Beesource Beekeeping Forums banner

1 - 20 of 24 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
411 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Just curious if any Georgia bee keepers have seen any swarms? Anyone splitting hives yet?
 

·
Vendor
Joined
·
5,283 Posts
Not Ga, but SC. A friend caught two swarms and I did a split when I found queen cells.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,827 Posts
If you are planning to do walk away splits, check for drone populations. I haven't had an extended run of decent weather so I can't speak for many of my hives but the few I've gone through in the past week still only had drone cells...capped to be sure. I did get through the hives at SGG on Sunday. Much the same. Only a few drones. No queen cells. I'm guessing that another week and some warm weather and it'll turn around completely.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
2 weeks ago we had a massive amount of drones and drone brood, all frames were packed with bees in all boxes, but oddly we found no queen cells. We opted to split and purchased a queen. Queen accepted in new hive last weekend and original hive is still strong but not over crowded anymore. Hopefully we avoided an early spring swarm.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
685 Posts
Couple hours north of you in Chattanooga and my bees are just now into full on brood laying. Nothing capped yet, just lots of eggs and larva. Means anything else around here should be in roughly the same state, so I wouldn't expect to see any swarms for about a month.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
12,001 Posts
Swarms yet! Ha! That's okay, your payback comes in due time. Soon enough you'll bee feeding your bees trying to keep them alive and mine will be overflowing with pollen and honey right up till November! :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,827 Posts
Couple hours north of you in Chattanooga and my bees are just now into full on brood laying.
Mine started cranking up significantly in early January. I saw brood emerging on a warm day toward the end of the month....and backran the numbers.....and those queens were laying during the single digit temp run we had. Go figure.
MB...don't get too jealous. We're still only getting a sporadic day or two that are beeyard days. All the same....it won't be long.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
33 Posts
I'm just south of Atlanta. As of last Sunday I had swarm cells in a few hives and lots of drone brood being reared. I did some checkerboarding and added more supers as required. Swarm traps are starting to get scout traffic.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
848 Posts
Beemandan,I have not noticed any drones yet either,(Alabama), Wanting to make some splits,
It's going to be nice today,So I'm going to check on them.
Don't see making any splits if there is no drones,COME ON SPRING.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
37 Posts
I am in South Georgia, 20 miles above Florida/Ga line. No swarms here yet, but I have been splitting and moving things around to prevent swarms. The bee club below me in Tallahassee has been reporting swarms for about 6 or 7 days now. Their weather, like mine, is largely influenced by warmer weather off the Gulf of Mexico, intermixed with the weather coming across from the west. We have been having large spells of warm days, brood kicked up at the end of January with lots of drone brood. This season I have started trying my hand at moving frames with eggs for the purpose of raising queens before realizing I need one. I have been fortunate to have of three of these queens already mated and laying. If I was too early for them to have mated well, time will show and I now know to replace them myself. If nothing else, the early warmth is letting me learn a lot.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
33 Posts
i'm between columbus and macon. i saw my first drone today in a hive that is trying to supercede. i saw empty queen cups in a couple of other hives. based off of that and a lot of capped drone brood i'm thinking maybe the end of this month but more likely the first week of next month down here. a week after i start seeing a lot of drones i'll start grafting queens and making splits/nucs.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
46 Posts
Just NW of Atlanta about 45 mins. Just got into my 7 remaining hives from the 10 I went into winter with. All are booming with brood in all stages. All have capped drone cells, but saw no drones running around yet. I am most likely going to do some splits into NUCs in 2-3 weeks. Just want to make sure there are drones running around to chase the queens.

I figure a few of those hives are going to need supers by next weekend.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,036 Posts
I'm in Macon. No swarms or swarm cells yet, but probably won't be long. Lots of capped drones. Then there's one hive that had a bunch of drones already emerged back on 3/2. They must be working to different calendar than all the others - even in the same yard.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,827 Posts
OK....I've changed my mind SallyD. I found swarm cells today in a couple of hives. They were early in development but would have been trouble in a week. I'd give those hives a good look as soon as you get a chance.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
253 Posts
No swarm cells yet but loads of capped drone brood and some drones flying. I have checkerboarded all the hives, adding a super with interlaced foundation 10 days ago and they are already drawing comb. No feeding. Stavros
 
1 - 20 of 24 Posts
Top