Type: Posts; User: Beregondo
Bees stop taking syrup when the *syrup* temperatures get down to about 50°F.
Depending on what sort of feeder you're using, you can often continue feeding when outdoor temps are in the forties.
Months from now, the screens will have gotten stuff on theirnsurfaces and be far less effective as robbing screens.
I haven't bought an Ultra breeze yet...but I do have experience with brass zippers, having worn jeans for the last 50 years since I was 5 or so.
In my experience, it is common for brass to be a...
Staple a piece of heavy fabric tongue bottom edge of a hive body or super box , fill it with wood shavings or shredded drynleaves and you have a quilt box.
You don't really need plans.
There are clematis in one yard that I have a hive in.
I've only seen bees on it during a dearth, when they are being watered but wild forage I'd unproductive.
I had drawn comb to make the splits with, and
I had a laying queen to put in each one when I made the split,
I either typically had a good fall flow,
I have a yard near a bog that has stayed well fed despite the current drought here is he south Puget Sound region...I'm sure a queen raised now *here* would be well fed.
I've always used deeps for my hive bodies.
I've used foundationless frames from the beginning. I have found that wiring is not necessary in medium frames, but that it is wise to wire or used fish...
I have a yard in Oregon City, and the bees are still pulling comb.
Colton's a bit higher elevation, I think?
If it were me, I'd pull the supers on schedule, but hold back from extracting til I...
If you want the queen to lay, she ne ds clean empty cells to do it in.
Pulling a couple frames of honey and putting a frame of foundation should accomplish that.
Put a frame of foundation on...
Unfortunately there are two incidences of negligence here.
The supplier who didn't pierce the feed can was negligent in doing so, and should have replaced it immediately when your receiving...
If you are worried that they'll abscond, it's against their nature to abandon open brood.
Add a single frame of open brood and you should be fine.
Enjoy your Bees.
It's absolutely normal.
Brood cell size varies within every hive.
Clean, new cimb is more important than small cell comb if you want your Bees to survive.
It just happens that when your Bees...
I think the fact that the wax in your small cell frames is new and clesn, and uncontaminated with pesticide residues has more to do with colony health than small cells.
I quit using them after...
I haven't seen hive beetles here in the year since returning to Washington, nor were there any around Elmira when I was in New York learning beekeeping.
I have no experience with hive beetles at...
I split and leave the nuc in the same yard unless there is a reason I *want* them somewhere else.
I put a frame of pollen next to the nuc wall
I put a frame of mostly open brood with some...
When I use a top entrance, I either block a solid bottom board closed, or simply use a piece if exterior plywood.
If it is intended to permanently be the bootm board, I paint the pkyood for...
Tall nucs swarm easily.
If you stay on top of them, that means swarm cells (the beat me quality queen cells) to make queens with, with no time or effort spent grafting and starting cells.
2nd year queen pro:
She lays more prolifically than a newly bred queen and will build population faster.
2nd year queen con:
She lays more prolifically than a newly bred queen and you are wise...
Actually, it's not the top bar, but the honey band most queens don't want to cross.
If you don't have supers on for honey when this happens, and don't put a fresh frame in both for her to lay in and...
I overwintered both double nucs and 8 frame doubles in upstate NY.
I didn't wrap, didn't move them, and they did very well, even in -24F weather.
You *can* put them in a barn, but why deal with...
A frame of open brood makes them far less likely to abscond.
I don't think feeding in any way encourages them to leave, and light syrup encourages comb building.
Once you see them bringing in...
If your second story is a divided 10 frame box, when you take it off, you have 3 places a queen can move from olthe nuc on one side to the one next to it: the top of the divider in the top box, the...
The bacteria and microflora in a bee's midgut are likely involved in producing dog Stive enzymes.
Antibiotics like fumagilin kill them..and make it harder to digest food , which hampers good...