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by Jacobs
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: "Swarm"-8/27/18
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: "Swarm"-8/27/18

It took about 2 rounds of boosting of 2 frames each time, but this queen is now laying a nice pattern and the nuc is building. One of our new beekeepers just had her very healthy hive swarm a week ago. We are going to keep an eye on requeening. If her hive is not successful at it, I plan on packing ...
by Jacobs
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

Information and reminders from David Tarpy at NCSU--
https://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/2017/09 ... ricanes-2/
by Jacobs
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

You should be fine with strapping. Everyone needs to make sure that their hives are not in flood prone places, if they have solid bottom boards-backs of hives are slightly higher than fronts so that water will not pool inside the hive, and that outer covers have good weights on them or are strapped ...
by Jacobs
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Wintering
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Wintering

I agree with Wally, but there is too little information to try and evaluate options. If you want to give me a call at 336 740-1703, we can discuss some possible paths forward.
by Jacobs
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Oxalic Acid Treatment and Heavy Bearding? Pic Attached.
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: Oxalic Acid Treatment and Heavy Bearding? Pic Attached.

I am going to take a stab at this having been given a little more information about the hives. I have not seen a bearding response to OA vaporization in warmer or cooler weather. These hives did not have inserts on with the screened bottom boards until getting ready to apply OA. They did not have up...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar Flows
Replies: 20
Views: 5361

Re: Nectar Flows

Something must be available in my neighborhood. Since Wednesday my bees have slowed taking honey water from the Jacobs Nectarometer (jar feeder with 2 open ends in the base that holds the jar) and have been steadily, but not extremely heavily sending out foragers. I am not picking up any fall nectar...
by Jacobs
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Anything but bees.
Topic: Turtle
Replies: 0
Views: 365

Turtle

Turtle_IMG_2594.JPG I was tilling an area in my back yard when I saw this little guy (?) crawling on the surface of the sandy patch where I plant garlic. It was active, unhurt, and the webbed feet told me its mother likely came from the lake a couple of hundred yards from my home. I don't know if t...
by Jacobs
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: "Swarm"-8/27/18
Replies: 1
Views: 234

"Swarm"-8/27/18

I got a call late this afternoon about a cluster of bees about 15 feet from the hives at the Arboretum. Swarm_82718_IMG_2593.JPG I got the queen in a clip, but could not get the hand full of bees to settle. Even Swarm Commander could not get them to behave. I shook what number of dysfunctional bees ...
by Jacobs
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey Question
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Honey Question

You are correct--honey from unknown sources carries some risk. Honey from known AFB infected hives stays in frames in the burning pit so that bees from healthy hives cannot get to it after all equipment is burned and gets covered with soil. It sounds like you have a good plan for next season. Now it...
by Jacobs
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey Question
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Honey Question

The main reason for not feeding "honey" to bees is not knowing whether the source hive had American Foul Brood. The AFB spores can be in honey and can live for decades. I regularly thin honey from my hives and put it in an external feeder at the back of my yard as a gauge of whether there is nectar ...
by Jacobs
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Brown Rice Syrup
Replies: 1
Views: 517

Re: Brown Rice Syrup

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_rice_syrup

I hadn't heard of it, so I did a search and turned up this article. Toward the end it mentions an arsenic content that may be of concern to people. I don't know about bees.
by Jacobs
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Hive spacing
Replies: 1
Views: 172

Re: Hive spacing

Either move them several miles in 1 move or about 3 feet at a time for short moves within a bee yard. If I am moving a hive from one location to one several miles away, I like to put on a moving screen just after dark. Light smoking may help to coax the bees into the hive before you close it up. Tha...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Robbing
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: Robbing

I have used vap o rub before, not as a preventative, but to slow the chaos around a hive under attack. It helps quite a bit, but does not seem to stop an episode that has reached a high level of activity. I thought the entrance reduction & then closing up the hive would give it a chance, but I had a...
by Jacobs
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-8/7/18
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Re: Swarm-8/7/18

Despite reducing the opening of the nuc to about 1 bee, this "swarm" got overwhelmed before I could use a robber screen to close it up. Only some robbers remained inside when I opened the hive this morning.
by Jacobs
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Robbing
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: Robbing

My 400 bee "swarm" from yesterday was being robbed despite my reducing the opening in the hive to just about 1 bee. I put a robber screen on and closed up the nuc. It has a jar feeder on the top (inner cover cut for jar feeder) so I am going to leave it closed up until at least tomorrow afternoon. I...
by Jacobs
Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey Question
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Honey Question

Pure sugar water "honey" is clear. Sugar water "honey" mixed with real nectar honey may be darker. The best practice is not to sell (or give away) "honey" from frames that were on the hive when sugar water was fed to the bees. I never want to run the risk of having this mixture in anything that goes...
by Jacobs
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-8/7/18
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Swarm-8/7/18

Founders_Swarm_8718_IMG_2578.JPG More than enough bees to do a mite count with, but not by much. I have a black queen in a queen catcher clip & bees in 4 old medium frames in a nuc with a jar feeder on the inner cover. I plan on releasing her tomorrow & see if she will start laying. If so, I have r...
by Jacobs
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-8/6/18
Replies: 0
Views: 103

Swarm-8/6/18

Wild_Wolf_Swarm_8618_IMG_2574.JPG David helped me collect this 1+/- pound "swarm" yesterday. I hived them in a nuc and they started to leave once. I don't know if the queen returned, but they seem more organized today. I'll check for a queen in a day or two and boost from stronger hives if it appea...
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: National Honey Bee Day August18, 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 733

National Honey Bee Day August18, 2018

NationalHoneyBeeDayfull page 2018.pub-small.jpg Join the Extension Master Gardeners and the Guilford County Beekeepers Association in a celebration of National Honey Bee Day--Saturday, August 18, 2018, 9 am - 1 pm. This free, family event will take place at the Extension Demonstration Garden, 3309 ...
by Jacobs
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Sugar Bricks
Replies: 2
Views: 628

Re: Sugar Bricks

I don't have the "cooking" perfected--sometimes these bricks will break apart into smaller pieces, but the bees don't seem to mind. I use a heavy pot and a candy thermometer & will play with the temperatures a bit to see if I get better results, but the basic recipe is- 2 cups water 10lbs. sugar sti...