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Started by Ivy. Last reply by Raymond Espinoza Feb 8, 2015.

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Comment by Kris Price on June 10, 2019 at 4:25pm

Does the sawdust need to be removed from the quilt box for summer? 

Comment by Rhett Renoud on April 18, 2019 at 1:14pm

That looks good, Kris.  Two boxes are not required for startup, but it won't hurt, either.  Make sure the hive stands are anchored down.  A good wind will blow the hives and hive stand over.  Keep us posted on your progress!   

Comment by Samuel Lopez on February 19, 2019 at 5:46pm

Sigrid - sure thing. 

Comment by Rhett Renoud on February 19, 2019 at 2:46pm

My theory is that the bees had enough nectar to make brood, but not enough nectar to maintain a growing population.  If I had to guess, I would say they were stressed due to a lack of available nectar, then absconded.  In short, a dearth year = shortage of food storage.  I see no signs of robbing.     

Comment by Gavin McCullough on February 19, 2019 at 2:38pm

and the no cap mystery?

Comment by Rhett Renoud on February 19, 2019 at 2:35pm

Unless it's unseasonably dry, the Albuquerque area seems to have a sufficient amount of nectar through October.  If it's a dry year, then sometimes the bees have to work hard to find nectar.  Working harder means to fly further.  If they were stressed, they could have absconded for that reason alone.  I just don't know your area.    

Comment by Gavin McCullough on February 19, 2019 at 2:28pm

Caught June 222 weeks later...nice comb

3 weeks later....gone... :(

so end of june to end of july? I was sad as I wasn't sure they would have enough time to forage before winter...

Comment by Rhett Renoud on February 19, 2019 at 2:14pm

Gavin, which month(s) were the bees there?   

Comment by Gavin McCullough on February 19, 2019 at 2:07pm

Rhett: so I guess there were there a bit over a month before absconding...no capped honey would signify?? That they always planned to leave? No Queen?

Just curious from a noob...

Comment by Rhett Renoud on February 19, 2019 at 12:51pm

Gavin, it doesn't look like they had any capped honey in those combs.  They are very clean.     

I do remember your wall bees.  As you've witnessed, honeybees will make hives in some very creative spaces and places.  I got a call last winter from the local feed store.  They had a trailer come in with Arizona hay.  There was a hive in the middle of the stack.  I tried to save the hive, but it was pretty much impossible.  We had single digit nights.  I found the bees dead in a small cluster a few days later.             

 

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