Bill Fosburgh

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ok, thanks. kinda thought that but ya never know.
4 years ago
have you found a place yet? what is a poly family?
4 years ago
any updates. would like to see more
4 years ago
thats one regret i have, i didnt even think to take pics of it before we tore it down. my wife asked me why i didnt take before & after pics. tell you the truth, i was not ready for bees. i helped my dad 40+ years ago with his. he had 30 hives when i was a kid and havent messed with them since.
a few weeks ago a guy came in where my wife works and asked if he could put a couple hives on our place & we said sure. then i happen to remember this hive , i had watched it for several tears & told the guy about them and he said heck go get them & i`ll help you with them if there still alive. so here we are with bees.
as i said , i was not ready, its something my wife & i had talked about for in the future. i had no equiptment & what little knowledge i retained form my dad. the hive sat by our barn all week & my wife & kids took a huge intrest in them & went out every day to watch them. then the guy that was bringing his bees showed up sat. with a buch of new frames and a couple boxes and said lets break them open and see what ya got. he brought me a veil to use & a smoker.
i was very excited but also nervouse because they hadnt been messed with in years & thought we were in for a bad time with some mad bees but it was just the opposite. not one sting, i even dropped a frame full of bees & they didnt get mad. i will take some pics of what we have and also on future progress
in the process now of getting more equiptment so i guess i`m ito it now ready or not.
also the guy that is helping me is great, he is excited that i have my own bees now and is really impressed with this queen.
thanks for all replies & i will get pics & updates
4 years ago
zone 5. northern In. our last few winters we have had way below 0 temps. we reached -28 a few times in the last 2 winters
4 years ago
it was a langstroth hive.
pretty sure the larva im seeing is what we damadged when we tore it apart. had to do alot of scraping to get the frames cleaned up of the burr comb
4 years ago
about 10 years ago a neighbor hauled in a hive of bees in the woods across the road from me. he then just abandonded them and never came back, i happened to think about them last week so i went to have a look thinking the brutal winters that we have had they would all be dead. well they werent. there are 3 hive bodies that were all crooked with big gaps, bottom board was rotted out but it was FULL of bees. well, i went back that night with a 2 wheeled dolly and walked them home. this was last tues. yesterday i broke them apart too see what i had. top brood box was full of brood & honey and the queen. i cleaned the frames up and put it on a new bottom and a 2nd new hive body with new frames.
the next hive body had a ton of brood & honey but no queen cells so i cleaned it all up & put it all togeather hoping they will make a new queen.
the last brood chamber was a total mess, all frames were rotted and broken but had a ton more young brood & honey. was just going to shake the bees in the other hives but decided to just put all the comb back in the box & cover it uo to see if they may make a queen also. if they doo i will put them in a new box
un attendad for all those years, VERY strong queen that has an excellent pattern and are the most gentle bees i have ever been around. thru all this i was never stung once.
now my ?? the last box i did i checked on todat & they are hauling what looks like larva out and dropping it in front of the hive, anyone know what might be going on in there? thanks
4 years ago