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by Jacobs
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Capped queen cell ABOVE excluder? What to do?
Replies: 4
Views: 77

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

Find the best bee book you can get and give it to your bees to read. I'm in the same situation with a hive at the Arboretum, but for a different reason. I put on queen excluders but deliberately put some brood above the excluder to encourage the bees to come through it. I now have a queen below and ...
by Jacobs
Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:11 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: Nectar flow

Wow royl! I need you to come and give my bees an inspirational talk.

My strong hives have had foragers rocketing out for the last several days. I had put a honey super on them earlier, but plan on checking today to see if I need to an another super. Hope so.
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4/5/21
Replies: 0
Views: 54

Swarm 4/5/21

Swarm-4-5-21_IMG_0473.jpg Just got back from collecting this +/- 2lb swarm about 5 miles from the house. I declined a swarm yesterday. The call came from South Boston, Va. My 4 strongest hives at the house have gone into swarm mode. I was able to locate the queen and move each of them them and a go...
by Jacobs
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: A little bit of Humor
Topic: Preparing for Hornets
Replies: 0
Views: 132

Preparing for Hornets

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by Jacobs
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small hive beetles
Replies: 6
Views: 978

Re: Small hive beetles

It was an ugly winter for early bee build up, but not ugly enough to knock down small hive beetles. I am crushing scary numbers of SHB on the inner covers of some of my strong hives that get partial shade during the day. I am in the process of doing some supering for the flow (if the next 2 freeze n...
by Jacobs
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: Nectar flow

Getting comb drawn requires lots of young bees, lots of nectar or sugar water, warm weather, and bees that are numerous enough that they need space. This is also the scenario that can trigger swarm mode, especially if the brood area gets crowded. Swarms are really good for getting comb drawn since, ...
by Jacobs
Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: Nectar flow

Stacked a 2nd one on top of the first.
by Jacobs
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: Nectar flow

I'm not sure why you would move the split. True, the old foragers will return to the original hive site, but as long as you make sure the new site has pollen and nectar (sugar water) until nurse bees become foragers, things should work out. I just located the queen in a very strong hive and moved he...
by Jacobs
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 770

Re: Drones 2021

I have more drones flying and a lot walking around on frames. I have not heard of any swarm calls in the area yet.
by Jacobs
Wed Mar 24, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: Nectar flow

Usually the main flow starts around mid-April. From the amount of things blooming now and the way my stronger hives are foraging, there may be something of a flow going now. I am not seeing a lot of burr comb or a lot of new white wax where bees could be drawing out or repairing old comb, so at leas...
by Jacobs
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 770

Re: Drones 2021

I saw my first drone flying this afternoon at my house hives. There are many healthy looking drones walking around on frames in the stronger hives, and a few dead ones and crawlers on my driveway pad. If things get and stay reasonably warm, it looks like swarm season might not be far off.
by Jacobs
Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Need advice on weak colony
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: Need advice on weak colony

If your weak hive has a queen and some brood, consider removing the lowest box if the bees are not using it. You can put it on later if they need the space. I did that with 4 ok, but not strong hives, during this last warm spell. It is a bit early to buy queens, and I am not seeing drone activity in...
by Jacobs
Wed Mar 17, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 770

Re: Drones 2021

I saw 4 dead drones and 1 fully formed drone crawling on my driveway pad this afternoon. These are the first drones I have seen at my hives this season.
by Jacobs
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:02 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 770

Re: Drones 2021

I went through some of my stronger hives yesterday. There were small amounts of burr comb with drone larvae, and a small amount of capped drone brood in some of the comb. I did not see any drone pupae in the burr comb I broke apart and no drones walking around on comb. The strongest hive had queen c...
by Jacobs
Mon Mar 08, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Red Maple
Replies: 6
Views: 597

Re: Red Maple

I looked in on the bees at the Arboretum this afternoon. They have been working leatherleaf mahonia and were working winter honeysuckle, though this is a little past its prime. I have shims on both hives and was a bit surprised that the stronger hive has begun to build small amounts of burr comb. I ...
by Jacobs
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: NCSU Beginner Course-3/13/21
Replies: 0
Views: 265

NCSU Beginner Course-3/13/21

David Tarpy all day course via Zoom with recordings and live q&a in between subjects--$75.00

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by Jacobs
Sat Mar 06, 2021 6:12 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: First deadout
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: First deadout

Quentin, are you seeing drones or just large orientation/cleansing flights?
by Jacobs
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Red Maple
Replies: 6
Views: 597

Re: Red Maple

I have seen buds swelling over the last week, and today, with binoculars, was able to see open red maple blooms on a few of the trees in neighbors' yards. My bees have been hitting the water heavily for 3 or 4 days which is usually a sign of increased brood rearing this time of year.
by Jacobs
Sat Feb 27, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: OA EPA Exemption
Replies: 1
Views: 571

OA EPA Exemption

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/02/23/2021-03256/oxalic-acid-exemption-from-the-requirement-of-a-tolerance From the content of this recently published regulation, it looks like we are headed toward OA (like Formic Acid) being approved for use with honey supers on. I have heard the say...
by Jacobs
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 770

Drones 2021

I took advantage of the last 2 days warm weather to go into most of my hives to see what was up. None were overwhelmingly strong, but several had really good populations and the weaker ones still looked healthy. Brood rearing is going on, but at a much lower/slower pace than last year. All had room ...