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by Jacobs
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: First Attempt at Queen Grafting
Replies: 3
Views: 55

Re: First Attempt at Queen Grafting

That is an excellent result for a first grafting attempt. Wally had Larry and Janice Tate come down to his place years ago and show several of us how to graft. We didn't have near that good a result with several of us grafting a few larva each into prepared cups in one starter box. What mating nuc s...
by Jacobs
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 8
Views: 450

Re: Nectar flow

I haven't used escape boards, but I would be concerned that if bees were not available to protect the honey & nectar, small hive beetles might take advantage of the situation and ruin any potential crop.
by Jacobs
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey supers on Brood boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Honey supers on Brood boxes

I would use OAV as an emergency knock down if I were to get really high mite counts and temperatures in the upper 80's+ for an extended period. If I can get a 3 day stretch of highs in the lower 80's, I would probably go with FormicPro--allowed to have honey supers on & kills mites under cappings wi...
by Jacobs
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:04 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey supers on Brood boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Honey supers on Brood boxes

I haven't used Apivar. I did check out the label by going in our forum to: Just Stuff-Useful Information Links-Pesticide Labels and pulled this up-- https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/087243-00001-20131017.pdf If you are at/above threshold and have your honey supers off, I didn't see a...
by Jacobs
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey supers on Brood boxes
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Honey supers on Brood boxes

Generally, 1-10 frame medium of capped honey/ sugar water "honey" plus the honey the bees have elsewhere in the hive is sufficient going into winter. Even with that on, it is still a good idea to heft the hives regularly to check weight during winter, and on 50 degree+ sunny days you can pop the out...
by Jacobs
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: Virtual GCBA Meeting using Zoom 5/12/20 7:00pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1496

Re: Virtual GCBA Meeting using Zoom 6/9/20 7:00pm

Lewis Cauble, NC Apiary Inspector for the western region, will present his varroa mite management routine.
by Jacobs
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Bait and Switch-Swarm 6/5/20
Replies: 0
Views: 122

Bait and Switch-Swarm 6/5/20

I had an outside swarm come to my bait hive yesterday at about 11:00 am. This is the 7th swarm to come from the outside to my house this season. The pattern seems to be scouts check out the bait hive. If they like it, it looks like 8 or 10 scouts occupy the hive and "hold" it for the colony. They se...
by Jacobs
Thu Jun 04, 2020 6:47 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 6/3/20
Replies: 1
Views: 161

Swarm 6/3/20

The combined hive that swarmed and went high on 5/22/20, threw a small swarm yesterday. I suspected it was going to swarm again because I kept hearing piping all the way until yesterday morning. This less than 1 medium frame of bees went to my fig bush, so they were easy to capture. I have them in a...
by Jacobs
Fri May 29, 2020 4:49 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/28/20
Replies: 0
Views: 172

Swarm-5/28/20

I had a swarm move into a bait hive at the house around 3:10 pm yesterday. It did not look very big, but probably bigger than 2 less than 1 medium frame swarms I have had come in or have collected at the house the last 2-3 days. None of these appear to be the robust reproductive swarms from earlier ...
by Jacobs
Sat May 23, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms 5/22/20
Replies: 0
Views: 107

Swarms 5/22/20

I had 2 swarms come out of my home hives yesterday as soon as it was sunny and dry. Both went high to my oak tree. One was an over wintered nuc that I had put in 10 frame equipment with additional space. When I did this around 2 weeks ago, I saw no evidence of intent to swarm. The second was a stron...
by Jacobs
Sat May 16, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Moving hives
Replies: 2
Views: 307

Re: Moving hives

You can move them in stages--about 3 feet at a time. Foragers will return to the original spot, circle up & most will find the new location. I'm not sure how the bees would do if you made the move all at once. That might depend on how large the move is within the yard and whether the bees have enoug...
by Jacobs
Wed May 13, 2020 3:27 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 8
Views: 450

Re: Nectar flow

This year may be the year that really demonstrates that all beekeeping is local--very local. I am about to have a look in my stronger hives, but I suspect the mild winter and early flow lead to earlier brood rearing in my case. For me, the question is--have the bees been able to bring in enough extr...
by Jacobs
Thu May 07, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Practical test for certified NC beek
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: Practical test for certified NC beek

I sent you a pm (private message).
by Jacobs
Thu May 07, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Practical test for certified NC beek
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: Practical test for certified NC beek

With your bees in Guilford County, we will come to you as long as we can maintain social distancing. We will need a good sunny day with little wind and temperatures above 65F.
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 29, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4/29/20
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Swarm 4/29/20

I made a quick trip out for a few essentials (pastrami, swiss cheese, rye bread) this morning when my neighbor called to let me know one of my hives was swarming. I am pretty sure this is not number 5 from the Stadiem swarm. These bees went directly to the spot where I had sprayed some Swarm Command...
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 29, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Adding wax to pre-waxed plastic foundation
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Adding wax to pre-waxed plastic foundation

The method I started using takes a lot of wax--around 1 oz. per medium plastic foundation. I have a large stock pot devoted only to wax processing in its various stages. For coating plastic foundation, I fill the pot nearly full of water and add my wax. I turn on the heat and melt the wax. It floats...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4/28/20
Replies: 0
Views: 185

Swarm 4/28/20

Those darn Stadiem bees swarmed again-the 4th time I am aware of. They will come to the Swarm Commander, if and ONLY if you play them a tune. Tanging these bees seems to work. I suspected another swarm because I heard queen piping in the home hive for the last 3 days and saw no dead queens in front ...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Warre Hives
Replies: 7
Views: 639

Re: Warre Hives

It is not too late to start. We are in the main nectar flow now. It usually ends around the beginning of June. You may need to feed your bees even with the flow going on and you will definitely need to feed them when the flow slows or stops. You want the bees to continue drawing comb and the queen c...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 28, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Warre Hives
Replies: 7
Views: 639

Re: Warre Hives

I sent you a pm and held off responding in hopes that someone might have information for you. I don't know of anyone using Warre Hives. We have some folks using top bar equipment, but most use a variety of Langstroth hives (8 frame, 10 frame, deep & medium for brood, all mediums, etc.) We focus on L...
by Jacobs
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4/24/20
Replies: 0
Views: 215

Swarm 4/24/20

I don't know what it is about the swarm I picked up at Stadiem's, but they swarmed again Friday afternoon. This makes the 3rd I have seen and captured. They like to come out in high winds when Swarm Commander is most difficult to apply and these bees seem less organized than most I have seen swarm. ...