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by SmithN
Tue May 24, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Supering for the honey flow
Replies: 22
Views: 5359

Re: Supering for the honey flow

I think the dearth is going to be early this year, Tulip poplars (the major flow) in my area have very few blooms left on them. My bees are showing interest in the white clover, I seen about a dozen bees working it today! The bees usually won't go to the white clover until there's not much left to w...
by SmithN
Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Colors Bees See
Replies: 0
Views: 1513

Colors Bees See

Colors Bees See What colors creatures see has long interested scientists, and aside from us, more is known about what colors bees see than any other living thing. Like us, bees are trichromatic (have three photoreceptors within the eye). Whereas we base our color combinations on red, blue, and green...
by SmithN
Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:58 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: April Fool's Day Swarm
Replies: 2
Views: 2681

Re: April Fool's Day Swarm

I like that method. :)
Don't forget to post pics of your queen excluder "lid"
by SmithN
Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Tulip Poplars blooming!
Replies: 10
Views: 3216

Tulip Poplars blooming!

The Tulip Poplars are starting to bloom! I was using my binoculars looking at what I thought could be a swarm, it was just a squirrel's nest, but I noticed color in the tree and on closer inspection I discovered Tulip Poplar blossoms beginning to bloom! The bee calendar has it blooming about the 25t...
by SmithN
Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:49 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: The beauty of pollination
Replies: 1
Views: 988

The beauty of pollination

Beautiful video...

http://youtu.be/xHkq1edcbk4
by SmithN
Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Laying Worker
Replies: 6
Views: 1854

Re: Laying Worker

Make sure your queen is NOT on any frames you transfer!
by SmithN
Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:41 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Laying Worker
Replies: 6
Views: 1854

Re: Laying Worker

Wally is right, it's alot of work! It is a challenge to save a laying worker hive, the shake out is simple and fast. You have to decide....if you attempt to save the hive, a shake out may still be in your furture! Question: Did you leave the nurse bees on the frame you transferred? You might want to...
by SmithN
Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:36 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: "New" master beekeeper
Replies: 5
Views: 1662

Re: "New" master beekeeper

Wally,
I knew you were a Master Beekeeper, now you have the certificate to prove it!
Congratulations:)
by SmithN
Wed May 25, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Has this been an "average" honey flow?
Replies: 12
Views: 4152

Re: Has this been an "average" honey flow?

For me this year is an exception. I will definitely be extracting honey this year! I have some hives with a deep + 5 mediums on them..bees working in the 5th medium. Some hives with deep + 4 mediums and I plan to give a couple of them another box this week! Like Jacobs, I've pulled some capped honey...
by SmithN
Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:58 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Tulip Poplar
Replies: 2
Views: 1213

Re: Tulip Poplar

The Tulip Poplars around my house are definitely in bloom.
I even have some of the pedals on my deck.
by SmithN
Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Moving Hives
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Re: Moving Hives

Doug,
It's best to orient the hives/frames parrallel to the road to prevent the frames swinging/rocking during the trip.
Which can crush bees and could possibly harm your queen.
(I wish you good luck with your move and hope the Memphis area is rich with nectar sources)
by SmithN
Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:59 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: First swarm from the hives at the house.
Replies: 2
Views: 1714

Re: First swarm from the hives at the house.

ski,
That is a nice size swarm!
Happy to see in picture 07 you caught and hived them,
so no great loss and now you have some great comb builders.
by SmithN
Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:53 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Got me one yesterday, too.
Replies: 6
Views: 2198

Re: Got me one yesterday, too.

Nice picture, are they from one of your hives?

I don't know if I should say "good for you" or "I'm sorry your bees are swarming"
I guess both, I'm glad you caught them and I'm sorry they don't want to stay in the box!
by SmithN
Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm #1
Replies: 5
Views: 2314

Re: Swarm #1

I've been busy chasing bees this week! I had a swarm Thurs, Sat, and today. The swarm Sat and today came from hive #1 (I split hive #1 plus made a nuc from it 3 weeks ago!) Swarm #2 http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc330/Starlight4258/Swarms%202011/swarm-fromhive10-100000936140856_446534_1232890_o...
by SmithN
Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:14 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm #1
Replies: 5
Views: 2314

Re: Swarm #1

Wally,
they went back in the box.
by SmithN
Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Bee Tree
Replies: 44
Views: 11138

Re: Bee Tree

Nice pictures Wally,
I plan to attend the grand opening :wink: