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by royl
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Oxalic Acid Treatment and Heavy Bearding? Pic Attached.
Replies: 2
Views: 206

Oxalic Acid Treatment and Heavy Bearding? Pic Attached.

I treated 4 hives in the yard today to knock down varroa mites, vapor method. 2 of the 4 hives are bearding heavily. Normally these hives have only a few bees out front. I followed the same process on all 4 hives. Does OA tend to cause bearding like the pic attached? Note the heavy beard on the shad...
by royl
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Sugar Bricks
Replies: 2
Views: 752

Re: Sugar Bricks

If possible, could you share the Sugar Brick recipe? I can use it for the bees this winter and the neighborhood kids this Halloween.
by royl
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Huge Limb Crashed on 3 Hives
Replies: 0
Views: 288

Huge Limb Crashed on 3 Hives

Title says it all. I had just finished doing some yard work when I heard that ominous sound of tree cracking (the same sound when the chainsaw is 90% through and the tree starts to fall). I located the branch and with my luck noticed its trajectory was headed for my hives. The tree started to fall b...
by royl
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lots of bees on the ground
Replies: 6
Views: 722

Re: Lots of bees on the ground

I have a top feeder on (basically quart jar with small holes poked in the lid turned upside down). They are taking over a quart a day, but so are the other hives with the same equipment. I'll add some more frames using a checkerboard pattern to see what happens. Also note that this hive was not rece...
by royl
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lots of bees on the ground
Replies: 6
Views: 722

Re: Lots of bees on the ground

I have one hive that is bearding more than others. It has 2 medium supers: bottom is full, and second is half drawn, with "some" bees working the wax. It's not crowded at all in the second super, but the beard on the outside indicates otherwise. They have the same setup as my other 6 hives, so I can...
by royl
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Club Extractor
Replies: 3
Views: 1111

Re: Club Extractor

A big thank you to L& B Apiaries!

Could we solicit advice from other clubs that are doing (or have had) a loaner program? Knowing the advantages/pitfalls upfront may help steer the decision. I can help manage/maintain the extractor assuming it will fit in a medium SUV.
by royl
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?

I gathered the swarm this morning. Rob recommended to mist the cluster with sugar water before sweeping them into a container. That did the trick.

This year is full of surprises so far. For some reason, I think Mother Nature has a few more up her sleeve.
by royl
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?

Thanks Rob for the reply. I'll keep an eye on them over the next few days. My luck they'll swarm up 60 feet in the air, laugh, and fly away. I intentionally split this hive about 2 weeks ago to prevent a swarm (I saw capped queen cells). I guess the lesson learned here is that there is no guarantee ...
by royl
Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?

Here is a link to a couple of videos and pics.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/YTcXDCAIRJwUceww2
by royl
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?

I guess the next question is how would I collect this swarm? Should I just knock them off to the ground in the hopes they walk into an unoccupied hive?
by royl
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?

Thank you Wally. Even though there is an upper entrance they never use it. I'm thinking this maybe a swarm considering since this hive doesn't beard and they don't use the top entrance. I assume it is safe to leave it overnight and collect it in the morning? My other hive did this last week and swar...
by royl
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?

I split this hive 11 day ago (removed the queen and placed her in a Nuc). Today is a 66 and overcast/rain. This hive is not prone to bearding so far this year. Then all of a sudden I see this! I can't tell if this is about to swarm/is a swarm, or just a beard.
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by royl
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4/18/18- With Pictures
Replies: 0
Views: 290

Swarm 4/18/18- With Pictures

Wow! Rob helped me capture this swarm. I found two queens (so far) in this swarm. Thanks to Rob's bee vac, we managed to bring in 5 gallons of bees.

Thank you for your help Rob!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/EwFlAZ6BeanG09Fl1
by royl
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Saving Burr Comb when there is larvae (with picture)
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Saving Burr Comb when there is larvae (with picture)

Just a question for the burr comb saving beekeepers... What would you do with the following comb when it's removed from the hive?
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by royl
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1377

Re: Drones 2018

Donna,
Your hive looks a lot like mine today. Weather was "permitting" to venture into this one hive. Needless to say, there is some cleanup to do.
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by royl
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1377

Re: Drones 2018

I inspected two of the hives today and noticed many drone cell (no queen cells) throughout the brood chambers. There are a lot of boys walking around and flying today! I'm very excited about this year.
by royl
Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1377

Re: Drones 2018

I noticed a number of drones today (3/25) as well. I can tell that burr comb is rapidly being build in the candy spacer at the top. The weather has not been warm enough to go in for a full inspection or removal of the spacers. I have a feeling that over the next two weeks, we're going to be seeing s...
by royl
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Pollen
Replies: 7
Views: 1903

Re: Pollen

I am thinking about changing the entrance reduce to the medium setting later this week. My thoughts are to reduce the entrance as much as possible since small hive beetles are a problem in my bee yard. It seems to be a balancing act to prevent hive beetles or a hive bottleneck.
by royl
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:40 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Pollen
Replies: 7
Views: 1903

Re: Pollen

I took this video today, 2.18.18, of the number of bees carrying pollen. I still have my entrance reducer set to the smallest setting. It created a small bottleneck, needless to say.

Check it out here:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/kKdwwlCIxmuWDMxE3
by royl
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: 2017-2018 Winter Losses?
Replies: 7
Views: 1170

Re: 2017-2018 Winter Losses?

I checked my two hives on 2/15 and both made it. 1 hive in particular is booming with bees and now I'm on swarm watch. I did notice a strong population of hive beetles in the second hive. It's concerning so I am going to take action by reducing the amount of space and trying the cd case with boric a...