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by Linda
Wed Apr 20, 2022 9:48 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Age of queen
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Age of queen

What color should I mark a queen from a swarm ? She most likely was last year's?
by Linda
Sat Jan 15, 2022 8:05 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2022
Replies: 8
Views: 1730

Re: Drones 2022

Thanks for the reminder! I try to remember to check inner cover after finding Q on it this summer.
by Linda
Tue Dec 28, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: No buzz
Replies: 11
Views: 1953

No buzz

Miss hearing from everyone. With the warm weather this week, what are beeks doing with their hives? Anything ? I checked the sugar bricks on hives. All seems to be doing well. Saw a bit of pollen coming in. Does anyone do inspection this time of year with the warm weather? I did OA treatment couple ...
by Linda
Fri Dec 10, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Removing lower hive body in winter
Replies: 3
Views: 879

Re: Removing lower hive body in winter

Too funny, I am going from all mediums to adding deep bodies. Only one hive accommodated my plan this summer.
by Linda
Fri Jul 02, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Sharpies and record-keeping
Replies: 3
Views: 1484

Re: Sharpies and record-keeping

I put a strip of duct tape on metal top. Sharpie notes are readable for season at least. I also just use a bee journal. Try to write up soon after. You are right with ten hives sometimes hard to remember which one was which. I will incorporate the queen right brick placement. That is an immediate no...
by Linda
Fri May 28, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm caught 5-27
Replies: 3
Views: 1478

Re: Swarm caught 5-27

Thank you for your sage advice. Check this site every morning .
by Linda
Sat May 22, 2021 6:17 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm trapped 5/20/21
Replies: 3
Views: 1721

Catch 22

Give them room. I've been diligent on checking for QC and adding boxes as needed. Queen pheromone dissipates the more boxes you put on. Last week I just did a cursory check, not frame by frame. Of course they swarmed. Do we have a magic cubic yard number? Well, hopefully I made lemonade. Colony stil...
by Linda
Sun May 09, 2021 6:24 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Marking queens - what to do about attendants?
Replies: 1
Views: 1221

Re: Marking queens - what to do about attendants?

My goal is to be able to pluck the various bees right off the frame. I watch the videos where they pick queen and several attendants and put in queen cage; or pick queen up, transfer her to other hand then mark her. I get my hand near the frame and bees are running everywhere I don't catch anything ...
by Linda
Thu May 06, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catcher
Replies: 5
Views: 2566

Re: Swarm catcher

Retired from beekeeping Wally? Not even just a few backyard hives. Very informative at Randolph meeting. Thank you and Mark. We learned options to deal with swarm cells before the hive swarms. Using the queen castle or nucs easy way to start new colonies. I have been diligent on checking my hives fo...
by Linda
Fri Apr 30, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm/Move In 4/29/21
Replies: 2
Views: 1397

Re: Swarm/Move In 4/29/21

Ha, so why am I using ladders and trees. How close to your backyard hives is this?
by Linda
Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First swarm catch 4/25/21
Replies: 2
Views: 1402

Re: First swarm catch 4/25/21

Awesome. My first year of bait trap. I only put one frame of drawn comb planned on quick drop on hive box, but I just used my last hive setup on a split, so if I caught a swarm now I would have to run to Beez Needz. I have been considering moving my bait box closer to my apiary . I think I've got it...
by Linda
Mon Apr 26, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Did I kill queen
Replies: 2
Views: 1462

Re: Did I kill queen

I've been meaning to practice catching with fingers. Other things have always been on the hive inspection agenda. Will make a date for catching drones this week I'm still a bit jumpy trying to handle bees. Have to practice my deep breathing.
Great article in the News & Record.
by Linda
Sun Apr 25, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Did I kill queen
Replies: 2
Views: 1462

Did I kill queen

I was marking queens today. First one went fine. Second one buzzing in marking tube. Marked her then she didn't move! I put her back in hive. Bees took her away. Will check Wednesday to see if she revived. Makes me wonder why I bother to mark I'm so upset.
by Linda
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Capped queen cell ABOVE excluder? What to do?
Replies: 4
Views: 2091

Re: Capped queen cell ABOVE excluder? What to do?

I must say I've been greedy. Thought I might do the same with a friend whose hives did not survive. But they are not asking ; so, I am going to Beez Needz for more hive bodies to house my growing apiary. I would like to find someone close to share queens or brood with if needed. And just to see anot...
by Linda
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:56 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Capped queen cell ABOVE excluder? What to do?
Replies: 4
Views: 2091

Re: Capped queen cell ABOVE excluder? What to do?

Fun! Queen pheromone slight up above. Sounds like a cloake board method of queen rearing.
by Linda
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 16
Views: 5485

Re: Nectar flow

:D
by Linda
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 16
Views: 5485

Re: Nectar flow

I did a split yesterday and put 4 medium frames of brood plus extra nurse bees in 8 frame deep box. Rest is deep foundation. Inhive feeder on top. Hoping bees eventually draw deep foundation. My plan is to use the comb they build under medium frames in mini mating box. They also will have to make q...
by Linda
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 16
Views: 5485

Re: Nectar flow

I did a split yesterday and put 4 medium frames of brood plus extra nurse bees in 8 frame deep box. Rest is deep foundation. Inhive feeder on top. Hoping bees eventually draw deep foundation. My plan is to use the comb they build under medium frames in mini mating box.
by Linda
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 16
Views: 5485

Re: Nectar flow

I have been using medium hives for everything. This year bought some deeps thinking if I caught a swarm they could draw out deep foundation. Of course, I'm trying to prevent my hives from swarming and may or may not trap a swarm in bait box. My question - what is best way to get the new foundation d...
by Linda
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:41 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 16
Views: 5485

Re: Nectar flow

So, tell me what that timing will be if flow is in two weeks. I was planning on doing a split today. Also. If I move a split to temporary site -over three miles at friends property, When can I return hive back to my apiary. ?