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COLONY #1 on Hive Stand #2, in Backyard Apiary,
Location in apiary: Single Hive.
General Description / Condition: Last Painted Aug 02, Light Green. Excellent Condition.
Established: Apr 12, 2003, 3# package from Walter T. Kelly Co., Italian bees & queen.
Shipped from: Hardeman Apiaries, Soperton, GA 30457

QUEEN - Last Requeen: Apr 03, Source: Furnished w/ package. Marked: White, Clipped: No
Possible Supersedure: About Apr 1, 2004 (See Swarm Prep).

POPULATION (and Brood)
3/19/04 Top Chamber, few bees on top bars. Middle, 2/3 covered w/ bees. Bottom full of bees.
8/15/04 Population Estimate = 66,000 bees. Bottom 10 frames @ 3000 ea (100%) = 30,000. Middle 10 frames @ 80% = 24,000. Top 5 frames @ 80% = 12,000
8/24/04 Population Estimate = 51,600 bees. (Target Sep 1st = 50,000) Bottom 9 frames @ 80% = 21,600. Middle 10 @ 60% = 18,000. Top 10 @ 40% = 12,000
9/27/04 Cluster Size - approx 5 frames wide, from front to within 3” of back. Determined using mirror under SSB.
10/1/04 Population Estimate = 28,500. Top 1,500, middle 12,000, bottom 15,000.
10/27/04 Population Estimate = 30,000. Top 3,000, Middle 4,500, Bottom 22,500.
NOTE: Bees would easily fit into 2 deep chambers w/ room to spare.
10/30/04 3 to 4 rows of debris on sticky board.
11/20/04 4 “solid” row, 2 “faint” row of debris on sticky board. Visual inspection w/ mirror & flashlight confirmed cluster to be approx 7” wide x 12” front to back. 52F, cloudy.

SWARM PREP (and Reversing)
3/19/04 No cups found.
3/19/04 Reversed top and bottom chambers, middle remained unchanged.
4/9/04 Removed 5 CAPPED queen cells from bottom bars, middle chamber. Tilted up bottom chamber, no swarm cells found.
4/9/04 Reversed top (w/ lots of brood) and bottom chambers (honey, no brood), middle unchanged.
6/20/04 Tipped up bottom chamber, no queen cells, couple cups. Loaded w/ bees.

