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« on: August 23, 2009, 09:06:40 AM »

i was trying to kill two birds with one rock. work my bees and take the honey supers off at the same time. got the honey super off and started checking for mites, brood, pollen and over all condition of the hive, it took about thirty minutes. every thing was going OK and i closed the hive back up. i use a leaf blower to get the bees out of the supers and had it ready to go (i thought). well, it would crank but wouldn't run. in the mean time, bees from all five of my hives where starting in on the honey super. i fooled with the leaf blower until i was about ready to sling it down through the woods, by then the honey super was a lost cause. the air was full of bees and they were on the super like little airborne piranha. it took them about an hour but when they finished there was barely anything left, just a pile of wax. it was definitely a sight to behold. i wasn't going to get much honey anyway (four of my five hives are swarms i caught this spring), and i guess what i do get i'll be buying. i never liked that darn leaf blower to start with. there HAS got to be a better way. any help will be most appreciated. thanks
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2009, 09:18:04 AM »

I use Bee Quick and have never had a problem, I also cover the super when I take it off, with Bee Quick all the bees leave the super before one removes it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2009, 10:07:34 AM »

Bummer! Good news is that honey was not lost, it is just redistributed in your hives. I always use the power blower but never had a problem with it starting. Based on this, I WILL test start before starting the process.

I will be happy to send you a pint of honey for postage.

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2009, 10:14:35 AM »

I googled freakin and don't think beemaster would care much for the meanings I found being used on the forum.

I bought an electric blower at a yardsale for ten bucks. It has never failed to start and run.

I use bee-quick or a brush on each frame, but I try to harvest at dusk anytime after July. "Robbing season".

Once they start, you can pick the super up and walk around the yard, then set it down and brush the bees off each frame before they find it "en masse". May have to move it twice, depending on how long before they zero in on it again.
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2009, 10:24:23 AM »

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I googled freakin and don't think beemaster would care much for the meanings I found being used on the forum.

along the lines of my use of the word crap, when you know very well that was not the word i wanted.

bee quick, escape boards, a blower (that works) and large towel, sheet, etc.  as you pull and clear the supers, put them on a solid bottom and cover them. 

i pulled a couple yesterday, but when i realized i only had a few frames of honey in each, i brushed them and put them in an empty box to carry to the house.  covering is the key, but you will still have a few that will go with you.
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2009, 10:31:13 AM »

too newfangled for me, bump the frame brush it off, put in a spare super with a board on the bottom and piece of cardboard on top. after that leave!! LOL  what few bees are left you can remove prior to going inside. works for me and the bees are pretty mellow about it really.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2009, 11:00:12 AM »

Always guard against robbing while robbing the bees.  In other words never leave exposed honey.  The only exception is when you do abandonment DURING a flow and just before dark so they are all headed home instead of looking for food.  And that is tricky.

Especially never leave exposed honey when there is a dearth even if you aren't robbing.

 
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2009, 01:02:09 PM »

i fooled with the leaf blower until i was about ready to sling it down through the woods,

I've heard leaf blowers can contaminate your honey as some fumes from the exhaust are blown out along with the air.

I can understand your frustration, though.  I'm having a bit of it myself lately.

Good luck to you!
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2009, 01:15:49 PM »

Don't give up  grin I never had a mentor well I kind of did but he got ran over by a car shocked I think he's scared of me now Smiley The people at beemaster's  will do there best to help they have helped me more then they know Smiley And the frustration is part of the learning take two beer relax and go forword with your bee's grin
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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2009, 02:27:55 PM »

 I vote for the stinky stuff and a fume board, I don't remember the trade name. And keep your supers covered. The first time I robbed honey it took two of us 6 hours to rob ten supers. I was just learning. We didn't have enough time to extract that day and put it off for a week. (Before SHB) The neighborhood bees helped themselves, so we only got about 8 gallons of honey.
 I knew somebody had figured out a better way. I ordered some repellant and built two fume boards. The next year I robbed the same number of hives in about an hour. I also got busy and extracted the same day. Lots more honey.
 The not as toxic stuff might work as well, but I have not used it.
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2009, 03:26:51 PM »

I like to wait until the nights are cold and pull it off on a chilly morning... no bees to deal with at all...
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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2009, 06:19:43 PM »

I like to wait until the nights are cold and pull it off on a chilly morning... no bees to deal with at all...


Around here, that would be the end of October.

Steve
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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2009, 09:39:05 PM »

thanks for all the advice and the offer of some honey. as far as my language, i do the best i can, everybodys got a bad habit or two evil grin
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« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2009, 09:59:07 PM »

Around here that could vary from the beginning of October to the end of November...
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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2009, 11:04:49 PM »

When we pull honey and there is even the smallest sign of a frenzy about to start -we remove all the lids from all the hives in the yard-robing will stop and work can be done easaly-the reason this works is the bees are all going to stay with there own hive to protect and guard from the frenzy -works like a charm  Wink RDY-B
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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2009, 09:47:19 AM »

If I'm just pulling 10-20 supers, I brush the bees from the frames, place in an empty super, and then bag the whole super in a leaf bag.  This keeps the robbing down while I work my way through the yard and get out. 
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« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2009, 10:09:01 AM »

Well, I donno.  I never realized that "freakin'" was a bad word.  Kind of shocked me when I heard that when googled it was, I thought it only an expression, I use this word quite frequently, and I don't really swear all that much, just when I can't help it, smiling.

This is what I do, when I have some colonies to get honey from.  I have my honey supers as deep, never migrated yet to any other size. I like the deeps, kind of stuck on things I guess.

When I go to take the honey frames, I have an empty super alongside that hive.  That empty deep sits inside a telescoping lid.  No bees can get in (usually I will have this set up in a wheelbarrow).  I take out a frame, bump the frame, many bees fall off, I brush off as many as I can, quickly and sharply, one must brush in this manner, or you just REALLY irritate the bees.  I place this frame inside that empty super and put my cover cloth over it.  I do this as many times as required.  I then take the wheelbarrow up to the house.  Every now and then I go and lift the cloth cover off and the bees fly out.  This is done as many times as required to allow the bees to head home.  By sundown, there are no bees left in the super and I bring it in the house.  When the bees have filled up on honey, they want to head home, as fast as their little wings can carry them.  Works for me.  I know there are easier ways.  But when the colony numbers are not really great, and one has this bit of extra time, it works.  Good luck.  Have that wonderful day, love and live, with great health. Cindi
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« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2009, 10:12:27 AM »

if you are a BSG fan, you like "Frackin'!".  we all substitute more acceptable words for those that would cause our mothers to wash our mouth out with soap smiley
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« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2009, 12:26:58 PM »

Well, if Beemaster isn't going to say anything about it, then it's none of my business what you print.

Cindi, google it and see what it says.
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« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2009, 06:34:09 PM »

Around here that could vary from the beginning of October to the end of November...


around my parts that would be middle of January....... maybe......   Wink
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