Honeybees and Beekeeping

Re: Honeybees and Beekeeping

PostBy: McGiever On: Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:30 pm

You are braver than I, messing in the brood chamber this late.
Mother Nature already has her plan for a break in egg laying/brood raising right around the corner. Besides that you would not find any drone brood (male) now...look on the ground in front of your hives...drones and immature drone brood have been expelled as trash at this time. Those mites' days are numbered. You cannot do better than what Ma Nature has already set into motion. :)

The naturally now ever contracting size of the brood nest area is to get strategiclly packed/filled in with pollen and honey provisions in the reverse order from how it needs to open back up starting sometime in January when temps and forage times can be tough and the population will be at it's lowest...best not mess with. :)
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Re: Honeybees and Beekeeping

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:47 pm

You're probably right. I think I'm going to rethink things. Although the calendar says I have time, the weather may not agree. We have been known to have blizzards as early as Veterans Day.

Thanks for speaking up. As you can tell I often get carried away with what could be done rather then whether or not it's a good idea. I always appreciate the advice of a more experienced beekeeper. Thanks for your input, Lisa
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Re: Honeybees and Beekeeping

PostBy: McGiever On: Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:54 pm

lowfog01 wrote:You're probably right. I think I'm going to rethink things. Although the calendar says I have time, the weather may not agree. We have been known to have blizzards as early as Veterans Day.

Thanks for speaking up. As you can tell I often get carried away with what could be done rather then whether or not it's a good idea. I always appreciate the advice of a more experienced beekeeper. Thanks for your input, Lisa


It would of been very easy to of been silent, I'm glad you were not upset for my speaking up. :)
McGiever
 
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Re: Honeybees and Beekeeping

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:20 am

ere is the next thing for you beekeepers to be aware of:

Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'

https://www.yahoo.com/news/beleaguered- ... 45414.html
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Re: Honeybees and Beekeeping

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:20 pm

McGiever wrote:
lowfog01 wrote:You're probably right. I think I'm going to rethink things. Although the calendar says I have time, the weather may not agree. We have been known to have blizzards as early as Veterans Day.

Thanks for speaking up. As you can tell I often get carried away with what could be done rather then whether or not it's a good idea. I always appreciate the advice of a more experienced beekeeper. Thanks for your input, Lisa


It would of been very easy to of been silent, I'm glad you were not upset for my speaking up. :)


I don't know how I missed this back in OCT.

I appreciate the input. It doesn't bother me when anyone provides a different view. It's how you learn; I can get carried away and sometimes it takes a strong rope to pull me back. You needn't worry about upsetting me. You have a lot more knowledge of beekeeping then I have - not to listen would be a waste of a great resource. Sorry it took so long to reply, take care, Lisa
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Re: Honeybees and Beekeeping

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:40 pm

SWPaDon wrote:ere is the next thing for you beekeepers to be aware of:

Beleaguered bees hit by 'deformed wing virus'

https://www.yahoo.com/news/beleaguered- ... 45414.html


"Deformed wing virus "had a strongly negative overall effect," the study concluded." This is one of the side viruses associated with the Varroa Mite. You see it when your hive has a high mite count. I had it one of my hives a few years ago. The only thing I know to do is create an artificial break in the brood by removing the queen for a brood cycle; no brood, no place for the Varroa mites to bred. Even so, it's a 50/50 crap shoot that the hive will survive. Mine did but I lost a lot of bees and therefore honey production.

The Varroa mite is the cause of most of the evil confronting bees and beekeepers today. Most everything wrong in the hive can be traced back to it. Thanks for passing on the information, spreading knowledge about the problems facing bees can only help. Take care, Lisa
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