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by Jacobs
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms 3/30/20
Replies: 0
Views: 25

Swarms 3/30/20

I picked up 2 more swarms--a repeat visit to Oak Ridge for a nice afterswarm and another one in Greensboro. I had several calls where bees had moved into buildings and gave the folks Mark Case's number.
by Jacobs
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 3/29/20
Replies: 0
Views: 29

Swarm 3/29/20

Picked up a swarm this afternoon where Wally and I got one not too long ago. This afterswarm looked a little less than 3 pounds, but not by a lot. I hived it in another beekeeper's set up to help replace heavy winter losses. From pictures texted to me this morning, it looks like they tried to come o...
by Jacobs
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: no-we-arent-losing-all-of-our-honeybees
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: no-we-arent-losing-all-of-our-honeybees

Things are not as rosy as the article may seem. Winter losses of colonies are far higher than historic losses have been. Beekeepers have been making major efforts to split colonies and replace losses. We back yard beekeepers can manage this and keep going. My question is how long can the commercial ...
by Jacobs
Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms-3/20/20
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Swarms-3/20/20

I "helped" reedyfork with his swarm yesterday, but given the length of time it took & the heat, between vacuuming and my swarm bucket, I think the bees were hitting a critical heat level and as soon as I got ready to hive them up, they took off. While helping him, I got a call from Oak Ridge and gav...
by Jacobs
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Old hive
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: Old hive

I'm not sure what you are asking. If the comb is drawn, even if it needs repair, it does not matter if it is plastic or wax foundation. If you are trying to get the bees to draw wax on foundation, you don't want to mix wax and plastic undrawn frames in the same super. I'm not sure I would give the b...
by Jacobs
Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Old hive
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: Old hive

Sounds like wax moth damage--air out the comb and my guess is it will be alright to use. If it is not overwhelmingly webbed up, the bees will clean and repair the comb.
by Jacobs
Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-3/19/20
Replies: 0
Views: 41

Swarm-3/19/20

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One block from where I did a trap out in a small city park a few years ago. 3-4 pound swarm.
by Jacobs
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 3 Swarm Day-3/18/20
Replies: 0
Views: 55

3 Swarm Day-3/18/20

Swarm_1_31820_IMG_0118.jpg Early afternoon in High Point with Wally. Bees moved from a gutter downspout next door to this convenient location. Swarm_2_31820_IMG_0119.jpg Mid afternoon at a beekeeper's house. Swarm_3_31820_IMG_0123.jpg Late afternoon at the same house where I got a swarm on 2/27/20 ...
by Jacobs
Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 14
Views: 4607

Re: Plants

A number of different holly type plants are starting to bloom. I'm going to make sure my stronger hives have room to store the nectar.
by Jacobs
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-3/14/20
Replies: 0
Views: 82

Swarm-3/14/20

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Stadiem and I got this 6lb swarm in his yard yesterday afternoon. It was the largest swarm cluster I have captured or been involved in capturing. It most likely came from one of his very strong hives nearby.
by Jacobs
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: Sugar Prices Up
Replies: 0
Views: 50

Sugar Prices Up

I wondered why the 25lb bags of sugar at WalMart were up almost 3 dollars.

https://time.com/5782766/world-sugar-shortage/
by Jacobs
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm traps worked
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Swarm traps worked

What DuaneB said. I try and use only open dark comb(no nectar, honey or pollen) so that if interest picks up, it is more likely scouts and not foragers/robbers. After a few days, look for bees that are landing and walking straight in with pollen on the back legs. If you see that, you likely have a s...
by Jacobs
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-3/10/20
Replies: 0
Views: 87

Swarm-3/10/20

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This probable afterswarm is not as large as the picture suggests. I estimated it at around 2lbs. It was from the same location where I picked up the swarm of 2/27/20. This cluster was about 6 feet off the ground. They easily fit into a 5 frame medium nuc.
by Jacobs
Sun Mar 08, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Attempted After-swarm 3/8/20
Replies: 0
Views: 77

Attempted After-swarm 3/8/20

Red Rambler gave a beekeeper my number since he was out of town when his friend called about his bees swarming again. I'm not sure how many days ago red rambler got the first swarm, but when I got there this afternoon, some bees were clustered about 15 feet up in a tree, but it was clear that they w...
by Jacobs
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-2/27/20
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Swarm-2/27/20

The bees have drawn about 2 frames since I put the top feeder on. Bees are on about 5 medium frames, and while I did not see the queen this afternoon, I did see a number of single, well placed eggs.
by Jacobs
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets
Replies: 4
Views: 2467

Re: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets

I'll be bringing some more buckets and lids to the March 2020 meeting.
by Jacobs
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: Field Day 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 368

Field Day 2020

Sunday, May 3rd--2:00 p.m. at the McLeansville Wildlife Club. For location and other information about the Wildlife Club, follow this link-- http://mcleansvillewildlifeclub.com/location/ You bring side dishes/desserts to share and the club furnishes hamburgers, hotdogs and the fixings to go with th...
by Jacobs
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-2/27/20
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Swarm-2/27/20

Quart jar feeder just above inner cover with a deep super covering it. They have taken about a quart and a half since I hived them--most stored in the 2 drawn comb frames I gave them. I'll switch to a top feeder now that temperatures will be better for it. The good sign is that they were steadily br...
by Jacobs
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-2/27/20
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: Swarm-2/27/20

I took a quick look in this hive yesterday afternoon when I was giving them more feed. I saw a queen, 1 drone, and the rest were workers. They had drawn very little, if any, comb. I'm not sure if this is because of the cool weather or because these bees don't have the swarm drill down.
by Jacobs
Thu Feb 27, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-2/27/20
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Swarm-2/27/20

Swarm_22720a_IMG_0023.jpg Swarm_22720b_IMG_0024.jpg Swarm_22720c_IMG_0025.jpg I just got back from a swarm call and will post pictures later. These were not happy bees and I got lit up getting a cluster out of a tree and dumping it into a hive. I had to leave the hive in place because of another cl...