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My Vids on iTunes !


2010
08.05

They are available here -  http://learningbeekeeping.blip.tv/rss/itunes/

I don’t have an ipod that works, so i can’t see if they play well. But it will be nice to have this option.

TBH swarmed


2010
06.22

Finally made it to my outyard today. 93F and toasty.

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Checked all hives for eggs (queen check) and how much space they needed. The eve hive looked like it swarmed but it did rake in alot of honey.  The lang hives were cranking quite well, one had totally crosscombed it’s super. So I pulled it and salvaged the honey. About 3 liters. Gave some to my neighbors, and put the brood comb and honey drenched frames in a tub and put it outside to be robbed out by local hives.  Several combs broke in transit, and I may have another 2 liters in the back of my truck.  So much that honey is running out of the back of my truck. hmmm.

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One hive looked queenless and was far gone. I merged it with a nuc to make a proper hive. That brings me to 8 hives at the yard, and a TBH nuc plus the Bertil estate hive and the two swarms in traps.

New Bee Lining Video


2010
05.11

Here we go.

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The cathouse hive was cutout and clipped into a Top Bar hive with hair clips. All the comb were fairly small, so the transition had little troubles. I fed them a jar of 1:1 syrup in the back of the hive. Hope they get their feet under them soon, Indian Blanket honeyflow is soon.
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At the outyard, I’m getting a bit crowded. Hive count there is at 10. With 3 KTBH and 7 Langs. I’m not the area can support that number of hives. It is time to sell some of the Langs off, and prepare for more swarms as the second half the swarm season is to arrive. The going rate, according to the Beemaster Forums, is about $150 for a filled 10 frame deep, Plus $50 for filled additional deeps and $35 for filled mediums.

911 Swarms


2010
04.26

Two swarm calls today. One was from a fellow in Leander who called 911 and they gave him my phone number. Simply 3# of bees under a trampline. Due to the travel time I opted for the “Grab and Go” method, put a box underneath, shake the swarm, wait 20 minutes to settle and take what I have. Yea, I miss a hundred foragers or so, but I wasn’t going to drive another hour for them.

The second swarm was near me on a trash can lid 10 minutes away, I shook them into my hive and left. When I returned at dusk for them, they had absconded 30 feet away in the top of a nearby tree. Damn. So I put a drop of lemongrass oil in the hive and left the hive body as a bait hive. I’ll come back in a few days to see what happened.