Welcome, Guest

Author Topic: Color code  (Read 3069 times)

Offline drone1952

  • New Bee
  • *
  • Posts: 27
  • Gender: Male
    • STIRI DIN STUPARIT (Apinews)
Color code
« on: August 24, 2010, 04:14:31 AM »
For how long the color code is used and what is in particular the importance of this.

Offline Michael Bush

  • Universal Bee
  • *******
  • Posts: 14645
  • Gender: Male
    • bushfarms.com
Re: Color code
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2010, 04:57:18 AM »
I don't know when the international standard was arrived at.  The importance is that at a glance you know the age of the queen.

http://bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearing.htm#colors
Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm en espanol: bushfarms.com/es_bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen

Offline tecumseh

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 391
  • Gender: Male
Re: Color code
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2010, 09:10:50 AM »
what year establish... well I don't know.

and if your bees are highly hygienic and the paint color happens to be wrong shade then after the girls remove the little dot it tells you very little.
I am 'the panther that passes in the night'... tecumseh.

Offline rdy-b

  • Super Bee
  • *****
  • Posts: 2258
Re: Color code
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2010, 02:26:34 AM »
For how long the color code is used and what is in particular the importance of this.
used 12 months then color changes---importance is-everybody is on the same calendar-RDY-B

Offline Jim 134

  • Super Bee
  • *****
  • Posts: 2350
  • Gender: Male
    • Franklin County Beekeepers Association
Re: Color code
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2010, 08:02:40 AM »
For how long the color code is used and what is in particular the importance of this.


   For Jan 1 to Dec 31   The importance of this so you can tell the age of the  queen If color is missing did the bees re-queen them self's


    BEE HAPPY Jim 134 :)
"Tell me and I'll forget,show me and I may  remember,involve me and I'll understand"
        Chinese Proverb

"The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways."
 John F. Kennedy
Franklin County Beekeepers Association MA. http://www.franklinmabeekeepers.org/

Offline iddee

  • Galactic Bee
  • ******
  • Posts: 6563
  • Gender: Male
"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me . . . Anything can happen, child. Anything can be"

*Shel Silverstein*

Offline OzBuzz

  • Queen Bee
  • ****
  • Posts: 1011
Re: Color code
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2010, 02:24:50 AM »
I spoke to a beek the other week who suggested using those little tins of hobby paint that people use to paint model planes - he said cut the pointy end off a 3" nail and dip this in the paint slightly and then dab it on the queen... has anyone used this technique over the commercially available marking pens? Also, who has used the numbered dots? I'd be interested in those for the purposes of record keeping - are they easy to use?

Offline Hemlock

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 631
  • Gender: Male
Re: Color code
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2010, 12:09:36 PM »
When I went to requeen earlier this year i found an Unmarked queen instead of the Marked one.  Not only does this tell me the colony requeened itself, and about when,  but that they went through TWO requeenings this year (including mine).  Which explains to me why that colony is slightly behind the others in production.  Otherwise i might be scratching my head trying to figure it out. 

Offline KD4MOJ

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 697
  • Gender: Male
  • Bees... Motorcycles... amateur radio...
    • TangleWood Apiary
Re: Color code
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2010, 08:35:02 AM »
Hemlock:

  Maybe they just had a thing about the color blue!  :-D

...DOUG
KD4MOJ


Offline Hemlock

  • Field Bee
  • ***
  • Posts: 631
  • Gender: Male
Re: Color code
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2010, 12:27:36 PM »
Doug,

But it matched so well with the Paisley wallpaper in the honey supers!  I guess I'll need to take a Feng-shui class now... :-D

Offline tecumseh

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 391
  • Gender: Male
Re: Color code
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2010, 09:30:19 AM »
snip..
The importance of this so you can tell the age of the  queen If color is missing did the bees re-queen them self's

tecumseh:
maybe yes and maybe no.  just casually it appears to me the paint used to mark queens last about one year max.  some colors (red for example) seem not to last longer than 30 days.
I am 'the panther that passes in the night'... tecumseh.

Offline organicfarmer

  • House Bee
  • **
  • Posts: 126
  • Gender: Male
Re: Color code
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2011, 11:52:17 PM »
there is a little mnemotechnic to remember color code of the queens
Wouldn't You Raise Great Bees?
White(1 &6), Yellow(2&7), Red (3&8), Green (4&9), Blue (5&0)