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by Jacobs
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Brown Rice Syrup
Replies: 1
Views: 45

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: 77

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: 738

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: 127

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: 738

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: 1
Views: 37

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: 127

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: 21

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: 259

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: 500

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...
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lots of bees on the ground
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: Lots of bees on the ground

I am close to making an inner cover/top feeder with 4-6 jar lid openings that will let me give the bees multiple half gallon regular mouth mason jars. I am going to try to get new comb drawn with strong hives using this method. Even this may not be enough access to sugar water to get them to draw co...
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-7/6/18
Replies: 5
Views: 452

Re: Swarm-7/6/18

We have had some sort of miscommunication. I got your e mails about the mentor program, but I don't have one from you regarding the swarm list. We do not have an online form to be put on the swarm list. If I missed your request, I am sorry.
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-7/6/18
Replies: 5
Views: 452

Re: Swarm-7/6/18

We have passed the real swarm season now, so I quit the daily rotation of GCBA members on our swarm list. If you are a current member of GCBA next February, I would suggest that you look at the list, see what zones you want to cover, and send me a request to be put on the list. This swarm did not co...
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Club Extractor
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Re: Club Extractor

Maybe our officers/board members who are going to the NCSBA meeting later this week can ask around and see who has/had a loaner program and what their experiences have been.
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lots of bees on the ground
Replies: 6
Views: 477

Re: Lots of bees on the ground

You might want to put a top feeder on them and see what they do with what they have. There is not enough of a natural nectar flow for bees to continue drawing out comb. I don't believe the bees will not view the un-drawn comb as useable space, so they may be "crowded' for lack of comb.
by Jacobs
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Club Extractor
Replies: 3
Views: 496

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: 149

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: 5
Views: 452

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: 2782

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...