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by Jacobs
Sat Dec 03, 2022 12:36 pm
Forum: Products of the Hive
Topic: "old " honey
Replies: 2
Views: 24

Re: "old " honey

As long as small hive beetles didn't get to it and ruin it, I see no reason not to extract and share honey from supers as long as they are of real nectar and were not on hives when mite treatments like thymol or apivar were on the hives. Formic acid and oxalic acid treatments can be done with honey ...
by Jacobs
Fri Nov 18, 2022 9:03 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Don't Let Your Bees Starve
Replies: 13
Views: 14512

Re: Don't Let Your Bees Starve

I need to make a few more shims and crank up sugar brick production. This cool/cold snap has bees largely staying in and presumably consuming internal food supplies. On warm days, my nectarometer is emptied in 2 hours or less. Most of my hives have shims and bricks, but a few have top feeders on the...
by Jacobs
Thu Nov 03, 2022 2:36 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2023
Replies: 0
Views: 457

GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2023

The Guilford County Beekeepers Association will offer the Beginner Beekeeping Course on the following dates: PLEASE NOTE THAT CLASSES WILL BE ON THURSDAY EVENINGS Thursday, February 2 Thursday, February 9 Thursday, February 16 Thursday, February 23 Thursday, March 2 Thursday, March 9--optional test ...
by Jacobs
Wed Oct 12, 2022 4:14 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Double Bottom Board
Replies: 9
Views: 5744

Re: Double Bottom Board

With little to no flow, the bees cleaned out a wet super I put on a couple of weeks ago. Unlike the wet supers I put out in the open, this set up caused no chaos in the bee yard. When I went to take this super off today, I saw what looked like a small cluster of bees on 1 frame. It turned out to be ...
by Jacobs
Wed Oct 05, 2022 12:20 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22
Replies: 6
Views: 1873

Re: Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22

My newest arrival came on the afternoon of September 27th. I'm not sure if it is one that arrived earlier and absconded again or if this is a new colony. There are less than 2 medium frames of bees, but as of yesterday, there were eggs and larvae. I am feeding them and will play with them like I hav...
by Jacobs
Sat Sep 03, 2022 5:53 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 15
Views: 14853

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

Both hives populated with 2020 swarms are doing well. I just removed full Formic Pro treatments from both and am seeing nice patterns of capped brood, shiny white larvae, and eggs. The stream abatement project is ongoing and looks like it will lessen the likelihood of the stream coming out of its ba...
by Jacobs
Wed Aug 24, 2022 10:21 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22
Replies: 6
Views: 1873

Re: Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22

The August 20, 2022 arrival has a queen, but she has not started laying yet. I am keeping a pint of 1:1 on them as well as on the 2 earlier arrivals.
by Jacobs
Sat Aug 20, 2022 9:21 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22
Replies: 6
Views: 1873

Re: Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22

The latest arrivals at the Jacobs Home for Wayward Bees came in at around 9:45 am this morning. I gave them 5 medium frames in a deep nuc I was using as a bait hive. A small spray of Swarm Commander convinced them to go there as they arrived. My last 2 arrivals before this one have unmarked, laying ...
by Jacobs
Mon Aug 15, 2022 3:42 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22
Replies: 6
Views: 1873

Re: Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22

I've just had another small arrival at the house. I have put out a nuc and hope they will go in. I need to go ahead and put some bait hives out because small groups of bees are arriving fairly regularly. I think they are attracted to old comb from deadouts I have to clean up.
by Jacobs
Sat Aug 13, 2022 8:02 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Overwintering a 5-frame NUC
Replies: 2
Views: 1126

Re: Overwintering a 5-frame NUC

I use mediums, but have had pretty good success over wintering in 3 boxes. I prefer honey in the 2 outside frames of the first box and brood inside, room for brood (open, drawn comb) in the second box and honey/sugar water honey filling the 3rd box. I then feed regularly, but not heavily with 1:1 to...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 12, 2022 4:21 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: European Hornets
Replies: 9
Views: 12389

Re: European Hornets

I have killed several of these in the last couple of days. I did not see/kill any queens early in the season and now the foragers are on the hunt.
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 12, 2022 1:33 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small hive beetles
Replies: 10
Views: 5951

Re: Small hive beetles

I'm finally able to get deep into my hives, but in opening several at the house, I have run into scary numbers of SHB. Fortunately, the colonies are strong enough that they had chased the beetles into inner covers or into open comb in the top supers. No functioning colony at the house had SHB larvae...
by Jacobs
Thu Aug 11, 2022 2:44 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22
Replies: 6
Views: 1873

Re: Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22

I had bees show up at the house about 11:30 am today. I'd estimate about enough bees to cover a little over 1 medium frame. The unmarked queen is in a catcher clip in a nuc. Even with the queen in the nuc and a feeder jar on top, a lot of the bees are not entering the nuc.
by Jacobs
Thu Aug 11, 2022 6:47 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22
Replies: 6
Views: 1873

Swarm-Abscond Calls-8/22

As the contact person for Guilford County Beekeepers Association, I have been getting more "swarm" calls in the last week than I have ever gotten before at this time of year. I'm not sure if we are dealing with SHB absconds, starving bees or something else. I have directed callers to our s...
by Jacobs
Tue Aug 09, 2022 11:16 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: too late?
Replies: 1
Views: 401

Re: too late?

In my opinion, you are too late to count on getting your own bees to make a queen, get her well mated, and build up for over wintering. You are just about too late to be able to buy mated queens, but some may still be available. I am thinking more about winter preparations now than about trying to m...
by Jacobs
Sat Aug 06, 2022 12:33 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Dearth?
Replies: 26
Views: 17379

Re: Dearth?

I would feed steadily, but probably not heavily at this point. I want the bees to have "nectar" that allows a queen to keep laying if she is inclined to, but not get "nectar" bound to the point that the bees put sugar water in every open cell and the queen has nowhere to lay. How...
by Jacobs
Fri Jul 29, 2022 3:37 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Varroa Mites
Replies: 1
Views: 458

Re: Varroa Mites

You are getting into treatment range. If it were me, I would go with a treatment or two of OAV and do a sugar roll afterwards to see about mite levels. My "go to" for going into winter mite treatments is FormicPro. I like that it kills mites under capped brood, but the downside is that it ...
by Jacobs
Thu Jul 28, 2022 2:38 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Dearth?
Replies: 26
Views: 17379

Re: Dearth?

I would go with a 1:1 mix until late September and then switch to 2:1, thick syrup, if the hives are light at that point. If you keep an eye on your food stores and don't get the bees in a starvation situation, you can hold off feeding until the bees need it. Depending on the genetics of your bees, ...
by Jacobs
Sun Jul 24, 2022 6:57 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Dearth?
Replies: 26
Views: 17379

Re: Dearth?

I am in near full dearth. The nectarometer is being emptied in less than 2 hours. I'll have to be aware of triggering robbing when I am able to work my bees again.