Page 25 of 25 FirstFirst ... 15232425
Results 481 to 500 of 500
  1. #481
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    SNOW SHOE PA USA
    Posts
    1,221

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I took 2 frames a week ago and it was great always is I have the best honey in the world.
    It was slow getting going this spring but things are growing now all my nucs are looking great .Selling my first bee's this FRI a dream come true.
    I have to check on my production hives to make sure they all have laying queens but every thing looks just great. I'm up to 25 hives and am shooting for 40 by AUG.
    I think it's going to be a good year
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

  2. #482
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Chester, PA, USA
    Posts
    53

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I pulled 4 bars (~2 gallons) last week the light honey with no bite is a favorite of the kids in my house. I've always attributed it "mostly" clover, but I'm not so sure now. My white clover really only started flowering well in the last 2 weeks and these bars of honey have been ripening for longer than that.

    I've got 2 acres of lawn I'm not mowing because they are covered in white clover (and I'm lazy). I'm hoping the now empty bars will get filled with clover honey and I try out the difference.

    The one swarm I captured about a month ago is queenless with a laying worker. On the other hand, my split is doing very well. I was going to do a newspaper combine, but I think I'll give the queen less hive a frame of brood and give it another chance.

  3. #483
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Clifford Township, PA
    Posts
    1,938

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Quote Originally Posted by Ennui View Post
    I've got 2 acres of lawn I'm not mowing because they are covered in white clover (and I'm lazy).
    I envy you. Terms of my lease require my lawn to be scalped at least weekly. (And I mean scalped; almost shaved.) Clover bloomed last weekend and Sunday morning the bees discovered it. They had about two hours of care-free foraging before the mowing guy arrived to waste it all. Fortunately, some of the pasture around has clover growing in it.

    Wayne

  4. #484
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Coatesville, Pa, USA
    Posts
    830

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Quote Originally Posted by Ennui View Post
    The one swarm I captured about a month ago is queenless with a laying worker. On the other hand, my split is doing very well. I was going to do a newspaper combine, but I think I'll give the queen less hive a frame of brood and give it another chance.
    I'd at least give them a frame of open brood before combining. It'll go much better. Give them the open brood (including eggs) wait a week or at least 4 or so days, then combine. in my experience this goes much better.

  5. #485
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Robesonia, Pa., USofA
    Posts
    439

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Did hive inspections yesterday in the brutal heat. If the weather cooperates I'm harvesting our first honey next week.
    Once we sell enough honey I'm thinking about an Ultrabreeze suit. That's gotta be better than this heavy cotton monstrosity I'm wearing.

  6. #486
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Pottstown, Pennyslvania, USA
    Posts
    334

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I liked my Ultrabreeze jacket so much I also bought the full suit for the occasional mean hive. I can only imagine what it would be like to be wearing my cotton one when I make a splt this afternoon in the 90 plus degree heat.
    Dan Boylan, At it since 2007 in Pa Zone 6B, 13 hives, 6 nucs, treat when needed.

  7. #487
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Clifford Township, PA
    Posts
    1,938

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Looks like early Goldenrod blooming along the road sides here in NEPPA. We had an early goldenrod that bloomed up in Maine but the bees seemed to ignore it. I just came in from checking it up close and found no honeybees working it. There were bees of a smaller variety, a wasp and some flies but none of my bees. Of course, they just might be ignoring it in favor of the Dutch clover that is going strong. Does anyone know if this early goldenrod is of any importance to PA bees?

    Hopefully, there is a strong late summer GR flow here.

    Wayne

  8. #488
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    SNOW SHOE PA USA
    Posts
    1,221

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I say no my bee's don't touch the first golden rod out they seem to like the later stuff .
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

  9. #489
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Robesonia, Pa., USofA
    Posts
    439

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I'm going to start feeding 1 to 1 sugar water to a couple of the colonies. They are building up slow. If they didn't have drawn comb from the start they'd really be behind.

    Stopped by Forest Hill Woodworking yesterday to pick up supplies and they have the Mann Lake ventilated suits in stock. Looking forward to selling some honey so I can purchase an ultra breeze.
    http://foresthillbeesupply.com
    Attached Images Attached Images

  10. #490
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Monroe County, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    171

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Last Monday, I ventured into a new direction and sold queens for the first time. A friend of a friend was in need, so I was able to provide 3 laying Italians. I charged $20 per marked queen. This past weekend I went into my nucs to graft larvae to replace them and found that all 3 nucs had already built queen cells.

    The flow has pretty much ended in NE PA. There's still a little clover out there, but this coming weekend I'll be removing honey supers and extracting. I'll treat for mites and feed 1:1 at the same time. The goldenrod will be blooming in another few weeks.

  11. #491
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Clifford Township, PA
    Posts
    1,938

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I never did see a big interest in the white clover though I could always find some bees working it. They're bringing in nectar and there is a lot of traffic flying out over the pastures so they are finding something other than clover it seems. Don't know what.

    I'll be pulling some supers in a week or so. Got a surprisingly good production considering I started over with packages this spring. Can't beat starting with drawn comb.

    Wayne

  12. #492
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Monroe County, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    171

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    I agree. There is still something out there getting their attention.

  13. #493
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Tyrone, Pennsylvania,USA
    Posts
    353

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The summer goldenrod has very little to offer for the bees they will work something better If available. Has anyone tried buying an extractor from Brushy Mountain? I called them and asked for the 9 frame motorized and they said that they are on back order.

  14. #494
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Robesonia, Pa., USofA
    Posts
    439

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Goldenrod is already blooming in Cressona. We are about 45 mins south of there and hope it makes an earlier appearance in our area this year.
    I've had to give sugar water to three of our colonies in the last couple weeks.

  15. #495
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Clifford Township, PA
    Posts
    1,938

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    A new crop of a taller goldenrod has been blooming for over a week here. (Susquehanna County.) It's about 100 yards from my apiary. I checked it frequently last weekend to see if my bees were working but didn't see any bees other than bumbles on it. I snapped off a sprig of the blossoms and set it on top of a hive to see the reaction. Within minutes there were bees on it.

    Haven't had a daylight minute to check this week. I hope they've found it by now. While I believe in feeding when necessary, I refuse to serve goldenrod plants to bees to lazy to fly across the yard.

    Wayne

  16. #496
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Robesonia, Pa., USofA
    Posts
    439

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Just saw goldenrod blooming along 222S in the area of Ephrata Hill near the PennDOT stockpile.
    I'm about 40 mins north of there and nothing is blooming around here.

  17. #497
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Pennsylvania/Florida
    Posts
    224

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The early goldenrods started blooming near Lewistown PA about 2 weeks ago, Really starting to show now though.

    Aaron

  18. #498
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Chester, PA, USA
    Posts
    53

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    Last week in July my bees went idle. I could see them bearding up on the hives all day long. Two week later (~ Aug 9) they all became active again.

    I have no idea what they are bringing in, but they've started working on something. I took good sniff around the hives last night and they don't have the old gym sock smell I think of with Goldenrod and the fall flow.

  19. #499
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    SNOW SHOE PA USA
    Posts
    1,221

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    The later stuff is just now heading up in these parts.
    Say hello to the bad guy!
    year five==== 31 hives==== T{OAV}

  20. #500
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Beverly, Mass
    Posts
    301

    Default Re: Colony update here in Pa

    My friends son wants a couple of hives in SE Pa. Any recommendations expectations? I told him to start with 5 and see how it goes. I heard in Maryland/Delaware
    there is only a primary spring flow. Is that correct? Is fall feeding the norm and what should he expect for a typical lb crop per hive per year.
    Cheers.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads