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by quentin
Fri Mar 26, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 3/26/21
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Swarm 3/26/21

First swarm/capture today. Swarmed about 4:00 PM. Large 4+ lbs best guess.Pretty sure I got the queen, hope it is on the top side of the excluder.
by quentin
Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: Drones 2021

Saw first drone near entrance today. This is the hive I was wishing would swarm about 10 days ago.
by quentin
Mon Mar 08, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Red Maple
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Red Maple

Bees are steadily working the Red Maple in my backyard today.
by quentin
Sat Mar 06, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Red Maple
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Red Maple

Have a Red Maple stating to bloom, no activity from the bees yet.
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by quentin
Sat Mar 06, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: First deadout
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: First deadout

Maybe just orientation/cleansing, did not see any drones this afternoon. The "cloud" outside the hive was much smaller today than before, may be cooler temps. Maybe longer than I think till swarm. I have had good luck catching swarms rather than splitting. Afraid to split this one as it is the only ...
by quentin
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: First deadout
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: First deadout

Hard for me to tell. Lots of activity outside the entrance, "cloud" of bees about 3' by 3' by 6' at various times. Haven't checked today yet. I'll see if I can tell more today.
by quentin
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: OA EPA Exemption
Replies: 1
Views: 602

Re: OA EPA Exemption

Good news
by quentin
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: Drones 2021

The one strong hive I have remaining has large population and burr comb, I expect it to swarm in the next few days. Didn't go into the frames to check for brood.
by quentin
Sat Mar 06, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: First deadout
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: First deadout

I have had 4 of 6 this winter. Plenty of stores, suspect Queenless or mites. Few SHB. Have one strong , one weak remaining. Looks like strong is about to swarm, the next few days when it warms a bit.
by quentin
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Oxalic treatment using fogger
Replies: 6
Views: 1231

Re: Oxalic treatment using fogger

Thanks for the offer to help.
by quentin
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Oxalic treatment using fogger
Replies: 6
Views: 1231

Re: Oxalic treatment using fogger

You are right, my luck ran out. 4 of the six hives are dead. The two remaining are doing well, population wise. The four that died did not starve, all had large stores. Did not check for queens last fall so some may have not had good queens. I guess that leaves mites as the usual suspect.I used my w...
by quentin
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Solstice
Replies: 30
Views: 22940

Re: Solstice

Thanks for the nudge on this thread. Think I'll plant some camellias this year. Sunday or Monday looks like good days to be hefting hives and feeding.
by quentin
Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Oxalic treatment using fogger
Replies: 6
Views: 1231

Re: Oxalic treatment using fogger

Thanks for the links. I am using 80 proof vodka and Oxalic. Never tried water or mineral oil. I'll keep trying this and let you know how it goes.
by quentin
Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Oxalic treatment using fogger
Replies: 6
Views: 1231

Re: Oxalic treatment using fogger

I do feel lucky.
by quentin
Sun Nov 29, 2020 5:10 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Oxalic treatment using fogger
Replies: 6
Views: 1231

Oxalic treatment using fogger

Just finished third (weekly) mite treatment on 6 hives. Oxalic acid vaporized with an insect fogger . This is my fourth year using this method. I treat them once a month through out the year and 3 consecutive weeks in Nov/Dec. Have lost only one hive over winter in the past three years. May be just ...
by quentin
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small hive beetles
Replies: 6
Views: 999

Re: Small hive beetles

Maybe hive beetles are like real estate, location,location,location?
by quentin
Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Abscond-11/7/20
Replies: 4
Views: 1720

Re: Abscond-11/7/20

It comes to mind how different beekeeping is in reality as compared to what I thought it would be when starting.
by quentin
Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Abscond-11/7/20
Replies: 4
Views: 1720

Re: Abscond-11/7/20

Is this what you have called suicide swarms in the past?
by quentin
Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small hive beetles
Replies: 6
Views: 999

Re: Small hive beetles

Have not had an issue with beetles this year. I have fewer beetles since reducing the entrance to about 1 inch. Weak populations can increase beetles. Too much space in hive is not good. Mite issues can weaken hive/reduce populations which encourage beetles.
by quentin
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Fall is in the Air
Replies: 11
Views: 5706

Re: Fall is in the Air

Mine also, very active.

Southeast School area.