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by Wally
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:37 am
Forum: Anything but bees.
Topic: Good advice
Replies: 0
Views: 209

Good advice

Advice from An Old Farmer Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled. Mean...
by Wally
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nucs - need some help.
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Nucs - need some help.

I'm going to be the spoil sport. There's an old saying..... "Take your losses in the fall and split in the spring." It means combine the weak ones, IE: nucs, and combine them back in the spring. If you are losing the strong ones over winter and have to buy more in the spring, you surly can't over wi...
by Wally
Fri Jul 05, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Anything but bees.
Topic: Why I stand
Replies: 0
Views: 380

Why I stand

by Wally
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Swarming - newbie questions
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: Swarming - newbie questions

""" Open, drawn comb gives them additional space-""" But only if it is in or adjacent to the brood nest. The queen will not travel outside her contiguous brood nest to use empty space. She will swarm first. If you are going in to the hive, do it today, not this weekend. Look for queen cells. Otherwi...
by Wally
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Ahh, the wonder of bees!
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Re: Ahh, the wonder of bees!

Cook them down and mix half plum juice and half apple juice. Make jelly.

Plumapple jelly is plum good. :D
by Wally
Mon May 27, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Fanning at the entrance - in the morning
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Fanning at the entrance - in the morning

They are likely fanning to dry the nectar into honey that they are curing in the wild comb in the spacer. You should take some pics when that spacer is packed with wild comb honey.
by Wally
Fri May 10, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Cutout - how to schedule or arrange?
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Cutout - how to schedule or arrange?

Two of the best, Rob Jacobs and Mark Case, will be at the Beez Needz field day tomorrow. If you want to do cutouts and removals, I would suggest going there and talking to them. It is not a one liner question. It needs time to be answered sufficiently.
by Wally
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: There's still plenty of idiots in the world
Replies: 0
Views: 467

There's still plenty of idiots in the world

Dozens of beehives were attacked and set on fire in Texas over the weekend in an act “beyond comprehension” that killed an estimated half a million bees, officials said.

https://www.foxnews.com/science/beehive ... llion-bees
by Wally
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How to stop the bees from filling in the brood area with honey?
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: How to stop the bees from filling in the brood area with honey?

Add another deep and checkerboard. Although, it may be too late. Once they make up their mind, they usually swarm, whether you remove the queen cells or not.Removing the Q-cells is a great way to make a hive queenless and watch it die.
by Wally
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: When to check?
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: When to check?

Looking for eggs is "mostly" for the beek, not the bees. You can look if you want, but should have large larva or capped brood within 14 days of install. It won't hurt to wait until then, will be easier to see than eggs, and you can get out quicker.
by Wally
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nuc questions
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: Nuc questions

Use wax. Once the plastic is drawn out, the bees mdon't know the difference.
by Wally
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 4/16 Second Swarm
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Re: 4/16 Second Swarm

That's about what I would plan. Of course, when in a bee activity, I am always ready to change plans instantly when the circumstances require it.
by Wally
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: 4/16 Second Swarm
Replies: 3
Views: 260

Re: 4/16 Second Swarm

Most likely the queen got lost coming back from her mating flight and wound up on the bottom. They need to be removed and put in a nuc or hive.
by Wally
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: When to check?
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: When to check?

Some people go in and release her after 4 days. As Rob said above, I wait 7 days, then check for eggs. As soon as I see eggs, I close them up and do not disturb except to feed for 10 or more days after seeing eggs. I have never had an introduction go wrong doing it that way. I feed until the first b...
by Wally
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Watermelon Swarm 4.14.19- have it if you want it
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Watermelon Swarm 4.14.19- have it if you want it

I'll bring you a hive to put them in, then pick them up afterwards. :P :lol:
by Wally
Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Virgin Queens?
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Virgin Queens?

They will need to be released to mate in a SHORT number of days, or they won't ever mate.
by Wally
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm - 4/10/2019
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Re: Swarm - 4/10/2019

I don't know what you CAN do, I just said what I WOULD do.
It is only going to get heavier and harder to handle as it stays there longer.
by Wally
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm - 4/10/2019
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Re: Swarm - 4/10/2019

Whatever they are doing, I would take them down and put them in a hive or nuc.
by Wally
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms-4/4/19
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Re: Swarms-4/4/19

Get a bottle of Fischer's bee quick and fill the oven vent. Hopefully, it will run them out before they have brood.