Rex Smith’s Honeybee Removal – 2015
If you are in need of having a honeybee swarm picked up, or a full colony of bees removed from a structure – please see the following links for my contact information: (These same links are in the top menu bar on this website as well.)
Frequently asked questions (and my answers):
These bees have survived a Texas summer, fall, and now a winter. The homeowner says that the bees moved in the BBQ pit last spring. The bees were not bothering anyone – so they let them stay for a while. Before springtime sets us in with warm weather, though – the bees *really* need to be hived into a proper hive.
Though I took away the bees today (28 degrees, snow, ice, etc) I’ll take them to the bee-yard, and when temperatures are warm enough for a proper removal and transition to a commercial hive, I’ll spend about 2 hours with their move to a regular box.
(If you look closely at the 2nd picture, you might see a few bees poking their heads out to see what I was doing).
NASA has collaborated to provide information to (and from) beekeepers to show nectar flow data. Their resource lists plants in a large region, as well as whether those nectar sources are a significant forage item for the bees, or if it is not. A guesstimation is also given as to what months the particular plants are in bloom for a nectar flow.
A link to the USDA website is also provided in the regional (state) maps that you can click on – and search the database for specific plant data.
The link is HERE for the information.
Not a full hive inspection – but a beautiful 60 degree (F) day – and a chance to check the pollen substitute feeders to see if they are in need of being refilled. Indeed – they were low – so after filming this short 1-minute video clip, I refilled the pollen substitute feeders.
Several weeks back, I inspected the hives, and in one of the empty nucs, found a mouse nest – with a single mouse living within. I had forgotten about installing mouse-guards when I was reducing the hive entrances and adding covers under the screened bottom boards.
I did a quick check in the hives before installing the mesh. It is 1/4″ hardware cloth – simply bent to a 90 deg. angle, and stapled across the entrance. Not rocket science – just a block to keep the field mice from using the hives for shelter, warmth, and food.
Click the pictures for a close-up view.
Mouse guards – Installed
Mouse Guard Installation
Here’s a Christmas day follow up for my pollen feeders that I installed last Saturday. We had a sunny day that was nice (but windy) – and the bees were ALL OVER the pollen sub. (I use Mega-Bee from Mann Lake)
After 5 days, we have a warm day (~55 deg. F) that allows me a chance to come back out to the bee-yard and check on the feeders that were placed last Saturday afternoon. As you can see – the bees are flying, and SCOOPING UP THE pollen sub!
Merry Christmas, Happy Yuletide, Festivus, and new return of the Solar Unit.
This week I made two feeders that provide pollen substitute to the bee-yard. Total build time for the feeders was about 5-minutes. Scroll down to view the video that was made for this project.
Pollen Substitute Dispenser on fence – View of opening
Pollen substitute ( or Pollen Sub ) is fed to the bees in any of several forms. As a powder that they forage for and bring back into the hive, as a “patty” that is placed into the hive and they move it into cells without having to leave their home. I am currently using Mann Lake’s BeePro pollen sub.
Pollen Substitute Dispenser on fence
Items needed for this project:
4″ PVC Pipe
4″ PVC End Cap
PVC Primer & Glue
Tools needed: Saw to cut PVC pipe
Rex Smith plays a personally written song on Mountain Dulcimer. Dulcimer has a more rich and full sound than indicated in the video. Dulcimer built by Terry Cannon. Inspiration to play – by Bing Futch (look up his Dulcimerica videos!).
This was take 1 – and has plenty of mistakes in it – but it’s been a few months since I picked up the instrument. The next video in my series is the same song – however, played on a different dulcimer.
Lots of work is in the planning stages for the 2015 beekeeping season. There are boxes to build, frames to assemble, foundation to install – oh – and did I ever mention a barn to build at Wolfsong Farm? This should give me a secure space to keep my beekeeping woodenware and equipment.
Plans are to create splits from the strong hives, and bump-up some of the hives to 10-frame boxes that survive from the 5-frame nuc boxes that some are currently in.
To build: 10-Frame langstroth hives, frames, bottom-boards, inner covers, telescoping covers
Maintenance: Repaint woodenware with worn paint and exposed bare wood
Rex selling our honey at the Rose City Farmer’s Market in Tyler, Texas.
This is our “Recycled Sunshine” honey. This honey is made by our own bees from hives that we manage.
Recycled Sunshine Honey
Recycled Sunshine Honey