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by pholcomb
Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: When are you throwing on honey supers?
Replies: 3
Views: 1857

Re: When are you throwing on honey supers?

I'm smelling the nectar curing in my hives also. Holly trees are a favorite of my bees, so I'm going to put on supers tomorrow.

Paul
by pholcomb
Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:10 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Wayne's Bees
Replies: 12
Views: 7230

Re: Wayne's Bees

The Wayne's Bees hive survived the winter. I did an inspection last Wednesday and had bees in all four boxes. Didn't see any queens cells but I only pulled a couple frames. Added a medium of frames with empty drawn comb to the top and started feeding sugar water. We'll see what happens...

Paul
by pholcomb
Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: looks expensive
Replies: 4
Views: 2966

Re: looks expensive

by pholcomb
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: looks expensive
Replies: 4
Views: 2966

Re: looks expensive

Here's another article on the Flow Hive:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/243335

Check out the video near the bottom of the article. The design seems quite brilliant, I just wonder how it will work in practice.

Paul
by pholcomb
Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:48 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Survivors?
Replies: 25
Views: 7567

Re: Survivors?

My one remaining hive of Wayne's Bees survived. But at least another week of cold weather ahead.

Paul
by pholcomb
Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: Bees at Airports
Replies: 1
Views: 1823

Bees at Airports

From the NY Times:

Now Cleared for Landing at Airports: Bees

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/24/scien ... .html?_r=0
by pholcomb
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Arctic Blast
Replies: 2
Views: 2018

Re: Arctic Blast

I'll be amazed if my one remaining hive survives this cold spell. I expect I'll be going into spring without a hive.

Paul
by pholcomb
Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:29 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Sad Day
Replies: 5
Views: 2334

Re: Sad Day

Sorry to hear that Herb. Last year I lost 3 of 4 hives, and so far 1 of 2 this winter. Just posted about my hive of Wayne's Bees, which is hanging on but we still have another month of winter to go.

Paul
by pholcomb
Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Wayne's Bees
Replies: 12
Views: 7230

Re: Wayne's Bees

Haven't posted in a while but I'm still keeping bees (just barely.) Had two hives going into winter, a two year old hive of Wayne's Bees and a new hive of Carnis, both from Larry Tate. The Carnis looked good in Oct but didn't survive the first cold spell in November. I'm surprised that the Wayne's h...
by pholcomb
Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Picking up nucs tonight
Replies: 20
Views: 6857

Re: Picking up nucs tonight

Great pic of the eggs laid in new comb. Thanks.

Paul
by pholcomb
Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Cloake Board for 8-frame hive
Replies: 4
Views: 3860

Re: Wanted: Cloake Board for 8-frame hive

Thanks Ski.

Paul
by pholcomb
Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones
Replies: 9
Views: 3528

Re: Drones

I watched my sole remaining hive for about 20 minutes this afternoon. Heavy foraging, bringing in lots of pollen, and making lots of visits to the water pans, but didn't see a single drone.

Paul
by pholcomb
Fri Feb 14, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Winter Planning--First Thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 9050

Re: Winter Planning--First Thoughts

Fortunately, I started my week off on Wednesday. Checked on the bees again about 315 and they are still foraging heavily. Almost all of the pollen they are bringing in now is light green. Not sure what that is.

Paul
by pholcomb
Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Winter Planning--First Thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 9050

Re: Winter Planning--First Thoughts

Just checked my two remaining hives this morning at 1130. The temp was 47 and the Wayne's Bees hive was foraging heavily, bringing in a lot of bright yellow pollen, probably camellia. Tipped the hive earlier in the morning and it still seemed pretty heavy. Unfortunately, my last hive of Carniolans a...
by pholcomb
Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Winter Planning--First Thoughts
Replies: 24
Views: 9050

Re: Winter Planning--First Thoughts

Lost one of my 3 hives during the most recent cold snap. All 3 hives seemed to be doing well during the last warm spell a couple weeks ago. The dead hive is a 2nd year Carniolan. The bees didn't starve. I pulled from the hive 2 medium 8 frame boxes weighing 39 and 40 lbs apiece yesterday. Mite count...
by pholcomb
Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Black comb
Replies: 4
Views: 1843

Re: Black comb

It's surprising how quickly the comb darkens. I got my first packages April of 2012. I spotted some empty brood comb today that looked like it had been painted with flat black paint. Amazing.

Paul
by pholcomb
Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Good info for spring.
Replies: 3
Views: 1502

Re: Good info for spring.

Excellent article. Thanks Wally.

Paul
by pholcomb
Thu Jan 16, 2014 6:40 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Really cold weather
Replies: 21
Views: 6064

Re: Really cold weather

I didn't have to combine hives and kill a bad queen because my bees did it for me. In September they robbed out a split I had made back in June. That left my three remaining hives fat and happy going into winter. I also fed heavily between July and early October. All three were foraging heavily yest...
by pholcomb
Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:01 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: Wayne's bees
Replies: 24
Views: 13541

Re: Wayne's bees

I got a package of Wayne's Bees from Larry in April this past spring. Because it was a 1st year hive I didn't take any honey this year but the hive is doing great going into winter. Heavy with stores and a very low mite count. I might raise some queens from this hive using the Cloake board method in...
by pholcomb
Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Dead Bees
Replies: 5
Views: 2616

Re: Dead Bees

Camellias in my neighborhood bloomed into late winter last year. Camellia pollen is usually bright yellow, pretty distinctive this time of year. My bees are bringing in some, but not as much as last year.

Paul