Post by pokeyjeeper on Jul 27, 2017 21:32:16 GMT -5
Good information cat I've also found where guys are using a cd case and making a small cut in the side and baiting it with boric acid and crisco or drilling a 1/4" hole in each corner just through the top clear side and putting mineral oil in it and a few drops of cider vinegar in the center just a few options to try may help someone out
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jul 27, 2017 6:23:09 GMT -5
Well I was going to do a inspection yesterday but it was trying to rain so I just checked the feeder and I seen three small hive beetle as most of you know I'm running a Kenya top bar hive so a top bar trap will not work I seen a video that don the fat bee man has on YouTube where he uses the political signs and crisco and boric acid has any one used this or have another way to rid the hive of these cridders Here's the link
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
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jul 14, 2017 7:57:20 GMT -5
If you put out some feed and they come to it fast you'll know your in a dearth good to see you got the sweet reward of beekeeping why did you filter it 3 times and do you let it sit for 3 days and skim it
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jul 12, 2017 18:47:44 GMT -5
Man that sucks hope your ok mine were a little ornery Last weekend when I was in there I thought it was the weather but I had been working hard and was sweaty also now you got me thinking ok beeks help the newbees out
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jul 11, 2017 5:58:57 GMT -5
Thank you for sharing that sucks you have some bees that don't want to play nice requeen them mist her with some sugar water when you put her in I've read that works to get the hive to except her better but I'm new at this and never done it good luck
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jul 11, 2017 4:31:40 GMT -5
Thank you bk I also don't want to put harsh poisons on my bees I went to a local bee club meeting last night and two of the members have those ankle biters queens and are grafting them and selling cells cheap $5 a cell I may go that route at some point but I'll wait and see how my queen does as I'm certain she is Survivor stock
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jul 10, 2017 15:22:39 GMT -5
Do any of you guys use the mineral oil and winter green oil in a big fogger to treat for mites if so does it work I'll be doing the alcohol wash test on my bees soon for a mite count and just looking at drug free treatment options
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jul 8, 2017 16:25:21 GMT -5
Checked on the girls today all is well they fill out another bar looks like they are putting up some nectar in it and there is a ton of capped brood I did remove one drone cell I found as they should not need him and that is what I learned in class last weekend to prevent mites they have 8 bars mostly filled out now my goal is to have 16 before winter
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jul 4, 2017 10:25:53 GMT -5
Thanks for the post guys swampcat the class I took they taught us to be calm and gentle most of the guys didn't have a suit on or gloves and they showed us how to move the bee around by just bumping them with a finger instead of blasting them with smoke when I found my queen on Sunday afternoon I was checking brood and she was just there but my hive is small still so not much place to hide in
Post by pokeyjeeper on Jul 2, 2017 17:38:44 GMT -5
Took a peek at my bees this afternoon and we able to locate the queen I attended a bee keeping class yesterday on treatment free bee keeping and other bee keep information had a great time here's a picture of her
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 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
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
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
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