Our Discussion Forums and Online Classifieds may be viewed by anyone, but posting new questions or responding to existing messages is limited to VBA members.

userplus  This icon on any site menu indicates a page or service that is for VBA members.

  Wednesday, 26 June 2013
  5 Replies
  258 Visits
  Subscribe
NEWBEE HERE,

WONDERING IF I SHOULD BE CONSIDERING FEEDING MY PACKAGE BEES WITH ALL OF THIS RAIN THEY PROBABLY HAVE NOT BEEN OUT FORAGING MUCH. ANY FEED BACK WOULD BE HELPFUL.
9 years ago
·
#712
Hello Lindsey,

This particular swarm was under the insulation of a garage ceiling.
We used a tote, placing it under the main cluster, pressed it up tight against the ceiling and slid it back and forth until the bees dropped in.

We got the queen and they have drawn 8 frames of foundation with the queen laying eggs. All in about a week.

Gotta love free bees
Scott
9 years ago
·
#711
Scott did you capture the swarm with a trap? If so could you share your technique ?
9 years ago
·
#710
Hello Lindsay,

The feeding question is one of those nuanced questions that divide beekeepers.
There are two camps. Feed or don't feed. I fall into the feed category. However, I don't necessarily feed during the nectar flow season (loosely defined as starting with dandelion and ending with goldenrod. Some people will feed when installing packaged bees into foundation only. This feeding is designed to simulate nectar flow which created wax production. I feed only between early April and end when dandelion pokes out and only in hive that need the sugar. I feed in October ending in early November and only for those hives that need the sugar.

An assessment of the hive is needed before any feeding should occur. There are many questions to be answered.
Here are a few"
What is your system? (two deeps and a super?)
When did you install the package?
Did you start with foundation only?
How much of the wax has been drawn?
How many frames have drawn foundation in each deep?
Are there eggs?
Is there capped brood?
What does the brood pattern look like?
Is there nectar and pollen being brought in?

I hope this helps
9 years ago
·
#709
Marshfield
9 years ago
·
#708
Hello Lindsay,

I captured a swarm two days ago placing it into 10 frames of foundation. Within 24 hours they had drawn out 4 full frames of comb.

The weather does affect foraging but before feeding it is important to assess the internal condition of the hive.

Where are you located?

Scott
  • Page :
  • 1
There are no replies made for this post yet.
Be one of the first to reply to this post!