Archive for March, 2015

  • A recipe for Swarm Lure

    Date: 2015.03.23 | Category: Tips and Tricks | Response: 0

    Swarm LureIts SWARM TIME again.  There are many ways to catch a swarm, but the easiest is to use a bait hive.  Paul, our president attended the recent GBA meeting and asked if he might share this recipe for “swarm lure”.  The recipe was discussed in a session about wax that was given by Linda Tillman.  Here is her response with the recipe and a link to some photos.

    Hi Paul,
    Of course, I’m glad to share.  Here’s a slideshow of how to do it:
    https://plus.google.com/photos/116748370159747164350/albums/5172532229454679521?banner=pwa
    (If you play the slideshow, there are captions under each slide.  **To play the slideshow – go to the link, then click the downward facing arrow in the upper right of that page.  You will see the option for slideshow there.)

    A square inch of beeswax
    melted with 1/4 cup olive oil
    Add 15 – 20 drops of lemongrass oil.

    This solidifies and you can smear it quite easily.  I put it around the hole in the inner cover; on top of some of the frames, just under the entry opening.

    It’s not my recipe – some guy in Italy, I believe, posted it as a comment to one of my posts on my blog.  It’s good for one season.  Next season the lemongrass oil loses its effectiveness and you have to remake it.
    -Linda

  • Construction Instructions

    Date: 2015.03.10 | Category: General | Response: 0

    Web-SC-58This is where it gets exciting… when your new equipment is delivered!  Week three of our 2015 short course at Oxbow Meadows marked the session on learning how to construct your hive.  The weather was perfect.  As you can see in the photo, the boxes containing numerous hives were ready for the beekeeper students to pick up.  Anyone who wanted to put their hive together on the spot had ample help, knowledge and tools available.  However, most wanted to put their hives together at home.  It is true that it’s easier to transport everything when it’s still in the box.

    Web-SC-17Cost and shipping charges require many beekeepers to buy the components unassembled.  Even if you go the pre-assembled route, you still need to know how it all fits together.

    Web-SC-50Paul demonstrated how it all works and talked about best practices on doing the construction and set up of your hive.  There are many slightly different styles of frames, and different types of foundation and he covered most of them.  There are optional items and lots of ways to feed bees… those were discussed also.

    Web-SC-03A few of the beekeeper students did take advantage of the help available after the class and put together some of their new apiary equipment.  These two had a great system worked out and put these frames together in a snap!  Four hands are better than two… plus, when a pneumatic stapler is available, its hard to pass up the opportunity.  You will understand once you put all forty frames together with a tack hammer on the first hive.  Ready for the second one?

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