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good idea, makes sense
I'm guessing some will not join until the main presentation.
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hello from Hadley!
3 mediums = 2 deeps
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?)
what is recommended for mite treatments this time of year?
Drawn has pheromones that will attract them, at least some drawn is a good idea and gives the queen a place to start laying.
Is it too early to make nucs from booming overwintered hives?
Depends if you are making nucs with mated queens, or if you are doing walk away splits.
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.
Will the bees clean out cells of last years pollen?
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.
I have lots of flying drones as well as drone brood
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.
when should supers go on?
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
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!
what is general feeling about feeding hives using pollen patties? should this feeding method be used now?
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
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.
I've supered a couple of hives already also. Pay attention to your nectar flows and hive weights each week.
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).
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.
tony, can you steady your camera?
I have seen swarm cells already, capped and mature in overwintered hives.
thanks so much for the advice! I’ve been so unsure! thankyou!
Tony lives on a house boat. Choppy weather today.
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!
One of the people I mentored last year is starting as an inspector! The mentoring program works!
Does anyone still use HopGuard?
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
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
if you do repeated Oxalic acid treatments doesn’t the queen keep taking the hit which is detrimental?
Betterbee's spring nucs are from a producer in the south. We check them thoroughly after they arrive, and mark any unmarked queens.
What is best practice for uncapping and removing drone brood after freezing?
For oxalic dribble, can I mix up a quart or liter (or cup/pint), and keep it for use in the fall?
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.
oxalic acid dribble mix should be used within one day
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?
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
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!
drone brood with mite sprinkles, a yummy chicken snack
My doctor says I've been eating too many sugar rolls!
Aaron, try drone brood
We have put blocks of lumpy sugar in the oven to dry out, breaks right up.
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?
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?
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
Thank you Nancy, great talk.
Nice job, Nancy!
Thanks Nancy. Very informative.
Christine Whyte XS
Thank you Nancy, thank you all!
I want refreshments!
Great job Rick. Came together very well.
Kirt C & Ann S
Nice talk, Nancy, and thanks Rick, Tony!
Thank You Nancy. Very informative and well done
Kirt C & Ann S
Thank you Nancy! Great demonstration:)