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by reedyfork
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mountain Mint
Replies: 3
Views: 209

Re: Mountain Mint

Shoot, I wish I had known you were going to plant this and I could have given you some! Mountain mint, like all mints, will spread (vigorously) on its own - not by seed, but by surface runners/roots. Luckily, it can be easily pulled and divided, and is not as aggressive as other mints. Early next sp...
by reedyfork
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Uncapped honey supers?
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Uncapped honey supers?

So I did buy a $25 refractometer, and was excited that even the uncapped frames were reading an average of 16.5% moisture! I pulled all the supers off, replaced with a super of blank foundation, and put on the feeders to see if there's any chance of getting them to work and draw out anything... Each...
by reedyfork
Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Uncapped honey supers?
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Uncapped honey supers?

After removing most of my honey supers a few weeks ago, each of my hives were left with a medium super of partially-capped frames that they hadn't quite finished yet. And no, I did not test moisture levels... Question: what should I do with these frames/supers now, since they look the same now as a ...
by reedyfork
Thu Jul 15, 2021 5:24 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen

So just like Jacobs suggested a few weeks ago, sure enough I went back a couple days ago to find the supercedure cells gone and the marked queen still there and doing fine. Hopefully things are stable now so they can build up!
by reedyfork
Thu Jul 08, 2021 6:03 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Chasing sourwood
Replies: 1
Views: 142

Chasing sourwood

I have an opportunity next year to keep several hives (or move several hives) up to a couple different places in the mountains - Wilkes and Watauga Co. I'd love to hear from any folks around here that have moved hives seasonally to try and capture the sourwood flow. Just trying to figure out the tim...
by reedyfork
Thu Jul 08, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Dearth?
Replies: 18
Views: 9775

Re: Dearth?

I have clouds of bees working all of my mountain mint (and neighbors')! Good news is that it will continue to bloom for another month or more. However, anytime I've opened my hives over the past week or two, it definitely triggered probing and robbing behavior. These colonies at my house are strong,...
by reedyfork
Tue Jul 06, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -

So these bees re-made 3-4 more supercedure cells, even though I still found the queen looking perfectly normal, eggs, larvae, etc. I knocked these cells down on the 25th - still hoping to let the queen settle and everyone to get along. Came back on July 1st on found 3-4 MORE cells - uncapped, but a ...
by reedyfork
Mon Jul 05, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21
Replies: 8
Views: 967

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

Final update: this trap-out ended up starting two new colonies for me. After a total of around 5 weeks, I just pulled the second box off and moved it to its permanent home. I took down the cone and covered the entrance in the column with 1/2" hardware cloth - to let bees in to rob it out while keepi...
by reedyfork
Sat Jul 03, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Beetle Blasters - mineral oil or diatomaceous earth?
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Beetle Blasters - mineral oil or diatomaceous earth?

Informal non-scientific experiment results: I am finding substantially MORE dead SHBs in the beetle blasters with diatomaceous earth than in those with mineral oil! Definitely a little surprising, but nice to have another option to the oil (although the DE does have similar risks if you drop or spil...
by reedyfork
Wed Jun 30, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Sharpies and record-keeping
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Sharpies and record-keeping

Anyone use something other than a standard Sharpie to write on their metal lids? All my dates and notes seemed to almost disappear in only a week! Also, for those of you with more than just a couple of hives, I'd love to know what you use to keep track of your notes, inspection information, etc. Not...
by reedyfork
Mon Jun 21, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Beetle Blasters - mineral oil or diatomaceous earth?
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Beetle Blasters - mineral oil or diatomaceous earth?

Well it sounds like it's time for an experiment! I thought the same as you - the DE would only kill larvae (not adults), but I did see where a guy in TN used it in a comparison and had the same number (or more) dead beetles in the DE than in the oil. I just installed one beetle blaster with mineral ...
by reedyfork
Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:24 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Beetle Blasters - mineral oil or diatomaceous earth?
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Beetle Blasters - mineral oil or diatomaceous earth?

I have always used mineral oil in my beetle blaster traps, but curious about trying diatomaceous earth instead (mainly to limit potential for drips and spills of oil). Anyone tried this yet? If so, I'd be interested to hear observations and method for getting the powder into the trap...
by reedyfork
Fri Jun 18, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -

So that's what I decided to do just now. Knocked down a total of 4 capped supercedure cells after seeing the queen again and lots of eggs. My next task is to figure out how to use these nice queen cells in the future instead of destroying them!
by reedyfork
Fri Jun 18, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -

My thought was to go back and knock down the cells. If they rebuild them, then let it play out. If not, assume the young queen, developing pheromones, stress of moving the hive, unbalanced worker population, etc. rattled them. Maybe once the queen has a full brood cycle and everyone settles down, th...
by reedyfork
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Re: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -

My poor recent success with introducing mated queens continues... I made a split on May 22 and introduced a purchased queen from the same local supplier (but from a different queen breeder than the other one). She was accepted, everything seemed fine, and I did a first full inspection yesterday. Fou...
by reedyfork
Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21
Replies: 8
Views: 967

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

Well, consider this second box in the uncooperative 5%! I checked it today at Day 6, and there is not a single queen cell on the frame I gave them. There are 4+ frames of bees,and I decided to introduce a mated queen to them rather than transfer another frame of eggs from a donor hive. Although I di...
by reedyfork
Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -
Replies: 8
Views: 589

Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -

I recently made a split and immediately moved the hive to a farm about 20 miles away. I already had a purchased queen on hand that I bought that same day. I set the hive, let it settle for 30 min, and introduced the queen. I watched the reaction to her for 10 min and all seemed fine. Pulled the cork...
by reedyfork
Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:34 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21
Replies: 8
Views: 967

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

Update on my trap-out: I opened the box this weekend on day 7. Found a solid 5-6 frames of bees and at least 4 queen cells on the original egg frame I had given them! I took this box down and immediately replaced it with another (waited until the next day to come back and introduce a frame of eggs t...
by reedyfork
Thu Jun 03, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21
Replies: 8
Views: 967

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

Thanks for the feedback! If no queen cells on the frame I gave them (and assume no queen from the original colony) after 5-10 days, is it best to introduce another frame of eggs, or go ahead and introduce a new, mated queen?
by reedyfork
Thu Jun 03, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21
Replies: 8
Views: 967

First Trap-Out: started 5/30/21

I offered to perform my first trap-out for a neighbor this past week, who had a colony move in to an outside porch column. The hole was created by a woodpecker about 12' off the ground. We "think" the bees have only been in there since earlier this spring... I watched every YouTube video I could fin...