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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Weak hives
« Last post by Lastfling on Yesterday at 06:58:05 pm »
This is from past Saturday if I can read my scratching
1 - wax foundation - not drawn
2 - plastic frame / foundation capped 2 sides - nectar
3 - wax foundation not drawn
4. - wax foundation 1 side drawn - 1/4 capped. 1 side not drawn
5 - drawn comb - empty - may be cleaning both sides
6 - capped  and uncapped nectar - approx 1/4 one side pollen
7 - capped - uncapped
Nectar some pollen
8 - 1/2 capped nectar both sides
9 - undrawn foundation
10 - undrawn drone foundation

Approx 4 frames of bees maybe 41/2




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General Beekeeping / Re: Can bees negatively imprint on the beekeeper?
« Last post by riverbee on Yesterday at 06:16:35 pm »
allergic?

me too, eppy allergic. went through immunotherapy.
i digress.

you can wash the gloves, or just use a quick spray of yellow ammonia mixed in water to clean them off.

if the bees are bumping you AND your family, it's the bees, and jen has said she is going to help you figure out what their major malfunction in the beehive is............ :D ;D
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Weak hives
« Last post by riverbee on Yesterday at 06:02:45 pm »
"Center frames from what I can tell were mostly capped and uncapped 1:1 : nectar."

lastfling, these frames need to be open for a queen to lay in. if these frames are being stuffed with syrup. cut the syrup off, a queen has no place to lay in. rearrange frames to place empty frames, drawn comb if you have them, in the center positions. you can use the old frame of foundation.
can you describe your frames in the bottom box, meaning what's in them? and are they drawn comb?
if you can describe from 1-10, what's in the frame and if drawn comb, undrawn, or foundation, would help a little.
how many frames of bees do you have?

queenless hives can sometimes be feisty, but not always. sometimes the bees get feisty for other reasons besides being queenless.
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Swarms, Cut Outs, Trap Outs and Bee Trees / Re: The Swarm That Left
« Last post by Jen on Yesterday at 12:45:48 pm »
Hiya Riverrat   :)

'In the smallest box that is cozy but not over crowded'

   Agreed here, it took me a season or two or three to figure it out. Cozy is good. The bees like to be close together.

'Block the front entrance with grass. They will remove the grass in a couple days if not sooner to make a small door to go and come'
 
   When you do a split, do you keep that split in your yard with the rest of your hives, and use the grass method as well? Reason I'm asking is that I don't have another place to transport a split for a couple of day. So I do the split, add sticks or pebbles to the front just enough to get the bees attention the next day when they leave... then they reorient. However still, many of them go back to the original hive.

 


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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Weak hives
« Last post by Lastfling on Yesterday at 12:24:25 pm »
Center frames from what I can tell were mostly capped and uncapped 1:1 : nectar.  There was an old frame of foundation they were starting to clean but two over from end and my thoughts were they needed to store additional. 

I had read a queenless hive would be more feisty.  These are a little more in your face than my other but not extreme by any means.  The last inspection - past Saturday I went thru each frame which is what I based my observations on. 

I’m in the Northwest Piedmont part of state just outside Winston-Salem.





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General Beekeeping / Re: Can bees negatively imprint on the beekeeper?
« Last post by NorCal on Yesterday at 12:23:45 pm »
I wear a full suit when working bees (I’m allergic to stings now).  My suit is white in color and I wash it frequently in Dreft.  I washed it in Dreft all last year without problem.  The bees have tried stinging me through my gloves, so i’ve Taken to brushing them frequently, followed by a light coating coating of white vinegar to sanitize them. 

Admittedly, I am kind of a bigger guy , 6-01 and 230 lbs, so I guess I do kind of resemble a bear.   I almost always wear a ball cap when outside, but I haven’t paid attention to the color of clothing My family or I was wearing when we get bumped.  I’ll make a move towards lighter colors and see what happens. 
Bears are an issue here, but my hives are protected by an electric fence and the bear has been “trained”  :) not to come into the apiary.  No bear has been in the apiary and the dirt hasn’t shown a footprint around the fence in over a year. 




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General Beekeeping / Re: Can bees negatively imprint on the beekeeper?
« Last post by riverbee on Yesterday at 11:55:32 am »
unscented beer?!........ :D

hey norcal, welcome to our great forum and thanks for posting!

what do you wear when working the bees? bee suit, bee jacket, etc.... do you wash it?

do you wear a hat? baseball hat, straw hat? when near the bees?
what are you wearing when the bees start bumping/harrassing you? dark colors or light colors? 

also, know it sounds weird, are you an average size fella?  or do you look like a BEAR to the bees?......... :D :D :laugh:
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Any and Every Thing / Re: Happy Birthday Perry and Riverrat!!!!!
« Last post by riverbee on Yesterday at 11:31:48 am »
very true!  i hope perry and rat whooped it up, cuz i know i would......... :D

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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Weak hives
« Last post by riverbee on Yesterday at 11:21:31 am »
"Hive two is my problem child.  2 weeks ago some capped brood on one side of one frame.  All the 5 or so queen cells either open or torn down no eggs : larva.  This past Saturday a lot of bees, no queen cells no capped brood no eggs no larvae bunches of nectar (sugar water) some capped some not). Some pollen.  I think unless one of the hatched queens (if one did) got mated And I’m just not seeing her this one may be queenless.  I purchased and picked up a new queen yesterday as insurance. "


warren, where are you in NC?
with queen cells open and others torn down you may have a queen in there. what do the center frames look like? does it appear that the bees are cleaning, polishing the cells?

sorry to hear of your misadventure with your eye, hope all heals well!
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Beekeeping 101 / Re: Weak hives
« Last post by Lastfling on Yesterday at 10:44:09 am »
lastfling...........

just looking for an update on your two hives?
Thanks for asking!  To be sure, it’s been an eventful couple of weeks. 

I went in the hives two weeks ago and one appears too be coming along slowly but surely, I’m still feeding.  There are still about 4 undrawn frames foundation.  Brood pattern, while not the best, is not as spotty and is now across both sides of two frames instead of one.  I went in again this past weekend and pretty much the same.  They’re going thru a gallon 1:1 in about a week. 

Hive two is my problem child.  2 weeks ago some capped brood on one side of one frame.  All the 5 or so queen cells either open or torn down no eggs : larva.  This past Saturday a lot of bees, no queen cells no capped brood no eggs no larvae bunches of nectar (sugar water) some capped some not). Some pollen.  I think unless one of the
hatched queens (if one did) got mated
And I’m just not seeing her this one may be queenless.  I purchased and picked up a new queen yesterday as insurance. 

In the meantime I had a piece of retina pull away in my eye which put a whole new meaning to the word floater.  I spent a goodly part of Sunday night, Memorial Day weekend in the emergency room.  Thinks are pretty much back to normal and no spot welding with laser of retina was deemed necessary at this time as according to Dr. It’s laying flat.  Floaters have calmed way down in the one eye - not completely but not the thousands of tiny dots that were there.  Did I say getting old sux ha ha . 
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