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by mike91553
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 281

Re: 2019 SWARMS

I broke open drone pupa in about every hive I opened and never saw any mites today. Happy with that. One hive had a lot of extra drones and also many drones in worker cells so that queen is about wore out. But the good news was 2 supersedurde cells with one capped. We should have some good flying we...
by mike91553
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Drones 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 281

Re: Drones 2019

A Burlington beekeeper saw drones leaving his hive earlier this week.
by mike91553
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Nectar Flows
Replies: 20
Views: 6708

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: 335

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: 476

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: 6708

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: 769

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: 880

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: 1978

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: 1188

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: 1293

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: 1336

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: 1336

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: 1074

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: 1227

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: 1515

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: 1964

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: 1629

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: 6769

Re: Supering for the honey flow

Road bandits searching for a victim. My yard is loaded with them now.