Archive for the ‘swarm traps’ Category

Swarm Trap Book Almost Finished


2011
05.22

I’ve finishing writing my new book on swarm trapping, it has cleared the editor and is now at the designer. It looks to be about 55 pages with 36 photos.
I’m putting it out as both a kindle book and via Amazon as a printed book.

Swarm Traps working – 2 more caught


2011
04.19

Mailed off my state sales taxes today, on the way home I checked on 3 swarm traps.  Two have caught swarms, traps T4 & T12, as I saw lots of activity and foragers bringing in pollen.  I love swarm traps!  Good think I’m writing a book on it and making a DVD. Book should be done within 2 months.

 

Anyway, of my 30 swarm traps, 5 of sidelined. Either waiting for swap outs (2), or to be repaired (3) and put in service.  I haven’t checked some  since I hung them.Swarm Traps catch bees, do you have some?

 

So that brings my trap count up to 4 plus one manually caught swarm. That puts me at 16% success rate and the flow isn’t even here yet.  This bone dry spring is really hurting the bees, last year we had a banner year.  This year my lawn is brown and the only thing growing is in my little hydroponics in my backyard.

Dry Spring and only the hydroponics are doing well.

Spring! Finally here!


2011
03.05

Spring has pulled up to my part of Texas. Oak trees are beginning to bud, that is my indicator that swarm traps need to be deployed. My earliest known swarm is March 1.
Swarm traps for the spring

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Notes to self:
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Friday, I deployed 3 traps at the homestead, 1,2,3 and three more nearby 11, 12, 4. I also recovered 2 crashed traps from last year, one near the waterworks that merely fell, the other smashed by teenagers, I presume. Both were refurbed, numbered 5 & 6, baited and left outside to deploy to the 4plex.
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I need to knock together 100 more deep frames. I forgot how much time those buggers take, remind me to buy pre-built next year.  That still leaves me with 20 that need to be deployed between the outyard and secret locations Alpha and Bravo.

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update: Sunday deployed traps 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 around the main outyard. GPSed all locations Using Txx nomenclature.  Also deployed traps 5&6 at the mad Frenchman’s house. Both GPSed.
March 16 – 7&8 rebaited at hideouts.

Predicting Honeyflows and Swarms with Soil moisture maps


2011
02.14

There are good years, and bad years.  Would it be nice to know how this year will be in advance? Well, it is possible.

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There is a great way to see how good your spring crop could be. Because your spring honeyflows are heavily dependent on water. Sometimes beekeepers forget that even though they see flowers blooming, there may not be nectar in the flower.  If the soil is moist, you should have lots of nectar. By the same note, if you have a great honeyflow, you will have lots of swarms in your area.

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To find out how your Spring is doing, go check out how anomalous your soil moisture is on the map.
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Soilmst_Monitoring/US/Soilmst/Soilmst.shtml

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Last year, we had our best year in over a decade, in terms of honey and swarms. That was because we had anomalous wet spring weather. In fact, it was so wet, we had the best morel mushroom season in 20 years!

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Preparing Swarm Traps for Spring


2011
01.18

I ran 10 traps last year and caught 6 swarms. This year I’ve got 30 traps, and will be starting a grand experiment to find optimum locations, as well as making a DVD on swarm trapping.Swarm traps for the spring

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Winter is the most under used season of beekeeping, it is a time for maintenance, ordering equipment, planning marketing, and preparing for the coming year.

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