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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Today in the Apiary

    Added a deep brood box to each of my 2 hive yesterday evening. With all of the rain we've had in teh past month, I haven't been paying them much attention other than feeding them. I started these 2 hives as nucs on 4/25 and when I added the new brood boxes, all of the frames were drawn out and even the outside of the outer frames were filled with nextar but not yet capped. I bet they love their new room.

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  3. #42
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    Didn't happen today - but several weeks ago our bee club was offering Carnolian queen cells - several people were placing an order for queen cells so wanted to include everyone if they wanted any.

    I didn't call anyone back, but the day before they were to arrive I got a call saying they had extra queen cells - was I interested? I said "Sure, I'll take 2." and was given instructions to make a split that evening so the bees were queenless before putting in the queen cell.

    I got into the one hive after work - which ended up taking up the rest of the daylight hours. They weren't a happy bunch and at first I was trying to find the queen so I could put her and some brood in a hive themselves - and put the queen cell in the now queenhouse hive. Couldn't find th queen, so took some capped brood and bees and put in a hive. I didn't get to the other hive to make the split.

    Got the queen cells and put the one in the now queenless hive with capped brood. I took one frame of the capped brood, put on top of another hive with a double screen board and hoped for the best. This was done on May 22nd and I'm not supposed to get into the hives for at least 3 weeks.

    I don't know how things are going, but the "instant split" hive ended up being that the whole hive was using the top entrance. Once the double screen board was put on, all returning bees ended up in the top hive with the queen cell. I had to put another hive on top because they were so crowded. I'm anxious to get into that hive to see if they left the queen cell hatch.

    I've never gotten new queens or queen cells before - so I'm anxious to see how things go.

  4. #43
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    Today - I saw washboarding for the first time

    https://youtu.be/FhF_rF-UX94

  5. #44
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    Today I loaded 20 nucs on my truck and drove around to yards that had dud hives in them and restocked them with good colonies.
    Mark Berninghausen

  6. #45
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A. View Post
    Today - I saw washboarding for the first time

    https://youtu.be/FhF_rF-UX94
    Very cool!
    Brad - 3rd year - 120 colonies - small commercial operation
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  7. #46
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    Today I added a second deep brood box to half a dozen hives & robbed a frame with young larva & eggs to add to a hive that's been queenless since my last check a week ago. The queenless hive had built a queen cell but had nothing to put into it......I tore it down and added the pilfered frame.

  8. #47
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    I came home and saw lots of bees buzzing around in front of one of my hives. After some research it turned out to be orientation flights. I watched one be hover in front of the hive and then fly up in circles and come back to the hive. Pretty neat in the end but I thought it was going to swarm. In about 15 minutes it was all over.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4xa5bDI3CU

  9. #48
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    Saw my 5th swarm today but on the plus side caught my 3rd swarm this year! Worked on ant control for my 5 new nucs at my 2nd bee yard.

  10. #49
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A. View Post
    Today - I saw washboarding for the first time

    https://youtu.be/FhF_rF-UX94
    THAT is so stinkin cool!

    Yesterday I put all boxes aside and started in the bottom box, third frame in I saw my new queen for the first time since this hive swarmed 5 weeks ago. She was all by herself in the middle and stood out.. A surprise to find her without even looking. Didn't get a pic, but she was just so pretty.

    I love this new hobby of mine

  11. #50
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    Installed my six packages on foundationless frames almost three weeks ago. Measured some newly drawn comb yesterday, 5.4mm.
    Brad - 3rd year - 120 colonies - small commercial operation
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  12. #51
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    Newbie yakking here: After days of rain and cool weather I went to check on bees. I saw one of two hives with a lot of activity. Bees flying, gathering at entrance and climbing on hive. I also saw on this same hive about 25 flies crawling on the top of the cover. The second hive appeared normal. The flies bugged me.

    I went ahead and removed the feeders after 5 weeks of feeding in Central Virginia area. I opened the hive for inspection. I saw a lot of burr comb being built up on top frame bars and found what I thought "might be" one or two swarm cells. They were buried in bees so could not see that well. Found the queen, found tons of capped brood. Did not see eggs and larvae or missed it. The other odd thing was that the bees seem to be avoiding building out the right hand side frames, while the left side is crammed with activity. Found the same pattern in the hive next door. Both are drawing comb in the box above added last week.

    Anyway, as I started the day panicking, I ended the day thinking I caught the bees on practice flights, thus the activity. I am going back in tomorrow to look again at the "might be" Swarm cells. Since I saw the queen, I am thinking these cells are actually filled with honey.
    I installed SHB traps last week and caught a total of 3 beetles between 2 hives. I did not see any beetles on foundation.

    I learned: I tend to panic when frames are loaded with bees to the point where I have trouble identifying activities occurring on the frames. I used new frame holders today and spent more time observing verses crushing bees with my hands.

    Plenty of excitement for me today.
    Last edited by hisnibs; 06-05-2015 at 04:49 PM.

  13. #52
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    Deleted; double post. See below.

