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by JDavis
Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Carpenter Ants
Replies: 4
Views: 1806

Re: Carpenter Ants

I have been fighting the same problem. Two weeks ago, I found what I believe to be the parent colony, and began treating it with a spectracide pellet specifically formulated for ants. (sprinkle it on, water it in, late at night in my case) They are far enough away from the hive (50' downhill) that I...
by JDavis
Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm 4-4-16
Replies: 0
Views: 1117

Swarm 4-4-16

I worked from home today, and am I ever glad that I did. Around 11am my biggest hive cast a swarm. They have filled five 8-frame mediums and the bees are working on the 6th. The queen was laying as high as the fourth box, with >4 frames of brood in all four bottom boxes. This particular queen is ver...
by JDavis
Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: And then there were none...only questions remain
Replies: 8
Views: 3314

And then there were none...only questions remain

So far 2015 has been a year of crazy travel for me. I returned home last week after 7 weeks on the road, during which time I have spent a total of 5 nights at home. I was pretty concerned about the bees, since I have been gone so long without the ability to check on them. On Wednesday, there was a l...
by JDavis
Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Another Swarm 6/20/14
Replies: 0
Views: 1280

Another Swarm 6/20/14

I caught my first swarm a couple of weeks ago, and thought I would give a quick update. My wife called in the mid-afternoon to tell me "there are bees everywhere in the backyard, I think you might have a swarm". I had gone through the hives two days before, and did a really thorough inspection. I kn...
by JDavis
Fri May 09, 2014 12:25 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Picking up nucs tonight
Replies: 20
Views: 4462

Re: Picking up nucs tonight

I had a couple of minutes, so I thought I would post an update. Monday, Marc Stadiem came by to help inspect the problem hive. Here is what we saw: -No queen. We could not find the queen even after checking three times each. -Plenty of capped brood. A small amount (playing card size) of younger broo...
by JDavis
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:23 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Brushy top feeder
Replies: 1
Views: 1318

Re: Brushy top feeder

I think I've had <12 dead bees in mine over the last week. Of course, both of mine have leaks, which is a whole other problem.
by JDavis
Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Picking up nucs tonight
Replies: 20
Views: 4462

Re: Picking up nucs

Those queen cells look old. Have you looked straight in them to see if there are actually larva or eggs in them? Is it possible that they are old queen cells that came with the nuc? They have brood and royal jelly in them. I have seen that clearly now twice. Rob, I will contact Tate's. How should I...
by JDavis
Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Picking up nucs tonight
Replies: 20
Views: 4462

Re: Picking up nucs tonight

OK, I went back into the hives today to get a frame of brood from the good hive to give to the suffering hive. Here is an example of the laying pattern of my italian queen: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ckyifj6t3tdlacn/2014-04-24%2018.00.28%20HDR.jpg Not bad, eh? I took the outer most frame that had a g...
by JDavis
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Picking up nucs tonight
Replies: 20
Views: 4462

Re: Picking up nucs tonight

Heard back from Tate. They are going to fix it, but it might take a little bit of time. Janice asked me to add a frame of brood from the other hive. I understand the logic, and think it makes sense. I almost wish these queen cells were on different frames. I have two nucs that I could split them int...
by JDavis
Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Picking up nucs tonight
Replies: 20
Views: 4462

Re: Picking up nucs tonight

I saw a few open brood on one frame. There were developed to the same extent that the larva in the queen cells were. I didn't see anything younger/smaller. They were fanning a lot. I would say they were not calm. I'm not sure how to describe them though. Nervous would be a good description, in compa...
by JDavis
Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Picking up nucs tonight
Replies: 20
Views: 4462

Re: Picking up nucs tonight

I worked yesterday until 9:30pm, so today I decided to leave the office today before the weather changed. I used that time to take a closer look at my bees. I went into hive 2 first. The three new frames were about halfway drawn out. I started to worry about the queen as I worked my way across the f...
by JDavis
Sun Apr 20, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Picking up nucs tonight
Replies: 20
Views: 4462

Re: Picking up nucs tonight

OK, got my answer today. Hive number one had foragers. They started later, and stopped earlier than hive number two, and only about half of the number. At the time of writing, almost no bees are flying to/from hive one, but hive two is still bringing in pollen and nectar. I checked on the level of s...
by JDavis
Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Picking up nucs tonight
Replies: 20
Views: 4462

Re: Picking up nucs tonight

Rob came over yesterday in the early afternoon and we got the bees into the hives. Having Rob there was a great help. He had to keep me on task, because of the weather. I wanted to look at the bees, and examine everything, but with the cool temperatures and a little wind, we had to move fast. Thanks...
by JDavis
Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Picking up nucs tonight
Replies: 20
Views: 4462

Re: Picking up nucs tonight

I put up a tarp over the nucs, and opened them up. Something that was curious to me is that one of the carboard nuc boxes had a screened bottom, and the other didn't.
by JDavis
Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Picking up nucs tonight
Replies: 20
Views: 4462

Picking up nucs tonight

Hey Folks, I am picking up two nucs from Tates tonight. :lol: One is a Wayne's, the other an italian. (Was hoping for two Wayne's). The first question, How late in the morning should I wait before putting them in hives tomorrow? The second questions, anyone got time to help? I think I understand wha...
by JDavis
Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Pollen Sources
Replies: 0
Views: 1087

Pollen Sources

Hi All,

I found this article, and didn't see it already in the forum. Pages 16-17 show a list of plants which are useful for bees by month. I think this is most helpful for the July-August time frame.

http://pollinator.org/PDFs/Guides/South ... 5FINAL.pdf
by JDavis
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: To beat the varroa you must know the varroa
Replies: 1
Views: 954

Re: To beat the varroa you must know the varroa

Great video with lots of good information. Thanks!
by JDavis
Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Too early for a capture hive?
Replies: 3
Views: 1137

Re: Too early for a capture hive?

I ordered lemongrass oil on Monday, and it arrived in the mail today, so at lunch I drove home, and put out a couple of cotton balls. I placed one in a tree about 10 feet above my hive, and one under the outer cover. Since the weather was beautiful, I sat outside on my back deck and enjoyed the suns...
by JDavis
Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Too early for a capture hive?
Replies: 3
Views: 1137

Re: Too early for a capture hive?

Thanks Wally! I had forgot that I could use lemongrass to help with swarm captures. I will definitely get another top and bottom board. I think I am also going to build a few medium nucs to have on hand as well. Even if I don't need them this spring, I will need the soon enough. I want to overwinter...
by JDavis
Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Too early for a capture hive?
Replies: 3
Views: 1137

Too early for a capture hive?

Hey Everyone, First, I would like to thank Rob and the rest of the crew who put on the class this year. It was very well done, and I look forward to the monthly meetings. I wish I could have attended this months meeting, but had to be out of town for work. Now, the reason for the post. Since this is...