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by Becky Hampton
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bees outside hive after Apiguard
Replies: 5
Views: 3392

Re: Bees outside hive after Apiguard

I used Apiguard last year and am using it this year on my biggest hive (the others don't warrant treatment). I may have missed the instruction about leaving the screen bottom covered because I've left it open each of the times I've used it. My bees didn't beard, but the queen refused to lay in the p...
by Becky Hampton
Fri Aug 21, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: Rob's in the paper!
Replies: 2
Views: 2178

Rob's in the paper!

Great article in the paper this morning, Rob. You represented the Guilford County beekeeping community well!
by Becky Hampton
Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: What would cause a queen to go from Rock-star to Sub-par?
Replies: 6
Views: 3056

Re: What would cause a queen to go from Rock-star to Sub-par

That was the advice I got. I'll let you know if I ever get a chance!
by Becky Hampton
Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: What would cause a queen to go from Rock-star to Sub-par?
Replies: 6
Views: 3056

Re: What would cause a queen to go from Rock-star to Sub-par

I had the same thing happen this spring. I had a really strong hive last year with a queen that was going great guns. I split the hive in March with hopes of having her gear up another strong hive. I gave her a couple of frames of brood, nurse bees, honey, pollen - but she never got going. I had to ...
by Becky Hampton
Fri May 22, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: Nucs for sale
Replies: 4
Views: 2983

Re: Nucs for sale

Have you sold both of your nucs?
by Becky Hampton
Mon Apr 27, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Smoker question
Replies: 3
Views: 2395

Re: Smoker question

I use cardboard, starter wood (for our fires), shavings for pet beds, dried leaves - anything I can find to get it going. I'm sure there's cedar in the shavings which might be the biggest culprit. -Also in the starter wood.
I'll try the torch.
Thanks!
by Becky Hampton
Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:43 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Smoker question
Replies: 3
Views: 2395

Smoker question

How do you clean out the black stuff that is stuck to the lid of the smoker? I don't know if it's creostote or tar, but it's making my lid really hard to open. I usually have to light several matches and warm up the outer edge of the lid before I can get it to open. When it's cool, the stuff is real...
by Becky Hampton
Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Is it time?
Replies: 4
Views: 1931

Re: Is it time?

Good news is that we've got a couple of really nice days coming up and no freezing weather in the forecast. That will help everything keep blooming and growing without setbacks for nectar and pollen.
by Becky Hampton
Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Is it time?
Replies: 4
Views: 1931

Re: Is it time?

Thanks, Rob. I am planning on moving the queen to the new hive and letting the mother hive requeen itself. I'm hoping they'll make a good queen with the eggs left behind. I figure that's 21 days - then another week to 10 days to mate and return. By that time there should be lots of drones flying and...
by Becky Hampton
Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:43 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Is it time?
Replies: 4
Views: 1931

Is it time?

Is it too early to make a split? I have a packed hive with lots of capped brood, larva, LOTS of drone brood, some drones walking around on the brood, multiple open swarm cells, a queen, lots of pollen and nectar, and left over honey. I'd like to split them before they swarm...
by Becky Hampton
Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: And then there were none...only questions remain
Replies: 8
Views: 4418

Re: And then there were none...only questions remain

So if one wanted to acquire some BT for their hives, might there be a local source? A little birdie suggested to me that there might be......
by Becky Hampton
Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Survivors?
Replies: 25
Views: 7852

Re: Survivors?

I lost one of my 3. The one I lost was my weak hive that I've been fearful weren't going to make it. I couldn't get them to take sugar syrup in the fall, they wouldn't take dry sugar in the winter, and wouldn't touch pollen patties either. The only thing they'd eat was when I poured pure honey on to...
by Becky Hampton
Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:26 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: Beekeepers License Plate
Replies: 0
Views: 1797

Beekeepers License Plate

Hey everyone - there's an article in today's Greensboro News and Record on the last page of the life section entitled "Applications sought for beekeepers license plate." The Franklin County Beekeepers Association has designed a specialty license plate to promote awareness of the plight of the state ...
by Becky Hampton
Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Jan & Feb Feeding
Replies: 12
Views: 5225

Re: Jan & Feb Feeding

I've been using the mountain camp feeding method with the dry sugar on newspaper this winter. My two strong hives have taken to it like crazy. when you get close to the hive, it sounds like sleet with them eating through the newspaper and sugar. My weak hive has no interest in eating anything. I fin...
by Becky Hampton
Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:03 pm
Forum: Upcoming purchases
Topic: Beekeeping Supplies
Replies: 1
Views: 2828

Re: Beekeeping Supplies

I stopped by on Friday to see what they had. They had a box with a "complete bee hive " in it. It looked like 1 super, a flat lid, couldn't tell about the bottom board or the frames. They also had as separate items veils, bee brushes, smokers, and Beekeeping for dummies and The Backyard Beekeeper. I...
by Becky Hampton
Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:49 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: No capped brood, eggs or larvae
Replies: 4
Views: 2167

Re: No capped brood, eggs or larvae

I've got one very similar to that, too. It's a hive that swarmed and requeened themselves this summer, and then had a serious mite problem. I've treated them for mites 3 times with Apiguard to get the mites down. I've got a very small amount of spotty brood only on a few frames, but when I checked t...
by Becky Hampton
Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bee movement
Replies: 2
Views: 1525

Re: Bee movement

OK - thanks, Wally!
by Becky Hampton
Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: hydrangeas and bees
Replies: 1
Views: 1849

hydrangeas and bees

In the mountains this summer, I noticed that honeybees were all over 3 large white hydrangea bushes. However, I don't know what variety of hydrangea this is. I want to get one for my yard because that could be another food source for them in mid summer. I know the ones in the mountains weren't oak l...
by Becky Hampton
Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:39 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bee movement
Replies: 2
Views: 1525

Bee movement

I always assume the bees know a whole lot more about what they're doing and why they're doing it than I do, but I have to ask about this. I checked 2 of my 3 hives today. In both hives, the top boxes (3 medium supers in each hive) had the most brood, bees, and food stores in it. The middle box had s...