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by reedyfork
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Swarming - newbie questions
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Swarming - newbie questions

Spoke to both Rob and Mark briefly today to report a swarm on a tree in my next door neighbor's yard... I have no idea if it came from my two brand-new hives (packages in March) or was just "passing through". It was gone within an hour, so who knows where it is how. I just got home and at first glan...
by reedyfork
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Adding supers to new packages?
Replies: 1
Views: 449

Adding supers to new packages?

If I am continuously feeding my two new packages, should I keep adding supers even though the natural nectar flow has basically stopped? In theory, they will at least keep drawing out new comb on the new foundations, right? And then they'll be ready to fill with more nectar/honey later this summer a...
by reedyfork
Mon May 27, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Fanning at the entrance - in the morning
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Fanning at the entrance - in the morning

This morning I noticed one of my hives (new package from March 30) has about 3-5 bees on the porch fanning outward. I have the entrance reducer on the middle-sized opening, screened bottom board, spacer up top to create an "attic", and the inner cover below it to allow air flow out of the opening. A...
by reedyfork
Tue May 14, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar/dried syrup on landing board?
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Nectar/dried syrup on landing board?

This is the second time in a couple weeks that I've noticed a puddle of nectar or syrup leaking out of one corner of the entrance and kind of pooling on my version of a landing board. It is clear and almost dried up. Other than maybe my Ziploc bag of sugar syrup leaking a little, any other thoughts ...
by reedyfork
Sat May 11, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Cutout - how to schedule or arrange?
Replies: 2
Views: 621

Re: Cutout - how to schedule or arrange?

Great - thanks Wally. I'll be at Beez Needz today, so will definitely ask. I'm way too new to think I want to get involved with cutouts and removals, but have had neighbors and a pest control friend ask me what they would do if faced with a situation.
by reedyfork
Fri May 10, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Cutout - how to schedule or arrange?
Replies: 2
Views: 621

Cutout - how to schedule or arrange?

What's the process for a homeowner (or their pest control professional) to find someone to assist with a cutout? Do they just start with calling someone from the "swarm list", or are there specific members who are experts in these projects?

Just curious in case anyone ever asks me what to do..
by reedyfork
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: When to check?
Replies: 8
Views: 1119

Re: When to check?

What did you decide to do? I'm hoping you opened them up today while the weather was so nice! Otherwise, you might have to wait a while... I installed my 2 new packages on March 30, and could only stand to wait 24 hrs before I checked (like it says in First Lessons in Beekeeping). Neither queen was ...
by reedyfork
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plant info and observed timing
Replies: 4
Views: 811

Plant info and observed timing

I'm a landscape contractor and wanna-bee gardener, so I'm really excited about the various flowering plants and nectar/pollen sources! In case anyone's interested, I had a couple observations: 1. My three 'Emily Brunner' hollies bloomed from ~April 1-15. It was really cool to see all the bees loving...
by reedyfork
Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie questions - variety of topics
Replies: 10
Views: 1469

Re: Newbie questions - variety of topics

My bees have been crazy-active since I found the queens last Wed! Constant, purposeful flights in and out all day. I'd say every 4th or 5th bee comes back with full pollen baskets. My plan was to open things up this coming weekend (10 days after seeing queens released) to check for eggs, larvae, and...
by reedyfork
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie questions - variety of topics
Replies: 10
Views: 1469

Re: Newbie questions - variety of topics

YEAH! I opened up both hives on Wed evening and found both queens released. I'm using 10-frame medium supers, and there were ~ 5 frames in each hive that had drawn comb. Most of the cells seemed to be filled with clear liquid (guessing sugar water/nectar), while some were darker in color. I didn't n...
by reedyfork
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie questions - variety of topics
Replies: 10
Views: 1469

Re: Newbie questions - variety of topics

Yes, I sure did. I removed the empty packages, set them out beside the hive (for another 24 hrs), and put the missing frames back in the bottom super. My biggest challenge was trying to figure out how to do everything without squashing bees! Even putting the frames in and moving them around seemed l...
by reedyfork
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie questions - variety of topics
Replies: 10
Views: 1469

Re: Newbie questions - variety of topics

Great - thank you both! It's really hard to be patient when you can't see what's going on inside that box... One other amateur lesson learned: I'm using an all-medium set-up, and discovered the white plastic package does not fit inside a medium super!!! I did start to panic for a second, but remembe...
by reedyfork
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Newbie questions - variety of topics
Replies: 10
Views: 1469

Newbie questions - variety of topics

Hi everyone - I am brand new to beekeeping and to this forum! I have two urban Greensboro hives located on a second-floor flat roof deck near UNCG, and just picked up my packages from Beez Needz this past Saturday morning. As far as I can tell, everything went well and all are happy. Only got stung ...