BROOD CHAMBER - 03/04 Overwintered in 3 deeps
3/19/04 Top Chamber, heavy. Middle Chamber, heavy. Bottom very light.
4/9/04 Top Chamber, heavy. Bottom mostly honey.
6/11/04 Scale Reading 113 - 117 (3 deeps and 1 shallow)
6/18/04 Scale Reading 118 - 119.5 (3 d & 1 s)
6/20/04 Top Chamber 72 lbs., Middle 58 lbs., Bottom 34.5 lbs.
6/27/04 Scale Reading 98 (3 d & 1 s), honey removed 6/20.
7/4/04 Scale Reading 104 (3d & 1 s)
7/11/04 Scale Reading 108.5 (3d & 1 s)
7/22/04 Scale Reading 81 (3 deeps only)
7/29/04 Scale Reading 80.5
8/17/04 Scale Reading 82.5 (3 deeps, no feeder bucket)
8/24/04 Top Chamber 32.5 lbs., Middle 56.5 lbs., Bottom 25.5 EMPTY, NO HONEY
9/13/04 Scale Reading 87 lbs.
Top - 31.5 - 25.5 (empty super w/ frames - see 8/24/04) = 6 lbs Honey
Middle - 65.5 - 25.5 = 40 lbs honey
Bottom - 28.5 - 25.5 = 3 lbs Honey
TOTAL HONEY = 49 lbs Actual weight of supers.
To Calculate: 87 / 0.53 = 164.2 - 114.5 = 49.7
(Top Cover, 15.5 + Inner Cover, 2 + 25.5 + 25.5 + 25.5 + Hive Stand, 20.5 = 114.5)
9/23/04 Scale Reading 89 lbs (89 / 0.53 = 167.9 - 114.5 = 53.4 lbs Honey)
10/1/04 Scale Reading 100 lbs (100 / 0.53 = 188.7 - 114.5 = 74.2 lbs Honey)
10/9/04 Scale Reading 101.5 (3 deeps, no feeder. 101.5 / 0.53 = 191.5 - 114.5 = 77 lbs honey)
Top - 36.5 - 25.5 = 11 lbs Honey
Middle - 74.5 -25.5 = 49 lbs Honey
Bottom - 42 - 25.5 = 16.5 lbs Honey
TOTAL HONEY = 76.5 lbs Actual weight of supers.
10/19/04 Scale Reading 106.5 (106.5 / 0.53 = 200.9 - 114.5 = 86.4 lbs Honey, 9.4 lb gain after feeding 2 gal syrup)
11/5/04 Scale Reading 104, 103, 103 (103 / 0.53 = 194.3 - 114.5 = 78.8 lbs Honey)
11/20/04 Scale Reading 103, 101.5, 101.5 (101.5 / 0.53 = 191.5 - 114.5 = 77 lbs Honey)
HONEY SUPERS - (5-3/4” Shallow unless otherwise noted)
4/9/04 Added honey super, SS #5, Fr #1 thru 10 w/ Kelley #102 foundation. Placed under top brood chamber.
5/18/04 Beginning to draw middle frame in honey super.
5/18/04 FIRST HONEY, removed Fr #27 from DS #1 (top brood chamber). 98% capped, weighed 7 lbs. Scraped and drained thru paint strainer bag. Yield 5-1/2 lbs, filled five 12oz jars. (60 oz)
6/2/04 HONEY, removed shallow Fr #5 and #6 from SS#5 placed on hive 4/9/04. Two shallow frames (98% capped) weighted 6.5 lbs or 3.25 each.(71 oz)
6/11/04 Fr #27 about 90% drawn, 75% filled w/ nectar, no caps. All other frames in top deep(above shallow) are full, some w/ white wax at top. About 4 frames in shallow are 100% capped, remaining 4 about 80% capped.
6/20/04 Shallow Super weighed 29.5 lbs (8 frames)
6/20/04 HONEY, removed 6 frames from DS #1, scraped and drained, yield 33 lbs. (360 oz)Cappings/wax yield 4 qts, 6/23 sun-heated, combined into 2 qts.6/23/04 Frames scraped on 6/20 now about 25% drawn.
7/11/04 Removed Shallow super w/ 8 frames
9/14/04 HONEY - Scraped and drained 7 shallow frames removed 7/11, yield 6-1/2 qts(208 oz)Vacuum-sealed 1 shallow frame and stored in freezer.

CROP YIELD 2003 - One deep frame, about 5 lbs (stored in freezer).
CROP YEILD 2004 - 699 oz = 5.5 gal or about 64.5 lbs.

