5. Waste of time
Type: Posts; User: D Semple
5. Waste of time
I've seen Michael type, probably didn't take him more then 5 minutes.
lol, perfect treatment free beekeeping candidate in the making :)
Yes yellow jacket queens are huge compared to the workers and unlike honeybees, big colonies will have lots of queens.
Drione Dust with a bellows duster does a great job in killing nests.
60 lbs. is about average for our area, nobody beats a path to Kansas chasing a honey crop :(
And, we generally have a long summer dearth and an unreliable fall flow so I always leave a couple...
I've put up 1600 + lbs this year from 25 tf hives and haven't done any fall harvesting yet.
2. 5 years
3. Fair, 20 - 30 hives, generally can get 2 or 3 good productive seasons out of a hive, I've got a few that have survived 5 years.
4. Summer dearth, local feral population (have...
I've been able to get 2 or 3 productive seasons out of most and have a few hives that have done well for 5 years.
Don't know, I have never looked for that.
Drione Dust made from our friends at Bayer
Got to leave them plenty of honey reserves.
The bees that survive best in my apiary start a little slower but have explosive growth in the spring triggered by maple pollen in late Feb. or...
Varroa wins eventually.
I would agree with you about the natural brood breaks being very important. The hives I have that don't shut down brood production during our late summer dearth invariably fail after a couple of...
I side with the neighbors, it was rude of you to put bees 15' from their property line without asking them.
Sorry Drew been at the lake with family.
Imagine by now you are finished or close to it and have figured it out.
How did it go?
Hi Drew just a word of caution about bay windows. I've made the mistake of opening the ceiling up from the inside and found I couldn't really reach them do to the structural framing of the bay...
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You are correct Alex, catching the queen (if she is still there) and caging her in the nuc would expedite the process.
I would also shake or scoop as many bees as I could into the nuc.
If you got all the comb removed from the cutout and the nuc you left behind has open brood all the bees should move into the nuc setup over a couple of days if you put it within a couple of feet of...
Maybe, but for a guy with only 2 hives and not wanting to see his bees die and lose his investment in time and money it's most likely the right decision.
Swarm numbers seem way down here as well, but I'm not sure why. Winter colony survival was good.
May just be to early to say for sure. I know my own colonies are trying very hard to swarm this...
For some reason they are not happy with their new set up and are about to abscond on you.
Only hope I found is to re-hive them in a different box. If you try to put them back into the same...
They seek me out, I actually hate them by July every year.
Oops got to go, another swarm call.
I respectfully disagree with my two very knowledgeable friends.
I've read enough that I can't in good conscious ever buy a Bayer, Monsanto or other pest and weed control product for my own use....
I would move them into 2 deeps and slip in a foundationless frame every other frame. If it's warm out and you have a flow going on you can't hardly give a swarm that size too much room, I would have...