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    Default SC Beekeeping Blues

    I've been down here in SC working bees these past three weeks and we haven't had very good weather for foraging or mating. Next week doesn't look any better. Will hardly break 60 degrees all week according to The Weather Channel.

    I spent the last two days feeding hives w/ HFCS 55, some twice in less than 24 hours. Yellow jasmine is in bloom and causing problems in those hives foraging on it.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    we haven't had very good weather for foraging or mating.
    Same here. Also, there's no joy working 'em in cold weather either. It put them in a foul mood....
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    Default Re: SC Beekeeping Blues

    Mark while I don't share the pain to your extent as it's just a hobby to me with about 25 hives, it is a lousy weather here in SC. I'm feeding also. I'm thinking this cold spell has set everyone here back about 2 weeks if not longer. I'm sure it has really screwed up your schedule.
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    Default Re: SC Beekeeping Blues

    the weather here has been mixed, but i'm hoping there have been enough good foraging days mixed in with the cold rainy ones that enough nectar has come in so as to not have starvation.

    there was still capped honey from last fall in all of the hives last time i looked, and i have not put any feed out yet.

    i am seeing more bees being dragged out with deformed wings, especially from one of the hives. could this be from chilling?
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Quote Originally Posted by squarepeg View Post
    i am seeing more bees being dragged out with deformed wings, especially from one of the hives. could this be from chilling?
    Deformed wings from chilling?!
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    Default Re: SC Beekeeping Blues

    shriveled wings. i vaguely remember reading that chilling could cause this, so i thought i would ask.

    could be dmv as well, but this is my strongest hive coming out of winter. it has a deep and a half worth of bees. i suppose the brooding could have helped the mites, and this is one i moved back home from an outyard that had mite losses with robbing in one case.

    plus, i was a little late in checkerboarding this one, and when i opened it for the first time, the broodnest was divided between the bottom deep and the medium above it (the medium was full of honey going into winter).

    in the process of adding the second medium i opened up the broodnest in the first medium with empty comb and moved a couple of frames of brood up into the second medium, keeping the brood frames in all three boxes lined up vertically.

    then it turned cold. i may have spread the brood a little bit too much, which is why i thought the dead emerging bees with shriveled wings could have been from the cold. i had not seen any of this before i opened the broodnest and the cold weather set in.

    if any of mine deserve to swarm it is this one, but as of last week no swarm intent was seen, all signs indicating an expanding broodnest.

    i'll be taking a mite count on this hive pretty soon just to see.
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    Default Re: SC Beekeeping Blues

    Its cold here too.

    Yesterday I was watching my bees harvesting water from a flipped over garbage can lid that had collected rain. The water surface had frozen overnight, and then partially defrosted in the sun to have a mix of water and ice. Bees were flocking to this cold water!

    A few days earlier I had placed a small block of wood in there so there was a float for them to land on, and most of them definitely preferred to use the water absorbed into the wood. However I saw a few standing on ice and collecting melt water from the surface. This was on a day where my recorded high temperature for the day was 46 degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squarepeg View Post
    then it turned cold. i may have spread the brood a little bit too much,
    Now maybe you can see the risk of checkerboarding in the north country.
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    Default Re: SC Beekeeping Blues

    SC BB; I am new to this. What do you mean when you say; "Yellow jasmine is in bloom and causing problems in those hives foraging on it?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bee Whisperer View Post
    SC BB; I am new to this. What do you mean when you say; "Yellow jasmine is in bloom and causing problems in those hives foraging on it?"
    Yellow Jasmine nectar is toxic to bees. Dead bees on the bottom boards.
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    Default Re: SC Beekeeping Blues

    It makes for real hard times raising cells as well. I have always assumed its the pollen, though, and not the nectar but I am not sure it makes much difference. We have seen a lot of it this year but haven't seen the resulting problems. I assume when a lot of other stuff is blooming that they don't pay much attention to it. The bumblebees are thick on it but only an occassional honeybee.
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    Default Re: SC Beekeeping Blues

    Could bee Jim. I'm not sure.
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    Title of this thread sounds like the name of a song......
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    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Yellow Jasmine nectar is toxic to bees.
    I am surprised that bees haven't evolved to where they wouldn't touch it.
    Brian Cardinal
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    Default Re: SC Beekeeping Blues

    Acebird, the day the bees evolve to not collect Yellow Jasmine will be followed closely by the day they evolve to remove all mites from the hive. I really hope that both of these come true. John

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    Default Re: SC Beekeeping Blues

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelsemium_sempervirens

    wikipedia says it is toxic to the brood not the adult bee.

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    Brian Cardinal
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