Post by pokeyjeeper on Jun 18, 2017 16:52:06 GMT -5
Ok weather has been crazy and my gloves got back ordered but I have them now so Friday night after it got dark I closed my swarm box up I took it down yesterday and got it set in front of the hive but it downpoured rain from 6:00 on so the girls had to stay locked in I wanted to let them out in the late afternoon so they could reorientate so I did that this morning here are so pictures hopefully I'll get them I the hive tomorrow afternoon
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jun 18, 2017 18:43:39 GMT -5
Thanks bk I just got back from checking on them and there was only about 20 bee or so that were flying around the catch sight so I think the move was a success as the only bee keeping knowledge I have is what I've read online and YouTube videos I've watched in the end View pictures you can see brush I put in front of their entrance it's supposed to confuse them and make them do a new orientation flight it looks like it worked any tips from more experienced beeks I found information on the 3-3-3 rule but it was not an option here
Nice pics, keep us up with the progress, being new at it myself I don't have any good advice.. wishing ya luck with them.. I've been using rubber gloves, but so far haven't seen much need in them.. sure are hot..
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jun 25, 2017 10:35:09 GMT -5
Bees are in the hive now moved them midweek last week swarm box had a bad large black ant problem and the swarm was small when I got in there bees were fighting with ants my wife took some pictures she stayed in the truck looks like the queen is laying and there was some stores I got them in the hive and put so ground cinnamon on top of the top bars and around the hive on the ground it worked ants are gone I'll try to get the pictures my wife took posted soon
Stupid question, remember I know zero about bees , is it possible for other varieties of bees to swarm or just honey bees?
I done know as I'm just starting the bee keeping adventure but as far as honey bees go they swarm to spread their seed they build up their numbers in the spring and cast a swarm so they can build the new hive up in time to make it through the winter maybe one of the other guys can answer you question better
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jul 17, 2017 19:54:02 GMT -5
Checked on the girls this afternoon and they have 10 bars built out now and 2 more with a grapefruit size comb on them I put 3 more bars in as we are in a good flow right now milkweed,clover,thistle,and the Sumac is about to pop also tons of brood sorry no pictures I was by myself