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by Wally
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: First graft, 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: First graft, 2019

Jacobs, myself, Keith from Beez Needz, and another helper set up 15 mating units yesterday and installed Wayne's queen cells. Hopefully, we will get a few nucs and queens for sale from them. We also grafted again Friday, March 22. Checked them yesterday and counted about 29, Those, too, were Wayne's...
by Wally
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 3/23/19
Replies: 1
Views: 31

Re: Swarm 3/23/19

Thanks for posting, Ed. Let's hope others do, too. It makes a good record for future years.
by Wally
Thu Mar 21, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: First graft, 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: First graft, 2019

Moved 16 cells to the incubator today. Put 2 more frames in the starter to be cleaned. Will graft into them tomorrow.

16 of 40 doesn't sound too good, but it was rainy and cold here the day we grafted, so I'm not too awful disappointed.
by Wally
Wed Mar 20, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bee escapes
Replies: 1
Views: 54

Re: Bee escapes

Before we had SHB, they worked well. I would be very cautious with them now.
by Wally
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: How often to refresh?
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: How often to refresh?

I had another one reported to me on Thursday, the 14th.
by Wally
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: First graft, 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 88

First graft, 2019

We set up the starter hive Thursday and grafted 40 plus cells Friday. All Wayne's bees. Checked them Yesterday. Didn't brush the bees off for an exact count, but it looks like about a 50% take. About 20 cells being drawn out and about the same being ignored. With the weather the way it is, I'm happy...
by Wally
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First swarm 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: First swarm 2019

Pollen going in......
by Wally
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First swarm 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 83

First swarm 2019

Caught a 3 lb. swarm yesterday evening in Sophia. March 12.. Season has began.
by Wally
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How long do I wait?
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: How long do I wait?

X2
by Wally
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey Supers
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: Honey Supers

I have never heard of any "credible" claims of more than 2 supers per hive in this area. In 30 years of keeping bees, I have gotten a second super maybe a half dozen times.
by Wally
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey Supers
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: Honey Supers

I would check the hives and see how much empty comb they have. I would not super a hive that has 20 empty drawn frames, even in May. I would super a strong hive with less than 5 empty frames and open nectar, "indicating a flow", the first day of March. Each hive should be judged individually.
by Wally
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 11
Views: 2873

Re: Plants

I saw flowering cherries blooming in High Point today, and Bradford Pear and Yellow Bells in Sophia.
My crocus have been bloomed since Friday, Feb. 15.
by Wally
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: 1/8" hardware cloth
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: 1/8" hardware cloth

Keith at Beez Needz keeps it for making his tops and bottoms. I would think he may sell you some if you asked him.
336-431-2339
by Wally
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catching equipment
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: Swarm catching equipment

Hive with frames and some comb. Nuc the same. Saws. "plural" Pruning shears. lemon grass oil. Fischer's bee quick. Different size cat litter scoops. queen catchers. "plural" Camera
List of questions for asking when taking the call.

That'll get you started. I'm sure there will be others added.
by Wally
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lost two hives
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: Lost two hives

Just to make it easy for you, here's your inspector info.

https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/resources/ ... on-program

No failure here, just normal nature. Try to learn why and hope for better this year. They are insects, not exactly at the top of life chain.
by Wally
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Too early
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Too early

We saw the first flakes fall today. Way too soon for this area. Not even legally winter yet.
by Wally
Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Solstice
Replies: 26
Views: 11980

Re: Solstice

18 days to go. Friday, Dec. 21, 2018 at 5:23 PM will be winter solstice. As the days get longer, the queens will begin laying for spring bees. It will start in the south and move northward and increase as the days get longer and the flows begin. Just remember, most hives that starve will do so in th...
by Wally
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 5
Views: 1330

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

WHAT?? You mean if I see 1 bee on a Sourwood tree in my yard, I can't label my honey Sourwood honey? But I thought that explained why there are several times more Sourwood honey sold than is produced. :twisted: :P Yes, folks, be careful who you buy Sourwood honey from. It may be 1/1000 or less Sourw...
by Wally
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Wintering
Replies: 4
Views: 465

Re: Wintering

Anything is possible, but it is not likely.
by Wally
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:23 am
Forum: A little bit of Humor
Topic: mildred
Replies: 0
Views: 1869

mildred

Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed monitor of the church's morals, kept sticking her nose into other people's business. Several members did not approve of her activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence and distance. She made a mistake, however, when she accused Frank, a n...