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  1. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Today was my first major time to go through the bees and put supers on. Please keep in mind that I have very few early nectar sources in this area other than fruit bloom. The bees were mostly low...
  2. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    It has begun. Spring that is. I drove to Birmingham yesterday and saw numerous pear and plum trees either partially or fully in bloom.

    I finally got my 1993 S10 pickup truck running and now have...
  3. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I took 2 supers of honey off of a colony today that was being used to store them. One was moved to a hive that needed the stores for winter. One is here at the house waiting to be extracted.

    It...
  4. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Temps hit 68 degrees about 1:00 pm with bright sun so I opened the 3 nucs up that I have at my house. The nuc that I've set aside for SquarePeg was strong on bees but short on stores. I gave them...
  5. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I'm going to move the 4 most susceptible colonies to a different location in a few weeks. This will leave only the most resistant for next year's queen production. It is not an ideal system, but...
  6. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Geoff Williams with Auburn University came out today and collected bee and mite samples from 8 of my colonies at one apiary location. I have only taken mite counts from one or two colonies over the...
  7. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    It is always best to wait until a new queen has her own brood hatching before moving or otherwise disturbing them. This brood was sealed a day or two ago so should emerge in about 10 days. They are...
  8. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Results: One colony with 4 frames of brood with sealed brood on 3 combs. Two colonies with queens that just started laying. Two colonies hopelessly queenless. I gave a frame of brood to one of the...
  9. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    The hive that was not aggressively washboarding was indeed still queenless. They have about 8 nice looking queen cells that have been sealed a couple of days. I might harvest a few of them and put...
  10. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Washboarding is a fall activity that healthy queenright colonies engage in the most. A queenless hive will have a few washboarding bees. This changes dramatically when a virgin queen emerges with...
  11. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I can tell 4 of the splits now have virgin queens by the dramatically increased washboarding at the entrance. I plan to check one that is not looking right this afternoon. A little detail that...
  12. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I moved 3 queen cells with two going into the splits from the hot hive and 1 into one of the other splits after removing the laying queen. At this time, I expect to have 5 queens emerge in a few...
  13. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I split the hot hive this afternoon putting 3 frames of brood into a Langstroth box. These are the last 3 Langstroth size frames I have in my bees. The queen was on the 3rd frame. I put the hive...
  14. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    A quick check showed cells in the process of being sealed. I am going to split the "hot" hive tomorrow and move cells into it Tuesday. I will also remove the breeder queen that supplied the eggs...
  15. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I'm glad to give as much perspective as possible. You would think that I would have learned a bit more about what works and what doesn't over the years. Then the bees surprise me with something...
  16. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I went through the splits from last Sunday today and verified queens present in the hives that were left with old queens and queen cells being built in the queenless portion. I placed the queenless...
  17. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Today was the first summer honey harvest. I waited until we had several weeks of relatively dry weather before pulling honey so it is low enough moisture to store for up to a year. The climate here...
  18. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I went through the three colonies here at my house and added several deep frames to be drawn out on the main flow. One of the three is a split with a new queen. It has made about 50 pounds of honey...
  19. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Today I put 28 deep frames on splits made a few weeks ago. I need at least another 28 to finish filling up colonies. I also harvested one super of honey taken from 3 different hives each of which...
  20. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I make splits with 4 Dadant combs, 1 honey and 3 sealed brood plus shake nurse bees from a couple more combs.

    I've had problems with aggressive colonies since I stopped treating for mites in 2005....
  21. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I made splits with 4 made so far and 2 more that will be done tomorrow. The first colony I opened today was on the verge of swarming. They had queen cells nearly ready to seal and the queen had...
  22. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I checked the hive and found 7 nice looking queen cells. I will make splits tomorrow and put the cells in the splits Saturday. Why wait a day? Because I've found splits with my bees will destroy a...
  23. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I made a split in a strong colony with a queen I want to use as a breeder. The old queen and half the brood is on a new stand. I gave the split a frame of young brood and most of the older brood...
  24. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I will equalize, but there is not much to do. All colonies are roughly the same with the exception of one very strong and one moderately weak. When they hit this strong this early, I have to split...
  25. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I inspected all colonies and found surprising results. There were abundant mature drones. This is about 2 weeks earlier than drones have historically been ready for mating. There was only one weak...
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