"I lost 3 of 3, but not sure if I'd count it as winter kill; I had another issue, probably pesticides that finished the job.
For the sake of discussion, here's what happened:
The hives all had a good year, although one had queen troubles…"
"No, you MUST get the hive entrance within inches of the cone or they will simply be stuck on the cone and die. I route the cone through the back of my trap, more or less, and it gives them a new hive entrance."
"Thanks Paul. So, from what I'm reading, putting a cone over the entrance and baiting them into a hive on the ground won't really work? There's no way I'm getting a box up under eaves 25 feet off the ground. "
"Trap outs involve a lot of time and effort. I prefer cut-outs myself. That being said, trap outs can be done fairly easily if you have the right stuff. The hardest part is finding a way to mount the hive and remove it when it is done (they are VERY…"
Hi all,It's been a while since I posted on here, but I'm back into bee ranching. Had some bad luck late last November (long story) and ended up losing all my bees but have just hived some new ones. I want to ask some of you who do lots of captures: Anyone have any tips on trap-outs? (Looking at Paul....)We have friends who have a colony reoccupying an old hive in their house. It's in the eaves of a two-story log home. Last time they had honey running down their walls inside the house in the…See More
A few days ago I was asked to remove bees from a tree in someone's yard. When I got there, I found a large, mature live oak with a lot of bees on it...thousands... but no cavity anywhere. Hence, no colony to collect. I'd not seen bees on oak trees like that before, but now that I look around I find them on all the live oaks around here. They seem to be foraging on those little brown balls that grow on the trees. So, my question is this: what are they collecting? Pollen? Propolis? I…See More
"Well, Paul hit most of the high points. I do the same, basically; check for food and supplement where necessary...heavy syrup so they store and cure it quickly. I look for50-60 lbs for winter stores, but they didn't use nearly that…"
"No, mine haven't. If mine were that hot I'd find them somewhere else to live. I found one quote interesting "...and we're happy to let them re-queen themselves...."
Given that they're in AZ, that might have…"
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