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by Jacobs
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-3/24/19
Replies: 0
Views: 8

Swarm-3/24/19

I got a call this afternoon from second year beekeepers in Summerfield. The 1 hive they started with last year became 3 after we/they captured 2 of their own swarms. All 3 made it over winter and 1 made an attempt to go a couple of days ago, but returned to the hive. That was not the one that swarme...
by Jacobs
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: How often to refresh?
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: How often to refresh?

My swarm lure hives are not special made set ups, but are old supers with landing boards, etc. I may put 1-2 drops of lemongrass oil on the landing boards every week to 10 days (or sooner if they get rained on). I may go with a quick spray of swarm commander on the landing board if I see significant...
by Jacobs
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How long do I wait?
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: How long do I wait?

Some of this depends on how you caught the swarm. If they moved into your swarm lure or empty equipment, they have selected that place. I would leave them for at least a few days to let them settle in and then move them to where I wanted to locate them. If the queen has started laying eggs in the sw...
by Jacobs
Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: Field Day 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 114

Field Day 2019

Sunday, May 5th--2:00 p.m. at the McLeansville Wildlife Club. For location and other information about the Wildlife Club, follow this link-- http://mcleansvillewildlifeclub.com/location/ You bring side dishes/desserts to share and the club furnishes hamburgers, hotdogs and the fixings to go with th...
by Jacobs
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Portable Observation Hive
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: Portable Observation Hive

I have possession of one I believe Kurt Bower donated to the club. It has room for 2 frames, 1 on top of the other. The lower will hold either a deep or a medium (or even a shallow) but I think ONLY a shallow will fit in the upper slot. You are welcome to use it. I just did decline a request for thi...
by Jacobs
Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Re: 2019 SWARMS

If you are looking for queens, you may want to check with local bee supply places to see when their earliest package pick up dates are. They may pick up extra queens. Just remember, the earlier the date, the more likely you will have queen issues--the pressure to produce queens for early packages ca...
by Jacobs
Sun Mar 03, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: LOTS of drones
Replies: 1
Views: 85

Re: LOTS of drones

Don't worry. Be happy. That is not an overly large number of drone cells for a strong hive. The sooner we have drones, the sooner we can get queens mated.
by Jacobs
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey Supers
Replies: 7
Views: 230

Re: Honey Supers

I haven't used any of the supplements so far, but I am going to look into them. I need to do something to have healthier bees and stronger hives going into next winter. My historic losses were around 15%, but these past 2 winters have been over 60%.
by Jacobs
Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: News & information
Topic: Heavy Winter Losses 2018-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 271

Heavy Winter Losses 2018-2019

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/20 ... ium=social

I don't take a lot of comfort that I am not the only one.
by Jacobs
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Hive Placement-Celebrating February 19th
Replies: 10
Views: 5457

Re: Hive Placement-Celebrating February 19th

My swarm lure hive is already up because I never got around to taking it down. I did check and made sure that the frame of old dark comb (and the frames of undrawn foundation) were still in good shape. L & B Apiaries helped me with this "celebration" by calling yesterday with a new supply of 5 gallo...
by Jacobs
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 11
Views: 2873

Re: Plants

David's quince has been fully blooming for about 2 days now and enough of his mahonia is blooming to attract several bees at once. The quince looks like a pollen producer, and the mahonia, a nectar producer. I have never seen pollen on the legs of bees working mahonia blooms. Bees were working an or...
by Jacobs
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey Supers
Replies: 7
Views: 230

Re: Honey Supers

I'm glad your bees are doing well. I have had heavy losses this winter and just heard a news report on public radio that losses were heavier than normal this winter with some losing as high as 80%. Our main nectar flow usually runs from mid-April to early/mid June. That being said, if nectar sources...
by Jacobs
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Drones 2019

Donna may be right about an early swarm season. My strongest hive by far has some drones flying out and returning. I don't know if these are drones new to this season or whether they overwintered. Most of my hives seem way behind this one in activity, and I would guess, in brood production. My guess...
by Jacobs
Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: 1/8" hardware cloth
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: 1/8" hardware cloth

A couple of years ago, I bought a small roll at a local hardware store 2 doors down from my office in Graham. If you can't find someone stocking it, you might try this Ace link--order on line, free pick up at a local store. https://www.acehardware.com/departments/hardware/window-and-screen-hardware/...
by Jacobs
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Pollen
Replies: 8
Views: 2162

Re: Pollen

The red maple down the street has some blooms that opened between yesterday morning and this morning. It is not fully in bloom, but its a good start. David's flowering quince bushes next door have a significant number of blooms open, and yesterday, a few bees were collecting a bright yellow pollen f...
by Jacobs
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 11
Views: 2873

Re: Plants

Things appear late to me this year. I don't think the mahonias I saw at the arboretum are the usual type. David's still have green buds, the largest of which, are close to opening. Bees were exploring around them today. His flowering quince has large buds and a few blooms that appear to have been da...
by Jacobs
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catching equipment
Replies: 6
Views: 619

Re: Swarm catching equipment

Sounds like a good idea for a meeting to me. Several years back we had a "show and tell" meeting where members brought things they had made and explained how they did it. I'll run this by JB.
by Jacobs
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 917

Re: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019

Please send me a PM with your circumstances. If you are a current NCSBA member I will look at the situation, but I don't want to be giving exams to someone who belongs to another local chapter unless there are unusual circumstances.
by Jacobs
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catching equipment
Replies: 6
Views: 619

Re: Swarm catching equipment

5 gallon bucket shop vac--around $30.00. I think I ordered on line at Lowes and picked it up. It clips onto the standard 5 gallon bucket. 2 buckets together provide bee pick up and vacuum control. I will edit this post soon and post pictures.
by Jacobs
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm catching equipment
Replies: 6
Views: 619

Re: Swarm catching equipment

Ladder Bee Vacuum & small generator or long extension cord for swarms in tangles of ornamental bushes homeowners do not want cut. Swarm bucket (5 gallon bucket with lid cut out & either plastic excluder cut & glued to fit top opening or screen fixed over top opening) to use with bee vacuum in place ...