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by Jacobs
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:17 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Charging for trap-out?
Replies: 1
Views: 43

Re: Charging for trap-out?

You may want to check with Mark Case. His number is in the swarm list on our website.
by Jacobs
Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms/Absconds 9/11/21, 9/12/21
Replies: 0
Views: 46

Swarms/Absconds 9/11/21, 9/12/21

This has been an active few days. Carl Huffman called me to get a swarm that possibly came out of one of his hives, but more likely was attracted to his apiary in my humble opinion. He didn't have equipment to put them in. Swarm_abscond_Lawndale_91121_IMG_1808.jpeg We hived the bees, but they came o...
by Jacobs
Fri Sep 03, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: overwintering nucs
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: overwintering nucs

I have had good results overwintering even fairly small nucs, as long as the brood was healthy going into winter. I want my brood in the center frames with honey frames on the outside. I also want a super of capped "honey" above the cluster. My thinking is that honey to the sides and above the clust...
by Jacobs
Sat Aug 28, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Robber attacks yesterday
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: Robber attacks yesterday

I have 1 good strength hive at the house that is under strong probing/robbing and has been for about the last 2 days. Monday afternoon, when I remove the Formic Pro treatment from it and other hives, I suspect this one will be one where the queen did not survive. My limited experience is that when a...
by Jacobs
Mon Aug 16, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: How to enter honey into the fair?
Replies: 1
Views: 206

Re: How to enter honey into the fair?

https://www.ncstatefair.org/2021/Compet ... ition.html
Information for the North Carolina State Fair
by Jacobs
Sat Aug 14, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Formic Pro time?
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: Formic Pro time?

I agree with you--as long as the hive is strong enough to take a full treatment. If I can get it done early enough in August, there is still time to make sure the queen is still there, the mite count is where it needs to be, or that time/temperatures are right to easily do a combine if that is needed.
by Jacobs
Tue Aug 03, 2021 6:57 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Formic Pro time?
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: Formic Pro time?

I took advantage of yesterday's weather to get Formic Pro on my hives in Brown Summit and at the Arboretum. I will evaluate and treat (if needed) some of my house hives in the near future, but 4-5 of my strongest hives at the house will get multiple OAV applications instead. I am trying to use them ...
by Jacobs
Sat Jul 31, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Formic Pro time?
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: Formic Pro time?

I think the half treatment lessens the chance of queen issues--I understand that weak queens may not survive Formic Pro, especially the full treatment. I also am tempted to get full treatments on my hives with this "cool" stretch coming up. I am willing to risk losing weak queens and combining queen...
by Jacobs
Fri Jul 30, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Dearth?
Replies: 19
Views: 10730

Re: Dearth?

Three days ago I reduced the honey in my nectarometer from 2 oz. to 1 1/2 oz. and the bees are emptying the pint at about the same rate as with the larger amount. They went absolutely nuts over wet frames I put out to get cleaned up.
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mountain Mint
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: Mountain Mint

The variety you named is the one planted at the Arboretum and the one I purchased. I went on line and searched for sources. There weren't many and buying 50 plugs was fairly expensive by price and with shipping. I am hoping to extend my planting by scuffing up the ground around my plants and having ...
by Jacobs
Mon Jul 26, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Uncapped honey supers?
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: Uncapped honey supers?

I keep them full to keep them working. I started a new comb drawing operation a few days ago, and they are also taking about a gallon a day of 1:1. After they go through about 5 gallons, I'll check to see if they are drawing comb, and if so, how far along they have gotten. But it will take a lot mor...
by Jacobs
Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:41 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 7/21/21
Replies: 0
Views: 638

Swarm 7/21/21

Swarm_7 21 21_IMG_0548.jpg These bees arrived about 1:45 pm yesterday. David called to alert me to their arrival. They were starting to concentrate above the dogwood at the back of my yard, and a small spray of Swarm Commander convinced them to land on a convenient branch. I think estimating this a...
by Jacobs
Wed Jul 21, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Uncapped honey supers?
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: Uncapped honey supers?

Any of the things you suggest would be reasonable steps to take. I tend to leave the partials on the hives as additional feed if the bees need it, and a start toward winter supplies if they don't have an immediate need. I don't count on a significant fall flow--it may or may not happen. If some hive...
by Jacobs
Thu Jul 08, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Chasing sourwood
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Re: Chasing sourwood

You may want to give Keith at Beez Needz a call. I know he has been getting sourwood for a few years, and he can probably give you information about timing and other logistics.
by Jacobs
Wed Jul 07, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Dearth?
Replies: 19
Views: 10730

Re: Dearth?

Bees are still working the remaining clover and are on the mountain mint that just started blooming at the end of June. Foragers are still going and coming, but my nectarometer was empty by 10:30 am today and bees were all over frames as I pulled them yesterday for extraction. If the flow is not ove...
by Jacobs
Wed Jun 30, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Sharpies and record-keeping
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Sharpies and record-keeping

I am old school. I use a small spiral notebook (spiral on top/3" by 5") that fits in my front pocket. I use this during the calendar year to keep notes about individual hives--strong or weak, good brood pattern or bad, too much space or not enough, supers added or removed & nature of frames in them,...
by Jacobs
Fri Jun 25, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mountain Mint
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Mountain Mint

The mountain mint I planted last fall is just beginning to bloom. Even with a small number of blooms out now, the honey bees are working it. I expect it will be fully bloomed and and heavily worked for nectar in July, August, and September.
by Jacobs
Mon Jun 21, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Beetle Blasters - mineral oil or diatomaceous earth?
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Beetle Blasters - mineral oil or diatomaceous earth?

My guess is that it won't be too effective. The mineral oil is used to drown adult beetles. Diatomaceous earth is supposed to kill the larvae trying to tunnel into the ground to pupate. I don't think the diatomaceous earth would damage the adult SHB unless it dries the beetle out or something like t...
by Jacobs
Fri Jun 18, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -

As long as she is laying, that sounds worth trying.
by Jacobs
Fri Jun 18, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -
Replies: 8
Views: 980

Re: Unsuccessfully introducing a new queen -

I would let it play out. I have seen capped supercedure cells in a hive with a marked queen and have come back in a few weeks to find the marked queen still there and no sign of the queen cells. I haven't seen it often, but figure that something made the bees feel like the queen situation was unstab...