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HomeMade Russian Scion

 
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SueBee
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Location: United States, Pacific Northwest, Camas

PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:20 pm    Post subject: HomeMade Russian Scion Reply with quote

Oaky, I think I've got this photo thing down, maybe... If so, here is my first Russian Scion I put up today. I'm hoping to entice my bees!

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Solarpat
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Location: Bandon, OREGON, USA

PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any luck with that, SueBee? I'm tempted to try something like that out. I've got a small hive that wintered over in a birdhouse...in the shadow of trees all winter. It came through without any treatment, meds, or feeding. I'd love to keep the genetics of that hive. Your scion doesn't look like much work, I think I'll try it.
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SueBee
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Solarpat! The scion was easy-peasy to make, but so far, none of my swarms have taken to it. My experience in my own backyard, where I over-wintered my one hive, has been pretty wild where swarms are concerned!

I am keeping my bees treatment free, and was given (big blessing!) a full TB hive from a friend who had kept his girls treatment free and untouched for six years. So, I went into spring with two hives that I decided I wanted to maintain as my only bees, and populate two more hives with the genetics of these bees. I hope to have them be successful enough that I don't need to be bringing in any new bees to my tiny apiary.

SO...in just the previous month and a half, I have had 7 swarm events from these two hives (one hive swarmed 5 times, one swarmed once, and yesterday the prime swarm from my overwintered hive swarmed a prime swarm after only six weeks of totally filling up their new top bar hive). Sheesh!

I have been blessed to be on hand for each of these swarms, and I caught them all. I've learned so much about swarms this spring! Here is my experience on where they like to go:

Short story--all of the swarms seemed to "look" for a shady, bushy spot. They all settled fairly low but for one that went 25 ft up. Several "checked out" the scion, but chose a different landing site. I believe that if your bees are in an open pasture, they might well use the scion. I am in a city yard with lots of trees and shrubs, and so they have LOTS of choices on where to land. I am going to move the scion to a more protected spot, and see if they like that better.

My best "swarm" education came from reading Honey Bee Democracy by Thomas Seeley. By reading and noting the pre-swarm behaviors to watch for, I was able to pinpoint to the day and nearly the hour when my bees would swarm, and I kept close to home that day and watched for it. I loved his book!

I have kept two swarms to fill my two new hives, and sent all the rest to live with grateful friend beeks. In this way, I figure that if I lose my girls, I can still get their genetics back from my friends! I know how you feel about wanting to grow your special bees and keep them near. You get to know the particulars of how your girls behave, and to plan for it.

Bee Well!
-Suebee
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 5:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess I won't need the scion. A couple of ginormous swarms came over. One went into my new log hive, the other one is 'hanging out' on the outside of it.
I have a feeling they came from the commercial hives they put in the cranberry bogs recently. Oh well, I'm a happy man. Gotta get a video made. Smile
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