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by DuaneB
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Paper combining
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Paper combining

I've done it that way before (queenless on top), with good success. Its just that the queenright hive is a nuc and the queenless is a 10-frame. The queenright hive is strong enough I can put it in a 10-frame. So I'll put them in the 10 frame for a day, then put the queenless on top using paper combi...
by DuaneB
Mon Aug 10, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Paper combining
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Paper combining

When doing a paper combine, does it have to be queenless on top of queenright? Or does it really matter?

Thanks.
by DuaneB
Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Found dead queen in introductory frame
Replies: 2
Views: 274

Found dead queen in introductory frame

Hi everyone, Last Friday, I split 2 hot hives. Introduced mated queens (in an introductory frame) on Saturday. They seemed like they were going to be accepted. In both cases the hive bees weren't curled up and clinging to the frames. On Sunday, we left for vacation. Checked on them today. Found one ...
by DuaneB
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: First Attempt at Queen Grafting
Replies: 7
Views: 1462

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: 875

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: 895

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: 9
Views: 1685

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: 959

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: 959

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: 959

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: 921

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: 921

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: 706

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: 9
Views: 1685

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: 412

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: 813

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: 576

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: 439

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: 456

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.
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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.