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by Mark Smith
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?
Replies: 429
Views: 25965

Re: What's the Buzz in the Beeyard?

I spotted the first signs of real pollen (yellow & tiny bits of orange) coming into the colonies today outside of Asheville, NC with a high of 64° Daffodils, henbit and the few random dandelions are starting to open up. I say "real pollen" because on Feb. 9th the bees kicked the chick...
by Mark Smith
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: North Carolina Piedmont
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: North Carolina Piedmont

We still have a lot of red maple pollen coming in. And with the temperatures being so warm I think that swarm season will come a little early this year. Swarm cells already reported in Brunswick County down around Wilmington. Bait hives are deployed!!!
by Mark Smith
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: North Carolina Piedmont
Replies: 4
Views: 409

Re: North Carolina Piedmont

Joseph, we too have daffodils coming up. I noticed today that the pollen loads are getting bigger and more colors coming into the colonies. I too am optimistic about the Spring bloom. As of right now, the moister content in the soil is pretty good. I hope we continue to get rain. November and Decemb...
by Mark Smith
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
Topic: North Carolina Piedmont
Replies: 4
Views: 409

North Carolina Piedmont

Red maple is starting to bloom here in Locust. Starting to see some deadnettle and henbit as well.
by Mark Smith
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Lemon Grass Oil Source
Replies: 2
Views: 385

Lemon Grass Oil Source

Does anyone have a good source to purchase lemongrass oil? I need it to bait swarm traps. Thanks.
by Mark Smith
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello From N. Ga.
Replies: 15
Views: 607

Re: Hello From N. Ga.

Welcome to the group.
by Mark Smith
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Goodbye Facebook, Hello old-school forum!
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: Goodbye Facebook, Hello old-school forum!

Welcome to the group.
by Mark Smith
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 854

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

Thanks for the link Mark. That looks like it might work if I put my entrance in a shim so I don't have to attach it to the lid. I think you'll like them. It was amazing to watch the robbers try to figure out how to get in the hive entrance but couldn't because of the screen. As you can see, it is o...
by Mark Smith
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 854

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

Unread postby Mark Smith » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:35 am In the July 2017 issue of Bee Culture there is an article about a robber screen that I used this year. Very easy to make out of #8 hardware cloth and worked great. Do you have a link? http://www.beeculture.com/downtown-easy-urban-crime-reduction/
by Mark Smith
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: Top Entrances and robber screens
Replies: 14
Views: 854

Re: Top Entrances and robber screens

In the July 2017 issue of Bee Culture there is an article about a robber screen that I used this year. Very easy to make out of #8 hardware cloth and worked great.
by Mark Smith
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Measuring Colony Loses
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Re: Measuring Colony Loses

Thank you for your comments. I think this is one of those things that shows just how much "words matter". It would be difficult to give an accurate number for annual loss because I sell nucs during the spring and summer. A lot of splitting and moving around of resources. When someone ask m...
by Mark Smith
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Measuring Colony Loses
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Measuring Colony Loses

When someone ask you, what is your colony lose percentage, do you measure that for a calendar year or just which colonies overwintered?
by Mark Smith
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Moving a colony with a virgin queen
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Re: Moving a colony with a virgin queen

Michael Bush wrote:>Is it safe to assume that once she starts laying that mating flights are complete?

Yes.

Thank you. Hope to see you in Burnsville NC next month.
by Mark Smith
Tue Aug 22, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Moving a colony with a virgin queen
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Re: Moving a colony with a virgin queen

I have a colony with a virgin queen that I have seen. Is it safe to assume that once she starts laying that mating flights are complete? The reason I ask is that I need to move the colony and I don't want to move it until she's done mating. Thanks. I say so. If she is laying and stable at that - mo...
by Mark Smith
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Queen Rearing
Topic: Moving a colony with a virgin queen
Replies: 4
Views: 701

Moving a colony with a virgin queen

I have a colony with a virgin queen that I have seen. Is it safe to assume that once she starts laying that mating flights are complete? The reason I ask is that I need to move the colony and I don't want to move it until she's done mating. Thanks.
by Mark Smith
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?
Replies: 8
Views: 723

Re: Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?

C.C. Miller was describing usurpations in 1917 and there were certainly no AHB here then... I talked to my State Inspector today and she is coming to take a sample next week just to make sure. I really don't think the are AHB but I want to do the right thing and make sure. Plus our State Inspector ...
by Mark Smith
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:30 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?
Replies: 8
Views: 723

Re: Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?

Thank you so much for the replies. I have learned so much the past couple days. My local mentor knows Dr. Mangum through some work they did at NC State. We both think it is a usurpation. The swarm is still there, but much smaller. As it was described to me, the swarm will land even on a healthy colo...
by Mark Smith
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Advanced Beekeeping
Topic: Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?
Replies: 8
Views: 723

Can a swarm move in and take over a healthy full size colony?

This past Saturday I watched one of my colonies cast a swarm and it landed 50 feet up in a pine tree. No big deal, I decided to just let nature have that one back. The swarm hung all day Saturday and Saturday night in that tree. Sunday morning the swarm was still there. I come home Sunday afternoon ...
by Mark Smith
Tue May 02, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Bees won't move up.
Replies: 13
Views: 727

Re: Bees won't move up.

Thank you for all the info.
by Mark Smith
Mon May 01, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Bees won't move up.
Replies: 13
Views: 727

Re: Bees won't move up.

So you have multiple mediums on top so the first one is empty and the honey/nectar is higher? Are you switching to medium equipment or something? You might find eggs and put a queen excluder below that level then move up when the queen moves up. Be sure to have an upper opening for drone exit. Yes ...
by Mark Smith
Mon May 01, 2017 2:12 am
Forum: Langstroth
Topic: Bees won't move up.
Replies: 13
Views: 727

Bees won't move up.

I am trying to get some colonies to move up out of deeps into mediums. They just won't move. Strong flow here in North Carolina and they are storing plenty of nectar in the mediums. The honey cap is well up in the mediums and they have plenty of drawn comb between the top of the brood nest and the h...
by Mark Smith
Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:09 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Wisconsin
Replies: 6
Views: 527

Re: Hello from Wisconsin

Welcome Nathaniel. And congrats on your first overwintered colonies.

Welcome to the forum,

Mark Smith
by Mark Smith
Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: Basic Beekeeping
Topic: How to confine queen?
Replies: 12
Views: 1340

Re: How to confine queen?

I would put a frame of open brood and a frame of honey in the nuc with the queen. Also a shake of bees from some brood comb. More frames if you want, but that's enough to sustain her. The nuc won't get a "brood break" per se, but it probably won't need one. So, like you, I really don't wo...
by Mark Smith
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from NC
Replies: 4
Views: 507

Hello from NC

Hello everyone. My name is Mark Smith and I live in Locust North Carolina. This is the start of our third chemical free year of beekeeping. I am hoping to grow the operation enough to offer chemical free nucs for sell. I hope to learn and contribute where I can on this forum.

Thanks

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