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by Jacobs
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catching equipment
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Swarm catching equipment

Sounds like a good idea for a meeting to me. Several years back we had a "show and tell" meeting where members brought things they had made and explained how they did it. I'll run this by JB.
by Jacobs
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019

Please send me a PM with your circumstances. If you are a current NCSBA member I will look at the situation, but I don't want to be giving exams to someone who belongs to another local chapter unless there are unusual circumstances.
by Jacobs
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catching equipment
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Swarm catching equipment

5 gallon bucket shop vac--around $30.00. I think I ordered on line at Lowes and picked it up. It clips onto the standard 5 gallon bucket. 2 buckets together provide bee pick up and vacuum control. I will edit this post soon and post pictures.
by Jacobs
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catching equipment
Replies: 6
Views: 124

Re: Swarm catching equipment

Ladder Bee Vacuum & small generator or long extension cord for swarms in tangles of ornamental bushes homeowners do not want cut. Swarm bucket (5 gallon bucket with lid cut out & either plastic excluder cut & glued to fit top opening or screen fixed over top opening) to use with bee vacuum in place ...
by Jacobs
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 8
Views: 2463

Re: Plants

The day before yesterday, I saw two leatherleaf mahonia starting to bloom at the arboretum. The ones in the park near me have buds that are starting to swell, but are nowhere near opening with yellow blooms.
by Jacobs
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019

Bring it next Thursday, and show up around 6:30 pm if you can so that we can start as close to on time as possible.
by Jacobs
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 763

Re: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019

Life happens. If you have to miss a class, that is o.k.
by Jacobs
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lost two hives
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Lost two hives

Don't look at it as failure. Look at it as heartbreaking! This is agriculture, so you can do everything right and still get kicked in the gut. If I have made a mistake and lost a hive, I try and learn from it, but it really gets frustrating when you can't determine why you lost one or more. A lot of...
by Jacobs
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lost two hives
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Lost two hives

You may want to give Don Hopkins a call. He is the bee inspector for our area. If you have significant numbers of dead bees that are still fairly fresh, you may also want to collect samples for him. You can google his contact information and hopefully, instructions for collecting samples through the...
by Jacobs
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Solstice
Replies: 26
Views: 11816

Re: Solstice

Happy Bee New Year 2018. News 2, as of 5:00 a.m., says Greensboro is .2 of an inch away from tying the wettest year on record and that we have a good chance of getting that with the current weather system. Our winter so far has been a little cooler than normal with lots of clouds and rain. Some time...
by Jacobs
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: Christmas in January-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 87

Christmas in January-2019

Our January meeting (January 8, 2019) will be held in the Auditorium of the main building, the traditional location of our Christmas dinner. We will meet at 6:00pm and begin dinner at 6:30pm. Please bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share. We will be having the prize drawings that we would ...
by Jacobs
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Wayne's Bees
Replies: 12
Views: 5628

Re: Wayne's Bees

I have 2 Wayne's Bee hives in Brown Summit and 4 at home. I lost 1 last year at the Arboretum that did not inherit varroa mite tolerance. I lost 1 at Brown Summit not too long ago. It looks like something happened to the queen (marked) in that one and the new queen (unmarked) did not get mated. This...
by Jacobs
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bees are happy!
Replies: 1
Views: 86

Re: Bees are happy!

I did a walk around the Arboretum yesterday and did not see much that bees could be getting on. I did see some ragged camellia buds and blooms bees were working this afternoon in a neighbor's yard. Is anyone else seeing honey bee friendly blooms now? If so, what?
by Jacobs
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Too early
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Too early

So far, all of the hives at the house have bee sounds when I listen in. As soon as the remaining snow melts off of tops, I'll start tipping them from the front and back to determine weight and need for feeding. It's not even winter yet and after a foot of snow in one day, I am ready for spring.
by Jacobs
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Too early
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Too early

I agree with you. Unfortunately, weather has done a number on our Christmas Dinner/December meeting for the first time since I have been a member of the GCBA. I just hope folks are paying attention to our weather policy.
by Jacobs
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bunch of dead bees outside of hives
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Re: Bunch of dead bees outside of hives

I expect to see a larger number of dead bees on the landing board and in front of hives as weather cools and the dying can't crawl away and the dead can't be carried away. That being said, a large number in front of a hive may be cause for concern. I have a couple of hives like that in Brown Summit ...
by Jacobs
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Earliest time to rear queens
Replies: 5
Views: 1007

Re: Earliest time to rear queens

I hope specialkayme will respond since he has been queen rearing by grafting. I would be especially interested in his timing this past spring (2018). Weather last winter was cooler and more overcast than normal, and spring didn't come in from a weather standpoint until well into April if memory serv...
by Jacobs
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 5
Views: 1224

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

The hives have survived 3 "out of bank" floodings this season. One hive is weak and the other is of decent strength. I'm going to keep an eye on both and hope weather/bees will cooperate so that I will be in a position to boost the weak hive sometime in February. I did see that there is a fairly new...
by Jacobs
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Don't Let Your Bees Starve
Replies: 9
Views: 3399

Re: Don't Let Your Bees Starve

I'm glad I checked my Brown Summit bees yesterday. I had put sugar bricks on the 4 light hives a couple of weeks ago. ALL had completely consumed the bricks and one was dangerously close to starvation. I could smell fall nectars as I popped the top of the hives, but none had any significant amount o...
by Jacobs
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 763

GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019

WE WILL BE TAKING WALK IN REGISTRATIONS ON JANUARY 10TH UNTIL WE REACH CAPACITY FOR THE CLASS. IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON DOING A WALK IN REGISTRATION, PLEASE PRINT & FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM AND HAVE YOUR CHECK MADE OUT TO GCBA AHEAD OF TIME. CASH IS ACCEPTED. PLEASE SHOW UP AT 6:30 PM ON THE 10T...