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NCSBA 100th Anniversary Conference

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The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) celebrated it's 100th anniversary during the NCSBA Summer Conference this weekend (July 13-15, 2017).

We learned many things and were inspired to many new ideas! I am going to recap some of the conference themes, takeaways, and items of interest...

First of all, what an awesome group of vendors with great show specials on merchandise. I have to give a shout out to two of these vendors: The Hive Butler, which we did purchase, and The Drebbieville Hive.

We are completely enamored with the benefits of the A-Z hive (more on this in an upcoming post) and the Drebbieville Hive is a variation on the A-Z hive.


Themes
Varroa
Pesticides
Strategies to Promote Honeybee Health
Queen-Raising

Varroa
The biggest theme seemed to be varroa mites, and ways to manage. There was a lot of discussion about the use of Oxalic Acid in dealing with varroa. Some of the "scientific" presentations were confusing and had data that did not make se…

Hive Inspection - July 9, 2017

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On June 17, we did a hive inspection on both the South and North hives.


The South hive had two deep boxes plus the Flow Hive Super. The bees had not taken to the Flow Hive Super - so no honey there. Their upper deep box was full of honey and the lower deep was full of brood. There were bees everywhere - they were looking a bit crowded - honeybound!

We addressed the crowding problem by adding another deep box in between the brood and honey box. We took 3 frames from the left side of the brood box and placed them in the center of the new box and added five new frames to fill out the 8-frame deep.

In the original lower box, we centered the remaining 5 frames of brood and added 3 new frames, 2 on the left and 1 on the right.

We did this to encourage them to use the new box for brood, to address the over-crowding situation in the hive.

On July 9, we did another full inspection.

The South hive, which is now a towering hive, with 3 deep boxes plus the Flow Hive Super, has continued to expand. They…

Hive Inspection - July 9, 2017

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On June 17, we did a hive inspection on both the South and North hives.


The South hive had two deep boxes plus the Flow Hive Super. The bees had not taken to the Flow Hive Super - so no honey there. Their upper deep box was full of honey and the lower deep was full of brood. There were bees everywhere - they were looking a bit crowded - honeybound!

We addressed the crowding problem by adding another deep box in between the brood and honey box. We took 3 frames from the left side of the brood box and placed them in the center of the new box and added five new frames to fill out the 8-frame deep.

In the original lower box, we centered the remaining 5 frames of brood and added 3 new frames, 2 on the left and 1 on the right.

We did this to encourage them to use the new box for brood, to address the over-crowding situation in the hive.

On July 9, we did another full inspection.

The South hive, which is now a towering hive, with 3 deep boxes plus the Flow Hive Super, has continued to expan…

New Queen Update (North Hive)

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The new queen in the North Hive seems to be doing great! What a difference a week makes! When we checked on the girls last week, there was only a small patch of worker brood. Today there are two full frames plus of worker brood, some drone brood and plenty of new pollen, nectar and honey!



New Queen Update (North Hive)

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The new queen in the North Hive seems to be doing great! What a difference a week makes! When we checked on the girls last week, there was only a small patch of worker brood. Today there are two full frames plus of worker brood, some drone brood and plenty of new pollen, nectar and honey!



A Brand New Queen

May 31, 2017

We checked in on the North Hive...this is the hive that had the swarm, and when we inspected it, there was no visible signs of a queen (no eggs, no larvae)...

So on this check, we saw some capped worker brood. Not a lot of capped worker brood but some. Which means we probably have a brand new queen and she is just getting started. *whew*

This is good news for the North Hive. Now they need to re-build! We will check in on them again in a few days to make sure the queen is doing ok.

A Brand New Queen

May 31, 2017

We checked in on the North Hive...this is the hive that had the swarm, and when we inspected it, there was no visible signs of a queen (no eggs, no larvae)...

So on this check, we saw some capped worker brood. Not a lot of capped worker brood but some. Which means we probably have a brand new queen and she is just getting started. *whew*

This is good news for the North Hive. Now they need to re-build! We will check in on them again in a few days to make sure the queen is doing ok.