Type: Posts; User: philip.devos
Thanks for posting. I really liked your pic of the "foundationless" frame. I remember the first drawn foundationless I pulled out of the hive several years ago. It's a miracle, isn't it.
That's a real good sign. Usually they are pretty confused for a few days. Bringing in pollen indicates they are orienting and finding sources. Do you have a nectar flow going on now?
RE: you said
"An empty box (no frames) placed at the bottom, and sugar fed to fill in the clustering area."
What is the function of the empty box? Where and how is the sugar...
Great job, STEXJOHN! I am sure there were many readers who did not reply to this thread. Great suspense!
When I saw pollen coming in I removed my pollen patties (probably 3 or 4 weeks ago).
I apply about every 10 days, 2 drops.
Interesting discussion. I have been predominately foundationless for two years. I have seen many predominately drone mixed with worker, but have never seen pure drone comb.
I have 2 colonies in 8-frame deeps. Both are building up from the winter and each has 3 frames of brood. I am considering adding another deep when there is brood on 4 frames. I am considering...
I assume you mean small hive beetles (SHB). The larva does look like skinny maggots, about 1/2 to 5/8 inches long. The best defense is a hive loaded with adult honey bees. If your hive is less...
Don't be too quick to add another deep, unless you did a thorough inspection and determined that the bees are crowded. If there are several frames that are unoccupied, or only have less than a...
Did you see any brood, capped or open?
I have both bottom and top entrances on my 2 winter survivors. One colony is using the bottom entrance, the other is using the top. I have played around with entrances the last couple of years; I...
I luckily have some drawn with stores (honey & pollen) and drawn empty frames from deadouts. When my packages arrive I will place the queen between 2 empty drawn packages. The workers will make...
Should the shake-out be done some distance from the other hives? I did 2 shake-outs last year. I believe the 2nd one was necessary because I did the first one in front of the other hives. The 2nd...
2 bricks (about 14 pounds less)
WINTER IS COMING EARLY! :lookout:
+1!!! Although, those "holes" may be uncapped brood. If that is the case I would grudgingly give her another chance.
Am I reading correctly? Do you mean you leave robber screens in place all year long?
After seeing reports of drones on Beesource, I was surprised to see no capped drone brood when I inspected today. Am I being impatient?
Another great video. Thanks Pat.
Per Michael Palmer's YOUTUBE you NEED to be stung. Nice photos, got stung; life is good.
Thanks for posting! It never gets old.
Seems a little early. My design is a 6-frame box. I use LGO, but only one frame with empty drawn comb; the rest are foundationless. Having a few either with foundation or plastic frames should...