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by Jacobs
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: Recording of GCBA meetings
Replies: 1
Views: 2041

Re: Recording of GCBA meetings

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/Gzr5DMOTfW3mynsFYAeV4FlAi3lb_9KlebPk9zmOKyQSpjvJvWxmqSlyW3JJRu17.ZxUCvQ1khfkeZ28M Passcode: UF61=xEB Link to our January 12, 2021 meeting. Earlier links to past meetings may no longer work since we are limited in how many recordings we can make and keep with our Zoo...
by Jacobs
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plant info and observed timing
Replies: 5
Views: 2548

Re: Plant info and observed timing

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Leatherleaf Mahonia is blooming at the Arboretum. David next door said his mother's large mahonia was blooming about a week ago.
by Jacobs
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Vaporizer Repair
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Re: Vaporizer Repair

According to the Dadant q&a sheet, you want temperatures at or above 39F when you vaporize and for a few hours after. It takes this amount of warmth for the vapors to disperse properly. Since OAV does not kill mites under cappings, this is the ideal time of year to use it as brood levels are probabl...
by Jacobs
Thu Dec 31, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Vaporizer Repair
Replies: 3
Views: 326

Vaporizer Repair

I have been mentoring a first year beekeeper this season (masks & social distancing) and she requested a "Mite Patrol" visit for OAV demonstrations/treatments for her hives. I told her it would have to wait until I figured out how to repair this-- Vaporizer_Broken_IMG_0380.jpg The vaporizer had been...
by Jacobs
Mon Dec 21, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Solstice
Replies: 30
Views: 21017

Re: Solstice

Happy bee new year 2020. While not what we (people) should be doing with covid-19, I'm hoping my bees will be in large clusters these cool/cold mornings so I can finish up OAV treatments while brood in hives is at its lowest. Here's hoping that life will get closer to normal this spring/summer and t...
by Jacobs
Tue Dec 01, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: Wide Mouth Canning Jars
Replies: 2
Views: 755

Re: Wide Mouth Canning Jars--All Distributed

All of the jars have been given out--I guess the canning supply shortage and covid limitations made some folks more willing to do the clean up needed to get some quality jars. I am glad that the family of this lady and folks who were aware of the situation made the jars available instead of just put...
by Jacobs
Tue Dec 01, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small cluster (with brood) in Medium super
Replies: 1
Views: 291

Re: Small cluster (with brood) in Medium super

If this is an abscond that moved in and the queen is functioning decently, why not try a double screen? It would be a chance to try this help method. I would put 2 of the honey frames right beside the cluster, on either side of the cluster, and the others next to them. I would keep an eye on them an...
by Jacobs
Sun Nov 29, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Flowering Quince
Replies: 8
Views: 6527

Re: Flowering Quince

David pruned the heck out of his quince bushes a week ago, but there are a few open blooms on some small branches he didn't cut--way too early!
by Jacobs
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bees and Pesticides
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: Bees and Pesticides

http://reports.oah.state.nc.us/ncac/title%2002%20-%20agriculture%20and%20consumer%20services/chapter%2009%20-%20food%20and%20drug%20protection/subchapter%20l/02%20ncac%2009l%20.1009.pdf http://www.ncagr.gov/plantindustry/Plant/apiary/documents/2015ApiaryRegistrationForm.pdf These are links to the ap...
by Jacobs
Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Abscond-11/7/20
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Re: Abscond-11/7/20

I did a quick look in the nuc this afternoon and saw very few bees and no sign of the queen. At least I gave them a shot at making it.
by Jacobs
Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Abscond-11/7/20
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Re: Abscond-11/7/20

Yes. These show up anywhere from late August into October. They are not reproductive swarms, but are probably leaving their original location because of something bad (starvation, mite load, SHB, tree location damage). Some settle in and start functioning, others never do.
by Jacobs
Tue Nov 10, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Abscond-11/7/20
Replies: 4
Views: 1107

Abscond-11/7/20

Abscond_11720_IMG_0367.jpg I didn't see where these bees came from but I came out about 5:00pm on 11/7/20 to see a small cloud of bees in the air. They gathered on an eggplant in what is left of my summer vegetable garden. To call the cluster baseball sized would be a little bit generous. I used ol...
by Jacobs
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How many hives on two acres
Replies: 1
Views: 316

Re: How many hives on two acres

My guess is that you would be able to add quite a few more hives if you wanted to, but--- "Just Stuff-Useful Information Links-Bee Forage Range Mapping" is the place to start. The tool is a bit clunky, but you can choose USA & miles, then enlarge as you get closer to your location. By putting in my ...
by Jacobs
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Fall is in the Air
Replies: 11
Views: 4876

Re: Fall is in the Air

I checked my hives at Brown Summit late this morning and had the same smell coming from them. I combined a laying worker hive into a queenright hive and put on a top feeder. I had feeders and 2:1 for the other hives, but did not put them on. There were large amounts of fresh nectar in the hives and ...
by Jacobs
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Fall is in the Air
Replies: 11
Views: 4876

Re: Fall is in the Air

I think the fall honey does have a stronger taste than spring honey, and a lot of beekeepers leave it as winter feed for the bees. I have extracted frames from winter deadouts that had a good portion of fall honeys. While the taste was stronger, it was not the same as what I was smelling as the bees...
by Jacobs
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Attempted Abscond/Suicide Swarm-9/23/20
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: Attempted Abscond/Suicide Swarm-9/23/20

Since the attempted abscond, this hive has re-queened. Today, I finally saw some eggs and larvae. It will be a long shot, but I am going to try and over winter this small nuc of bees.
by Jacobs
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Fall is in the Air
Replies: 11
Views: 4876

Re: Fall is in the Air

Last night and tonight the fall nectar smells were and are almost strong enough to knock me over. Bees were actively foraging yesterday and today. I hope this keeps going.
by Jacobs
Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Fall is in the Air
Replies: 11
Views: 4876

Re: Fall is in the Air

Today is the first day I am smelling some of the fall aster/goldenrod in my home hives. I went to help a first year beekeeper with her hives this afternoon and the fall smells were much stronger coming from her hives. I'm not counting on a strong fall flow to feed the bees, but at least they are fin...
by Jacobs
Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Robbing
Replies: 2
Views: 587

Re: Robbing

I think Langstroth noted that colonies with good queens will defend hives, but queenless hives are less prone to defend. I have wondered if the same is true for hives with failing queens. Can probing bees evaluate queen status as they try and enter a target hive or is it the lack of will on the part...
by Jacobs
Sat Sep 26, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Oxalic acid wands
Replies: 13
Views: 1908

Re: Oxalic acid wands

In doing some reading on OA dribble, I have a few concerns--if you do not get your mixture right and have too much OA in the syrup I think you can kill bees that OAV avoids. Also, I would not want to open hives and put a liquid on bees when OA is most effective in mid-November to mid-December, our p...