Search:

Type: Posts; User: dkofoed

Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4

Search: Search took 0.01 seconds.

  1. Replies
    0
    Views
    131

    Why are the bees doing this? [Video]

    There was a small number of bees clustered around the entrance of my swarm trap earlier today, and now they are doing this:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6C21rk9q3kHZzZrMEs4NVZDUjQ/view

    Is...
  2. Tiny after swarm or scout bees bringing in pollen?

    I thought I had a swarm in my trap, bees were in and out for a few days, some bees bringing in some pollen ... then I cracked it open and there were just a handful of bees on the drawn comb I had in...
  3. Replies
    7
    Views
    379

    Swarm caught in my truck ... now what?

    I happened to have a swarm trap in the back of my pickup truck that I was going to move to some other location, and this morning I went out and there were a few bees buzzing around the entrance. I...
  4. Replies
    68
    Views
    1,965

    Treated first time today

    I'm a new beekeeper (got 2 new Zealand packages 1 year ago) with 2 overwintered hives. I went into this gig hoping to go "treatment free", started with small cell plastic foundation (and...
  5. Replies
    11
    Views
    398

    Re: Clean off of burr comb?

    I've never understood the need for incessant burr comb cleaning. To me, it's pointless ... unless it's getting in the way somehow. Bees just build it up again anyway, in many cases as a ladder...
  6. Replies
    13
    Views
    599

    Re: Pics from 3rd inspection

    yes definitely a queen.
  7. Replies
    7
    Views
    556

    Re: New hive swarmed!

    I'd do a sugar roll and check for mite levels to discount that ...

    Bees like a certain amount of drone comb (around 15%), and will build that everywhere possible if you're using foundation ......
  8. Re: Western Washington/Oregon/British Columbia Beekeepers 2015

    We're definitely 2-3 weeks early on everything this year for sure ... i'm in South Delta BC. Blueberries are in full bloom, but no blackberry blooms yet that I've noticed.

    I only overwintered 2...
  9. Replies
    3
    Views
    249

    Re: Swarm Cup Question

    A cup cell means nothing and does not necessarily indicate swarming is imminent.
  10. Thread: Round two

    by dkofoed
    Replies
    3
    Views
    230

    Re: Round two

    not sure what you mean by a stone on top ... what do you need that for, other than if it's extremely windy in your area and you're worried about the hive cover blowing off?
  11. Replies
    95
    Views
    5,393

    Re: Warning to the wise

    The uncapped liquid you're seeing is nectar (or in your case, probably sugar syrup).
  12. Replies
    2
    Views
    208

    BC Government Recommendations

    One of the recommended practices by the BC government for beekeeping in May is this:


    •Reverse brood chamber during regular checks and replace frames that have 10% drone cells or more, with...
  13. Thread: Burr comb

    by dkofoed
    Replies
    2
    Views
    322

    Re: Burr comb

    Yes - burr comb.

    Bees do it for a variety of reasons, one being as a "ladder" system to climb between frames easier. I generally leave it unless it's hindering me in some way.
  14. Replies
    6
    Views
    430

    Re: Simple 10 frame nuc question

    Would you instead add 3 or 4 medium frames of brood? And maybe one pollen/nectar frame?
  15. Replies
    14
    Views
    557

    Re: expanding your brood chambers....

    I think generally beekeepers who are running deep brood boxes stick to 2 brood chambers with x number of honey supers on top (often with a queen excluder above the 2 brood boxes). In a strong colony...
  16. Replies
    6
    Views
    430

    Simple 10 frame nuc question

    I'm planning on creating a nuc or two (first time) in a 10 frame medium. The nuc would consist of something like:

    - 2 frames of brood
    - 2 frames of honey
    - 1 frame pollen

    The simple question...
  17. Replies
    5
    Views
    544

    Re: Moving up frame to start second box

    In my experience they will move up quicker if you move a frame (or two) of brood. I usually tend to move two frames of brood up...
  18. Replies
    2
    Views
    342

    Swarm trap in beeyard

    If you catch a swarm in a bait hive that's in your apiary, can you just move that swarm into a hive in said same apiary (like 10 feet away), or do you have to move it a couple miles down the road?
  19. Replies
    20
    Views
    1,290

    Re: Any studies on multiple controls for Varroa

    Just curious - you mention you run SBB OVER solid bottom boards ... doesn't that defeat the purpose of the SBB? I believe the point is that the mites fall through and get lost in the grass (or...
  20. Re: Whats the best way to uncap wax from a frame?

    Personally I like the looks of the motorized chain uncapper. Maybe just marginally expensive though, at 2 grand. :D

    http://www.maxantindustries.com/uncapping.html
  21. Re: 2 questions: Time to Split and nuc body size

    good point - i fell into the unfortunate trap of calling it checkboarding when really that is related to interspersing empty frames into a honey super.

    I came across Mike's page on the unlimited...
  22. Re: 2 questions: Time to Split and nuc body size

    Michael - when you refer to opening the brood nest, are u referring to basically adding empty frames near the brood nest or checkerboarding?


    Regarding the Nuc question, I'm running 10-frame...
  23. Re: 2 questions: Time to Split and nuc body size

    I've got 10 frame mediums ... too much space for a nuc? I was thinking of doing a split (when necessary) and placing 6 or so frames of brood/honey/pollen and 4 empties (or something along those...
  24. 2 questions: Time to Split and nuc body size

    As stated, I have a couple of questions ... I'm a new beekeeper who just overwintered 2 hives. One hive is booming and has an excellent brood pattern and upon inspecting today I found some brood...
  25. Re: How long do you leave a swarm trap in the same location?

    I placed one in my backyard (miles away from my apiary), 8 feet up or so in tree ... it's a bit hidden from view and not at the edge of a big field or anything, so i just wonder if it's a viable...
Results 1 to 25 of 153
Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4