Search:

Type: Posts; User: bison

Page 1 of 18 1 2 3 4

Search: Search took 0.01 seconds.

  1. Replies
    9
    Views
    388

    Re: push in cages.....

    You would have to manually release the queen by just removing the cage after a few days. I wonder why you'd do this though as just hanging the cage as you mention works just fine and is a lot less...
  2. Replies
    3
    Views
    237

    Need help diagnosing sick hive

    I took a look at a hive today that's at my kids school where there are three hives. Two are doing just fine, the third doesn't look so hot. I saw little open brood if any, and a fairly small amount...
  3. Replies
    2
    Views
    160

    When do queens emerge after a swarm?

    One of my hives swarmed a week ago today. My plan has been to simply leave it alone and let it requeen itself without being disturbed, but now I'm considering going into it and removing a frame with...
  4. Replies
    3
    Views
    437

    Vicious swarm today...

    Got back from the Giant's home opener today to find that one of my backyard hives had swarmed. It's that time of the year... yesterday I caught two other swarms nearby. As you can see, these bees...
  5. Replies
    7
    Views
    486

    Re: How to move a hive three feet

    Pick up hive, move three feet, put hive down. Don't worry what time you do it.
  6. Replies
    69
    Views
    2,855

    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    yes. I had a telescoping cover blow off in a storm last year and the hive was flooded out thru the hole in the inner cover. I used to use the poly straps, but they just break after a while. Not I...
  7. Replies
    26
    Views
    1,665

    Re: Split without moving 2 miles.

    Way too much effort. I make splits and put them right next to the mother hive. Some bees may go back, but plenty won't. The idea that you "have" to move a split 2 miles is a myth. Your technique...
  8. Replies
    13
    Views
    562

    Re: Mite on virgin/newly mated queen

    Give it some time. If she's affected you'll prob see a lousy brood pattern. If she isn't and is cranking it out, don't worry about her.
  9. Replies
    13
    Views
    562

    Re: Mite on virgin/newly mated queen

    Since you don't want to treat I don't see what alternative you have. Wouldn't hurt to do a shake to see what your mite count is - even if you don't treat it's worth knowing what your counts are. ...
  10. Replies
    56
    Views
    2,790

    Re: Winter Losses or Success?

    Very mild winter here in NorCal, i only lost one out of 12 hives. Have already made several splits and this weekend harvested 140 lbs of honey taken from three hives.
  11. Replies
    11
    Views
    400

    Re: Combine queenless swarm with new split?

    Thanks to all - I took a look again today and no signs at all of a queen in the swarm. Meanwhile there were several nice queen cells in the split - uncapped with larvae in them. I went ahead and...
  12. Replies
    11
    Views
    400

    Re: Combine queenless swarm with new split?

    I made the split three days ago so there is no queen... Should only be uncapped queen cells now.
  13. Replies
    11
    Views
    400

    Re: Combine queenless swarm with new split?

    I don't really need any more hives, thus the thought of combining the split and swarm rather than adding a frame of eggs to the swarm. I'd just as soon have one stronger hive than two smaller ones. ...
  14. Replies
    11
    Views
    400

    Combine queenless swarm with new split?

    About a week ago I caught a swarm from a tree and put it into a 10 frame deep. I wasn't sure I'd gotten the queen, and i've inspected it twice now and haven't seen any sign of her so am pretty sure...
  15. Thread: Devastated...

    by bison
    Replies
    33
    Views
    1,274

    Re: Devastated...

    Bear for sure. They'll tip over a box and then use their claws to pull out the frames. Sometimes you see claw marks on the remaining wax. Sorry to hear about it, and you may need an electric fence...
  16. Replies
    48
    Views
    2,492

    Re: Funniest bee question ever asked

    My favorites (with stock answers):
    "Did you make this honey?" No, the bees did.
    "Did you grow this honey?" Yes, we have a honey tree in our yard
    "Do you ever get stung?" No, my bees are too...
  17. Replies
    121
    Views
    7,599

    Re: Oxalic Acid Vaporization - Questions and Answers

    [QUOTE=Tomson;1236978]Do you think that this would work? Portable Battery jumper. This is much lighter than lugging a battery around, and it claims it can jump a car battery 20 times at 400 cranking...
  18. Replies
    6
    Views
    352

    Re: What size for a swarm trap ?

    The definitive source about what size box bees like is Seeley's "Honeybee Democracy", which concludes that basically a deep with a small entrance is the optimal size. But a swarm doesn't necessarily...
  19. Replies
    28
    Views
    1,462

    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    Updating this thread - I just checked the split for the first time since posting this initially and found a nice fat queen ambling around on the comb! Still a week or so before she should start...
  20. Replies
    19
    Views
    646

    Re: Marking the Queen

    I would suggest not worrying about marking the queen until you get a lot more experience working with bees. There is no real reason to do so - you'll learn that you really don't need to find the...
  21. Video of recently hived swarm - queen already laying!

    Four days ago I caught my first swarm of 2015, a nice little one in a branch 6' above the ground. They're in a 5 frame nuc that had one frame of drawn brood comb, and I've been feeding them syrup. ...
  22. Replies
    28
    Views
    1,462

    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    Thanks everyone - I'm gonna just wait and see what happens... hopefully will indeed have a photo of a laying queen in three weeks!
  23. Replies
    28
    Views
    1,462

    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    It was capped... and there was only one.
  24. Replies
    28
    Views
    1,462

    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    I thought there was young larvae, but didn't have my reading glasses! Flow is strong here in Nor Cal, not feeding.
  25. Replies
    28
    Views
    1,462

    Re: Is this a queen cell in a split nuc?

    There is no queen, it's in a split that I made leaving the queen in the mother hive.

    jw, that's the only cell I saw.
Results 1 to 25 of 428
Page 1 of 18 1 2 3 4