"Two of my hives are a bit light on bees also. I'm thinking I will do a newspaper combine tomorrow- they should (theoretically) be able to more efficiently gather in some of the fall nectar flow, as well as warm the brood nest. One…"
"Fed syrup today- one of my hives was about as hot as I've ever seen it. They headbutted and followed me around a bit, but I didn't get stung on my gloveless hands (I worked fast though!).
Looking at my records from last year,…"
"Rob- I remember last year it seemed the majority of the honey they put up was late in the season- Octoberish. But it still seems that with the conditions, they should be putting more up. I'm wondering about putting some sugar on to…"
"Back from Malaysia (got a small bottle of Giant Honey Bee, -Apis dorsata- honey from Borneo!) and checked my hives.
They are not making any honey.
I can't figure it out. The rain has everything growing like a jungle. They…"
"I asked my son to check our bees, and from what little info I have, they are OK but not putting up much honey. I won't know for sure until I get home Sep 15. However, if I recall correctly, last year in Sep-Oct when I put my bees…"
"Hello from the middle of the South China Sea. The Norwegian captain of the ship I am on is a beekeeper and passed on an interesting tip: he carries a spray bottle of cold water for collecting swarms. Says you spray the swarm and so they…"
"Mystery solved- I was bringing over another hive when the farmer stopped by and told me they got an incredibly strong storm burst yesterday that knocked over the nuc and blew the covers off the hives. He replaced the covers for me…"
"Do coyotes get into hives? I checked out at the alfalfa farm and I had a 5 frame nuc that was kicked over...the other hives (2 deeps and a medium each) were intact.
Also, most of the empty cells in the intact hives had dirt in them...looked…"
"Checked my best hive and it's queenless...they had supercedure cells a few weeks ago, but it looks like she didn't get through mating. I've kept this one in town and it's looking pretty rough- hardly any foragers coming and…"
"Moved 2 full hives and a nuc to an alfalfa field outside town. I think this will help considerably. Keeping my strongest hive in town just to compare.
Came home to one of those "orientation frenzies" that look like…"
"Checked hives today and 2 of the Beeweavers had supercedure cells. The brood pattern didn't look that great, so it seems the girls are on the case. I suspect because of the wind here, mating might be a bit problematic."
The New Mexico Beekeepers also have a group on Facebook. 2 hives doing great, 1 doing ok, the last one (2 very small swarms I captured this year), I just combined into one small super. Spotty brood, one full frame both sides of honey, and raising a supercedure queen. How are yours doing? My addy is firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can find me on FB Anglswngs69/Diana Wilson
Wow, someone else from Deming YIPPPEE! My bees are hanging in, 3 hives doing ok, one is just hanging in there, and lost a weak one to wax moths. They are really liking my watermelon plants right now. We'll have to get together. I'm a newbie at this, so still making lots of mistakes.
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