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  1. Thread: Hive swarmed

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    Re: Hive swarmed

    How do you know the hive swarmed?
  2. Thread: Hive swarmed

    by tsmullins
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    Re: Hive swarmed

    Anywhere from 21 days to 33 days and you should have a laying queen. It is very unusual for new packages to swarm, esp. in one month. Could it have been a supercedure?

    Shane
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    Russian queens

    Anyone have any Russian queens for sale?
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    Re: Sweetbay (magnolia virginiana)

    Absolutely correct,

    Tulip Poplar is a deciduous relative of the evergreen southern magnolia. Tulip poplar is a very heavy nectar producer. The southern magnolia's, to the best of my knowledge,...
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    Re: Sweetbay (magnolia virginiana)

    Sweetbay Magnolia is a cousin to Magnolia Grandiflora, southern Magnolia. They get pollen from southern Magnolia, but not nectar. To the best of my knowledge, southern Magnolia is not a nectar...
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    Re: 4 week old split no eggs. Suggestions?

    Very definitive way to test for the presence of a queen.
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    Re: Queenless Swarm

    You could have had a virgin queen with that swarm. If that is the case will take a few days to get mated, then a few days to start laying. Many times the bees demeanor will tell you if there is a...
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    Re: Queen Cell in New Package

    It is very common for packages to supercede the queen.
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    Re: Honeybees on Iris leaves?

    They could be collecting honeydew.
  10. Re: Swarm Trap - they're here but won't move in!

    That is exactly what I would do. Some drawn comb would be great.
  11. Re: My black locust are about to bloom for the first time

    From what I have noticed, the bees typically do not work first year tree blooms. With the exception of my persimmon trees. One bloomed for the first time last year and the bees visited that...
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    Re: Swarm catch advice

    Try to find the queen. Take your time and you will not need the bee vac. Just observe and wait. A queen catcher really helps.

    Usually the queen will not be in lower 3/4 of the clump. Seems...
  13. Re: MANY, MANY Swarms this year. Would you agree?

    Not many swarms for us.

    Shane
  14. Re: will laying worker hive make queen cell if given worker eggs?

    If the colony has been a drone layer for sometime and has dwindled, I shake them out. Why risk resources on a small dwindling colony?

    Coming out of winter we had several colonies that were...
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    Re: extracting from brood nest

    Many times bees backfill the brood nest before they swarm. This year our flow in May has been so strong some colonies are becoming honey bound. Which I have not seen in our area in the past.
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    Re: I think I caught a swarm today!

    I agree with Snapper,

    Looks more like scouts. When they start bringing in pollen, you know you have a swarm.

    Shane
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    Re: In hiving a swarm how long..

    Once the swarm accepts the box, I leave them alone until nightfall. Then I close up the entrance and move them were permanent location is. They will reorient the next day, even if it is a short...
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    The locust trees in our yard are at least a week away from blooming.

    Shane
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    Re: locust and poplar bloom

    Not even buds on our locust. Just guessing, our poplar will bloom first of June. Maybe a week late.
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    Re: was i really queenless?

    I agree. Bees cap worker brood in what, eight days?
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    While I believe this to be true, I have not conducted experiments to document this. I will/can this fall.

    Shane
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    We just don't have those kind of flows in SW VA. Wish we did, but we simply don't. If we harvest 40 pounds per have, that is good. Our best colony produced two ten frame mediums last year. I was...
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    Re: Everything is blooming at once

    Probably not much different. Usually April is a great month for NE Tenn/SW VA. Never thought I would have to feed in April. We have tons of Redbud, maple, henbit, cherries, bradford pears. Those...
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    Re: Who Re-Queens After the Summer Solstice?

    We have had good success overwintering nucs started in mid to late July. We typically start our queen rearing process July 4th. This is not an idea we came up with. It is based on Mr. Palmer's nuc...
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    Re: Swarm or Package

    Seriously,

    They do. Some of our older beekeepers let their hives build up to swarm. Since they are retired, they are on hand when the bees swarm. They catch the swarm and charge you. Seems...
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