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March Member Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Kevin Finn
23:06
Cheryl, any thought on having a club OA vaporizer?
Dennis/Marilyn Palkki
38:16
When should I rotate hive bodies?
Dewey Caron
40:35
Dennis too early to rotate. Wait until foraging becomes more consistent. I will discuss next month - early April would be the normal rotation time - UNLESS March becomes consistent with higher (>60 degrees temperature).
Graham Houser
42:34
yay Amanda!
Andrew Bray (he/him)
48:35
Almost always Yellow jackets in August calls
Michael Fox
54:36
This is incredible!!! You’re incredible!
Andrew Bray (he/him)
55:31
Mandy, this is awesome!
Graham Houser
56:19
cool! i also love your mason bee how to video
Andrew Bray (he/him)
58:35
How many pounds was that huge swarm?
Andrew Bray (he/him)
59:03
Oh, it was a perspective shift.. it looked at first like it was nearly as large as you :)
Katy Fackler
59:11
Fantastic!
Kristi
01:02:15
Did you get stung?
Kevin Finn
01:04:02
Is it possible to put up a bait hive too close to your existing colonies?
Kevin Finn
01:04:42
Also, how far apart should you place your bait hives from each other?
Dewey Caron
01:06:32
No but put out further away if possible. No data on putting too close to apiary or each other. No need to elevate so high retrieval may be perilous.
Graham Houser
01:07:12
If I make a temporary bottom and roof on a super, can I use an "empty beehive" with previously used frames as a bait box? or should I not use supers as a bait box?
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:07:20
Good Question Kevin. I’ve had varying results, but usually keep them far apart in order to maximize the “reach” of the bait hives. What do the rest of y’all think?
Dewey Caron
01:09:11
Yes can use existing super or brood box. Do not need special box like a nuc box - they are just smaller and lighter and often have the bee smell
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:09:33
Mandy, what an excellent swarm catch!
Graham Houser
01:09:37
Thanks Dewey, good point about the weight/transportation
Eric
01:10:08
How often have you spotted the queen in a swarm?
Graham Houser
01:11:56
haha that's great
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:11:57
Nice! Talk about reusable :)
Graham Houser
01:12:56
that's a really interesting observation/documentation
Dewey Caron
01:13:06
spreading out is good idea. But as Mandy says put up where you have had success in getting swarms.
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:18:29
That was excellent :)
Hannah’s iPhone
01:18:52
so helpful!
Eric
01:19:00
Do you feed immediately when you get the swarm into the hive?
theodorejob
01:20:37
Concern for Covid-19?
Ivan Chilcote
01:21:19
My first swarm, it was so exhilarating!!
theodorejob
01:23:18
I have uses 10 deep supers as a bate box.
Kevin Finn
01:23:56
Once you have a swarm in a bait hive hw long will you leave them there before transferring to a traditional hive? When they start bringing in pollen?
Graham Houser
01:24:47
@theodorejob good to know thanks, any luck with the 10 deep catching swarms?
Graham Houser
01:28:14
If a keeper doesn't upkeep their hives and make splits then it's fair game in my opinion
Michelle Liebhardt
01:30:03
What are the recommendations for when you respond to a swarm call, but they are in the wall of someone’s house or a chimney?
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:30:43
Good question, Michelle! What are the current resources for those rockstars who can do cutouts, community?
Eric
01:30:48
Several times last year there were multiple people that responded to PUB swarm calls. Has that been streamlined this year?
Graham Houser
01:32:50
I've read that early spring is the time to set yellow jacket traps to better control the population, because the quee3ns are out of hibernation and looking for nest sites. do you put yelloe jacket traps next to your hives?
Dewey Caron
01:34:35
yes use pheromone traps now in early spring. You do not need to put them close to hives - we recommend the worker traps close to ground and around bee hives later in summer fall.
Kristi
01:34:54
With Mandy's experience, is she able to somewhat identify what breed of bee the swarm is?
Graham Houser
01:36:26
I wonder if Russian breeds make it through our winters better than the Italians
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:37:30
hmmm, it would make sense that the hardier breeds have the most genetic influence when it comes to survivability over our wet winters. Agree/disagree?
Graham Houser
01:40:28
good tip Eric thanks
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:40:29
The school of Hard Knocks
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:41:14
We miss you, and all of you too!!
Brandi
01:41:17
New to beekeeping and getting my first bees in April. May be a stupid question but once you get a swarm in your “bee bucket” do you just transfer them home in your van or back of truck? thanks
brianfackler
01:41:59
I put out Yellowjacket taps and poison bait
Dennis/Marilyn Palkki
01:42:13
Are Mandy's slides available? I wasn't able to take notes fast enough.
Kristi
01:42:32
Could Mandy go over in more details on how she made the extension catcher
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:42:53
Be liberal with your usage of tape :)
Workinger
01:44:08
are there particular methods of swarm prevention appropriate for a 1st year nucs as opposed to in other situations?
theodorejob
01:44:26
Splits. I’m interested in preventing my hives from swarming. I would like to learn how to split hives. Where can I look locally for expertise to answer question on the topic.
Michael Fox
01:44:57
Thanks for the tip Andrew!
Eric
01:45:06
Good tip.
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:45:37
An amazing educator, “Trial and Error”
Dewey Caron
01:46:34
PUB January meeting was about splits by John Edwards. I will mention - but not in lots of details - about rotating boxes, spreading out frames and doing splits as way to REDUCE swarming.
Eric
01:46:51
Beekeeping is a practice!
Graham Houser
01:47:46
I made a quilt box this year
Katy Fackler
01:47:55
Thank you. Great presentation.
Brandi
01:48:12
This was an amazing learning tool today. thank you all! I’m so excited to get my bees and start hands on. thank you, thank you!!!
Jess A
01:48:13
I use a quilt box also
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:48:27
Thoughts on top entrances for the winter?
Graham Houser
01:48:33
also the "mountain camp" feeder helps with humidity
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:50:09
Any experts out there have any strong feelings about leaving screened bottom boards open throughout the winter to manage humidity?
Eric
01:51:05
I open up my bottom boards on sunny days to dry them out and put them back in halfway for a day or two.
Graham Houser
01:53:17
Great info, thanks everyone. happy swarming!
Kevin Finn
01:53:21
Thank you!
Eric
01:53:28
Great swarm class! I like the scoop!
Andrew Bray (he/him)
01:53:31
A real pleasure to be back. This is going to be such an exciting month y’all. I wish you many excellent photo opportunities!
Graham Houser
01:53:45
Thanks Mandy, awesome keeping skills and video editing skills
LoriBennettUS OR
01:55:03
Excellent show Mandy! Thanks Cheryl, Dewey & all!