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  Topic: How to make a top bar hive using straw and cow dung...
jcfougere

Replies: 4
Views: 21964

PostForum: Horizontal top bar hives   Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:47 pm   Subject: How to make a top bar hive using straw and cow dung...
What about Cob??

I'm very interested in this.
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:24 pm   Subject: Beelining
Internet problems, having trouble with uploads at the moment, stay tuned for more pics later!

I've successfully donated my hive, and managed to transport a bar with comb safely to his farm.

His ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 11:56 pm   Subject: Beelining
Thanks Adam, yeah I was hopeful and perhaps they would have made it had the winter not been so brutal.

I would absolutely leave the hive intact and take it over to where the feral colony lives, but ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:36 am   Subject: Beelining
Well the verdict is in, our coldest winter on record did not do these Bees any favours, and alas they have all died.

I was beginning to suspect the worst about a week after my last update. We had ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:17 pm   Subject: Beelining
Winter update!

We are having a rough one. Ontario has been hit with cold arctic winds again and again. I've lost count of how many days we've experienced -25c and below!

I installed a sealed con ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:24 am   Subject: Beelining
That's what I was afraid of!

Tomorrow I will move them outside and keep them outside until we hit hard winter.

We are having rediculous fluctuations in temperatures. -15 last week, +15 this we ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:23 pm   Subject: Beelining
Update time!

The bees stopped taking syrup roughly a month ago, and I've just returned from a trip to Nova-Scotia to discover Ontario was hit with some winter! Very cold temperatures (-15) and a b ...
  Topic: Late swarm and cold weather
jcfougere

Replies: 16
Views: 30796

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Nov 22, 2014 10:30 pm   Subject: Late swarm and cold weather
Update time!

The bees stopped taking syrup roughly a month ago, and I've just returned from a trip to Nova-Scotia to discover Ontario was hit with some winter! Very cold temperatures (-15) and a b ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:18 am   Subject: Beelining
Update time!

If there is a Bee specific God, surely I have his favor!

The last several weeks have been excellent. We've had very warm weather, and even to this day we still have flowers in bloo ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:14 pm   Subject: Beelining
Thanks Barbara,

When I moved them away from the tree colony I waited until night and it was cold. No activity and easily closed the entrances with corks Smile

Where it stands now it's very unprot ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:38 pm   Subject: Beelining
Thank you very much Barbara, that answers all my questions and helps me a lot.

I'm still filling 1:1, I'll switch to 2:1 after the next week or so. We have a good 7 days of above 20 degree sunny w ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:54 pm   Subject: Beelining
Barb I thought I was doing good on this one!

Well here's the story:

Thursday I went to the hive to check on the feeders and discovered one was empty and the second was down to 1/4 full! They we ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:40 pm   Subject: Beelining
Comb, capped honey, pollen and more! Updates with pictures coming in 4 or 5 hours!! Ladies and Gentlemen we have pollen and 4 bars of built comb!
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:41 am   Subject: Beelining
Things are looking good at the hive today. We had some nice sun and warmer temperatures today up to 17.

Lots of activity, workers coming and going, I actually had to open up the entrance to abou ...
  Topic: Late swarm and cold weather
jcfougere

Replies: 16
Views: 30796

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:06 pm   Subject: Late swarm and cold weather
Thanks Barbara, as always your input is welcome and appreciated.

I understand the feeder ratios now, I hadn't really thought it through when I was considering switching to a 2:1. Makes no sense wh ...
  Topic: Late swarm and cold weather
jcfougere

Replies: 16
Views: 30796

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:34 pm   Subject: Late swarm and cold weather
It's true, I'm guilty!

I should have put my foot down and kept it closed today but I let my fellow Beek have a look and you aren't kidding, it was very intrusive. From now on they are being left a ...
  Topic: Late swarm and cold weather
jcfougere

Replies: 16
Views: 30796

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:56 pm   Subject: Late swarm and cold weather
I was fortunate enough to have a beekeeper come see my hive, same fellow that loaned the gloves and hat for me to wear.

He offered to check things out and I explained to him that we're still up in ...
  Topic: Late swarm and cold weather
jcfougere

Replies: 16
Views: 30796

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:35 pm   Subject: Late swarm and cold weather
Thanks Barb, I'm really motivated to do everything in my power to help them.

I'll melt some more wax and put huge gobs on the outside ends of those bolts. They are sunken on both ends so it won't ...
  Topic: Late swarm and cold weather
jcfougere

Replies: 16
Views: 30796

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:34 pm   Subject: Late swarm and cold weather
There was some activity to and from the hive during the warmest hours today. I melted some beeswax and applied it to the cracks and spaces in the hive construction, so hopefully that will help their ...
  Topic: Late swarm and cold weather
jcfougere

Replies: 16
Views: 30796

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 5:43 pm   Subject: Late swarm and cold weather
Well all the Bees are tucked away from the cold. I added a big pillow full of straw on top of the bars, and drilled a new entrance on the end. I moved the follower up and gave them 4 bars width to b ...
  Topic: Late swarm and cold weather
jcfougere

Replies: 16
Views: 30796

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:38 pm   Subject: Late swarm and cold weather
Thank you very much Barbara, really great advice!

I'll do those things shortly, and get one last look inside the hive while I move the followers closer.

Last night I moved the hive away from the ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:39 pm   Subject: Beelining
Video of the activity:

http://youtu.be/o7xoQI-atLI
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:37 pm   Subject: Beelining
More good news! Much activity going on at the hive now. Hundreds coming and going, and all the Bees have moved up to the top bars. I can really appreciate how many Bees there are now that I can see ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:24 pm   Subject: Beelining
Here's a video if you're interested Smile

http://youtu.be/0txRFNF5O-I
  Topic: Late swarm and cold weather
jcfougere

Replies: 16
Views: 30796

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:26 pm   Subject: Late swarm and cold weather
Things are looking good Barbara, I've posted an update here:
http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=106091#106091

Just a question, when you say not Queenright, what do you mean by that?

T ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 4:24 pm   Subject: Beelining
Alright great news!

Barbara was right the bees on the ground were revitalized by the time I went back, and there were bees flying in and out of the hive also! It warmed up very nicely in the sun e ...
  Topic: Late swarm and cold weather
jcfougere

Replies: 16
Views: 30796

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:56 pm   Subject: Late swarm and cold weather
Thanks Barbara,

I'll head over shortly and do everything you've suggested!

James.
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:26 pm   Subject: Beelining
Will do!

I checked on the hive this morning, and posted in the URGENT forum to get some input. Forecast isn't looking good for the next week and I lost all the Bees that didn't make it in to the h ...
  Topic: Late swarm and cold weather
jcfougere

Replies: 16
Views: 30796

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:58 pm   Subject: Late swarm and cold weather
Hey guys,

Yesterday I caught my first swarm but I'm concerned about it's chances for survival. Here is the original thread with lots of pictures and details:
http://www.biobees.com/forum/viewtopi ...
  Topic: Beelining
jcfougere

Replies: 49
Views: 124566

PostForum: Wild and feral honeybees and other bee species   Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:35 pm   Subject: Beelining
Update:

Removed as much of the vegetation as I could without disturbing the Bees, installed my follower to reduce to 10 bars for the moment. I'll reduce a bit further once I can get the thistle br ...
 
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