VARROA TEST - 24 hr Natural fall onto clear contact paper unless otherwise noted.
1/2/04 Found 170/34 = 5, Approx 10 alive.
2/6/04 Found 41/35 = 1.2
3/1/04 No mites found
3/11/04 Found 25/3 = 8.3
4/2/04 Found 23/5 = 4.6
4/3/04 Found 1 mite
4/9/04 Inspected 15 larvae in burr comb between supers, no mites found.
4/9/04 Sugar-Shake Test, no mites found.
4/15/04 Found 75/12 = 6.25
4/18/04 Found 68/3 = 22.7 Each day had strong flight. Highs in 80s, lows in 60s.
4/21/04 Found 98/3 = 32.7
5/10/04 Found 157/15 = 10.5
5/12/04 Found 42/3 = 14 (3 alive, 21.4%)
5/27/04 Found 53 (approx 50% light in color). Most (99%?) mites concentrated in middle of sticky-board. Applied “ring” around contact paper, no mites found in ring.
6/15/04 Found 94 (approx 30% light color) One PURE WHITE w/ legs.
6/20/04 Dusted w/ Sugar
7/7/04 Found 108
7/12/04 Applied APISTAN, 6 strips. See Separate page for daily drops.
8/24/04 Removed APISTAN strips. Bottom super strips fallen onto SSB.
8/26/04 Found 37 (1 white)
8/27/04 Found 48 (1 white)
8/28/04 Found 69 (8 white)
8/29/04 Found 44 (1 white)
8/30/04 Found 28 (2 white)
8/31/04 Found 33 (1 white)
9/8/04 Found 103/3 = 34.3 (5 white)
9/12/04 Found 127/4 = 31.75 (10 white)
9/26/04 Found 219/2 = 109.5 (19 white)
9/27/04 Found 73 (2 white)
9/30/04 Found 250/3 = 83.3 (8 white)
10/1/04 TREATED w/ Oxalic Acid, vaporized 1/2 teaspoon of crystals. Applied to middle and bottom chambers.
10/2/04 After treatment, Found 182/2 = 91 ( 8 white)
10/3/04 After treatment, Found 69 (1 white)
10/4/04 After treatment, Found 136 (9 white)
10/5/04 After treatment, Found 123 (7 white)
10/6/04 After treatment, Found 107 (4 white)
10/7/04 After treatment, Found 138 (3 white)
10/8/04 After treatment, Found 126 (4 white)
10/9/04 After treatment, Found 130 (9 white)
10/9/04 TREATED w/ Oxalic Acid.
10/10/04 After treatment, Found 134 (7 white)5 dead worker bees in front of hive.
10/11/04After treatment, Found 140 (6 white) 2 dead worker bees in front of hive.
10/12/04 After treatment, Found 134 (10 white) 5 dead workers, 1 drone
10/13/04 After treatment, Found 83 (2 white)
10/16/04After treatment, Found 20 (1 white)
10/19/04 Found 96/3 = 32 (7 white)
10/22/04 Found 78/3 = 26 (2 white)
10/30/04 Found 340/8 = 42.5 (8 white) Hard to see mites due to acclamation of debris.
10/31/04 Found 64 (7 pale)
11/5/04 Found 503 / 5 = 100.6 (15 white) Rain past 5 days
11/7/04 Found 147 / 2 = 73.5 (5 white) Sunny 11/6, high 65.
11/8/04 Found 52 (3 white) Sunny, breezy, high 60, low 35.
11/20/04 Found 852 / 12 = 71 (12 white) Mild temps, rain.
11/21/04 Found 86 (7 white)
12/2/04 Found 455 / 11 = 41.4 (10 white)

GREASE PATTY and MENTHOL
3/1/04 Wax paper shreds on sticky-board.
3/19/04 Found patty on bottom chamber (placed 11/30) replaced w/ fresh patty w/ wintergreen.
4/9/04 Found patty untouched. Removed patty. Added fresh PLAIN patty to top chamber.
6/20/04 Added patty w/ salt, no wintergreen. (Consumed in 21 days)
7/12/04 No patty found
7/22/04 Added patty. (Consumed in 11 days).
8/2/04 No patty found. Added patty. (Consumed in 13 days)
8/15/04 Added patty w/ 1/2 tsp salt(Consumed in 9 days)
8/24/04 Patty gone. Add patty w/ salt. (Consumed in <29 days???)
9/23/04 Added patty, 1/2 plain, 1/2 w/ salt. (Consumed in ??? days)
10/27/04 Patty untouched.(34 days NO CONSUMPTION)
10/27/04 Added Fresh Patty (w/ salt and wintergreen oil) to bottom chamber.
10/28/04 MENTHOL - Placed 1 packet on top super (3 deeps)

FEEDING - (Hive-top feeder unless otherwise noted)
7/30/04 Started Feeding, Pint jar w/ four 1/16” d holes inverted over screened IC, enclosed in shallow super. Filled w/ 1-1/2 cups 1:1 sugar-water.
8/1/04 Pint jar empty. Added 1-1/2 cups 1:1 syrup.
8/2/04 Pint jar empty, Added Bucket Feeder w/ 6-1/2 cups non-medicated 1:1 syrup.
8/9/04 About 3 cups remain in bucket.
8/15/04 About 1 cup remains. Added 2 qts 1:1 syrup.
8/17/04 About 2 cups remain.
8/24/04 Bucket empty. Added 3 qts 1:1 syrup.
9/13/04 Removed Bucket feeder.
10/1/04 Started Fall Feeding w/ Hive-top feeder, 1 gal 2:1 syrup medicated w/ 1/2 rounded teaspoon of Fumagilin-B.
10/9/04 Top feeder empty. Added 1 gal medicated 2:1 syrup.
10/17/04 Removed Hive-top Feeder, thin coating of crystallization in pan bottom.

