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by DuaneB
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: First Attempt at Queen Grafting
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Re: First Attempt at Queen Grafting

Nice job! I've been wanting to give it a try and see if I can be successful as well. Practice up for next year.
by DuaneB
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Has been as interesting day. . .
Replies: 1
Views: 142

Has been as interesting day. . .

Hi everyone, This afternoon my wife texted me a picture of one of our nucs. Seemed there was a bunch of bees hanging out or all 4 sides of the hive top feeder I put on it a couple of days ago. She put a robbing screen on it, just in case. After I arrived home, I went out to see what was going on, as...
by DuaneB
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: Newbie

Hi,
I coordinate the GCBA virtual meetings on Zoom. PM me and I'll get you on the invitation list.

I would be interested in meeting other beeks in High Point. PM me. It would be nice to compare notes.

Duane
by DuaneB
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 8
Views: 450

Re: Nectar flow

I had the same problem with queen in my strongest hives putting brood in the supers. I'll be trying queen excludes next year too.
by DuaneB
Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey supers on Brood boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Honey supers on Brood boxes

I'll be doing mite inspections this weekend, hopefully. With 23 hives, I'm thinking it will take a while.

Are you only doing OAV now? Or what would you treat with this time of the year? For <3 mites? For>3 mites?

Thanks.
by DuaneB
Wed Jun 17, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey supers on Brood boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Honey supers on Brood boxes

OK.

Thank you.

Next question. Is it to early to install Apivar strips?
by DuaneB
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey supers on Brood boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Honey supers on Brood boxes

Do you want a medium Honey super per hive or per Brood box, for over-wintering?

1 Brood box - 1 Honey super
2 Brood boxes - 2 Honey Supers????

Thanks,
Duane
by DuaneB
Sun May 24, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Introduced queen flies away when released
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: Introduced queen flies away when released

How long should I leave her in the hive before releasing her? I thought it was 24 hours?
by DuaneB
Sun May 24, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Introduced queen flies away when released
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Introduced queen flies away when released

I have a strong 2 deep hive that is mean. I split it on Friday. Saturday I bought a queen, for the queen less split, and put her in the hive for 26 hours. She was in one of those introduction frames. The bees seemed to be getting along with her. Interestingly, I heard her piping. I opened the cage t...
by DuaneB
Sat May 16, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Moving hives
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: Moving hives

I have had good success doing this. Move them to wherever you want their final destination will be, at night. Then put some branches in front of the entrance, but don't completely block it. You want them to not be able to directly fly out, but have to crawl over the branches. That will make them reo...
by DuaneB
Thu May 14, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 8
Views: 450

Re: Nectar flow

I wish I could say that.
by DuaneB
Sun May 10, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 5/10
Replies: 0
Views: 185

Swarm 5/10

One of my hives swarmed this morning. Apparently the double-deep hive was over-filled, as there was still a LOT of bees in the original hive. Found them on a fence post for the garden. They are now happily in a 10-frame deep. Gave them 1:1 sugar syrup and 1/2 a pollen patty to get them going. Duane
by DuaneB
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Adding wax to pre-waxed plastic foundation
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Adding wax to pre-waxed plastic foundation

I use a 4" foam roller to apply the melted wax. I make sure the roller is well submerged and soaks up a lot of melted wax, and roll it across the foundation. Works well. I don't have a lot of wax, like Rob does, so I do what I can to apply a thick layer and paint many frames.
by DuaneB
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm calls 4/05/2020
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Swarm calls 4/05/2020

So while tending to my own swarm, I received a call about a swarm in a bush. On the way to the retrieval site, I received a call another call about a swarm of bees in a tree. In a hurry to get things set up for the first retrieval, I forgot to to take a picture of the bees in their swarm ball. But h...
by DuaneB
Sun Apr 05, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4/05/2020
Replies: 0
Views: 229

Swarm 4/05/2020

One of my hive swarmed, as I was headed out to split them. Change of plans.
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Last I saw, they were going into a nuc.
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by DuaneB
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4/3/2020
Replies: 0
Views: 236

Swarm 4/3/2020

This is the 3rd Friday, in a row, that I've come home to find bees in/on a swarm box around my yard.
Big bunch of Bees!.jpg
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We put the bees on the outside of the box in a 10 frame deep. Saw 2 queens. There are still bees IN the box on the tree.
by DuaneB
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 3/27/2020
Replies: 0
Views: 285

Swarm 3/27/2020

Received a call for this swarm. The pic was taken at lunch time. Received the call around 2:30. When the caller when back out to look at them, they had moved on. Bummer.
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by DuaneB
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 3/27/2020
Replies: 0
Views: 220

Swarm 3/27/2020

Came home for lunch to find this. Looked at them a little while later and the cluster was gone. I thought they had left. Turns out, they moved in!
by DuaneB
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Caught my own swarm
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Re: Caught my own swarm

Nice catch Bill. One of mine swarmed at about noon, as well. Seems like it was a good day for swarming. Guess 80° temps will do that. I have another hive that will swarm soon, if i don't split them soon.

Is that an Everything Bee Vac? Looks familiar.

Duane