That is really cool!
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That is really cool!
You are right on both accounts. Many new beeks quit because they are tired of seeing their bees die. It is hard to keep bees alive now. We have varroa, SHB, bears and other scourges to deal with....
Seems like two colonies to me.
I don't have the data to answer that. But, by going TF, we are not looking at today. We are looking down the road. Hopefully breeding stronger bees.
Basically, we take colonies that do not produce a surplus, and split them in July. We have found that the late summer splits have a very good overwintering success. We are a zone 6, so we have cold...
We are treatment free. Took us a few years to be successful. Small cell helps. We raise queens only from colonies that are untreated for several years. We also have started doing Mike Palmer...
That should be plenty of wooden ware. Try to anticipate what the comb will best fit in. IE, will you need deeps or mediums to strap brood comb in. To limit SHB problems, only keep brood that the...
Once robbing starts, I have found the best solution is to move the colony.
If they have eggs/larvae in the queen cups, they will raise a queen.
If they are raising a new queen, splitting the hive by moving the queen to the new colony is an excellent idea.
I would advise against working bees with no protection. One day something will go wrong and you could get in trouble very quick.
We use "half lap" since it is easy, quick and in my skill range.
Looks like a Chinese Chestnut to me. Like others have said, it is hard to tell from the pic.
I'm with Mick. We have a bear fence. But if a bear is tearing down my apiary, it is going down. We have too much time invested in keeping our bees alive to see a bear wreck them in one night.
Robbers will defect when you close them up and move the hive. I would be very careful about leaving a colony closed up for a few days now. They could overheat and die.
Once robbing starts, it...
That doesn't sound well,
Seems like FL is in the top five states with the highest yields per hive. In our location, if your hive swarms, that colony usually doesn't produce a surplus crop that...
1. It is normal for bees to tear down queen cells after the queen emerges.
2. About two weeks after the queen hatches you might see eggs.
You could look at it as a free queen.
Like others have said, it looks like Sarvis. Aka June berry, shad bush and a few others. We have two in our yard. I have not seen honey bees on ours. Many native pollinators visit them.
If you figure $30 per frame and $30 for the queen, that is not a BAD price. If you were raising bees for honey, that would be about nine pounds per deep frame. At six dollars a pound, that would be...
Our persimmons just opened yesterday. We are further south, but a much higher elevation.
Chances are the bear will be back tonight. Bears are a scourge.
In the spring and early summer once the bees have capped stores, I stop feeding. This is the season of our heaviest flows. Why feed when the bees have forage and stores available. If a colony is...