    No one should have to slog through my post twice!
    Enj.
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  14. #53
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    Today I did my third, and final, Snelgrove Board split on my own bees. It takes me a hours to do one because my colonies are so huge. (The one today involved three deeps and three mediums!) Found Queen Iris and got her safely stowed away into a nuc box early on so I could be sure of where she was in the ensuing rumpus. Not sure I got the assortment of deep brood frames exactly right, but when you're dealing with nearly 20 of them in three deeps plus some more in a medium, it gets complicated. I'm sure I got at least three frames with usable eggs, or very young larvae, in the queenless box, so it should work out OK, I expect. Gave the QR part a lot of room below the board. One of the flipper openings on the Snelgrove board- the one I wanted to use, of course - wouldn't work, so note to myself next time: move them all before you've got it in place under a deep and a medium!

    Gave a frame of capped brood from Iris to my beloved old Queen Buttercup who is living in a nuc while waiting for her new Senior Apartment to get organized. Saw her, but she doesn't have a lot of bees these days. Her supercedure (taking place below the Snelgrove) seems, from the outside at least, to be humming along but it's too early to disturb it to check for brood.

    Two days ago I went into Queen Fern's upper box (above the Snelgrove) and harvested two frames with cells that went into the queen castle, so I've got two more splits under way, beyond the one over the Snelgrove board. No signs of swarming in the QR part of Fern, so that's good.

    Tomorrow, I need to check my fourth colony and probably add a deep to grow out her brood nest some more. That colony has been getting augmented by lost and confused bees begging thier way in during the extended Snelgrove processes. So it's a good idea to work from largest to smaller when planning sequential manipulations.

    And tomorrow night my friend's hive, which I am babysitting over the summer before it moves down to FL in the late Fall, will arrive. I got it moved up on to the trailer two days ago, but the nights have been so warm that the silly bees aren't all going in at night. Saturday night temps will be in the low 40s so that should settle the matter and I can bring them here with little loss of bees. Plan to divide that one later next week so I have a QR colony to receive (or donate) any bees that won't fit in the smaller-sized colony that's going to FL. That's all the Snelgrove boards I own, so I hope that's it for the season! It should be an easier process since last weekend I went through and did an intial arrangement with the upcoming split in mind.

    Bees seem to be doing fine but the season and flow are weird, and blooming somewhat out of order. Haven't seen any signs of swarming in my colonies; using both Matt Davey's technique of opening the sides of the brood nest AND Walt Wright's of checkboarding overhead with alternating full and empty (but all drawn) frames. This season is so out of sync, however, I'm not sure what I see will apply in normal years.

    Staggeringly tired, and resolved to figure out how to avoid having colonies that are so tall in the future. It takes enormous, and unnecessary, effort to move 10-frame equipment in such giant piles. Can't wait until I can pull the top sections off, and have normal-sized stacks, again!

    Enj.

  15. #54
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    Today in the apairy, my 15 year old son told me he absolutely hates working bees, but he does enjoy assembling frames, assembling boxes, painting boxes, bottom boards, and tops. So, I guess I'll take what I can get.

  16. #55
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    Checked slide out trays again for mite drop while using MASQ. Hive #1 still dropping a huge amount, while hives #2 and #3 only dropping 20 - 30 each. Those nasty little mites are quick when they want to be.
    Looks like business as usual in all three hives, plenty of coming and going.

    Oh, I ordered the wrong size of foundation :-(, so had to re-order the correct size. I went ahead and ordered some unassembled boxes and frames to fit the "wrong" foundation, so I will have 3 "Western" supers, one for each hive, to go along with my Illinois supers, oh well, they'll work.

  17. #56
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    Decided to do the first extraction of the year. This year has been a great year for honey. Normally I have one and a half supers to extract by now. This year has provided me with three to four supers per hive. One of which is a deep and two mediums. Anyway, I usually shake and brush the bees then transfer comb from one box to an empty box on the wagon, take the empty off and fill it in the wagon from the next box and so on. Well, with a stack that tall, by the time I get to the lower super, which happens to be the deep, these bees have been shaken and brushed twice already. They are also being condensed from six boxes into two. To top it off, I thought getting an early start was a good thing. Well that's not the case either. More bees at home... Multiple stings and hundreds of angry bees attacking anything that moved, I was not able to finish pulling frames from the lower deep super. They were just too hot. almost couldn't get the top back on for the fray of the attack mode. Waited an hour and went back in with better luck this time. So, I guess what I've learned from this is I've got to find a better way to get these supers off, whether it be fume boards, escapes or something else. Living and learning...

  18. #57
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt903 View Post
    Today in the apairy, my 15 year old son told me he absolutely hates working bees, but he does enjoy assembling frames, assembling boxes, painting boxes, bottom boards, and tops. So, I guess I'll take what I can get.
    Funny, hes the exact opposite of me. I'm like you take what you can get! G

  19. #58
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    Today I did my first ever inspection bare handed with NO stings. Was nervous until i realized slow and steady was the way. I got one bee under my finger and felt the "buzz" and moved my finger. She happily went one her way. I made my first split into a 5 frame nuc today too. Time will tell how it does.

  20. #59
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    Added a hive from a cutout to the apiary today. Had to access through the living room ceiling.

    Regards, Barry

  21. #60
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    Today in the bee yard, I put the first queens I've ever grafted into mating nucs! I was excited. After doing that and working other hives, I was ready to go swimming in ice water after having my bee jacket on for 4 hours in these temperatures. My ventilated jacket is half as hot to wear as the cotton jacket I started with but it's still hotter than no jacket.
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know.

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