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by Jacobs
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Honey Supers
Replies: 6
Views: 62

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: 33

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: 5253

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: 2807

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: 6
Views: 62

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: 1
Views: 49

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: 111

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: 2119

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: 2807

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: 504

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: 864

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: 504

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: 504

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 ...
by Jacobs
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Plants
Replies: 11
Views: 2807

Re: Plants

The day before yesterday, I saw two leatherleaf mahonia starting to bloom at the arboretum. The ones in the park near me have buds that are starting to swell, but are nowhere near opening with yellow blooms.
by Jacobs
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 864

Re: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019

Bring it next Thursday, and show up around 6:30 pm if you can so that we can start as close to on time as possible.
by Jacobs
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 864

Re: GCBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 2019

Life happens. If you have to miss a class, that is o.k.
by Jacobs
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lost two hives
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: Lost two hives

Don't look at it as failure. Look at it as heartbreaking! This is agriculture, so you can do everything right and still get kicked in the gut. If I have made a mistake and lost a hive, I try and learn from it, but it really gets frustrating when you can't determine why you lost one or more. A lot of...
by Jacobs
Mon Dec 31, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Lost two hives
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: Lost two hives

You may want to give Don Hopkins a call. He is the bee inspector for our area. If you have significant numbers of dead bees that are still fairly fresh, you may also want to collect samples for him. You can google his contact information and hopefully, instructions for collecting samples through the...
by Jacobs
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Solstice
Replies: 26
Views: 11910

Re: Solstice

Happy Bee New Year 2018. News 2, as of 5:00 a.m., says Greensboro is .2 of an inch away from tying the wettest year on record and that we have a good chance of getting that with the current weather system. Our winter so far has been a little cooler than normal with lots of clouds and rain. Some time...
by Jacobs
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Upcoming Events
Topic: Christmas in January-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 104

Christmas in January-2019

Our January meeting (January 8, 2019) will be held in the Auditorium of the main building, the traditional location of our Christmas dinner. We will meet at 6:00pm and begin dinner at 6:30pm. Please bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share. We will be having the prize drawings that we would ...