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    Re: White mark on some of my bees?

    No, it's not pollen, it is on their backs right between their wings.
    Almost as if they were marked, but they are not queens.
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    White mark on some of my bees?

    I noticed several bees in one hive have a white mark on their thorax that looks like the capital letter I. Does anyone know what this is?
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    Can I split this hive?

    Lost all 4 of my hives this past winter. Installed a new package on Memorial Day weekend. The Queen laid great, gave me lots of brood in June. She went missing in early July and then I saw Queen...
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    Help, No brood in brood boxes

    I just inspected my oldest & best hive and discovered the top brood box full of honey and the bottom is clean but has no brood, zip, nada, zilch! This hive has a lot of drones but no queen. I don't...
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    What to do with swarn?

    I caught my first swarm last Tuesday evening (probably from my other hive). I put them in a brood chamber with a couple of partially drawn out frames. I checked a couple of days ago to see if there...
  6. Re: Would like feedback on experience w/Buckfast & All American bees?

    Thanks everybody. My first bees were from Georgia and did fine. I just want to make sure I get good traits so with my family gardening within 10 yards of the beehives thet don't get aggressive. The...
  7. Re: Would like feedback on experience w/Buckfast & All American bees?

    Thanks Colleen. I found a New York State breeder of hearty hygenic queens w/very good reputation. Although Drapoers has a good rep, I don't want to chance any southern bees, despite the great...
  8. Re: Discovered one of two hives is starving, no honey, only a few bees and the queen

    It's been a much colder Autmn here in Westminster, Maryland ( 33 miles NW of Baltimore) The bees have been in cluster every night and many days for the last 6 weeks. Not like last year. Just a couple...
  9. Re: Would like feedback on experience w/Buckfast & All American bees?

    I heard the Buckfast turn mean after the first generation because of AHB genetics. I also heard that the Buckfast from Canada are good but cost substatially more because of import fees. I don't want...
  10. Would like feedback on experience w/Buckfast & All American bees?

    Going into my third year, started w/Italians. Read about advantages w/Buckfast and All American breeds on Drapers. Are they really any better? I would like to start a queen castle and want good...
  11. Discovered one of two hives is starving, no honey, only a few bees and the queen left

    What's left in the hive will freeze or starve shortly. The east hive is doing fine, must have robbed out west hive, queen must have folded and population plummeted. The honeycomb is empty except for...
  12. Re: What to do if I'm Queenless? Anyone w/Queens now?

    Thanks Johnny,

    My email is drolla@mdmercy.com. Can you please email me so I can get back in touch after I confirm my situation?
  13. What to do if I'm Queenless? Anyone w/Queens now?

    Second year beekeep makes major mistake. I was so worried about my hives swarming that I scraped off drone & queen cells from both hives not realizing that although there was some larve, I didn't see...
  14. Re: How do you tell the difference b/w drone comb & swarm cells?

    Is ther a difference between a queen cup that turns into a queen cell (peanut looking cell) and swarm cells? The comb I cut out looked like the drone cells that clumped up on the bottoms of the deep...
  15. Re: How do you tell the difference b/w drone comb & swarm cells?

    Was I right to scrape off the cells from the bottom of my frames? I've added a medium super above the double deeps and a queen excluder then another medium super. Should I check weekly to scrape...
  16. How do you tell the difference b/w drone comb & swarm cells?

    2nd year beekeep and the early spring has brought healthy, gentle and robust populations to my two hive I started last May from packages. I inspected yesteray and I'm concerned about them getting...
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    Re: Hive robbing & fighting

    Robbing behavior has stopped, thanks to smallest hole on entrance reducer and removing feeders from hive for couple of days. I just put on screened inner covers to help ventilate during these hot...
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    Re: Hive robbing & fighting

    Cooler temps today, activity at entrances seem to be more normal, though crowded because they are reduced. I don't think I will go inside the deeps this weekend but may add a Queen excluder and a...
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    Hive robbing & fighting

    I am a new beekeper, both of my new hives have been under attack since Sunday, July 10th. They finished the syrup and I removed hive top feeders, put on inner covers and put the entrance reducer on...
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