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by Jacobs
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Club Extractor
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Club Extractor

The good folks at L& B Apiaries, the bucket people, have donated a 9 frame extractor to the GCBA. Your Board is looking for input. If there is interest in a loaner program, it will only be started if there is a volunteer to take care of the extractor and manage the check out, return, etc. Our thinki...
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Varroa damage?
Replies: 3
Views: 69

Re: Varroa damage?

Deformed Wing Virus--usually brought by varroa mites. The virus may linger after mite treatments or after reduction in mite population for any reason. I am not overly worried seeing 1 DWV bee in a hive, but if I am seeing several, it is usually an indicator of a varroa problem.
by Jacobs
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-7/6/18
Replies: 0
Views: 76

Swarm-7/6/18

Swarm_7-6-18_IMG_2541.JPG My neighbor called late Thursday afternoon about a swarm that had arrived on a construction site he was at. This new hotel off Highway 68 was not ready for check in of these guests. I went early Friday morning and vacuumed them up. When I hived them, I gave them some stink...
by Jacobs
Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Dearth?
Replies: 7
Views: 2670

Re: Dearth?

The "Jacobs Nectarometer" indicates a dearth at the house. Bees are investigating potential food sources they have not been showing interest in before. If this keeps up, I will move hive manipulations to much closer to dark so that if I trigger strong probing/robbing, there will be much less time fo...
by Jacobs
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey super is full. What next
Replies: 1
Views: 126

Re: Honey super is full. What next

If they have drawn 6 of 8 (8 frame) or 8 of 10 (10 frame), it is time to add another super & frames. You want to get as much drawn comb as you can. It will be valuable as you go forward. You will probably need to keep feeding to get the bees to continue drawing comb. We are in a period where the nec...
by Jacobs
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lots of bees on the ground
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: Lots of bees on the ground

It sounds like a variation of bearding--bees coming outside the hive and hanging off the landing board for internal hive temperature control. It is the sign of a strong, healthy hive. It sometimes, but not always, means that the bees can use more space. If they are not piled out like that in the mor...
by Jacobs
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Caste
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Caste

I would go with 3. Drones, workers & queen. http://www.caes.uga.edu/departments/entomology/research/honey-bee-program/bees-beekeeping-pollination/getting-started-topics/getting-started-honey-bee-biology.html If someone marks you wrong, I would argue this site. See table 1 where it gives development ...
by Jacobs
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: IPM board and mite count
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: IPM board and mite count

https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/managing-varroa-mites-in-honey-bee-colonies This publication describes mite management, including use of the sticky board. I suspect current thresholds are lower than these numbers. The drawback of the sticky board is trying to figure out a reasonable approximation of th...
by Jacobs
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Queens Fighting
Replies: 0
Views: 119

Queens Fighting

This is a new experience for me. I have a nuc that re-queened recently and had 3 supers on it. I have some presentations coming up, so yesterday, I caught and marked "the" queen and reduced the nuc to 10 frames. This is the set up I like because it makes it easy to find the queen quickly and load up...
by Jacobs
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Vinegar in syrup
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: Vinegar in syrup

I mix sugar water at 2 parts sugar to 1 part water and add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar/gallon. The thick mixture and vinegar really seem to retard the growth of mold/fermentation & cuts my storage space in half this time of year. I thin to +/- 1:1 as needed. I have had a half empty gallon ja...
by Jacobs
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Late Season Re-Queening
Replies: 2
Views: 934

Re: Late Season Re-Queening

I guess the bees know better than I do. This queen is still going. I put her in a nuc earlier this spring and the original hive has requeened and I have pulled 26 medium frames of honey from it. I moved the original queen into another nuc, and hopefully I have another of her daughters mated now. I w...
by Jacobs
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar Flows
Replies: 19
Views: 4575

Re: Nectar Flows

My house bees are now very willing to clean up honey/nectar from frames I want cleaned. I don't know that any additional serious amounts of honey will be capped, but later in the week I plan to check a few hives that were close to capping frames in the uppermost supers. The arboretum hive was kind e...
by Jacobs
Sun May 27, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Ants in top feeders
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Re: Ants in top feeders

As long as the ants are going to the feeders, they are not causing a problem for the bees. I have learned to live with the fact that unintended insects get fed along with my bees when I am feeding to get comb drawn.
by Jacobs
Fri May 25, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Split a Hive Today
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Split a Hive Today

Sometimes plans work out--sometimes you just get lucky. The 8 medium super hive appears to have finally forgiven me. They are not coming at me with the bad intent they have had since Sunday. I went to check the nuc I had put together with the 4 frames of capped brood from this hive and eggs from my ...
by Jacobs
Tue May 22, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How to get Field bee to go to the split hive?
Replies: 9
Views: 300

Re: How to get Field bee to go to the split hive?

The GCBA has mentors who will do hive inspections with new beekeepers or will respond to phone calls. It is one of the benefits of being a member. Our mentor page is password protected because some of the mentors do not want phone numbers to be on a page/list that anyone on the internet can view.
by Jacobs
Mon May 21, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How to get Field bee to go to the split hive?
Replies: 9
Views: 300

Re: How to get Field bee to go to the split hive?

I am curious--did the supersedure cell have royal jelly in it? If it really is a supersedure cell, you will need to keep an eye on the original queen. IF the bees are sensing something wrong with her, this may be the reason they are trying to make her replacement. I am managing the club's new packag...
by Jacobs
Sun May 20, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Split a Hive Today
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Split a Hive Today

My strong hives got supers of open drawn comb as I had planned on, and are putting them to use. I had a really crowded hive in 6 mediums. I went through all supers and frames looking for the marked queen to move her, but she eluded me. I had to use an inspectors jacket and gloves as these are not ve...
by Jacobs
Sat May 19, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Need help
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: Need help

If you have enough bees in the top bar to justify it, I would go with buying a queen--that way you still have 2 hives going. If there are too few in the top bar, consider getting another 8 frame super and frames, do a newspaper combination by putting a sheet of newspaper over the top bars of the top...
by Jacobs
Sat May 19, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets
Replies: 0
Views: 67

5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets

I have another 50+ 5 gallon food grade buckets. I don't have lids for most of these, but they are in good shape. Call me (336 740-1703) to let me know you are coming and get a stack of them for free. Rob