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by Jacobs
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Caste
Replies: 2
Views: 43

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: 56

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: 98

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: 119

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: 904

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: 4432

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: 128

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: 186

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: 276

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: 276

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: 186

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: 109

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: 55

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
by Jacobs
Mon May 14, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small group of bees at entrance all night
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Small group of bees at entrance all night

I see that you didn't get a response to what to do about the bees left behind. They will circle higher and higher and look/smell for their new location. Most will find it given the warm, dry weather we have been having. This is an example of bearding/temperature control in stronger hives. Bearding_I...
by Jacobs
Tue May 08, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Tulip Poplars
Replies: 0
Views: 147

Tulip Poplars

Tulip Poplars have been in bloom around the house for at least the last few days. Normally they bloom before they leaf out, but not this year.
by Jacobs
Sat May 05, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small group of bees at entrance all night
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Small group of bees at entrance all night

If they have drawn out comb on all but 2 frames and are occupying most of the frames, it is time to move the undrawn frames next to the brood frames AND add another super of undrawn frames. I would continue to feed. You want the bees to continue making drawn comb for you. It will be a most valuable ...
by Jacobs
Sat May 05, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small group of bees at entrance all night
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Small group of bees at entrance all night

Most likely it is for temperature control in the hive. If there are enough bees on the outside, they may cling to each other and hang off of the bottom board. This is called "bearding." Some don't beard, but will cover the front/parts of the sides of hives to cool down the interior. Most times, thes...
by Jacobs
Tue May 01, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/1/18
Replies: 0
Views: 277

Swarm-5/1/18

Swarm_b_5-1-18_IMG_2461.JPG I got a call a little after lunch today about this swarm that was partially on the ground and partially on an apple tree about 20 feet away. They had been in these locations since Saturday. The homeowners called a person they knew who kept bees, but didn't have any equip...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-4/30/18
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Swarm-4/30/18

Swarm_4_30_18-IMG_2454.JPG I suspected the hive that issued this swarm as the source of the large swarm that went high in a tree last week. On the 27th, I was working the nuc beside this hive when I heard piping in this one. I have heard it every day since, including this morning. At about 2:00 pm,...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: Nectar flow

Nectar is the sugar, water & other components that some flowering plants produce that honey bees use to feed adults, mix with pollen to make bee bread to feed brood, produce wax, and when enough moisture is removed, to store as honey. The early source of nectar and pollen in our area is the red mapl...