2022 bee thread.

Nock

12 pointer
Sep 9, 2012
10,071
Butler co
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Busy day Saturday adding boxes. I was late on one give. It was full of swarm cells. Went through it 4 times never found the queen. Pretty sure they had already hit a tree on me. Went ahead and made two splits out of it. Got 5 swarm traps out yesterday. It will be breaking loose soon. My wife had that sign made for my bday.
 

Velvet ears

8 pointer
Nov 6, 2013
840
West KY
I have to start all over. Both of mine died from lack of food over the winter. I thought they had enough, but I guess I was wrong. Makes me sad, I had a ton of $$$ wrapped up in them. I will try to get some traps out this weekend and see if I can catch some free bees.
 

Nock

12 pointer
Sep 9, 2012
10,071
Butler co
I have to start all over. Both of mine died from lack of food over the winter. I thought they had enough, but I guess I was wrong. Makes me sad, I had a ton of $$$ wrapped up in them. I will try to get some traps out this weekend and see if I can catch some free bees.
Weird mine didn’t go through much this winter at all. I didn’t lose any this winter. Make sure to use at least a frame of that drawn comb in your swarm traps. Makes a huge difference. Also go through the boxes and scrap all the propolis off and keep it. Throw that in your traps as well.
 

OLE RASPY

12 pointer
Sep 9, 2018
3,207
Barren county
I like that sign. Good job.
I’m prolly gonna need some honey. Never had yours. Damn. Why not. Lol. I’m just right there. Let me know when you get a jar with my name on it.
 

Drahts

12 pointer
Apr 7, 2015
5,980
KY
I installed a new nuc last week that I won. It was a very nice nuc of bees. I lost one of my 2 this winter. It was my weak hive, but I was in it during that little warm spell in Jan to check em out and add food. They were doing good, and I gave em a sugar board and a pollen Pattie to hopefully help them strengthen. Got into them in the warm spell 2 weeks ago and they were dead all but bout 100 bees. I was devastated. I really thought I had em thru. Oh well live and learn. Other hive was booming. So this week I put out 2 of my 3 traps and put a frame of comb in each of them. I added a 2nd box to the strong hive the other week hoping to get them going.
 

Drahts

12 pointer
Apr 7, 2015
5,980
KY
Dangit man I even have comb in mine this year and nope nothing yet! :).

Good Job Nock!
 

WildmanWilson

12 pointer
Dec 26, 2004
11,998
Western Ky.
I had a swamp in backyard a couple days ago. I was filming with my phone as one lands on my phone and another on my wrist. The sucker immediately socked the stinger in me for no reason. I wasn’t bothering them or very close. They moved to a tree and balled up overnight then back to my yard and settled in a tree on my fence row that had a hole in it.
 

Nock

12 pointer
Sep 9, 2012
10,071
Butler co
I had a swamp in backyard a couple days ago. I was filming with my phone as one lands on my phone and another on my wrist. The sucker immediately socked the stinger in me for no reason. I wasn’t bothering them or very close. They moved to a tree and balled up overnight then back to my yard and settled in a tree on my fence row that had a hole in it.
Odd. They normally are pretty laid back during a swarm.
 

Drahts

12 pointer
Apr 7, 2015
5,980
KY
Well captured my first swarm out of a tree the other day. To bad it was my hive, but good too since I got it back. I won a hive from a local bee keeping company. He told me it would explode. I've only had it for a month and they filled out 5 empty frames and I hadn't had time to check on em with the kitchen project going on. Anyhow Friday I had sent my buddies to a blind on a field as I had kitchen work to do. I walked out of the garage heading to the house and hear a loud buzzing sound of bees. I look up the hill and see what I think is the start of a swarm on a branch. So I got the bins and looked at em and sure enough a tornado of bees coming out of the hive I won and piling onto that limb. Never caught a swarm before but I called a buddy and got a few tips and headed up to see how bad it could get. That many bees are a bit overwhelming but I was excited to see how it goes and all. Fortunately that nut I won came in a Jester nut box. They are made of the corrugated plastic which means they are super light which in this situation was a good thing. Anyhow took my 8' ladder and set it up so I was just to the side of them and could reach the open nuc box under them. The ball of bees were bout the size of 2 footballs. Climbed up the ladder held the box under them and gave the branch a yank down and up and down again. Seemed like 90% came off, so I closed the lid and got down. I put some frames in there and watched. In bout 20 minutes the ones that flew when I shook em down had regrouped into bout a cantelope in size. So I got a cardboard box and repeated the shake down. I dumped them into the nuc box and waited bout a 1/2 hour. Now there was only a softball size group there, so I shook them and put em in the nuc and put it on top of the ladder. Left it til dark and then moved the nuc back to the bee yard. I'll move em into a 10 frame box tomorrow. Pretty exhilarating. The critters are just to damn interesting I really enjoy working em, but there is frustration as a new beekeeper not really knowing what I'm doing. :) Flying by the seat of my pants. And thanks Nock for suggestions! I appreciate it.
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