journaling the growth of a (mite) treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives
I've got 2 that have gone through 3 winters. Not the original queens at this point, but daughters. I lost one of my 3 original hives this year. Hoping the 2 can get through 2018. They are two of the strongest hives it appears so I think the odds are with them.
Season 5. TF.
Get through 2017 I mean. Optimistic about it.
Season 5. TF.
I was fortunate enough to get a couple queens from Nordak last year. Lost one overwinter due to lack of forage most likely as we had a long warm fall and most of the bees at that yard ate up all their stores w/o me having time to check on them. The other overwintered at my house and I moved to probably my best urban location when the nuc there was discovered queenless early spring and combining was a good option as Nordak's queen was a little light on bees not having much time to build up the year before since I got them pretty late. They seemed to struggle a little but Nordak told me they're kind of late bloomers so I left them alone for the most part as they always seemed to have a good brood pattern etc... but just seemed a little slow at building up and the nectar flow this year was kind of later than usual. I finally had time to check on them a few weeks ago to wrap up their season. I have two production hives there, both headed by local swarms which I suspect came from the same hive, one from 2016 and the other was this year's move in. The older swarm barely eeked by last winter (mites), but both hives were double deeps and two meds, chalk full of bees during peak season. I typically leave this location untreated just due to time constraints, and although I do like the bees that moved in it's one of my good test areas as the forage is good and it lets me really look at any possibility of local resistance under good conditions. I found the two production hives were collapsing, but still a decent population. The 2016 swarm had a virgin queen running around, I was hopeful she could get mated, but of course, inspection day was the last day we had in the 80-90's as we're now in the 60's with clouds and chances of rain every few days since the inspection. The other hive had some cells started with what little viable larvae they had left so I'm doubting they'll make it, but I'll probably drop a nuc in what's left to save them. On the other hand, the nuc with Nordak's queen looked very nice. I didn't remove any frames as I didn't want to disturb them and they had stores all settled in but I got a nice top picture. I'm assuming from the population they were doing alright. This nuc has a telescoping and inner cover btw.
Production hive before adding a medium on one of our 110 degree summer evenings....
Thanks for the update.
“For anyone interested, I'll keep updating with what I find.”
Yes! I am very interested in this; I was wondering if a jewelers loupe would work. Thanks, this is good info. Deb
mike syracuse ny
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We have developed a mite biting bee that I call the Martha Queen after my wife. I am told that there are posts about how good they are but I can not seem to find them. My website is carpentersapiaries.com Weare sold out at this time and am only taking orders on a stand by option. William Carpenter
carpentersapiaries has been mentioned in almost 30 threads but have 2 that were specifically about Carpenters apiaries.
What is your general delivery schedule?
Started April Fools Day 2017
My experience: I bought 6 queens from Carpenter Apiaries late last spring. I traded out 3 of them to my beekeeping buddies. The 3 that I kept are still doing great this spring. I hope I can order more this year.
Last edited by heaflaw; 02-23-2018 at 11:19 PM.
15 hives; 17 years; TF for 12; Zone 7B