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by Wally
Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21

It's never out of the question, since the bees don't read the rule book, but if it happened, I would think she would keep on going with a handful of workers, rather than go in the box.
by Wally
Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:22 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -

I would notify the queen supplier and hope for a replacement. You did right.
by Wally
Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21

Unless you have more than one queen you want to raise from, you can just move a couple q cells from the frame and place in the new catch box. It will put you a week ahead on the second box.
by Wally
Sun Jun 06, 2021 4:45 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: Looking for a Quality Hygienic Queen
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: Looking for a Quality Hygienic Queen

Try "wayne's bees" at Beez Needz.

https://beezneedz.com/
by Wally
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21

That "IF" is a 5% chance, but if it happens, you can do either. If you have a favorite queen you want to breed from, use her eggs, If you want to diversify your stock, buy a mated queen and introduce.
by Wally
Thu Jun 03, 2021 3:20 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21

What % of a colony are foragers? In 4 days, you have only caught foragers. Any house bees and developing eggs and larva are still in the column. You will have bees coming out for a MINIMUM of 5 weeks and my personal maximum is 11 weeks. I would check the eggs you put in there for queen cells between...
by Wally
Fri May 07, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catcher
Replies: 5
Views: 748

Re: Swarm catcher

I won't say it is 100%, but if you tilt the second box back on the bottom box and check between the frames in the second box, you will see swarm cells 99% of the time if there are any in the hive.

NO, health will not let me work hives any more, so I just teach and help others.
by Wally
Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First swarm catch 4/25/21
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: First swarm catch 4/25/21

Bees will NEVER use frames when they have open space. Leave one frame out and they will always fill that space before using any frames.
by Wally
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 16
Views: 1551

Re: Nectar flow

I've always heard leave them 2 weeks, but on the other hand, I have heard they will reorient after 3 days. I'm like Jacobs. I think a week would do, but it is, to me, an unnecessary maneuver.

Jacobs, how did you get 10 or more frames in a nuc box? :?:
by Wally
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 3/26/21
Replies: 1
Views: 358

Re: Swarm 3/26/21

Swarm moved into a hollow log in Sophia.
Not mine.
by Wally
Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Need advice on weak colony
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Need advice on weak colony

With a queen and 3 or more frames of bees, I would swap places with the two hives. The returning foragers from the strong hive will come home with groceries to the weak hive and all will be well. With less than 3 frames of bees, and/or queenless, I would combine. You can swap anytime of day or night...
by Wally
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:34 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catcher
Replies: 5
Views: 748

Re: Swarm catcher

1.. I haven't. I learned of it after I retired from keeping.
2.. When you have multiple queen cells being built, or other signs.
3. That's why you leave it on the new hive until she has brood. Then they won't leave,
by Wally
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:34 am
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Swarm catcher
Replies: 2
Views: 726

Re: Swarm catcher

1.. I haven't. I learned of it after I retired from keeping.
2.. When you have multiple queen cells being built, or other signs.
3. That's why you leave it on the new hive until she has brood. Then they won't leave,
by Wally
Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catcher
Replies: 5
Views: 748

Swarm catcher

I had a call from a member today asking what to do when you suspect your hive is going to swarm. He had never heard of a swarm catcher box, so after explaining it to him, I thought I would post it here for others that may have a use for it. You mount it on the entrance of your hive when you suspect ...
by Wally
Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Swarm catcher
Replies: 2
Views: 726

Swarm catcher

I had a call from a member today asking what to do when you suspect your hive is going to swarm. He had never heard of a swarm catcher box, so after explaining it to him, I thought I would post it here for others that may have a use for it. You mount it on the entrance of your hive when you suspect ...
by Wally
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Red Maple
Replies: 6
Views: 1044

Re: Red Maple

In the last week, I have seen crocus, red maple, yellow bell, and henbit bloomed. Acres of henbit in the Farmer area southwest of asheboro.
by Wally
Sat Jan 30, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: Norman Faircloth
Replies: 1
Views: 620

Re: Norman Faircloth

A truly great loss.
by Wally
Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: When you overheat sugarwatwr for the bees
Replies: 1
Views: 676

Re: When you overheat sugarwatwr for the bees

Caramelization
by Wally
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Oxalic acid wands
Replies: 13
Views: 3520

Re: Oxalic acid wands

The forum has a private message link. You can connect that way.
by Wally
Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Fall is in the Air
Replies: 11
Views: 6401

Re: Fall is in the Air

The smell of aster and goldenrod honey being cured does NOT carry over into the taste after curing. Although the taste is still fairly strong, it is not even similar to the smell when curing.