WATER
6/27/04 Installed Boardman Feeder w/ 1 qt WATER.
7/30/04 Refilled WATER in Boardman feeder (about 3/4 cup remained)
8/19/04 Added 3-1/2 cups WATER to Boardman feeder.
8/29/04 Refilled Boardman feeder w/ 1 qt fresh water, most leaked out during 8/24 inspection.
9/21/04 Refilled Boardman feeder w/ 1 qt fresh water.
11/3/04 Boardman feeder empty, all holes open

INSPECTION NOTES
2/10/04 11:30AM, 40F, Sunny, Very active flight, 6” cluster on hive front, lots of hovering. First flight since Jan 11.
3/1/04 4:50PM, 58F, Sunny, Constant flight in AND out. Every arriving bee loaded w/ gray/brown (putty) pollen.
3/18/04 8:00AM, Top cover very wet on underside. Bees covering oblong hole in inner cover. No flight. 5:00PM TC dry, covered oblong hole w/ plywood.
3/19/04 4:30PM, 58F. Thermometer in TC reads 80F (raising brood??? or hive in full sun???).
4/2/04 First signs of new wax. Removed Entrance Reducer.
4/3/04 Found 1 white 1/2” long worm on sticky-board.
4/9/04 SSB clean, no propolis. Removed Winter Skirt, cans 1/2 full water. Opened oblong hole in IC. TC temp 70F.
5/12/04 Opened SSB, removed sticky-board.
6/18/04 Placed Wax Moth TRAP on tree limb. 6/20 trap contains 5-6 moths.
6/20/04 SSB very clean.
6/21/04 8:30PM, 80F, 62%RH, “Bearding” on landing board, 5x18”.
6/27/04 Replaced wood Inner Cover w/ full screen.
7/22/04 Added Wax Moth TRAP #2 (total 2). 7/25 Trap #2 contains lots (too numerous to count) of moths. This trap really works!!!
7/22/04 Placed Weed Fabric in front of hive. 7/25 Found 10 dead bees.
7/26/04 Overnight low 58F, Drizzle all 7/25, high about 64F.
8/9/04 Reduced (full open) entrance to 3/8x1”, 4:30PM strong hovering.
8/10/04 7:30AM, 4” cluster on landing board, seem confused about entrance. 12:00 noon, no congestion at entrance.
8/15/04 5 or 6 very defensive guards.
8/17/04 Discarded 2 Moth Traps, replace w/ fresh traps.
8/24/04 SSB very (spotless) clean, no propolis. Enlarged entrance from 1” to 3/8x2.5”.
9/21/04 Replaced 1 existing Moth Trap w/ new 2 lt.
9/23/04 Reduced Entrance, fighting on ground and landing board. Drones being expelled.
9/26/04 3 yellow-jackets flying near ground, near entrance.
10/1/04 Driest September on record.
10/3/04 First Frost, overnight low 34F.
10/27/04 Washed Coveralls. Applied Armor AllR to smoker bellows.
10/29/04 Todays high temp = 82oF, sunny.

NEED
6/11/04 Need to add Honey supers or extract existing.
8/24/04 Cull Fr #2, Bottom chamber, Chewed across bottom. Cull Fr # 10, Bottom Chamber, Chewed across bottom.


Hope someone finds this helpful!


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Dave W . . .

Hobbyist - 1 Hive
First Package - Apr 03
Broodnest - 3 Deeps
Screened Bottom Board
Apistan - Aug 18, 03
Grease Patties - All year
2003/04 Winter Loss - 0%
See Forum1/HTML/001304, for ongoing mite counts.
 

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Let me guess-you are an accountant-right?(just joking-I tend to keep a lot of notes too,though more for yards rather than individual hives.Its the best way to formulate a management system for your own unique conditions).

[This message has been edited by loggermike (edited December 18, 2004).]
 
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