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by Jacobs
Fri May 25, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Split a Hive Today
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Split a Hive Today

Sometimes plans work out--sometimes you just get lucky. The 8 medium super hive appears to have finally forgiven me. They are not coming at me with the bad intent they have had since Sunday. I went to check the nuc I had put together with the 4 frames of capped brood from this hive and eggs from my ...
by Jacobs
Tue May 22, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How to get Field bee to go to the split hive?
Replies: 9
Views: 99

Re: How to get Field bee to go to the split hive?

The GCBA has mentors who will do hive inspections with new beekeepers or will respond to phone calls. It is one of the benefits of being a member. Our mentor page is password protected because some of the mentors do not want phone numbers to be on a page/list that anyone on the internet can view.
by Jacobs
Mon May 21, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How to get Field bee to go to the split hive?
Replies: 9
Views: 99

Re: How to get Field bee to go to the split hive?

I am curious--did the supersedure cell have royal jelly in it? If it really is a supersedure cell, you will need to keep an eye on the original queen. IF the bees are sensing something wrong with her, this may be the reason they are trying to make her replacement. I am managing the club's new packag...
by Jacobs
Sun May 20, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Split a Hive Today
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Split a Hive Today

My strong hives got supers of open drawn comb as I had planned on, and are putting them to use. I had a really crowded hive in 6 mediums. I went through all supers and frames looking for the marked queen to move her, but she eluded me. I had to use an inspectors jacket and gloves as these are not ve...
by Jacobs
Sat May 19, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Need help
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: Need help

If you have enough bees in the top bar to justify it, I would go with buying a queen--that way you still have 2 hives going. If there are too few in the top bar, consider getting another 8 frame super and frames, do a newspaper combination by putting a sheet of newspaper over the top bars of the top...
by Jacobs
Sat May 19, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: 5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets
Replies: 0
Views: 16

5 Gallon Food Grade Buckets

I have another 50+ 5 gallon food grade buckets. I don't have lids for most of these, but they are in good shape. Call me (336 740-1703) to let me know you are coming and get a stack of them for free. Rob
by Jacobs
Mon May 14, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small group of bees at entrance all night
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Small group of bees at entrance all night

I see that you didn't get a response to what to do about the bees left behind. They will circle higher and higher and look/smell for their new location. Most will find it given the warm, dry weather we have been having. This is an example of bearding/temperature control in stronger hives. Bearding_I...
by Jacobs
Tue May 08, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Tulip Poplars
Replies: 0
Views: 118

Tulip Poplars

Tulip Poplars have been in bloom around the house for at least the last few days. Normally they bloom before they leaf out, but not this year.
by Jacobs
Sat May 05, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small group of bees at entrance all night
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Small group of bees at entrance all night

If they have drawn out comb on all but 2 frames and are occupying most of the frames, it is time to move the undrawn frames next to the brood frames AND add another super of undrawn frames. I would continue to feed. You want the bees to continue making drawn comb for you. It will be a most valuable ...
by Jacobs
Sat May 05, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Small group of bees at entrance all night
Replies: 7
Views: 212

Re: Small group of bees at entrance all night

Most likely it is for temperature control in the hive. If there are enough bees on the outside, they may cling to each other and hang off of the bottom board. This is called "bearding." Some don't beard, but will cover the front/parts of the sides of hives to cool down the interior. Most times, thes...
by Jacobs
Tue May 01, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-5/1/18
Replies: 0
Views: 243

Swarm-5/1/18

Swarm_b_5-1-18_IMG_2461.JPG I got a call a little after lunch today about this swarm that was partially on the ground and partially on an apple tree about 20 feet away. They had been in these locations since Saturday. The homeowners called a person they knew who kept bees, but didn't have any equip...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-4/30/18
Replies: 0
Views: 50

Swarm-4/30/18

Swarm_4_30_18-IMG_2454.JPG I suspected the hive that issued this swarm as the source of the large swarm that went high in a tree last week. On the 27th, I was working the nuc beside this hive when I heard piping in this one. I have heard it every day since, including this morning. At about 2:00 pm,...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar flow
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Nectar flow

Nectar is the sugar, water & other components that some flowering plants produce that honey bees use to feed adults, mix with pollen to make bee bread to feed brood, produce wax, and when enough moisture is removed, to store as honey. The early source of nectar and pollen in our area is the red mapl...
by Jacobs
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-4/28/18
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Swarm-4/28/18

That thought never occurred to me, but it did look like scouts were flying out and back to the cluster. It was behaving like a swarm in search of a home.
by Jacobs
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-4/28/18
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Swarm-4/28/18

I got a call late this afternoon about a swarm a little bigger than a softball 10 feet up in a tree. I shook them into my swarm bucket and saw the queen on the outside of the bucket top. She flew back up to the tree and I got her by hand and put her in the bucket. I hived them in a 5 frame medium nu...
by Jacobs
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar Flows
Replies: 17
Views: 4065

Re: Nectar Flows

I checked hives at the arboretum yesterday. I had put a super of open drawn comb in each of them 12 days earlier. The weaker hive is building nicely but still had plenty of space. When I looked in the stronger hive, I immediately noticed nice white wax on ends of cells where repairs had been made. A...
by Jacobs
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?
Replies: 8
Views: 147

Re: Is this a swarm or a big ol beard?

My guess would be an attempted swarm where the queen did not go and the bees returned. If that happens, they return to the front of the hive and after awhile, go back in. If that is the case, they are likely to try again and may get the queen to go the next time. That could happen tomorrow or in the...
by Jacobs
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Beekeeping Equipment, Gadgets & Gizmos
Topic: Plastic Divider to Make 2 NUCs
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Re: Plastic Divider to Make 2 NUCs

I haven't had experience with it, but it gives me another idea--cut 2 pieces like that out of thin plywood, drill openings on the 10 frame super to make openings for 3 different directions and have "queen castle" of 3 frames per queen cell to get 3 queens mated.
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Irregular comb
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Irregular comb

I would not worry about them. It is almost impossible to keep them from bumming a free meal. In places with aggressive ants, some beekeepers place their hives on stands with legs that sit in cans holding oil or some other substance to keep ants out--usually making a mess and generally not necessary ...
by Jacobs
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:19 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Irregular comb
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Irregular comb

You need to make sure your queen is not on that extra comb and remove the comb before the bees build much more of it. Make sure your frames are touching and that any extra space is on the sides of the super. If you do not do this, the bees will continue to build comb off of the side of that frame an...