I’m happy to announce that I will be taking a course in Instrumental Insemination and invest in the equipment to further improve my honey bee stock. By controlled breeding through rigorous monitoring to select, improve, and maintain a better breeding program. With focus on honey bees that can manage, tolerate and show resistance to Varroa mites, with hygienic behaviors to control infections and viruses and maintain healthy vigorous colonies. While keeping the required traits of production, gentleness, and overwintering abilities. I am very excited to be furthering my education and experience with these honey bees as I have come to really enjoy this business. This will be a lengthy process that will take a couple years to master at which I will be thinking of future research programs to help develop the results that I intend to accomplish. Thank You…Think Spring!
We all want to know what is going on inside our hives in the winter, and its usually too cold to open them. I have tried it all, from putting your ear to the hive and knocking on it to get the bees to make more noise. A stethoscope works ok but its still tough to hear unless you get it just right. I have a thermal image camera which works well but is tricky to get a good reading depending on where your bees are located, if the cluster is not close to the outside of the box or if your hives are close together you cant get a good image with the camera which can be very deceiving to tell exactly what is going on. They are good to tell the position and if they are still alive, but are quite costly. But I found a app called Fennex (I used a IPhone but there is many other apps also), which is a hearing app, that connects to wireless earphones and uses the microphone on your phone. So once you get it set up and connected you can push your phones microphone to the hive opening and hear very clearly what is going on inside the hives without disturbing the bees. It doesn’t give you a lot of information but you can hear bees buzzing so it gives you what you really want to know. Just wanted to share this as I’m always monitoring my bees to see if there is anything I need to do or improve to give the bees their best chance of getting through our tough winters. Hope you enjoy.
We have over doubled our colonies to support nuc and queen production. We are increasing our queen rearing to 250 mating nucs. We have added Minnesota Hygienic and Michael Palmer queens to our genetic stocks. This year the pickup dates will be weekly instead of one large date to improve our ability to provide quality and timely nucs. Mite counts this year have been very low with New York state inspection have 4 zero Mite counts last spring. There are also no small hive Beatles present in hives. The only treatments used are organic acids for mites. We will also be offering nucs on medium frames and limited number of 3lb packages. We have had great over wintering success and very few losses with our local Northern raised bees and am happy to be offering these nucs to our area with many happy customers. Thank you!
How nice it was to use this vaporizer compared to Varrox vaporizer for anybody with more than 50 colonies it was a breeze to use. With the Varrox it took me about 6 minutes per colony and I used 2 of them that took it to 3 minutes, but was very intense and easy to get messed up with 2 going at once and 2 timers. With the Provap once you are set up and your holes drilled (1/4″) its just load and insert, with plenty time to load second cap and keep covering the entrances then opening them as needed. Only using 1 timer to get the 10 minutes coverage time and at 1 minute per colony its very easy to cover 100 colonies in multiple yards in 1 day by yourself. Great investment as I feel mite control is very important with the environmental impacts and nutrition are already cause too much stress on honey bee colonies, for better winter survivability. I would recommend this product to anybody. This is the time of year to make sure your mite counts are low as bees are making there winter bees soon. If local sideliner beekeepers would like to get there colonies treated for mites and are in need of assistance, I am also offering that service you can call me and set up an appointment.
Did some mite counts on my established colonies that are not Hygienic with some counts in the 4-5% area so I’m going to start my Oxalic Acid treatments this weekend and for the next 2 to make 3 total treatments for the 21 day cycle. I have got the new Provap vaporizer all set up and ready to go with a mini Harbor Freight generator. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Cant wait to get some grafts from these new queens this week and see how they can improve my genetics in the bee yard. Have done some mite counts from the Minnesota Hygienic queens and getting zero mite counts with a alcohol wash the first week of August. I need to test some of my other colonies to get some comparison on the mite counts.
8/11/2017 Got some nice grafts from round 1.