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by Jacobs
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Don't Let Your Bees Starve
Replies: 9
Views: 3087

Re: Don't Let Your Bees Starve

I'm glad I checked my Brown Summit bees yesterday. I had put sugar bricks on the 4 light hives a couple of weeks ago. ALL had completely consumed the bricks and one was dangerously close to starvation. I could smell fall nectars as I popped the top of the hives, but none had any significant amount o...
by Jacobs
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 182

GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019

The Guilford County Beekeepers Association will offer the Beginner Beekeeping Course on the following dates: Thursday, January 10 Thursday, January 17 Thursday, January 24 Thursday, January 31 Thursday, February 7 Thursday, February 14 (NCSBA Certified Beekeeper Written Examination-optional) Weather...
by Jacobs
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: "Swarms" 10/18/18
Replies: 2
Views: 297

Re: "Swarms" 10/18/18

It looks like the smaller queen won out and she is laying up a storm. The newspaper combination of the Hurricane Michael Tree bees is a success. There are at least 5 medium frames of bees in this nuc--plenty to attempt an over wintering. If we get a several day warm stretch, I'm going to try and cat...
by Jacobs
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

I did not see a queen or signs of one, so these bees got combined into my "swarms" of 10/18/18.
by Jacobs
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: "Swarms" 10/18/18
Replies: 2
Views: 297

Re: "Swarms" 10/18/18

I saw a small, runny queen on one of the frames of bees this morning. The larger queen was still in the queen catcher clip with a clump of bees around and on the clip. I released her into the nuc and will let the bees sort things out. I hope to see a more focused colony with pollen coming in in the ...
by Jacobs
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: "Swarms" 10/18/18
Replies: 2
Views: 297

"Swarms" 10/18/18

FoundersDrive101818_IMG_2702.JPG One of our GCBA members was working at this home this morning and called about a swarm. Most were on the ground and some were about 9 feet up in a dogwood. He did not have equipment to house them and was looking for someone to rescue them. I got a small queen in a c...
by Jacobs
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence and Michael

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These bees did not strap themselves in--doubtful there is a queen, but I have them in a nuc with a jar of sugar water. Once they have fed up, I will look for a queen. If I don't see one, they will get combined with another nuc.
by Jacobs
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: "Swarm"-8/27/18
Replies: 1
Views: 305

Re: "Swarm"-8/27/18

It took about 2 rounds of boosting of 2 frames each time, but this queen is now laying a nice pattern and the nuc is building. One of our new beekeepers just had her very healthy hive swarm a week ago. We are going to keep an eye on requeening. If her hive is not successful at it, I plan on packing ...
by Jacobs
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

Information and reminders from David Tarpy at NCSU--
https://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/2017/09 ... ricanes-2/
by Jacobs
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence
Replies: 5
Views: 856

Re: Apiary preparations for Hurricane Florence

You should be fine with strapping. Everyone needs to make sure that their hives are not in flood prone places, if they have solid bottom boards-backs of hives are slightly higher than fronts so that water will not pool inside the hive, and that outer covers have good weights on them or are strapped ...
by Jacobs
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Wintering
Replies: 4
Views: 319

Re: Wintering

I agree with Wally, but there is too little information to try and evaluate options. If you want to give me a call at 336 740-1703, we can discuss some possible paths forward.
by Jacobs
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Oxalic Acid Treatment and Heavy Bearding? Pic Attached.
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Oxalic Acid Treatment and Heavy Bearding? Pic Attached.

I am going to take a stab at this having been given a little more information about the hives. I have not seen a bearding response to OA vaporization in warmer or cooler weather. These hives did not have inserts on with the screened bottom boards until getting ready to apply OA. They did not have up...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar Flows
Replies: 20
Views: 5779

Re: Nectar Flows

Something must be available in my neighborhood. Since Wednesday my bees have slowed taking honey water from the Jacobs Nectarometer (jar feeder with 2 open ends in the base that holds the jar) and have been steadily, but not extremely heavily sending out foragers. I am not picking up any fall nectar...
by Jacobs
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Anything but bees.
Topic: Turtle
Replies: 0
Views: 603

Turtle

Turtle_IMG_2594.JPG I was tilling an area in my back yard when I saw this little guy (?) crawling on the surface of the sandy patch where I plant garlic. It was active, unhurt, and the webbed feet told me its mother likely came from the lake a couple of hundred yards from my home. I don't know if t...
by Jacobs
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: "Swarm"-8/27/18
Replies: 1
Views: 305

"Swarm"-8/27/18

I got a call late this afternoon about a cluster of bees about 15 feet from the hives at the Arboretum. Swarm_82718_IMG_2593.JPG I got the queen in a clip, but could not get the hand full of bees to settle. Even Swarm Commander could not get them to behave. I shook what number of dysfunctional bees ...
by Jacobs
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey Question
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Honey Question

You are correct--honey from unknown sources carries some risk. Honey from known AFB infected hives stays in frames in the burning pit so that bees from healthy hives cannot get to it after all equipment is burned and gets covered with soil. It sounds like you have a good plan for next season. Now it...
by Jacobs
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey Question
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: Honey Question

The main reason for not feeding "honey" to bees is not knowing whether the source hive had American Foul Brood. The AFB spores can be in honey and can live for decades. I regularly thin honey from my hives and put it in an external feeder at the back of my yard as a gauge of whether there is nectar ...
by Jacobs
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Brown Rice Syrup
Replies: 1
Views: 680

Re: Brown Rice Syrup

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_rice_syrup

I hadn't heard of it, so I did a search and turned up this article. Toward the end it mentions an arsenic content that may be of concern to people. I don't know about bees.
by Jacobs
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Hive spacing
Replies: 1
Views: 229

Re: Hive spacing

Either move them several miles in 1 move or about 3 feet at a time for short moves within a bee yard. If I am moving a hive from one location to one several miles away, I like to put on a moving screen just after dark. Light smoking may help to coax the bees into the hive before you close it up. Tha...
by Jacobs
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Robbing
Replies: 5
Views: 975

Re: Robbing

I have used vap o rub before, not as a preventative, but to slow the chaos around a hive under attack. It helps quite a bit, but does not seem to stop an episode that has reached a high level of activity. I thought the entrance reduction & then closing up the hive would give it a chance, but I had a...