April 5 Meeting
- Propolis and Honey Bees with Dr. Mike Simone-Finstrom
March Bee Yard Report
Highlights: brood nest expansion vs. swarm preps/swarms (last 2 weeks)
First week (> 60° mid-day),
- remove empty hive bodies and jar feeders from tops of hives
- quickly check brood, queen, and pollen stores
- exchange 2 - 4 central upper brood chamber honey-laden frames for empty comb to prevent overcrowding swarms from "honey bound" hives
- equalize (1 - 2 frames of) brood to boost very weak colonies
- clean bottom screen
- feed dilute 1:2 syrup via top feeder to stimulate brood rearing as necessary
- set bait hives to capture swarms and check frequently
- air out supers (remove from Paramoth)
During last 3 weeks (> 60° days),
- check brood and queen two or three times for swarm preps
- check for reproductive swarm preps: brood nest reduction, nectar congestion (at the top of the nest), poor foraging and/or poor wax production, queen cell royal jelly/eggs/larvae, particularly in hives with an early Spring buildup, and if present, either
- cage and remove the captive queen, 3 frames of emerging brood, 1 empty and 1 nectar/pollen frame to a 5 frame nuc for 7 - 9 days, cut all queen cells out of the parent hive and then return the captive queen and frames, or
- make splits or nucs from those strong colonies with queen cells
- reverse hive bodies every 10 - 14 days; ensure central upper expansion room
- move empty (not honey-laden) peripheral frames in from outside to expand the broodnest
- super strong colonies in preparation of early nectar flow (Ornamental) without a queen excluder (initially), then
- put a queen excluder between the brood chambers and the super a week after the bees have put something in the super (to coax them through it)
- enlarge the entrance or remove the entrance reducer completely
Blossoming: Maples to 4/2; Ornamentals and Fruit Trees, 3/13; Redbud and Dandelions (orange pollen), 3/30
NC Zoo Bee Volunteer Orientation
Location: Stedman Education Building near the North America entrance
10 AM: Tour of Honey Bee Exhibit
11 AM - 1:30 PM: Training with Dr. John Ambrose
2-3 PM: Zoo Orientation
3:15-4:15: Park Orientation
Volunteers are needed on April 27, 2014 from 10 AM until 5 PM at the Forsyth County Fairgrounds to man our booth.
Contact Ali Mousavi if you're interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
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