I have been away from bee duties for much of the last week building a large run for our chickens to keep them out of this years garden. Along with finishing that up, two swarm traps were deployed Trap01 and Trap10. Trap01 is in a promising untested spot, and Trap10 a reliable place that caught two colonies last year.
Several other traps were readied for deployment this weekend and have been staged on our outdoor garden sink. I have been following a thread in the forums over at beesource.com – Please Post your Swarm Dates. There have been swarms reported in Indiana so traps need to be up. If you are interested in trapping swarms or getting prepared to retrieve them, that thread is a useful tool. There are knowledgeable and helpful people involved with the beesource forums so be sure to check it out.
Lastly I am experimenting with a new type of hive stand this year. My cousin Jarret introduced it to me. His grandfather has been making and using them for many years. They seem to be very stable, and amazingly heavy for only being about 11 inches tall, 18 inches wide, and 26 inches long. The treated lumber to make twelve of them cost $95.97 plus tax at Menards this morning. It’s a fair amount of money, but that figures to $8 per stand which seems cheap enough to me. The wood is all cut, and three of them are assembled. Thank you Jarret for the e-mail with the dimensions and pictures.
So are you ready and waiting for Spring? Let me know…..