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by reedyfork
Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: "The Pollinators" - showing March 11 in GSO
Replies: 0
Views: 108

"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: 206

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: 206

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: 690

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: 194

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: 78

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: 86

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...
by reedyfork
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Fall/Winter prep and hive configuration
Replies: 1
Views: 638

Fall/Winter prep and hive configuration

This will be my first winter with bees, so wanted to make sure I'm prepared now that it's Nov and we're getting some cold nights: I have stopped feeding pollen patties I have switched from 1:1 to 2:1 sugar syrup (using hive-top feeder) I have switched the entrance reducer to the smallest opening I h...
by reedyfork
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: White powder/mildew on adult bees?
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: White powder/mildew on adult bees?

So I was able to catch a couple bees and take off the specks from the tips of their wings. After a taste-test, I determined it's not sweet like fondant or sugar crystals... They hard-ish and granular though. I need to find someone with a microscope!
by reedyfork
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: White powder/mildew on adult bees?
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: White powder/mildew on adult bees?

First try at attaching photos...
by reedyfork
Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: White powder/mildew on adult bees?
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: White powder/mildew on adult bees?

I got a better look today, and am going to try and attach photos. The bees are bearding like crazy today - I guess due to the heat and humidity... Anyway, the white specks are definitely bothering the bees as they do seem to be trying to rub and groom themselves to get rid of them. Almost reminds me...
by reedyfork
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: White powder/mildew on adult bees?
Replies: 5
Views: 690

White powder/mildew on adult bees?

When inspecting my two hives this weekend, I noticed multiple adult bees with what looked like a white powder on them. Almost like mold specks on wings, body, legs, etc. Nothing crazy, and no other deformities or odd behavior. Does this sound like anything familiar (and no, it was not pollen)?
by reedyfork
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:40 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mite Treatments
Replies: 15
Views: 6509

Re: Mite Treatments

Tomorrow is day 14 of the Formic Pro treatment of my two hives. After initial worry over brood loss on the first couple of days (having never done this before), it seems to be going well. I had huge activity in front of both hives the past two days with orientation flights, lots of pollen coming in,...
by reedyfork
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm/Abscond 7/18/19 (central GSO - waiting to be caught in my own yard 2:15pm)
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: Swarm/Abscond 7/18/19 (central GSO - waiting to be caught in my own yard 2:15pm)

Update #2: apparently my swarm didn't do much pre-planning, so are going to spend the night on the same branch they've been on since 7:30 this morning. I am still learning, but always assumed they'd have a new home scouted and picked out BEFORE leaving the hive... I'm up early and will be here at th...
by reedyfork
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm/Abscond 7/18/19 (central GSO - waiting to be caught in my own yard 2:15pm)
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Re: Swarm/Abscond 7/18/19 (central GSO - waiting to be caught in my own yard 2:15pm)

Update: the swarm is still there at 5:30. Hopefully someone can come set up a box and lure it down before it disappears...
by reedyfork
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm/Abscond 7/18/19 (central GSO - waiting to be caught in my own yard 2:15pm)
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Swarm/Abscond 7/18/19 (central GSO - waiting to be caught in my own yard 2:15pm)

It appears that the stronger of my two new hives swarmed or absconded this morning. Crazy activity and flying around at 7:00-7:30, with bees pouring out of the entrance. All was normal about 15 min later. Then I heard buzzing in my yard and looked up to find the swarm on a branch of my giant hickory...
by reedyfork
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Harvest timing
Replies: 6
Views: 897

Re: Harvest timing

With new packages, I understand that I'm not to take any honey this year, but to leave it for them to use through the winter. Am I to leave the (now) full supers right where they are or am I supposed to take them off, freeze/store, and return before winter? They are awfully heavy to be pulling off a...
by reedyfork
Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Swarming - newbie questions
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Swarming - newbie questions

So now I've gone and confused myself! I went ahead and opened the "weaker" of my two new hives today to do an inspection while I waited a couple weeks to open the "stronger" hive that I suspected may have swarmed this past week (Tues). I didn't look at every frame, but I did not see the queen and I ...
by reedyfork
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Swarming - newbie questions
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Swarming - newbie questions

Great info - thank you both! I have not had a chance at all to open the hives yet, so will plan to sit back and wait a couple weeks. Being brand-new to this, having open drawn comb sitting around is not an option (I have only been able to add new supers with foundation until now). I guess that oppor...
by reedyfork
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Swarming - newbie questions
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Swarming - newbie questions

Spoke to both Rob and Mark briefly today to report a swarm on a tree in my next door neighbor's yard... I have no idea if it came from my two brand-new hives (packages in March) or was just "passing through". It was gone within an hour, so who knows where it is how. I just got home and at first glan...