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by p51d
Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Two questions for the experts
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Two questions for the experts

Frames - so I have a number of frames with waxmoth sacks all over them. Can a beekeeper remove these, spray them with clorox and re-use these or add them to the burn pile? The only solace for me was I left them outside to freeze in the winter. Wax - after a number of years, it turns black and brown ...
by p51d
Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: When is it too late to split a hive
Replies: 1
Views: 1109

When is it too late to split a hive

When is it considered too late in our year to consider splitting hives? The goal is to have a number of new hives for next year. I would be adding a queen if they are still available for purchase.
by p51d
Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Carpenter Ants
Replies: 4
Views: 1501

Re: Carpenter Ants

I tried the Jacob's cinnamon oil as a test and will report back with the results. Thanks Jacob and Wally for the responses.

Happy Easter to the beekeepers
by p51d
Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Carpenter Ants
Replies: 4
Views: 1501

Carpenter Ants

I have several hives on a farm which attract carpenter ants. All the hives kicked the bucket over the winter but I have gotten a swarm back into one. Others await new packages when they are available. The little ants march up the outside to the inner cover, whenever I work the bees, I knock the ants...
by p51d
Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: re: is it too late to split a hive?
Replies: 3
Views: 1861

Re: re: is it too late to split a hive?

Makes sense to me Jacob. I have a weak hive I doubt will make it through the winter. The other hives I am actively working for the winter. Usually I end up buying a couple of packages in the Spring to try to allow the existing hives to build for the honey flow. Too many losses, so three of us starte...
by p51d
Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: re: is it too late to split a hive?
Replies: 3
Views: 1861

re: is it too late to split a hive?

Thinking of splitting a hive or two, adding a queen (italian) for next year. Is it too late in the season????

Comments are appreciated
by p51d
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: When are you throwing on honey supers?
Replies: 3
Views: 1306

When are you throwing on honey supers?

I see red maple trees popping out in southern Guilford County. Given the activity of my hives I don't want them over crowding and swarming. One of the master beekeepers in Forsyth County said start cracking open each hive at a 10 day interval to check for swarm cells starting in March if there is a ...
by p51d
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:11 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Survivors?
Replies: 25
Views: 4729

Re: Survivors?

Four of five for me. I, like Ski, seem to have lost one of my stronger boxes. Very active today.
by p51d
Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: looks expensive
Replies: 4
Views: 2233

looks expensive

I was curious if anyone around here has tried the newest gadget versus spinning. www.honeyflow.com From the beekeepers on the other side of the world- the Aussies. Looks like it is pretty expensive to me. Maybe someone with allot more money has tried it and I am curious to see if it really works. So...
by p51d
Tue May 13, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: corn syrup stores
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

Re: corn syrup stores

the cool thing about being a beekeeper is that it does not matter if you are a first year keeper or a six year keeper. Everyone has opinions and generally they are all correct. So , corn syrup or sugar water - either seems fine. (I have an automatic sugar water system - I ask her to have it made so ...
by p51d
Tue May 06, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: corn syrup stores
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

Re: corn syrup stores

I feed with sugar water myself. The new beekeeper bought a ton of pre-made corn syrup from Brushy Mountain. These are being fed to new hives from packages from BM. I don't think the bees care one way or another.

Good luck with your hives.
by p51d
Sun May 04, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: corn syrup stores
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

Re: corn syrup stores

So I was helping the new beekeeper with his new packages a week or two back so I got to look at corn syrup - which is cloudy and so makes sense the "honey" was cloudy so that solves the mystery. It will be good feed stores for the new hives.

Thanks for the group reviewing the mystery.
by p51d
Tue Apr 15, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: corn syrup stores
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

corn syrup stores

A fellow beekeeper uses corn syrup from Brushy Mountain for feeding. My feeding is pure sugar water 50% when needed before honey supers go on. The fellow beekeeper lost a hive over the winter. One which he was feeding with corn syrup. Thinking maybe the honey super he was using for the winter might ...
by p51d
Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: swarm boxes near your bee yard
Replies: 3
Views: 1026

Re: swarm boxes near your bee yard

Thanks Wally, Unfortunately I think I am the only beekeep in the neighborhood. I appreciate in the information. Maybe I will be lucky and attract another swarm. :oops:
by p51d
Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: swarm boxes near your bee yard
Replies: 3
Views: 1026

swarm boxes near your bee yard

Is there any opinion on putting swarm boxes near existing strong hives? Would this give the strong hives a sense to swarm to a box? I am watching my hives much closer this year for queen cells. It would be great to catch a swarm in this way versus new package bees. If I see queen cells, I am going t...
by p51d
Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: ?? Feeding time ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1940

Re: ?? Feeding time ??

Thanks Jacobs. I agree so I look forward to the spring and letting them get back to work. I appreciate the input as always.
by p51d
Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:35 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: ?? Feeding time ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1940

Re: ?? Feeding time ??

I am feeding pretty heavy as the stores are very light so this is my experience for my hives and locations. If a beekeeper is feeding, the bees will continue to build wax comb? The question really is - does it make any sense to have a honey super (extra honey supers) and will the bees build out the ...
by p51d
Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: ?? Feeding time ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1940

Re: ?? Feeding time ??

Thanks Jacobs and that seems like sound advice. This hive is a swarm hive from the Spring. I robbed two weeks back and you might have seen some earlier posts which Wally answered. If the super is not 90 capped I won't take it so I had only recently inspected and saw this honey super at 60%. I left i...
by p51d
Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: ?? Feeding time ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1940

?? Feeding time ??

I have a couple of new hives I started after last years losses. The setup I prefer is two brood chambers then honey supers if they build up enough the first year. Generally I don't get any honey for the first year. Last week i check and had a honey super at 60%. Not enough to extract so I was waitin...
by p51d
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Piedmont honey prices
Replies: 4
Views: 1480

Piedmont honey prices

How much are you beekeepers getting for 8oz bears of pure honey, pint of pure honey, or a quart of honey?

curious is I am under priced.