Type: Posts; User: Mbalboa
I guess the question I should be asking local beekeepers is when our colonies are broodless? Also, what's the ambient temp? 40 or higher seems to ring a bell.
I was thinking of treating with OAV this Friday. Is this the appropriate time for my area or should I wait?
I've seen orientation flights on cold days as well. It seems to occur when the front of the hive is in direct sun. Maybe they think it's warmer than it really is? Or the direct sun helps them to keep...
It's dependent on the temperature outside the hive. The 2:1 does keep better. I've never had 2:1 spoil. The problem that I usually see with 1:1 is mold. The bees don't seem to care if there's a...
Can you still feed the sugar this way?
If the sugar has melted, and now they're yellowish, can I still feed them to the bees? They're hard enough that they won't run down the frames or anything like that.
Any difference in crystal size?
I used pure cane sugar.
About two inches. And yeah, four at once.
It started out as you describe. It was damp, packable, sugar. Interestingly, one of the four came out perfectly. I should also note that, when I say really thick syrup: you have to press hard to...
I made some of lauri's sugar bricks last year. No problem. A day in the oven on 170 and they were dry and rock solid. I did the same thing this year and after a few days, they just look like really...
You don't catch bees in those traps?
If you put vodka in your air lock you won't get mold.
Thank you. What do you run for a wasp trap?
I put my quilt boxes on this past weekend, which have a small top entrance. The temps are cool, in the mid fifties, and the bees are not flying. However, I walked by and noticed some yellow jackets...
I use screen, so I can't speak to that.
Some people leave their quilts on all year round. I put mine on last week. I like to give the bees a little time to propolize them in place before the cold sets in, and make any adjustments they...
I went to put mouse guards on today and used a coat hanger to check for mice. Does anybody have a different method for this? The bees just poured out of the hive, and I honestly couldn't tell if...
Anybody substitute red wine vinegar for apple cider vinegar in Lauri's recipe? Does this pose any problems?
Camero7, you use acetic acid, as in, vinegar? How do you apply it?
I had a similar reaction after a sting on my hand. It made me a bit nervous so I called my allergist. They basically said as long as the reactions are localized and don't spread, and there's no...
I think this year I'm going to purchase the wood shavings they sell in pet stores. That way there's no fine particles to speak of.