the candy, I would be m...