+1 on this
Type: Posts; User: tsmullins
+1 on this
I have poor success getting the queens to move into my trap.
Timing would be late for us, but you are in a much warmer zone. If she wants them gone, I would be tempted to proceed with the trapout. Who knows, they may die overwinter anyways. There is a good...
Those are some great nuc boxes. Wish I had a few more just like them. The moving screen is icing on the cake!
Sounds like you made the best of a bad situation.
What kind of protein do you recommend? My bees have ignored MegaBee in the past. My deadouts from last year had a conspicuous absence of pollen.
Might be best to have a good look. Ask some of your local beeks how their bees are progressing. Since they are new hives feeding might not be a bad option.
Durn bear knocked part of my fence down last night. Go to repair in a few.
How much honey do they have now vs how much honey they need to overwinter? Before I would feed, I would make sure they are behind.
That sounds very simple.
Bummer about your queen,
What do you mean by "notch frames"?
If the bees make supercedure cells, I don't mess with them. If I find swarm cells, I will use some of the surplus cells for splits.
Thanks Tenbears and others,
After the original queen cell failed to produce a laying queen in an acceptable time, I added a queen cell from another hive. This hatched out, the bees still have not...
Which variety? We have three (that I know of) varieties. Staghorn and "shining" (I think that is the name) bloom around the first of June. Towards the end of poplar if memory serves me correct.
As others have pointed out, chicory only produces nectar until noon or so. This year our bees have not started working chicory yet. Sourwood and linden must still be on. Last year they foraged...
My friend gave me a small split. I have not been able to get this split queenright. Two queen cells both hatched, neither appeared to make it back or be viable. Now it is a laying worker hive. ...
Each location is different. But it is too late in the year for walk away splits. In all reality, it is getting too late for splits in general here.
Typically, our bees stop drawing new comb...
Like many have said,
Robbing screens and a small entrance can help. Prevention is a great cure. When robbing starts, I tend to move the colony. Robbing is the pits.
Perhaps you did kill/damage the queen. It is also very probable they superceded the queen. It is somewhat common for bees to supercede new queens. Who knows why really.
Unless it is a late swarm, we typically feed swarms minimally. If we put them on drawn comb, I am less likely to feed them. YMMV.
A few weeks ago my friend's apiary was hit by a bear. Two of his three hives were a total loss. The third hive had been pushed, but not knocked over. We decided to move his remaining hive to my...
We like to start splits when we find an abundance of queen cells. I agree, it is a waste to let all the other queens be killed.
I run both deeps and mediums. And have accumulated/made enough...
This year was the first year one of our seven or so persimmons bloomed. Not a lot of blooms, even so, you could hear the roar from a distance. We are looking forward to when all of our persimmons...