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SABA APRIL MEMBERSHIP MEETING - Shared screen with speaker view
brc01
03:32
good idea, makes sense
brc01
05:56
I'm guessing some will not join until the main presentation.
brc01
06:06
Does everyone know how to use chat?
Cal Austin
08:14
hello from Hadley!
aaron
16:28
3 mediums = 2 deeps
Cal Austin
16:40
my hive is very stained from cleaning flights. the bees are getting to be active and seem ok. is this normal or should I be worried about nosema (sp?)
www.itsallbetter.com
22:07
what is recommended for mite treatments this time of year?
Brian Cuttler
23:38
Drawn has pheromones that will attract them, at least some drawn is a good idea and gives the queen a place to start laying.
Joel
30:42
Is it too early to make nucs from booming overwintered hives?
aaron
32:00
Depends if you are making nucs with mated queens, or if you are doing walk away splits.
Brian Cuttler
32:26
I have never had a lot of bee poop on the hive, thought heavy was Nosema and normal winter flights didn't make that large a mess.
Jill Looker
32:37
Will the bees clean out cells of last years pollen?
aaron
33:13
If mated queens, now is fine. if walk away splits you need ample, sexually mature drones to mate with the queens the walk away split will raise.
Joel
34:05
I have lots of flying drones as well as drone brood
Brian Cuttler
35:25
My hives seem to be doing well and had capped drones, was afraid it was a bit early but set up the hive to run upper and lower brood nests.
scott McBain
41:22
when should supers go on?
Chris Harp
41:50
I’ve had a couple instances of the Queen not making it through the winter and a couple instances of the Queen being there BUT infertile and only laying drones in the drone cells
Anne Frey
43:09
With a strong colony ( brood now on 8-10 deep frames in 2 deep boxes, bees covering all that), May 1 is the typical time, but I did super one hive last week!
Chalise Dawnstar
43:15
what is general feeling about feeding hives using pollen patties? should this feeding method be used now?
iPhone
43:26
hello all! I think I rolled my queen last week and yesterday she was dead. should I purchase a new queen or just let them raise one. there is brood in the hive but no eggs
Anne Frey
44:29
Pollen/protein patties are for a boost in brood rearing, commonly used when planning to split a hive in two. Another reason is to boost a weak hive, but in that case, give half a patty at a time.Small hive beetles may get hold and be eating patty if the bees don't gobble it up fast.
Fred Putnam
44:32
I've supered a couple of hives already also. Pay attention to your nectar flows and hive weights each week.
aaron
45:36
Get a new, mated queen if you can find one. It may be too eary for good mating. People stated they have drones flying, but for good mating you need sexually mature drones (about 2 weeks after they emerge from cells).
Anne Frey
46:00
For the dead queen, you should get a queen. It only works fo them to rais their own if they have 1, 2, or 3 day old larvae. which are very tiny, almost as small as eggs.
Kari
47:00
tony, can you steady your camera?
Anne Frey
47:07
I have seen swarm cells already, capped and mature in overwintered hives.
iPhone
47:36
thanks so much for the advice! I’ve been so unsure! thankyou!
emunger
47:39
Tony lives on a house boat. Choppy weather today.
aaron
48:40
Pollen patties are not needed this time of year, there is plenty of natural pollen coming in now. There ain't nothin' like the real thing baby!
Brian Cuttler
49:57
One of the people I mentored last year is starting as an inspector! The mentoring program works!
Anne Frey
51:16
Cool, Brian!
Nancy
01:02:59
Does anyone still use HopGuard?
Anne Frey
01:07:36
The spring nucs sold by betterbee were treated just recently with Hopguard, and our tests showed 0.03% (0.003) a very low level of mites
Joel
01:10:07
Anne - when did you put the spring nucs together this year? I just made 3 nucs yesterday but was concerned about the next couple of nights going below 32 degrees F? Is that an issue at all?? Thanks
Chris Harp
01:10:26
if you do repeated Oxalic acid treatments doesn’t the queen keep taking the hit which is detrimental?
Anne Frey
01:11:37
Betterbee's spring nucs are from a producer in the south. We check them thoroughly after they arrive, and mark any unmarked queens.
Mia Detor
01:15:14
What is best practice for uncapping and removing drone brood after freezing?
Nancy
01:18:13
For oxalic dribble, can I mix up a quart or liter (or cup/pint), and keep it for use in the fall?
Anne Frey
01:18:42
The bees will do the work. Thaw before giving that frame to the bees. In a kind of gross way, bees get back some of their effort which they put into raising the drone brood. That's because they partly consume the dead broo as they remove it.
Anne Frey
01:27:41
oxalic acid dribble mix should be used within one day
Fred Putnam
01:28:36
https://theapiarist.org/oxalic-acid-preparation/
Nancy
01:29:00
Thank you!
aaron
01:30:15
Oxalic sugar syrup only keeps for a few days. It should not be kept from spring to fall. The pre-measured packets for $6.95 make a liter of Oxalic Sugar Syrup. Your bees are worth the $7 investment. Or frugally, buy wood bleach at the hardware store. Wood bleach is Oxalic Acid. The advantage of the pre-measured is, well, it's premeasured. Wood bleach from the hardware is cheap, but you have to do the math to achieve the proper concentration. Scale and math skills required. Did you get an "A" in high school chemistry?
Anne Frey
01:31:13
For another drone brood technique, skip freezer and use chickens. Watch them while they peck out drone brood and eat it. When they are done with a side, flip the frame. If you don't, chickens will kick at the frame and destroy the wax. After they are done with side 2, take frame(s) away and give straight back to the bees. First time with chickens, they'll be cautious and worried about the frame but they soon understand it's delicious
Nancy
01:31:34
I actually did that, the year before it was legal - have the math for just the small amount I need. But you’re right, $7 is worth it!
Anne Frey
01:32:37
drone brood with mite sprinkles, a yummy chicken snack
aaron
01:33:56
My doctor says I've been eating too many sugar rolls!
Anne Frey
01:35:00
Aaron, try drone brood
Brian Cuttler
01:36:29
We have put blocks of lumpy sugar in the oven to dry out, breaks right up.
Brian Cuttler
01:37:39
I was unable to get powdered sugar to coat bees when doing sugar shake, are we sure it isn't the corn starch in the confectioners sugar that sticks to them?
Chris Harp
01:39:01
what are your thoughts about doing 2 or 3 Oxalic treatments at a 7 to 10 day interval to treat mites accounting for newborns and new mites?
Anne Frey
01:39:16
Any powdery substance will cause mites to lose their grip on the bees. A bit of corn starch is not the end of the world. Bees can't eat it, but that's OK
Brian Cuttler
01:41:10
Thank you Nancy, great talk.
Chris Harp
01:41:13
thank you
Fred Putnam
01:41:25
Nice job, Nancy!
ricka
01:41:50
Thanks Nancy!!!
lauriefreeman
01:41:50
Thanks Nancy. Very informative.
Christine Whyte XS
01:42:16
great meeting
Nancy
01:42:26
Thank you Nancy, thank you all!
aaron
01:42:52
I want refreshments!
Brian Cuttler
01:42:58
Great job Rick. Came together very well.
Kirt C & Ann S
01:43:00
nancy.w@betterbee.com
Anne Frey
01:43:02
Nice talk, Nancy, and thanks Rick, Tony!
Scott Niles
01:43:14
Thank You Nancy. Very informative and well done
Kirt C & Ann S
01:43:16
Excellent talk
Kelly J
01:43:21
Thank you Nancy! Great demonstration:)
Sean Sheeran
01:43:44
Thanks!