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by mike91553
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar Flows
Replies: 20
Views: 5753

Re: Nectar Flows

My bees are eating more than they are bringing in. I built a super last year to hold 12 pint jars and the bees built comb and stored some honey both last year and this year only to eat it up first when the flow stopped. They had nearly capped a couple jars this year but its gone now.
by mike91553
Thu May 03, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How long can a swarm hang?
Replies: 0
Views: 241

How long can a swarm hang?

I misjudged this swarm and lost it. The caller Monday said the bees arrived a week ago last Sunday and after several days he decided to call someone and told me they were 10 ft high and he had seen them every day. I concluded that they were probably building comb there and waited until about dark so...
by mike91553
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-4/28/18
Replies: 2
Views: 325

Re: Swarm-4/28/18

On a swarm that small could that be a queen taking a rest stop back from her mating flight?
by mike91553
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar Flows
Replies: 20
Views: 5753

Re: Nectar Flows

I split a hive last Wed and put in 3 empty deep brood frames for the Q to lay in. Went back Sun and they were all full of nectar. I think they swarmed anyway.
by mike91553
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: Honey Bee forage for spring
Replies: 0
Views: 637

Honey Bee forage for spring

Rapeseed is the best best thing you can plant for March and April nectar and pollen source with highly nutritious pollen and it makes good honey. Now (August-September ) is the best planting time. I have seed $12 for 5lbs or 15lbs for $30 I use 15lbs to plant an acre or a little more. Its also a goo...
by mike91553
Sat Apr 29, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm--4/27/17
Replies: 1
Views: 776

Re: Swarm--4/27/17

I've seen it work first hand several times this year on a swarm in the air before they settled. If you can get up wind and spray one squirt onto the box and let the wind carry some to the bees you can watch them turn and all fly toward the source of the smell. By the way they put one of my videos on...
by mike91553
Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Potential Trapout-Early March Swarm
Replies: 6
Views: 1734

Re: Potential Trapout-Early March Swarm

I would think if you set up the trapout before the virgin queen mated that you could have gotten her in your box.
by mike91553
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: swarms 4/10
Replies: 1
Views: 1031

Re: swarms 4/10

I weighed one today at 7 lbs That one looks as much or more. nice
by mike91553
Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Swarm-3/30/17
Replies: 2
Views: 1112

Re: Swarm-3/30/17

My 8 ft off the ground swarm turned out to be 12 ft up. Good thing I had a 10 ft step ladder. About 4.5 lbs bees and I found the queen on top the ladder after I dumped most the bees in the boxes. Thanks for the referral Rob [url]https://..facebook.com/132409806849317/photos/pcb.1318652281558391/1318...
by mike91553
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: February Swarms?
Replies: 3
Views: 1206

Re: February Swarms?

Burlington swarm occurred and was caught on March 6 Owner sent me a picture and looked like a 3 pounder
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php? ... 7872154430
by mike91553
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: February Swarms?
Replies: 3
Views: 1206

February Swarms?

It likely someone in our area will see a Feb swarm this year. I found a capped Q cell today and had a drone flying while I was in the hive. On the way to the hives I saw 3 or 4 bees smelling around my bait hive that I left out since last spring.
by mike91553
Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Beekeeping 1956
Replies: 0
Views: 957

Beekeeping 1956

A fellow beekeeper posted this link on facebook. Interesting show
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lr8B3Dq_sY
by mike91553
Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:28 pm
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: Sourwood Honey
Replies: 0
Views: 1103

Sourwood Honey

Folks, I made a good batch of Sourwood honey with some hives that I carried to the mountains last June. Had it tested and was 87% sourwood. Gonna be at McCleansville Lions Club on Oct 1 morning if anyone is interested. or call me 336 214 4219
by mike91553
Sat Aug 13, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Testing Honey
Replies: 2
Views: 1414

Re: Testing Honey

Yes this is correct. The price is $60 and a 2 oz container is a plenty to send.

My results came back this week for my mountain honey 87% sourwood and I have a good amount for sale now. Just don't have any sourwood labels yet.
by mike91553
Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Products of the Hive
Topic: How much can a hive produce?
Replies: 3
Views: 1767

Re: How much can a hive produce?

That is very good for our season this year. On a extra good year you would have doubled that with the same bees. We had cold and wet times in May that cut down on production. Don't know if you can view a picture on facebook but here is the link. This is our oldest member in Alamance County and he ha...
by mike91553
Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Products of the Hive
Topic: Honey is thick and grainy
Replies: 3
Views: 1449

Re: Honey is thick and grainy

Consider yourself lucky that you could still extract it at all. I have had some and have heard reports from a few others of solid honey in the frames that you cannot get out. Teach your customers the positive benefits of crystallized honey. Its the very best to use in coffee since it won't fall off ...
by mike91553
Tue May 24, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Supering for the honey flow
Replies: 22
Views: 6134

Re: Supering for the honey flow

Road bandits searching for a victim. My yard is loaded with them now.
by mike91553
Tue May 24, 2016 9:12 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Supering for the honey flow
Replies: 22
Views: 6134

Re: Supering for the honey flow

Today should tell. I hope they find some nectar but I'm sure the strong flow is over.
by mike91553
Sat May 21, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Bright ball of fire
Replies: 1
Views: 1133

Bright ball of fire

Did anyone else see what I saw today? A bright ball of fire in the southern sky. The bees seem to be happy that its up there. I wonder how many days it will take them to regain the weight that the hives lost this last week. My honey potential per hive that didn't swarm looks to be a little over half...