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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    5/26/14
    Niles, MI 49210
    Watched it fly away and never found where they landed..hopefully they will come back to a bait hive I have set up...
  2. Re: Swarm Mystery..will a cutdown split swarm with virgin queen

    One more thing: On Saturday May 24th, I put a queen excluder on my strongest cutdown split between the two deeps and a medium super....maybe I trapped a virgin queen in the super and that caused the...
  3. Re: Swarm Mystery..will a cutdown split swarm with virgin queen

    Thanks tomkat,

    I'm pretty pessimistic about the fate of this swarm...They swarmed late in the day yesterday and we had thunderstorms with 1.5" overnight...seems like that would be pretty hard for...
  4. Swarm Mystery..will a cutdown split swarm with virgin queen

    So first a little background:

    on May 6th (21 days ago) I did "cutdown" splits on my two overwintered hives: I removed the queens and a few frames of brood (plus honey frames) and placed them in ...
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    Re: Adding Brood While Hive Raises New Queen

    Sorry for not being clearer, this hive was two 10 frame deeps with about 8 frames of brood......if I transfer open brood do I need to also transfer the nurse bees?
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    Adding Brood While Hive Raises New Queen

    So I did a little experiment this spring. On May 6, I I removed the queen from a strong overwintered hive, plus two frames of emerging brood and relocated this this nuc to another yard, leaving my...
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    Re: Grod blooms in Louisville

    Looks to me like "wingstem" (Verbesina alternifolia).
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    Re: Factors affecting honey viscocity

    So do you all think its safe to keep it bottled? Or do I need to test it and dry it if needed. Thanks a lot!
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    Factors affecting honey viscocity

    I know water/sugar content is a major factor. Does the nectar source(s) make a difference. I just did my first extraction (crush and strain) of four 100% capped frames of honey. The honey seems a...
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    Re: Encouraging bees to cap frames of honey

    thanks for the help merince.
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    Re: Encouraging bees to cap frames of honey

    Thanks. Is it OK to have just one super with 6 partially capped frames and 4 empties, or should I put a second super on too. Trying to find that balance between too much and too little room.
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    Re: Encouraging bees to cap frames of honey

    Thanks for the responses, I realize the above statement: My question pertains to what the ideal placement of the uncapped frames is so that the bees "focus" on filling and and "ripening" said frames...
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    Encouraging bees to cap frames of honey

    I just pulled a honey super yesterday. 4 frames were completely capped, I removed them and harvested the honey. what is the best way to encourage the bees to cap the remaining 6 frames? Most of...
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    Honey Frames in Brood Nest

    My first hive made it through the winter. The bees went into the winter with two deeps. A few weeks ago all the bees were in the top deep so removed the lower deep. The colony is currently...
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    Re: What to do with half capped super frames

    Thanks for the advice and pointing out my typo...I really did know that it was extra water that was the issue.. :)..boy i really look like a newbie now
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    What to do with half capped super frames

    I have a 2 deep hive that I supered (medium) in August with hopes of yielding some fall honey. I'm pretty sure the bees are done making any honey now. There are about 4 frames which are about...
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    Re: Bees guarding upper entrance

    Thanks for the replies. Just to clarify, I saw only 3 bees over the course of several minutes get deterred from the upper entrance and these 3 were the only bees that tried to go in the upper...
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    Bees guarding upper entrance

    I recently put on a super and queen excluder (QE) on two full deep brood boxes. Following the advice of some threads on this forum, I put wooden strips(approx .75") between the QE and the supper to...
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    Re: Drone brood between brood boxes

    Thanks for the response, its reassuring to here that this is not our of the norm.
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    Drone brood between brood boxes

    This is my first season beekeeping. My 5 frame nuc has now filled two brood (deep) boxes. The top box is mainly honey with some brood (all stages including fresh eggs) the middle frames. I just...
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