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General Beekeeping / Re: comb under the bottom board
« Last post by rober on Today at 05:57:54 pm »
happy to report that the queen is in her new digs & all is well. 5 frames of brood & working on a 4th super. every hive in this yard has multiple supers on.
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General Beekeeping / Re: iddee-beetle question
« Last post by rober on Today at 05:33:25 pm »
saw no signs of larvae in the 2nd batch. 24 hours should be fine for those. i'll put the 1st batch back in the freezer for few days to be safe tomorrow. now comes the fun part. to be sure i'll go thru all the boxes in the stacks. they should be ok but-famous last words. the infested boxes were were in the open as i was getting ready to put them on single deep hives. got distracted & they sat too long. there was 1 beetle in the boxes. that's all it takes. this shed is caulked & weather stripped to the hilt. so much it requires real effort to close the door.  l spray insecticide around the outside of the door edges & threshold on a regular basis. i covered everything that is goes inside a hive & set off 2 aerosol bug bombs. there's a lot of drawn comb in this shed & i do not want to lose it
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I'll check both these out, thanks.

I saw a demonstration on goat's milk soap making.  She used powdered goats milk because it was pasturized.  It's been a few years and I don't remember exactly.  I think that's hogwash because people have been using goat's milk in soap making for millennia.
I agree.  Pasteurization has no place in my home-grown/homemade vocabulary.     
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I saw a demonstration on goat's milk soap making.  She used powdered goats milk because it was pasturized.  It's been a few years and I don't remember exactly.  I think that's hogwash because people have been using goat's milk in soap making for millennia.
I am on this publications email list.  They are always posting all thing goat as well as beekeeping articles.  https://backyardgoats.iamcountryside.com/
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General Beekeeping / Re: iddee-beetle question
« Last post by iddee on Today at 11:15:09 am »
If your freezer is set at 0 F., I think it will work. If it is set at 20 F., it would be questionable. Either way, I would keep an eye on them.
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General Beekeeping / Re: Summer check in
« Last post by The15thMember on Today at 09:59:35 am »
I just harvested my first honey this week.  We had a crazy huge blackberry/black raspberry bloom, and I pulled my first super of that honey.  It's the earliest I've ever harvested. 

5 of my 8 hives are plugging along nicely.  We are in a little bit of a dearth right now before sourwood starts.  Not enough to cause a panic, but enough that no one is drawing comb.  Well actually that's not true, 1 hive, and only 1, seems to have found something that's keeping them drawing and bringing in some nectar, which none of the other hives have found.  This is intriguing to me; I wonder why this hive was able to find something the others didn't.  Flew farther?  Less picky?  Who knows. 

Of the 3 hives that are struggling, one was a late split whose queen didn't return from a mating flight, so I'm in the middle of a second queen rearing cycle in that hive.  The other two hives are a split pair, the mother queen and the daughter.  The parent hive grew nicely, so I split them in late April or early May.  For some reason the mother queen's hive didn't grow after that, and she was barely laying, so I culled her recently and they are raising a queen from a frame of my best queen's eggs.  The daughter queen seemed to be doing well, but recently her brood pattern has started to look a little spotty and their mite load was way up, so she's on the hot seat to turn things around.  I'll see how she looks this week.  Maybe I'll do a round of German varroa trapping with her as an experiment. 
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General Beekeeping / iddee-beetle question
« Last post by rober on Today at 09:52:50 am »
awhile back the discussion was on how long to freeze frames. i just froze some frames with beetle larva but no slime for 24 hours. is that long enough to kill eggs. i know it's enough to kill larva. i pulled them to make room in the freezer for more frames. if need be i can rotate them back into the freezer but wanted to kill the larva in the 2nd batch before they got too bad.
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title says it all.
I am curious how far off were they? :laugh:


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On cutouts I’ve also taken to asking when the last time the homeowner sprayed them was, not if they sprayed them, as the truth is never told there either.

Nice to see you ef!


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General Beekeeping / Summer check in
« Last post by Zweefer on Today at 07:19:37 am »
Yesterday was the first day of summer, although you wouldn’t know it here (temps in the 50’s F).

I just thought I’d stop and ask how are everyone’s bees doing?

Mine are finally starting to draw comb again after a drought of three weeks was broken last weekend.   I was getting nervous not having them progress in terms of extra storage or construction for a while.
I started 30 queen cells via the Nicot system over the weekend as well, hoping to be able to transfer them out in two weeks to the mating nucs I’ve built for them.  This will be my first attempt at queen rearing, so wish me luck!


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