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by DuaneB
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Ahh, the wonder of bees!
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Ahh, the wonder of bees!

We have 2 trees, on the side of our front yard. They start the year off with light pink flowers, then transition to deep purple leaves. The last couple of years, the flower coverage was good. We received our nuc last year, near the end of April. I ,think, I recall seeing the bees working the flowers...
by DuaneB
Fri May 31, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/30/19
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: Swarm-5/30/19

Nice.

We decided we want 12 hives. We are +2. Hoping to sell them. All My nuc's are now in 10-frame boxes.

Duane
by DuaneB
Tue May 21, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: High temps
Replies: 11
Views: 435

High temps

Supposedly, next Wednesday and Thursday are going to be 97 and 96, respectively. Will that mark the end of the 'Honey flow'? How many high temp days does it take to dry up the nectar and mark the beginning of a dearth?

Thanks
by DuaneB
Tue May 21, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/20/19
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Swarm-5/20/19

Hi Rob, Some of your bees, or free bees? Remember that swarm bait box that we(you)vacuumed the bees off the bottom of? Well, I replaced it with one made from plywood. It smells like wood on the inside, not glue. I noticed bees IN it last Thursday. As of this morning, they are still there. But, I don...
by DuaneB
Wed May 08, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Heavy Scouting
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: Heavy Scouting

Bummer!
by DuaneB
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How to stop the bees from filling in the brood area with honey?
Replies: 2
Views: 114

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

My 3 main, over-wintered hives (Italians) are hard at work filling all the available space, in the brood area, with nectar. The queens have no where to lay eggs. I have counted over 30 queen cells between the 3 hives. Each hive has a Med. super on them, but they don't seem interested in them. What c...
by DuaneB
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Co-worker swarm's
Replies: 0
Views: 95

Co-worker swarm's

One of my co-workers, in Greensboro, reported this:
(1) - 4/6/2019
(2) - 4/11/2019
by DuaneB
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm - 4/11/2019
Replies: 0
Views: 68

Swarm - 4/11/2019

What was my strong hive, spit out its 3rd swarm. This one was about 1.5 times the size of a softball.
by DuaneB
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarms 4/9/19
Replies: 1
Views: 64

Re: Swarms 4/9/19

After a 5-way split and 3 swarm captures, I'm out of 'extra' equipment. NOT a bad problem to have. . . In about 3 weeks time, I've gone from 3 hives to 11. :shock:
by DuaneB
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm - 4/10/2019
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Swarm - 4/10/2019

Hi Wally,

I looks like some of them are going in and some are coming out. Like there isn't enough room. That box is about 8 feet up that tree. Can I put a ladder next to the trap, pop the top, and look inside? Or will that irritate them?
by DuaneB
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm - 4/10/2019
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Swarm - 4/10/2019

Found this when I came home. So what are they doing? Are there more bees than can fit inside? They just seem to be hanging aroung.

Thanks,
Duane
by DuaneB
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm - 4/4/2019
Replies: 0
Views: 99

Swarm - 4/4/2019

A different co-worker reported one of his hives swarmed on him on yesterday. Saw them when he got home. Put them in a nuc.
by DuaneB
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm - 4/3/2019
Replies: 0
Views: 69

Swarm - 4/3/2019

Co-worker reported her husband captured a swarm on their Azalea bush on Wednesday. Weren't sure if it was from one of their hives or not. Greensboro area.
by DuaneB
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey bee deterent
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Honey bee deterent

LOL Not sure of ANY beekeepers that have deterred bees. Most WANT bees. I thought about that. Just didn't know how practical it was. I'll mention it, though. Also thought if they could beep the water from puddling up, some how, that that might work. Wonder if a "Bird bath" or some alternate source o...
by DuaneB
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey bee deterent
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Honey bee deterent

Was asked this question by a neighbor the other day: "Can you offer any advice on how to prevent Honey bees from gathering (not really swarming) in an area? The outdoor pool, that I'm a member with, seems to attract Honey bees near the railings/steps leading out of the pool. I'm not sure why, buy as...
by DuaneB
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 3/29/2019 -- mine
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: Swarm 3/29/2019 -- mine

Well, I watched them move on. Couldn't convince them to settle in to the swarm bait box I put out for them. Someone just got some free bees.

Life goes on. . .
by DuaneB
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 3/29/2019 -- mine
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: Swarm 3/29/2019 -- mine

Got a look at them, through binoculars. They are about 2 feet wide and about a 12-15 inches deep. Nothing I can do bout it. Bummer. Looks to about 4 lbs of bees.
by DuaneB
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 3/29/2019 -- mine
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Swarm 3/29/2019 -- mine

So I just witnessed one of my hive swarm away. They have settled at the top of a 40 foot tall Green Giant tree. I put out a nuc with 5 drawn frames and sprayed Swarm commander on the front of it. Anything else I can do to entice them to go to my box on the ground???

Thanks
by DuaneB
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm - 3/20/19
Replies: 0
Views: 90

Swarm - 3/20/19

A co-worker of mine, has4 hives. One of them swarmed on 3/20. She was able to catch it. She lives in Greensboro.
by DuaneB
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: How often to refresh?
Replies: 3
Views: 195

Re: How often to refresh?

You seem to be 'Da Man'! Anxious to get my first one.