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08-19-2010, 10:49 AM
WE got a call the other noght from a rather unhappy farmer where we have our hives on the cotton. THe hives are located at the back of his field, about 4 acres away, and in the mddle of the field, he has a sighting stand where he sites in his rifle. He was to go on a hunting trip in zimbabwe in Africa today and went out to sight in his new scope to rather dismay of a tiny tiny swarm on his stand. He was nice, but preterbed and by the time he called it was already dark. I went on up and got there about 1030 p.m. and found about 4-600 bees and one of my russian queens on the stand and scooped them up into a box and came home. I just dropped them into a 10 frame hive with a follower board and went to the italian hive and got some Nurse bees on 3 frames and some brood and nuc'd them down inside the standard box down to 3 frames...(i like this queen) Anyway, came hone today to this. Sever robbing going on so I thought i'd show you all. Yes, I am from Tn, yes, I have a Kubota, yes, I have a bad accent, and no, I cannot hold a digital camera straight..but, this should show new people what robbing looks like....
08-19-2010, 02:07 PM
I've had to be pretty mindful of where I put new and weak colonies in the past because of the same type of deal. How long until you'll move the box away from the pond?
08-19-2010, 02:09 PM
I did already, which was funny to watch because the robbers just lookmed and looked. There werent going to be any foragers because i added brood, so i just move it. Not far tho, just not the same location
08-19-2010, 02:09 PM
" yes, I have a Kubota,"
Nice looking Kubota too.
Nice video, thanks for taking the time.
Good job on stopping the robbing, it's good the weather is on your side.
08-19-2010, 02:26 PM
Tried to point out the obvious..LOL. Love love love my Kubota. I am going to try and document some of these things so new beeks can see. I see a lot of repeat questions on the threads, which is really good, but then we can point them to things like this...
08-19-2010, 02:49 PM
Tried to point out the obvious..LOL.
Love love love my Kubota.
I am going to try and document some of these things so new beeks can see.
(so new beeks can see the Kubota in the background)
I see a lot of repeat questions on the threads, which is really good, but then we can point them to things like this...
Things like this? you mean robbing right? not the Kubota in the background?
08-19-2010, 04:41 PM
is it possible for robbing to happen without the girls going crazy? i just started feeding to get the girls ready for winter. they are not excited at all but i see an ocasional bee buzzing around the hives looking for a way in. nice kubota.
08-19-2010, 06:06 PM
Its more a frenzy from my experience. They are desperate to get in and look for every nook and crannie to wedge their little bodies through...
08-19-2010, 07:01 PM
I don't know what you are talking about. You have no accent at all that I can detect.
08-29-2010, 06:39 AM
I encountered the same thing with one of my hives yesterday.
I had moved a hive and had taken a honey super off with whatever bees were in it, and did a newspaper combine with a small hive from an earlier swarm.
I had propped the top so the bees that came with the super could go in and out. I looked out yesterday and they were being robbed, so I suited up and shut the top down and also reduced the entrance at the bottom. In a couple hours everything looked calm again. Bees keep things interesting, don't they?
08-29-2010, 09:04 AM
great video! that is the only to see what robbing looks like...you have an accent?
how long did you keep the hive sealed up?
08-29-2010, 06:51 PM
Hey Dog, hope you had some provision for ventilation. That's not an accent. My son's band played out friday at the hotel where he works. There's a bunch of guys from Tennessee here to work rebuilding the hydro plant. THEY had accents. Great bunch of guys. They went nuts when the band played some Skynard, and a couple of them went out with us later. Had a great time
08-29-2010, 07:08 PM
Yeah. Guaranteed - any time a rock band is playing in TN someone will yell "Free Bird!" at least once.:ot: