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by Kurt Bower
Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:32 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Deadouts
Replies: 16
Views: 4224

Re: Deadouts

Patties are to be placed on top of the frames. By keeping the patty small and placing it on the frames in the bees they are able to consume readily without great effort and it does not restrict movement upwards.
by Kurt Bower
Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:43 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: A nice day to pick up sticks
Replies: 11
Views: 3425

Re: A nice day to pick up sticks

Cutting queen cells or frame manipulation will not dicourage the bees from swarming. You may get by for a little while but they will try again. I rarley cut cells and only if absolutely necessary. Most times it just demoralizes the hive and something bad will end up happening. There is one way to sp...
by Kurt Bower
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:47 am
Forum: Just Stuff
Topic: A nice day to pick up sticks
Replies: 11
Views: 3425

Re: A nice day to pick up sticks

Out of curiosty, why would anyone need 45 minutes in a hive? I think spending too much time in a hive is a bad thing regardless of the weather. I encourage a more extensive approach to beekeeping. Spend the least amount of time necessary in each hive. Most observations can be made by using a little ...
by Kurt Bower
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Deadouts
Replies: 16
Views: 4224

Re: Deadouts

Pollen patties need to be given in proportion to the cluster size. As most have found out, patties encourage small hive beetle growth. A grapefruit size cluster may only receive a quarter of a patty while a basketball size cluster may receive a whole one. A commercial beekeeper that I know has gotte...
by Kurt Bower
Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: splitting
Replies: 18
Views: 6270

splitting

Oh if only the honey flow was on. I have never seen such a build up of bees this early before. After going through all of my hives today I am facing a troubling spring. I made 2 splits today to prevent swarming (fully capped swarm cells observed). 75% of my hives are loaded with bees and will have t...
by Kurt Bower
Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Bee removal
Replies: 3
Views: 2564

Bee removal

I have a gentleman that is interested in having bees removed from his home in Kernersville. He lives off of Haw River rd.
If your are interested please PM me and I will give you his contact information.

Kurt
by Kurt Bower
Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: Bee situation
Replies: 6
Views: 3230

Bee situation

Well it's started... Just got a call from a lady in the UNCG area that needs assistance with bee identification and possibly removal. Could someone call Anna at 336-xxx-xxxx and discuss going over and taking a look at the bees in her back yard. You may want to refer her to the insect identifier on t...
by Kurt Bower
Sat Feb 18, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: Extractions, cut outs, removals and swarms
Topic: first swarm????
Replies: 5
Views: 2799

first swarm????

So, after having gone through all of my hives today but one, I was in for a surprise. The first frame I removed of the last hive revealed several swarm cells. I hoped perhaps for supercedure cells but these were text book swarm cells. Examining the cells, I found one to have been opened. I decided t...
by Kurt Bower
Mon Feb 06, 2012 6:14 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: craigslist posting
Replies: 1
Views: 1637

Re: craigslist posting

SOLD
by Kurt Bower
Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:27 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Spring buildup
Replies: 23
Views: 6047

Re: Spring buildup

There are maples in bloom near my house.
That means we are over two weeks early this year. Not sure what this will do to the timing of the honey flow this spring!
by Kurt Bower
Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Spring buildup
Replies: 23
Views: 6047

Re: Spring buildup

Big day for the bees! Checked all of my hives and found substantial pollen coming in on the really strong hives. Also found that the hives that were stores acceptable 4 weeks ago were almost starving today! The warm weather has really taken a toll on the food available in the hive. I will be feeding...
by Kurt Bower
Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:18 pm
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: craigslist posting
Replies: 1
Views: 1637

craigslist posting

HONEY BEES & EQUIPMENT - $800 (EDEN,NC)
http://greensboro.craigslist.org/grd/2822981140.html
by Kurt Bower
Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:29 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: crystallized honey in frames
Replies: 9
Views: 5292

Re: crystallized honey in frames

I have not encountered this in my years as a beekeeper. very interesting though!
by Kurt Bower
Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:35 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: crystallized honey in frames
Replies: 9
Views: 5292

Re: crystallized honey in frames

When I said brood comb, I meant that the comb had previously had brood raised in it. Beeswax is white when first produced and becomes darker with time. Eventually the wax is entirely replaced by cocoon and will appear brown or even black in appearance. While the entire frame may have only honey in i...
by Kurt Bower
Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:21 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: buckets?
Replies: 3
Views: 1727

Re: buckets?

That is a good price. That's what I sold mine for last year.
by Kurt Bower
Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:19 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: crystallized honey in frames
Replies: 9
Views: 5292

Re: crystallized honey in frames

If you had difficulty cutting through the cappings then you were most likely cutting through brood comb which is made of cocoons, not wax. Wax cuts easily with a hot knife. Was your comb dark or light colored? As for the crystalliztion... My guess would be that they moved (sugar syrup) from the broo...
by Kurt Bower
Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:33 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: hive and equipment
Replies: 3
Views: 1778

Re: hive and equipment

Some frames will verify
No hood for jacket (Jacket only)
by Kurt Bower
Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: Wanted/For Sale
Topic: hive and equipment
Replies: 3
Views: 1778

hive and equipment

Selling this for a friend at work
To the best of my understanding

Hive with bees (2 deeps)
2 empty deeps
4 medium supers (1 unpainted)
1 entrance feeder
Frame rack
smoker
2 hive tools
1 jacket for zippered hood
1 full suit and hat
gloves
2 queen excluders

Price $225
by Kurt Bower
Tue May 24, 2011 10:51 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Has this been an "average" honey flow?
Replies: 12
Views: 4410

Re: Has this been an "average" honey flow?

This year has been a great dissapointment as far as the honey flow goes.
At this point I expect to get about 1/3 of the honey that I should be getting.
I would be interested to hear what other's experiences are this year.

Kurt
by Kurt Bower
Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:04 am
Forum: Beekeeping 101
Topic: Moving Hives
Replies: 9
Views: 2328

Re: Moving Hives

Have moved hives successfully every year for the past 10.
I recommend not screening the bees in and moving them at night.
The only 2 meltdowns I ever had were screened in.

Kurt