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General Beekeeping / Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Last post by yukonjeff on Today at 03:24:00 am »
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General Beekeeping / Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Last post by yukonjeff on Today at 03:20:16 am »
Thanks BD it has a very unique aroma and flavor, I get a lot of positive comments from those that tried it.

Lee
I feel confident going into winter now, but of course any one of 100 different problems can crop up. I feel my overwinter set up will work again just fine, I totally believe I would of had both big hives make it, had I been watching of the sugar brick consumption  closer.

I think I could use a medium,or shallow for a shim and fill the space with bricks and never worry about it all winter. These two hives are in better shape than last year, as far as stores.

As always I learned a few things this year. One was to make my splits big enough so I don't have to dink around with struggling small Nucs and can go right into winter having a full size hive in there deeps.

The bottom deep is pretty much empty and not really needed in most places, I think its advantage for keeping the hive off the ground in winter, I don't think it matters if there is drawn frames or undrawn in it.

I will pull it off in the spring again when not needed anymore.

I am considering trying the single deep for the honey flow ,so I can hopefully rob more someday when we have a good summer, and good spring flow.
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Gardening / Re: One Happy Moonflower
« Last post by Jen on Yesterday at 03:46:49 pm »
I Love Moonflowers!
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Gardening / One Happy Moonflower
« Last post by rober on Yesterday at 02:50:48 pm »
a Datura seed landed in the expansion joint on my patio. this is a single plant & it's still growing. the flower only open at night. depending on the temperature they close between 7 & 10 a.m. the bees will stay out late to work the blooms. at night a lot of critters work them including sphinx/hummingbird moths.

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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Yesterday’s inspection
« Last post by apisbees on Yesterday at 12:03:41 pm »
Determine where the honey is. Honey below the cluster does not help the bees when they are in there winter cluster. But by feeding heavily the bees will back fill the combs as the brood emerges.
the question is do they need the extra stores for winter or is the bottom box full of stores and the frames need to be manipulated? You will find the answer on your next inspection.
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Yesterday’s inspection
« Last post by Lburou on Yesterday at 10:09:55 am »
The main question after dealing with mites & going into winter, is how much honey is stored in each hive...? 

Experienced beekeepers in your area can tell you the minimum honey stores recommended for a typical winter in your area - remember, all beekeeping is local.  I would guess that a second super mostly filled with honey would probably be enough in NC, but you will need to check on honey stores in Feb and Mar.  Be ready for emergency feeding at that time if necessary - that is a subject unto itself.

Early in the season, it is common to find the brood nest in a super above the hive body, it is a natural thing to see.  As the honey flow develops, the upper frames are filled with honey pushing the brood nest back down to the lower hive body.  In spring, I'd say don't worry about the brood nest in a super because the honey flow will push it back down.  In fall, I would consolidate the brood nest in the bottom hive body, while placing honey frames on both sides of the brood nest and in the supers above it.

With the brood nest in a super, I'd give special attention to honey stores and making a plan for feeding over winter.  I'd recommend you become an expert on emergency feeding in cold temperatures.  That means planning to feed granular sugar, sugar boards, fondant and the like.   HTH   :)
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General Beekeeping / Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Last post by Lburou on Yesterday at 09:49:44 am »
Nice looking bounty you have there!  Are you more confident than last year going into winter?  :)
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Beekeeping 101 / Yesterday’s inspection
« Last post by Lastfling on Yesterday at 09:48:28 am »
I installed 2
Packages in mid May and initially lost 1 queen in 1 hive shortly thereafter which I replaced.  Hive two also lost queen several weeks later and by time I realized what was going on (no eggs/larvae scattered capped brood the population had dwindled.  A new queen was installed but she either left or was killed shortly after release.  I subsequently purchased a local Nuc in mid August and installed.  Hive 1 was treated with Apivar in mid-July and Hive 2 was treated with same following installation.  Both hives were fed continuously and were packing it in.  A second deep was added to each as space was utilized in the initial deeps.  All this being said to bring us up to yesterday’s inspection.

Hive one - nice brood pattern in bottom deep and top deep nearly full with 3 frames capped, 3 frames 1/2 capped 1/2 nectar, remaining frames in various lesser stages of capped/nectar.  I did a sugar roll on this hive as Apivar was removed at end of treatment interval in early September.  I saw one mite. This not have been the thing to do but I added a medium of drawn/partially drawn foundation to provide additional storage space and hopefully capitalize on a fall flow.  I know they’re packing in the pollen as golden rod is blooming along with what I believe are asters.  The hive is robust in population.

Now hive 2 -  For a mid- August nuc installation this one has gone gangbusters.  The major difference I noted as compared to hive one is that the upper deep has capped brood / larvae / eggs in good pattern on about 50% of frames.  As the Apivar treatment is still underway in this hive and I’ll need to remove the strips at end of next week, I didn’t go any deeper with my inspection deciding to wait to check bottom deep.  This hive is also very robust in population.  I guess my main question is , should I consider reversing the deeps when I go back into this hive next week.  Or will the bees know to move the brood
Nest down on there own? 



This is an orientation flight beginning on hive 1 yesterday.  Almost like clockwork each day around 3:30.  When both hives start at same time it’s a sight.  I at first thought robbing taking place until you notice no fighting and after about 30 minutes or so everything  is back to normal.

Sorry for the long winded post. 


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66061:  The White Snakeroot is plentiful this year.  Moonflowers are blooming now that we had some rain.  Aromatic Aster has been blooming for about a week.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Alaska Bee Keeping
« Last post by Bakersdozen on Yesterday at 05:26:38 am »
That's beautiful honey.  Great color.  Thanks for posting pictures.
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