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  1. #1
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    Default Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    I just captured my first two hive boxes today. It was really exciting to go out in the jungle and dig out the hive from the coral rocks that form the island. I took a generator out there with me and used my bee vac that I bought from Honey Bee Habitat, it worked perfectly and I was able to suck up about 20,000 bees to dump in my two boxes. There wasn't much honey in the hive, most of the comb cells were not capped. I'm thinking that since we don't really have any cold weather here that the bees are still foraging on the sunny days and not storing for winter. There's always something in bloom here in the tropics. I wrapped the two hives in transport nets and brought them home for the night due to the hour getting late. Tomorrow I will move them to the apiary and look for the Queen. Not a bad start I would think, huh?
    As for the temperament of the Ferrell hive, they were actually quite calm. I had a helper working with me in a bee suit and the kid that was pointing out the hive wasn't wearing any protective gear at all. Actually the kid was sticking his head right down in to the mouth of the hive entrance and helping us all around and never got stung. Me? I wore my suit, hood and all at all times!

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    Default Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    Very nice, post some pics when you get a chance.
    President, San Francisco Beekeepers Association
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    Default Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    I checked the hives today to see how things were going. I wasn't able to find the queen in either of the 2 hives. In hive No. 1 I'm not sure that enough bees stuck around for it to make it, we'll see. In hive No. 2 things were more active, and there were more bees at home. I could see where they had secured one of the brood combs to the frame at the top, so it's nice to see them settling in. I'm sure that 3 days is far too early to expect to see any queen cell activity so I fed them with 2 lbs of Brood Builder paste and 10 lbs. of sugar candy fortified with Honey-B-Healthy in a top feeder.
    I'm having problems getting my photos to upload. When/if I get it figured out I'll post them.

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    Default Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    I live in Honduras too, I'm from Tegucigalpa, I was in Utila last week. Let me know if you need any equipment, I know some places where you can get all the equipment. I would like to visit you next time that I go to Utila. I have some hives around Valle de Angeles and Ocotepeque.

    I would also recommend that you get into keeping stingless bees. While I was there I found some hives of stingless bees. Are you sure they are africanized bees?

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    Default Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    Hector, I'm pleased to hear from you, I could use your guidance and local knowledge. To start with, I'm not dead certain that they're Africanized bees since I'm a beginner. However, I have heard from the locals that that's all that's around here and many have described how they would be chased for an extra special long time when attacked or how they can't get close to a large feral hive.
    What's this about sting-less bees? I've never heard of them and am interested to learn more. I'm going to be off the island for 4-5 weeks,when I get back you would be more than welcome to stop by and say hello.

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    Default Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    Captaintat2 you can check out a video a made in Utila of some native stingless bees, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daFgS1XxQOc. People keep stingless bees in logs, you can have them anywhere. If you come around Tegucigalpa, let me know, we could go to valle de angeles.

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    Default Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    I noticed some specs of pollen under hive No.1 yesterday so I opened it up to find all of the bees gone and ants running wild all over the planted frame of capped brood and it looks like they are opening up the capped pollen.

    Dead Frame- 1.jpg

    Hive No.2 is looking hopeful though. There is one queen cell being actively developed, no egg or larvae in it yet.

    Queen Cell 12 Jan 13.jpg

    However, there is a little flying creature that I'm told is a bee robbing the hive for the sugar candy and brood builder I put in there. They're going in through a crack between the deep and the lid. Can someone please tell me what this bugger is and what I can do to keep it out?

    Flying Bugger 12 Jan 13.jpg
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    Default Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    maybe they are the native stingless bees!

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    Default Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    [QUOTE=Hector Pinto;884592]I live in Honduras too, I'm from Tegucigalpa, I was in Utila last week. Let me know if you need any equipment, I know some places where you can get all the equipment. I would like to visit you next time that I go to Utila. I have some hives around Valle de Angeles and Ocotepeque.



    Hector,

    I would like to know more about where to get equipment. I want to get Eight packages of bees and a large smoker. I am in contact with COAPIHL and they have hives with bees available, but I don't know if they can ship them to La Ceiba and get them put on the supply boat to the island.
    2nd Year New-Bee - 15 Hives, 11 Nuc's, 26 Swarms, 3 Cut outs in 2014
    Zone 10 - B - Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras

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    Default Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    Well. the 2014 bee season here on the island has started off with a bang. I have already captured seven swarms and got another call this morning. I had to recover from an unexpected flood that wiped out about 50% of my hives, but all is going well. I developed a new apiary and got moved in recently and the bees are settling down to the business of growing.
    The jungles here exploded with blooms right after the rainy season gave us a break. Right now the Magic Cacow, Mango, Avocado are in full bloom and the Hog Plum is just starting. It's time to start working on making queens for splits and nuc's.
    I'm looking forward to a good year this year.
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    2nd Year New-Bee - 15 Hives, 11 Nuc's, 26 Swarms, 3 Cut outs in 2014
    Zone 10 - B - Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras

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    Default Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    Sounds like the captured swarms will you help with your losses. I hope your beekeeping business continues to grow!! It is looking great!!
    Donny

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    Default Re: Africanized Beekeeping in Utila, Honduras

    The bee season has taken off with a bang this year. Although it's still a bit early in the season the jungle is starting to explode with blooms. In December the Magic Cacow bloomed and held the bees over until the wildflowers started to bloom in mid- January. Now the Mango, Silver Palm, Bitter Cup, Avocado, and Almond are in full bloom. It's helping me hives recover from the flood damage and build up hive strength, I've been able to make three splits, one nucleus, and one Queen box. Recovery is slow, but steady. When the Hog Plum bloom starts in the next few weeks the honey flow will be in full swing and I hope to get a medium super per week per hive like I did last year. Keeping my fingers crossed.
    2nd Year New-Bee - 15 Hives, 11 Nuc's, 26 Swarms, 3 Cut outs in 2014
    Zone 10 - B - Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras

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