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by Jacobs
Wed May 22, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/20/19
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: Swarm-5/20/19

A number of bees stayed, but no sign of a queen. I took a frame of eggs, larvae and nurse bees from my Wayne's bee hive and put it in. I'll check in 4 days to see if they are making queen cells. Something to play with.
by Jacobs
Wed May 22, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: High temps
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Re: High temps

The high temperatures and dry weather may slow the nectar flow or may mark it's end for this Spring. So far, bees have shown very little interest in my "nectarometer" even using 3 oz of honey (and the rest water) in a 1 pint jar. As long as bees are flying out regularly during the day but showing li...
by Jacobs
Tue May 21, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/20/19
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: Swarm-5/20/19

Not mine and not acting normally. There are not nearly as many bees as there were yesterday afternoon. The ones remaining are cleaning old comb of wax moth cocoons and webbing. If they don't stay, but finish cleaning the frames, I will be well satisfied.
by Jacobs
Tue May 21, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/20/19
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Swarm-5/20/19

Swarm_52019_IMG_3202.JPG These bees heavily scouted on 5/19/19, and there were about 60 that spent the night. I looked in the super on the morning of the 20th, and thought these might just be a queenless abscond. I was in the house when the rest arrived, but saw the end of the arriving bees at abou...
by Jacobs
Sat May 18, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Anything but bees.
Topic: Arrowhead
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Arrowhead

arrowhead_IMG_3196.JPG I found this in my garden yesterday. This plot has been planted for over 50 years, but this is the first arrowhead I have found. The neighborhood has streams and springs, and 60+ years ago, was farmland. I would really love to know the story behind how this artifact got where...
by Jacobs
Wed May 15, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Harvest timing
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Re: Harvest timing

Usually between June 1st & June 15th.
by Jacobs
Wed May 15, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Harvest timing
Replies: 4
Views: 108

Re: Harvest timing

I pull frames as capped and replace them with open drawn comb. I hope the bees will continue making honey during the flow or at least start toward replacement feed for the honey I am taking. I put the frames in the freezer until I am ready to extract, then let them come to room temperature AND then ...
by Jacobs
Tue May 14, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bad queen options
Replies: 1
Views: 34

Re: Bad queen options

If she was ever good, one option is to make sure there are eggs in some of the cells, pinch the queen, and let them make her daughter. Your hive will be losing population during this time, and the replacement may not return safely from her mating flight. It may be worth it if she was good and simply...
by Jacobs
Tue May 14, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar/dried syrup on landing board?
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Re: Nectar/dried syrup on landing board?

I haven't used a ziploc bag feeder, but what you are describing sounds like a classic leaking feeder. You may want to do further internet research to see if others are having better success with a different method of putting holes in the bag. I also wonder if the sugar:water ratio makes a difference...
by Jacobs
Sun May 12, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/12/19
Replies: 0
Views: 90

Swarm-5/12/19

Swarm_51219_IMG_3192.JPG I am going to set up another stack of mediums with stinky old comb and 1 super with a rotted corner for an entrance. This is what has been working for me since scouts have been ignoring my traditional bait hives. Once these have settled in, I plan on moving them onto newer ...
by Jacobs
Sun May 12, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Heavy Scouting
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: Heavy Scouting

Activity really picked up this morning, and it looks like I made the sale this time. I'll post in the Swarms category.
by Jacobs
Tue May 07, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Heavy Scouting
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: Heavy Scouting

It doesn't look like I was able to close the sale--activity slowed about a day after I posted.
by Jacobs
Sat May 04, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Feeding bees honey
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Re: Feeding bees honey

It may be difficult to get the bees to show interest in your honey until after the nectar flow slows or stops. I use diluted honey water in my "nectarometer" (jar feeder with 2 sided access) to gauge nectar availability in my area. Although it is not a good mix (too dilute) bees will come to and tak...
by Jacobs
Wed May 01, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Cleaning Plastic foundation
Replies: 1
Views: 189

Re: Cleaning Plastic foundation

Youtube video does 2 cups clorox, 1 cup dawn, foundation and water in 58 quart tote--soak plastic foundation at least 2 weeks and use 2000psi electric pressure washer to knock casings/wax off. My cheap pressure washer is not quite that strong and doesn't get frames as clean as the video, but I have ...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Heavy Scouting
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Heavy Scouting

I went out this evening to the sight and sound of louder than normal bees exploring supers of old comb I plan to cycle out of use. Given the 2 move-in swarms I have had come to stacks of supers with a rotted corner, I deliberately set up a stack of 5 mediums with old comb and a telescoping top. The ...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Tulip Poplars blooming!
Replies: 12
Views: 4038

Re: Tulip Poplars blooming!

Earlier this week I saw fully open tulip poplar blooms on the ground during a morning walk. There were also some unopened blooms that had blown down. I'll have to get my binoculars out and check to see whether we are at the start or fully into the tulip poplar blooming around my house.
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms-4/22/19
Replies: 0
Views: 50

Swarms-4/22/19

I am re-thinking bait hives. I have stacks of supers with stinky old comb to by cycled out. Some supers have rotted corners that provide an opening, and the tops are covered by a ratty old outer covers. I saw scouting activity this afternoon, and left with Wally to do some stuff. About 15 minutes af...
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: When to check?
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: When to check?

I will yield to Wally's opinion which is give it a week and then check for queen release. If you have frames that are undrawn, you should keep feeding. If they are not taking it as quickly as before, you can reduce the amount you put on, but you want them to have it for overnight and when weather do...
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Capped brood box honey last year.
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Capped brood box honey last year.

The main thing is keeping an eye on what is going on in the hive. If you are not using a queen excluder, your queen can go anywhere to lay eggs. In my opinion, if you are going to extract honey, that is fine. Don't take any frames for extracting that currently have brood on them. Swarms may happen w...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Capped brood box honey last year.
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Capped brood box honey last year.

I think you will be fine adding a frame of capped honey to each end of each brood box. The bees that read the bee books will be trying to do this on their own and you will save them a lot of effort. The ones that don't read the books may take brood all the way to 1 side of a brood box if they favor ...