Search found 45 matches

by reedyfork
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Searching for queen after FormicPro
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: Searching for queen after FormicPro

Direct response to me from the folks at Formic Pro: "This should be from the end of treatment. Sometimes treatment can cause a brood break which can give the appearance of queen loss right after treatment. Sometimes supersedure can also be triggered in which case a new queen can take some time to ge...
by reedyfork
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Searching for queen after FormicPro
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Re: Searching for queen after FormicPro

Interesting - I see that instruction now! Somehow I had it in my head that I needed to search one WEEK after, not one MONTH after. This makes me feel better! I'm assuming this refers to waiting one month after the end date of treatment (as opposed to the start date of treatment)...
by reedyfork
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Searching for queen after FormicPro
Replies: 3
Views: 125

Searching for queen after FormicPro

I recently completed 14-day treatment with FormicPro on my three hives. Started on Aug 13, when high temps were in low 80s. Just yesterday, I finally had a chance to open the hives to check on the queens (9 days after end of treatment). I did not see a queen, eggs, or small larvae. Granted, I did no...
by reedyfork
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Anything but bees.
Topic: Dove hunting opportunities?
Replies: 0
Views: 286

Dove hunting opportunities?

I am looking to take my son and our new puppy dove hunting this fall, but need to find an opportunity closer to home (Guilford Co.). Anyone out there know of any fields or farmers willing to help me out?

Thanks!

Ron
by reedyfork
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Paper combining
Replies: 3
Views: 623

Re: Paper combining

I followed this same method to combine two swarms this spring (one of the swarms ended up having no queen). This was my first combine, and it went surprisingly smooth!
by reedyfork
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Dearth?
Replies: 10
Views: 5892

Re: Dearth?

The one plant I know my bees are still working hard is mountain mint. I've had it in my landscape for two years now, and the bees love it! Blooms from July 1 to around Sept 1, so the timing seems perfect when other nectar sources have "dried up".

I'm in urban Greensboro, near UNCG.
by reedyfork
Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 4
Views: 873

Re: Newbie

Ken - welcome to the forum! I am in my second year of beekeeping here in Greensboro, and can't imagine even thinking about getting started without first taking one of the beginner beekeeping courses typically held in late-winter or early-spring... You can of course read and YouTube all you want, but...
by reedyfork
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 9
Views: 1668

Re: Nectar flow

I'm in the same boat. Some frames still with plenty of uncapped honey, and my two strongest hives with brood/drone all the way up into the third and fourth medium! Guess I'm going to need to rethink maybe experimenting with a queen excluder next year...
by reedyfork
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:18 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 6/3/20
Replies: 1
Views: 431

Re: Swarm 6/3/20

I also had my strongest hive swarm on Wed. Happened to be at home when it happened, but instead of going to the convenient dogwood I've been spraying with swarm commander, they chose to go about 100' up in a white oak! Big swarm that rested there for just 15 min before picking up and heading south t...
by reedyfork
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Queen Excluders
Replies: 4
Views: 947

Re: Queen Excluders

I have had the same issue as chemicalmaker - two mediums with brood followed by a third medium with brood in the middle frames surrounded by capped honey. I do not use an excluder, but had been contemplating it... I'll wait on Jacob's test results this season before making a decision. Now that I hav...
by reedyfork
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Virus and Swarms
Replies: 1
Views: 602

Re: Virus and Swarms

I love it. Thanks for sharing!
by reedyfork
Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: swarm traps - to spray or not to spray?
Replies: 1
Views: 551

swarm traps - to spray or not to spray?

I have two swarm traps out, both "baited" with Swarm Commander. I've been re-spraying every 7 days +/-. Question: if the swarm trap is actively being checked out by scouts when I go to check on them and re-spray, should I re-apply the Swarm Commander or wait and come back another time?
by reedyfork
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms-3/20/20
Replies: 1
Views: 630

Re: Swarms-3/20/20

Major props to Rob for attempting to capture my swarm on Friday! My bees made it a challenge by congregating in the top middle of a holly tree, which made it REALLY challenging to try and vacuum. These other two swarm pics look like a dream scenario for him after leaving my house...
by reedyfork
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: "The Pollinators" - showing March 11 in GSO
Replies: 0
Views: 788

"The Pollinators" - showing March 11 in GSO

Downtown Greenway Hosts Screening of Documentary 'The Pollinators' March 11 Are you an environmentalist or someone who is passionate about saving the bees -- or just interested in the subject? The Downtown Greenway is hosting a special one-time screening of the film "The Pollinators." Seats are lim...
by reedyfork
Sat Feb 01, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Looking for two old drawn-out deep frames
Replies: 4
Views: 1211

Re: Looking for two old drawn-out deep frames

Great! I had no idea you could do that, so thanks for the response.
by reedyfork
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Looking for two old drawn-out deep frames
Replies: 4
Views: 1211

Looking for two old drawn-out deep frames

Not sure if it's kosher to ask this or not... I am adding a third hive this spring, and I REALLY want to get it started by catching a swarm. However, I'm using deep boxes for this hive (my other two are all-mediums), so I don't have any old, dark, drawn-out deep frames. If anyone is willing to part ...
by reedyfork
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plant info and observed timing
Replies: 4
Views: 1735

Re: Plant info and observed timing

For the past few days, my bees have been steadily bringing in pollen of all colors - orange, light yellow, greenish-grey. No idea where its all coming from, but glad they're taking advantage while they can!
by reedyfork
Wed Dec 25, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Mite count on sticky board (post-OAV)
Replies: 1
Views: 836

Mite count on sticky board (post-OAV)

Three days post-OAV, I had a total of 85 and 150 varroa on my two sticky boards. This is the first time I've done this, so no idea how to relate these numbers... Any data out there on what to think about these numbers?
by reedyfork
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small hairs/threads on IPM board?
Replies: 0
Views: 511

Small hairs/threads on IPM board?

Following up on my other post just now, I pulled out my second IPM board and found a random scattering of small, fine hairs/threads (0.5-1" long maybe) throughout the board. Anyone seen anything like that before? My first fear is that I have a mouse inside the hive... (Again, my pictures are too big...
by reedyfork
Tue Dec 24, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Pile of gray powder on IPM board?
Replies: 0
Views: 561

Pile of gray powder on IPM board?

Rob graciously volunteered to come over on Sunday to do a first OAV treatment on my two hives. I installed my IPM boards to check varroa drop through my screened bottom boards. I pulled one out to look at it today, and found some wax moth feces and a weird "pile" of gray powder (almost like ash). It...