Search:

Type: Posts; User: capt44

Search: Search took 0.00 seconds.

  1. Replies
    2,366
    Views
    360,058

    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I caught my first swarm this spring April 4th.
    I have caught a total of 28 swarms so far this spring in White County, Arkansas.
    I have 12 trap outs going and got 14 more to setup.
  2. Replies
    8
    Views
    400

    Re: Cranky hive - am I causing it? requeen it?

    Hives here in Central Arkansas will be calm on day and then the barometer starts falling the bees get meaner'n who thought it.
  3. Re: What are some chemicals I need for my first year of beekeeping?

    You really don't know what kind of chemical to use until you have a problem.
    Usually in August I do a sugar roll test for varroa mites.
    If I need to treat I use Formic Acid but there are several...
  4. Replies
    525
    Views
    57,799

    Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I'm in Central Arkansas in an Ice Storm right now.
    I put fondant candy on all my hives last Sunday when it was 66 degrees.
    Now the Ice is so heavy I worry about the power going off, cept I do have...
  5. Replies
    61
    Views
    3,179

    Re: Another Saw Question

    I've built and sold a lot of beehives.
    I have a Porter Cable 10" table saw Model PCB270TS.
    I use to cut my rabbet joints and frame rest with a router but I was using too small a router and the bits...
  6. Thread: Pros and Cons ?

    by capt44
    Replies
    28
    Views
    1,239

    Re: Pros and Cons ?

    I am in Central Arkansas.
    I use 2 deeps for brood boxes with solid bottom boards.
    I have found that with solid bottom boards the brood is lower in the bottom box than with a screened bottom board....
  7. Replies
    3
    Views
    589

    Building an Incubator

    There isn't a lot of information on Incubators for Honey Bees.
    I did a lot of research and come up with a plan.
    I built a box from 3/4 inch Birch Plywood.
    It is 23 inches long x 16 inches tall and...
  8. Replies
    2,366
    Views
    360,058

    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Searcy, Arkansas (North Central) 11-2-2013 got a call about 4:00PM about a swarm on a redbud tree in Searcy.
    I loaded up and totally thought it would turn out to be a wasp nest but when I arrived...
  9. Thread: mouse guards

    by capt44
    Replies
    27
    Views
    1,279

    Re: mouse guards

    I use 1/2 inch hardware cloth.
    I cut it 4 meshes wide by however long it needs to be.
    I bend it length ways in mesh into an L shape.
    I place it on the entrance and staple it in place.
    I've never...
  10. Replies
    19
    Views
    1,043

    Re: Plotting swarms.

    I use Google Earth.
    I bring up the location of where I got a swarm and drop a pin at the location.
    You can save it and bring the satellite image back up anytime.
    Just drop a pin and label it....
  11. Re: Why would a strong colony be targeted for robbing?

    The Honey.
    Wasp are another critter that will rob a hive and do it quick.
    I use #8 hardware cloth bent length ways into a W.
    I place the Center cone of the W facing out and the wings are staples...
  12. Replies
    34
    Views
    2,618

    Re: Workable mouse guard?

    I use 1/2 inch hardware cloth.
    I cut them 4 meshes wide by however long I need them.
    I go up 1 mesh and bend it in an L shape.
    It fits right in the mouth and I staple it in place.
    I have not had...
  13. Would you believe I got a swarm call today11-2-2013

    This afternoon I received a swarm call around 4pm, now it gets dark around 6:30pm or so.
    I figured it would be a nest of wasp but went and sure enough there was a cluster of honey bees on a redbud...
  14. Replies
    25
    Views
    2,149

    Re: Granulated Sugar vs Sugar Water

    Make Fondant Candy and either pour it into a inner cover as a candy board or pour it into paper plates and let it cool overnite.
    remove the paper plate and place the candy right on the frames.
    Add...
  15. Replies
    6
    Views
    680

    Re: Storing pollen patties

    I freeze mine also, I won't feed pollen patties right now for they are like a magnet drawing small hive beetles.
    I usually start feeding mine in mid February.
  16. Replies
    8
    Views
    554

    Re: Best time to move box

    I just got thru moving 9 hives from here to one of my beeyards.
    I close the hive up at just about dark and secure the boxes together so they won't come apart.
    I just put some gorilla duct tape over...
  17. Thread: Nosema

    by capt44
    Replies
    168
    Views
    12,019

    Re: Nosema

    I use Fumagilin-B in the fall in this beeyard.
    I have 3 other beeyards that I use a Home made Pro-Health recipe.
    In the recipe it uses Tea Tree Oil which helps with Nosema.
    Over the past 2 or 3...
  18. Replies
    5
    Views
    791

    Re: Mann Lake Inner Covers

    When I build my inner covers I off set the space the board goes into at the frame so I can use it as a candy board if needed.
    I also make a notch on the shallow side of the inner cover frame about...
  19. Thread: Feral Robbers

    by capt44
    Replies
    25
    Views
    1,898

    Re: Feral Robbers

    If you suspect robbing install a robbing screen.
    You can make one easy.
    Take a piece of #8 hardware cloth (screen) and fold it end ways like a W.
    Reduce the entrance to around one inch or so....
  20. Thread: bees gone!!!

    by capt44
    Replies
    22
    Views
    1,972

    Re: bees gone!!!

    Sounds like you had a robbing situation going on.
    It only takes a short time (2 or 3 hours) to rob a hive out.
    Either the bees were killed or they left after being robbed.
    When you see bees flying...
  21. Replies
    13
    Views
    2,049

    Re: My homemade bee feeders

    It will work great for dry feed.
    I built some deer feeders using the same principal.
    Be sure and drill some holes in the bottom for water to drain.
    Need to position it so a squirrel or raccoon...
  22. Re: First winter - getting nervous and have some questions

    Just make sure they have enough food stores and be sure to have ventilation, that'll keep down moisture.
    You're in Georgia I take it, I'm in Central Arkansas Zone7.
    When the temperatures drop say...
  23. Replies
    55
    Views
    4,108

    Poll: Re: To smoke, or not to smoke...

    I have found using a little smoke is a good thing.
    I have found that barometric pressure means a lot also when working bees.
    I have worked hives that were mean'ern a wet hen on Sunday but the hive...
  24. Replies
    1
    Views
    370

    Re: WAX Moths and Robber bees

    The chance of the bees surviving winter will probably be slim.
    1st the reason you had wax moth infestation is because the population was low to begin with.
    You need a lot of bees going into winter...
  25. Thread: Cell punching

    by capt44
    Replies
    8
    Views
    2,211

    Re: Cell punching

    When placing punched out cells in a wax cell cup heat the cell cup thus adhering it to the cell cup.
    If placing a punched cell in a plastic cell, melt a small amount of bees wax onto the plastic...
Results 1 to 25 of 25