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by Jacobs
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Sugar Bricks
Replies: 2
Views: 371

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: 158

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: 4
Views: 144

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: 4
Views: 144

Re: Swarm-7/6/18

We are 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 com...
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Club Extractor
Replies: 3
Views: 175

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: 158

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: 175

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: 98

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: 4
Views: 144

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: 2704

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: 149

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: 6
Views: 158

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: 108

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: 99

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: 124

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: 161

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: 950

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: 4617

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: 160

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.