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by Kurt Bower
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:52 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Local Feeding Schedule
Replies: 9
Views: 2738

Re: Local Feeding Schedule

Quentin: You stated that you fed about 150 gallons to 2 hives? Is this a typo? I dont feed that much to the 60 hives I have all year long. Second question... You sy that you removed honey? Have you been feeding all during the flow? If so then your honey is adulterated and should not be used for anyt...
by Kurt Bower
Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: 2012 Harvest
Replies: 3
Views: 1380

Re: 2012 Harvest

I have not noticed any significant bridge comb! I have noticed that they have not capped the frames as much as I would have liked.
by Kurt Bower
Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: super empty
Replies: 4
Views: 1666

Re: super empty

Probably caused by a swarm but unlikely in the last couple of weeks. I believe that most swarming stopped 4 weeks ago.
Any sign of swarm cells?
Keep a close watch in case something happened to it and the queen did not make it back.

Kurt
by Kurt Bower
Tue May 22, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: buckfast bee
Replies: 3
Views: 1954

Re: buckfast bee

No one that I am aware of.
Jerry Isley used to fool with the Buckfast if my memory serves me correctly. Jerry says that they are fine for the first generation but once superceded or swawrmed and requeened they can become quite mean.
by Kurt Bower
Wed May 16, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: nucs
Replies: 7
Views: 3040

Re: nucs

The nucs have all been sold! I would like to make a few comments about nucs. From my experience, a proper nuc should should contain minimum of 3 frames of brood, and one frame each of honey and pollen with some room to spare for the queen to lay without causing a swarm. The queen should be prolific ...
by Kurt Bower
Mon May 14, 2012 3:46 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: two questions
Replies: 1
Views: 1185

Re: two questions

Ron: I am unfamiliar with the English garden hives and can not speak with any experience about ants in them. Over all this year I have not seen an increase in ant activity. Iwill say however that certain inner covers and telescoping tops seem to attract ants more so than others. A good strong colony...
by Kurt Bower
Thu May 10, 2012 3:54 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: How often to inspect?
Replies: 6
Views: 1744

Re: How often to inspect?

No one mentioned that inspection of bees does not cause swarming. In fact it would be just the opposite if done correctly. Honeybees normally only swarm early spring through the honey flow. If brood congestion becomes an issue and the queen does not have adequte space to lay, then swarming will ensu...
by Kurt Bower
Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: small swarm
Replies: 1
Views: 2382

small swarm

Caught a softball size swarm in one of my yards the other day. An after swarm from one that I thought was in the process of stabilizing and requeening itself. Of course when I looked in I saw almost no bees. This hive for some reason had swarmed itself to death. I have not had this happen in a while...
by Kurt Bower
Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:32 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: 2 queens possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 1150

Re: 2 queens possible?

I often see mother and daughter laying quite literally side by side. Astonishing but true.
by Kurt Bower
Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:47 pm
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: Queens
Replies: 1
Views: 1517

Re: Queens

Out for right now.
Check back if you get in a bind.

Kurt
by Kurt Bower
Sat Apr 14, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: nucs
Replies: 7
Views: 3040

Re: nucs

Just 2 left. Should be ready to go any day now.
by Kurt Bower
Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:40 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Burlington
Replies: 1
Views: 2483

Burlington

Received a call from Terminex yesterday.
Was hoping that Sk could help but he is unavailable.
Reference to bees at an urgent care center on South Church st. in Burlington
interested please pm me.
by Kurt Bower
Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:53 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: Queens
Replies: 1
Views: 1517

Queens

I have a few queens available if interested.
2012 Italian or Italian mix.
price $18 each.
by Kurt Bower
Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:22 am
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: removal question
Replies: 1
Views: 2688

removal question

Need some advise.
What is the best way/least invasive?
Is a trap out easily doable?
by Kurt Bower
Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:30 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: nucs
Replies: 7
Views: 3040

Re: nucs

only 4 left if anyone needs any.
by Kurt Bower
Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:19 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: Crimson Clover
Replies: 7
Views: 2641

Re: Crimson Clover

Obviously we are in for some honey flow surprises this year.
Several of my hives are making quanities of honey in the brood area and one of my hives is drawing comb and storing the surplus honey.
I just hope we dont miss the flow this season. I may be supering up earlier than usual.
by Kurt Bower
Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: truck swarm
Replies: 1
Views: 2356

truck swarm

In the process of checking my hives and making splits, I left some boxes with drawn comb in the truck bed for next day use. Of course I put a cover on it and to my surprise the next day as I drove from home yard to out yard I discovered that it was now occupied by a new swarm. I really cant complain...
by Kurt Bower
Sat Mar 17, 2012 4:07 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: nucs
Replies: 7
Views: 3040

nucs

I will have some 5 frame deep or 7 frame medium nucs available between April 7th and April 15th.
New 2012 Italian queens.
Cardboard nuc box included or can be directly placed into your hive body.
Cost - $115

pm me if interested

Kurt
by Kurt Bower
Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:55 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: A nice day to pick up sticks
Replies: 11
Views: 3053

Re: A nice day to pick up sticks

I am glad it made sense.
Sometimes when you are doing it, it gets confusing.
Simple when you think about it.
by Kurt Bower
Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:45 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: A nice day to pick up sticks
Replies: 11
Views: 3053

Re: A nice day to pick up sticks

Bees need 2 things to swarm. A queen and field bees. To stop a swarm you have to effectively separate the two. When making the split, you can leave the hives side by side if desired. I normally position the new hive 3 ft away. Start by moving the entire hive to the new location (3 ft away.) In the o...