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    Re: Queen in box, no eggs, queen cells

    I agree to do what Vance says. A virgin queen is much smaller than a mated, laying queen. What you saw must have been the original queen. If you want more hives, you split it with a couple frames...
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    Re: sudden cold spell

    Thanks Mike. I'll at least do that.
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    Re: sudden cold spell

    I have 5 frame mating nucs going right now. The queens should have just emerged. Most are not very well stocked with bees. Yes, I know I should have waited.

    What should I do? Wrap with...
  4. Re: Hello from Beeswax Artist in Wake Forest, NC

    Welcome, I wish I had your talent.
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    Re: What are all of these swarm cells for???

    Here's my take on what happened. The bees built swarm cells because they were very overcrowded. In hindsight, you had a very productive queen and should have added the other deep super long ago. ...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Pete, if you are still lurking around here, how do we support our claims? What documentation or peer review or whatever do we need to prove it? We want to meet this challenge.
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    Re: Years since I've seen a honeybee

    Yes I agree too that you would need to start out with proven treatment free bees. Local is much better. Ask around. Maybe someone in your part of the state is treatment free and you could buy from...
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    Re: Question about moving a nucleus of bees

    Also, swarms are geared toward building comb. If you want some foundation drawn out, this is a great opportunity. I've hived swarms on nothing but foundation and they had it all drawn in less than...
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    Re: I think we're barking up the wrong tree,

    Here's my take on it: Treatment free works in some localities and for some beekeepers. It's partly the genetics of the bees and partly the genetics of the mites. When bees that can survive without...
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    Re: Years since I've seen a honeybee

    To me it sounds like you have a great location. The bees are probably working Tulip Poplars, or backberry or holly if you have them. Tulip Poplars produce a lot of nectar and is the main source of...
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    Re: Question about moving a nucleus of bees

    How far are you moving it? I have moved them about 2 feet per day until I got it to it's permanent home without any disruption at all. If it's small and light and not too far, that would work well.
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    Re: Transfer to Mating nuc

    I've been making my small splits with capped brood instead of open. I have a book on queen rearing by Marla Spivak and Gary Reuter which states to use capped brood. Is that why I lose so many? I...
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    Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Yep, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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    Re: External signs walkway split is working

    A young queen will sometimes be killed by workers who blame her for the disturbance you are causing when you check the hive. It takes 11-12 days for the queen to emerge after the split is made. ...
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    Re: What flowers make honey taste bad?

    Privet Hedge
  16. Re: Depending on your replies, I may have to quit before I start.

    For what it's worth, I agree with the posts that state that there are almost certainly a number of feral survivors in your area. I don't see how one feral hive can survive 9 years or even 3 without...
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    Re: Hi from Charlotte NC

    Welcome from about 40 miles (as the bee flies) northwest of you. If you don't know already, Mecklenburg Co has a great beekeeping club.
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    Re: Thought I was Treatment Free

    Thanks, I'll check it out.
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    Re: First Time Beekeeper

    I'm in NC, so we probably have the same seasonal conditions. There is a lot of pollen and a good amount of nectar right now for them to get. Mine are doing well drawing comb. So you might not need...
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    Re: Thought I was Treatment Free

    Juhani,

    I'd love to make my own foundation out of my cappings. Is there a way that is not too expensive for a hobbyist beekeeper?
  21. Re: When to split - Queen Cells with larvae in hive

    Mine are high robbing Italian/ferals. I feed with a jar over a screen cut in the cover. I have another screen hole cut in the bottom which I cover in winter. So, plenty of ventilation but plenty...
  22. Re: When to split - Queen Cells with larvae in hive

    Yeah. It's a lot of fun isn't it. Part science and part art. Lots of experimenting to do and always something to learn.
  23. Re: When to split - Queen Cells with larvae in hive

    My problem with later queen rearing(and I would think yours, also) is that after the flow, you would have to feed the swarm box and mating nucs. Robbing is a real problem for me after the middle of...
  24. Re: When to split - Queen Cells with larvae in hive

    The only way I know is to only make one split-the one with the old queen. Then, destroy all but one or two or three of the queen cells. When the first queen emerges and is "okayed" by the bees, she...
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    Re: Can I move the Queen to make a split?

    Good advice Pannu and Wolfer.

    I have a double deep that has queen cells with eggs and royal jelly. I plan to split out the queen tommorrow. I want to make several nucs once the QCs are capped. ...
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