Today 02:46 PM
Sucrose and Fructose feeding question
My mentor noticed that bees burn through straight sucrose, but really put weight on the hive when he feeds them fructose. I'd go with the second bag, and then use Mann Lke's Pro Sweet for weight gain... (80 views, 3 replies)
Today 02:43 PM
When would be the last day to do a split in Central Valley, CA?
IMO....Spring splits have a much better chance of making it & have the added benefit of managing swarms if timed properly. Even in your zone, the bees know the sun is headed south and they are... (32 views, 1 replies)
Today 02:33 PM
For those of us without scales...
This is not quite what you are asking but for what it is worth, I don't have a scale but I improvised by strapping up the hive and hooking it up quickly to a portable luggage scale. It's a two person... (29 views, 1 replies)
Today 01:37 PM
Plan for Next Year - 2 Queen hives and Over Winter Nucs
I did beekeeping in the mid 90s using 2 queen hives, based on O.B. Wiser's article in gleanings in Bee Culture. I had great production from them, and no wintering or swarm issues... 2 years ago I... (48 views, 0 replies)
Today 01:35 PM
Those of you running 2 colony topbars...
I've got two top bars with one colony each and they seem to only use half the 4' box. I bored a hole on the opposite end of one of the top bars and covered it with screen thinking I might... (160 views, 6 replies)
Today 01:23 PM
Will drawing frame reduce the life expectancy of winter bees?
In this part of Virginia, my bees forage during the winter months. Granted, it's stuff they find closer to home, but I don't know that it necessarily starts the aging clock. I've also had forager... (160 views, 5 replies)
Today 01:10 PM
I have met beezilla
Unbridled enthusiasm sure can create a lot of learning opportunities for a young fellow! I can think of a few situations that I still can blush about in my younger days. (797 views, 12 replies)
Today 01:00 PM
Received Queens with dead attendents
If it ever happens again, you can always buy some time by adding more attendants. Pick young bees off combs from the center of a broodnest. (393 views, 20 replies)
Today 12:57 PM
Dry pollen sub
Unfortunately Mann Lake calls more than a few items Pro Feeders. This is the feeder I am referring to. It is item FD-115. http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeeping-supplies/category/page54.html No... (323 views, 7 replies)
Today 12:57 PM
Confounding Fall Inspection. Just when I think I'm getting the hang of things...
You are giving me so much hope! Thank you so much for following up. Apiguard usually is applied 4 weeks consecutively, one tin every two weeks. I will give them a week rest though as you suggest a... (1,133 views, 34 replies)
Today 12:54 PM
Box reversal in fall?
Yes forget about an empty bottom! yes the bees know where to put it if you dont confuse them! I dont think you should put any more empty boxes on. Feed them so they fill the upper deep. If you insist... (804 views, 25 replies)
Today 12:30 PM
stinking hive -- AFB?
Read the post. I sent samples to Beltsville..... It has European foul brood. I am not really too concerned about the equipment -- it was old. I rather be safe than sorry. (901 views, 24 replies)
Today 11:58 AM
Yes they are small but once the start laying they will be the biggest girl in the hive. BTW they are russian queens but will lay hybrids. (139 views, 3 replies)
Today 11:42 AM
bulk syrup purchase
I have sent you a link to your website email Adam. (130 views, 2 replies)
Today 11:24 AM
Which reminds me of the rooster that awoke one morning feeling amorous. He found a DOVE, did what roosters do, and the dove flew off saying, "I'm a DOVE, and I'm in LOVE!" Then the rooster found a... (459 views, 3 replies)
Today 11:17 AM
Where can I purhase bt (bacillas thuringiensis) for wax moth control?
Thanks that is helpful1 (412 views, 11 replies)
Today 10:52 AM
Requeening failed, how should I move original queen back?
Coulda, shoulda used a push-in cage over emerging brood/nectar. Best way to re-queen a queen-right colony. (259 views, 9 replies)
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Today 10:43 AM
essential oils question
The answer depends on why you are feeding grease patties. For tracheal mites? It is the grease that kills the tracheal mites, not the wintergreen. Wintergreen is so strong that skin contact is to... (134 views, 1 replies)
Today 10:34 AM
SHB in wet frames
If the SHB have laid eggs, they will hatch and with no bees to corral them, make a mess. I've had it happen but mostly with comb that I have used for both brood and honey........ (283 views, 11 replies)
Today 10:34 AM
Due gratitude for a modest success...
OK, if you owe me one, pay it forward by continuing to improve throughout your career, and teach others what you have learned. You will have payed it forward 30,000 fold or better per colony by every... (554 views, 13 replies)