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by Jacobs
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mite Treatments
Replies: 14
Views: 4389

Re: Mite Treatments

The half treatments at home are complete and all hives are queenright for now. One does have supercedure cells, so I will keep a closer eye on it over the next month. I should be finished with the full treatment with Formic Pro at my other hives Thursday afternoon and hope the hives look as good as ...
by Jacobs
Tue Sep 17, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Rube Goldberg Lives!--Smoker Repair
Replies: 0
Views: 39

Rube Goldberg Lives!--Smoker Repair

SmokerRepair2_IMG_3428.JPG SmokerRepair1_IMG_3427.JPG I like using this antique small barrel smoker, and continued using it after the top detached from the barrel. This made the finger hold on the top even more essential, but one of the connectors pulled out and the hold came off. I went to local h...
by Jacobs
Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mother & Daughter in Nuc
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Re: Mother & Daughter in Nuc

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The daughter is the lighter queen, the mother is darker and just below the daughter. They were on the same frame when I opened the nuc and all I had to do was wait for them to get closer to get this picture.
by Jacobs
Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mite Treatments
Replies: 14
Views: 4389

Re: Mite Treatments

The label says check for supercedure one full month after the end of treatment. I guess that gives time for the replacement process to finish up if a queen does not make it through the process. The label does say that weak queens of any age may be superceded during treatment
by Jacobs
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mite Treatments
Replies: 14
Views: 4389

Re: Mite Treatments

I am using Formic Pro for my mite treatments this year. I am going with full (2 strip ) treatments at the Cooperative Extension and at Brown Summit, and I am in the 2nd half of the 1-strip for 10 days + 1-strip for 10 days half treatment method on my hives at home. I am a little concerned that 1 hiv...
by Jacobs
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Mother & Daughter in Nuc
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Mother & Daughter in Nuc

The queen I had in an observation hive on National Honey Bee Day also had a capped queen cell on the visible frame. I left a frame with a capped queen cell with the remaining bees at the house when I loaded these into the observation hive. Today I went into this nuc to see what happened since the qu...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Re: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19

My best guess is that there were 2 queens based on behavior in the nuc. For several days it looked like bees were doing protective balling of 2 queens on 2 different frames. Yesterday, for the first time, I saw 1 queen walking freely on a frame and bees were coming and going from the nuc in a normal...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 11
Views: 2439

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

I probably crushed 200+ adult SHB in these hives this morning, but they appear to have kept larvae from the hives. I dug up my old AJ's Beetle Eaters and mineral oil and put 2 SHB traps/super in the hives. I haven't had much success with these in the past, but I have never seen SHB numbers like thes...
by Jacobs
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: News & information
Topic: Local Honey May Have Been Safer
Replies: 0
Views: 199

Local Honey May Have Been Safer

This will make you think twice about trying to bring honey back from a foreign nation. https://www.greensboro.com/news/trending/innocent-man-spends-days-in-jail-for-bringing-honey-back/article_33282259-6ec6-5418-9114-5b16cd24e6df.html?utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=NEWS%20-%20GSO%20PM%20News&...
by Jacobs
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Swarm/Abscond-8/23/19

David called me around 5:30 pm yesterday to tell me that one of my hives was swarming. Given the small number of bees in the air near that hive and the known strength of the hive, I thought this was an abscond on a suicidal attempt to join my hive. Some of the bees started toward the back of my yard...
by Jacobs
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 11
Views: 2439

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

I don't know that I will bother with mite counts. These bees may get a dose of OAV in the near future and then let it go until I hit them with OAV in winter. Flood water appears to kill varroa and does kill brood under the cappings. I don't know that I will get either of these hives strong enough to...
by Jacobs
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 11
Views: 2439

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

Both hives were queenright, but full of SHB larvae where pollen frames went bad quickly. I reduced one hive to 1 10 frame medium and the other to 3 10 frame mediums. Both sets of bees have been able to manage their space and not let SHB re-establish. Populations in both were severely reduced, so I p...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nucs - need some help.
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Nucs - need some help.

It is late in the season to be attempting splits/nucs. If you are going to try nucs from very strong hives, I would go with mated queens. My stab at what happened is that we are clearly in the robbing season and nucs are weak enough to be a good target. Queenless hives are also vulnerable to robbing...
by Jacobs
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum
Replies: 11
Views: 2439

Re: Bees at the Greensboro Arboretum

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This is what 7+ inches of rain will do when hives are not strapped down. I'll find out Monday if both are queenright (and if a creek water flush is an effective varroa treatment).
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small hive beetle
Replies: 6
Views: 2504

Re: Small hive beetle

Last winter was mild enough that it looks like the SHB have made a full recovery in my area. Hives that are in significant shade have had a large increase in SHB population. I must have smashed 50+ that a strong hive had pushed to the inner cover. I may be going to traps or the unscented dryer sheet...
by Jacobs
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: National Honey Bee Day August 17, 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 221

National Honey Bee Day August 17, 2019

Link to celebration information--activities at the Guilford County Cooperative Extension--9:00 am-Noon August 17th.

https://guilford.ces.ncsu.edu/2019/07/b ... ators-day/
by Jacobs
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: NCSBA Summer Meeting 2019 August 8-10, 2019 Hickory, NC
Replies: 0
Views: 76

NCSBA Summer Meeting 2019 August 8-10, 2019 Hickory, NC

August 8-10, 2019 Hickory, NC

link to information and registration

https://www.ncbeekeepers.org/
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-7/18/19
Replies: 2
Views: 350

Re: Swarm-7/18/19

They may just have been crowded. The queens these folks have and the ones I have gotten from the swarms and by making queens are prolific layers. This swarm had bees on all frames of a 10 frame medium and they had mostly drawn out 9 undrawn wax foundation frames in a little less than 3 days. I took ...
by Jacobs
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-7/18/19
Replies: 2
Views: 350

Swarm-7/18/19

Swarm_71819_IMG_3307.JPG I got a call from a beekeeper about a swarm from one of her hives. These bees have very swarmy genetics. I picked up an early season swarm there and I have managed to keep the bees in the box by making 3 hives of the one. I had to do a quick shake down into my swarm bucket ...
by Jacobs
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 13
Views: 3527

Re: Plants

Wally's bee tree is in bloom.
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The bees seem to like it.