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by Jacobs
Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: Heavy Winter Losses 2018-2019
Replies: 1
Views: 617

Re: Heavy Winter Losses 2018-2019

This story was in the Greensboro News & Record this morning.

https://guilfordbeekeepers.org/wp-conte ... 28.pdf.pdf
by Jacobs
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: High temps
Replies: 11
Views: 435

Re: High temps

Nectar flows can be very local things, but generally by mid-June, bees will be looking for any good "nectar" source, get more defensive, and some will be more prone to attempt robbing of weaker hives. Mine have not been going to the "nectarometer" because I have frames for them to clean up. Until ou...
by Jacobs
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets
Replies: 1
Views: 423

Re: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets

I just picked up a small load of 5 gallon food grade buckets with lots of extra lids from the folks at L&B. I'll be bringing them to tomorrow night's (6/11/19) GCBA meeting. They are free for the taking for GCBA members. They are staying in the truck bed, so be prepared to wipe them down if moisture...
by Jacobs
Wed Jun 05, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Adding supers to new packages?
Replies: 1
Views: 49

Re: Adding supers to new packages?

You will want to continue feeding sugar water to make sure that the bees do not starve when the nectar flow slows/stops and as the bee population continues to build. If they are strong, feel the need for space, and have a good steady supply of nectar (sugar water), you have a good chance of continui...
by Jacobs
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-6/3/19
Replies: 0
Views: 130

Swarm-6/3/19

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I got a call this morning about a swarm in the "bone yard" of Colonial Pipeline. There were more bees on the other side of the metal support, 3lbs+ in all. I wish they were all this easy. I was able to sit down on the ground and get them in a hive.
by Jacobs
Fri May 31, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/30/19
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Swarm-5/30/19

Swarm_53019_IMG_3210.JPG This softball+ sized swarm showed up at my house around 6:00 pm. Swarm commander got them to the bait hive, but they weren't going in. I brought a nuc and a few frames of old comb over to them. As they walked onto the comb, I spotted an unmarked queen and got her into a cat...
by Jacobs
Tue May 28, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: High temps
Replies: 11
Views: 435

Re: High temps

Today marks a significant turn--bees showing real interest in the nectaometer and emptying a pint in less than a day for the first time this season. Until today, I would have to spill out spoiled honey water and replace the pint jar after 3-5 days. There would usually be half a jar of honey water th...
by Jacobs
Tue May 28, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: High temps
Replies: 11
Views: 435

Re: High temps

The bees are showing more interest in it, but results may be skewed because I have some old frames out that I am assessing/cleaning up, and the bees are showing definite interest in the residual honey and nectar in those. I have been seeing bees work the white clover in the neighborhood. This is usu...
by Jacobs
Mon May 27, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Fanning at the entrance - in the morning
Replies: 2
Views: 85

Re: Fanning at the entrance - in the morning

They are probably fanning for temperature control. Sometimes you will see a line on 1 side of the bottom board facing in and fanning, while seeing another line of bees on the other side facing out and fanning. They are increasing air flow in the hive. Bees will also fan to evaporate water from necta...
by Jacobs
Wed May 22, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/20/19
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Swarm-5/20/19

A number of bees stayed, but no sign of a queen. I took a frame of eggs, larvae and nurse bees from my Wayne's bee hive and put it in. I'll check in 4 days to see if they are making queen cells. Something to play with.
by Jacobs
Wed May 22, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: High temps
Replies: 11
Views: 435

Re: High temps

The high temperatures and dry weather may slow the nectar flow or may mark it's end for this Spring. So far, bees have shown very little interest in my "nectarometer" even using 3 oz of honey (and the rest water) in a 1 pint jar. As long as bees are flying out regularly during the day but showing li...
by Jacobs
Tue May 21, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/20/19
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Re: Swarm-5/20/19

Not mine and not acting normally. There are not nearly as many bees as there were yesterday afternoon. The ones remaining are cleaning old comb of wax moth cocoons and webbing. If they don't stay, but finish cleaning the frames, I will be well satisfied.
by Jacobs
Tue May 21, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/20/19
Replies: 3
Views: 155

Swarm-5/20/19

Swarm_52019_IMG_3202.JPG These bees heavily scouted on 5/19/19, and there were about 60 that spent the night. I looked in the super on the morning of the 20th, and thought these might just be a queenless abscond. I was in the house when the rest arrived, but saw the end of the arriving bees at abou...
by Jacobs
Sat May 18, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Anything but bees.
Topic: Arrowhead
Replies: 1
Views: 226

Arrowhead

arrowhead_IMG_3196.JPG I found this in my garden yesterday. This plot has been planted for over 50 years, but this is the first arrowhead I have found. The neighborhood has streams and springs, and 60+ years ago, was farmland. I would really love to know the story behind how this artifact got where...
by Jacobs
Wed May 15, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Harvest timing
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: Harvest timing

Usually between June 1st & June 15th.
by Jacobs
Wed May 15, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Harvest timing
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: Harvest timing

I pull frames as capped and replace them with open drawn comb. I hope the bees will continue making honey during the flow or at least start toward replacement feed for the honey I am taking. I put the frames in the freezer until I am ready to extract, then let them come to room temperature AND then ...
by Jacobs
Tue May 14, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bad queen options
Replies: 1
Views: 63

Re: Bad queen options

If she was ever good, one option is to make sure there are eggs in some of the cells, pinch the queen, and let them make her daughter. Your hive will be losing population during this time, and the replacement may not return safely from her mating flight. It may be worth it if she was good and simply...
by Jacobs
Tue May 14, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar/dried syrup on landing board?
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Re: Nectar/dried syrup on landing board?

I haven't used a ziploc bag feeder, but what you are describing sounds like a classic leaking feeder. You may want to do further internet research to see if others are having better success with a different method of putting holes in the bag. I also wonder if the sugar:water ratio makes a difference...
by Jacobs
Sun May 12, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/12/19
Replies: 0
Views: 124

Swarm-5/12/19

Swarm_51219_IMG_3192.JPG I am going to set up another stack of mediums with stinky old comb and 1 super with a rotted corner for an entrance. This is what has been working for me since scouts have been ignoring my traditional bait hives. Once these have settled in, I plan on moving them onto newer ...
by Jacobs
Sun May 12, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Heavy Scouting
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: Heavy Scouting

Activity really picked up this morning, and it looks like I made the sale this time. I'll post in the Swarms category.