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    Re: Drones Everywhere

    That may be what I'm seeing wcubed. I had planned on getting more pictures today but didn't make it out in time. I'll take another look in the next couple of days and take more pics. Thanks for the...
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    Re: Drones Everywhere

    Pic 3 shows what I call a "clunker." Since they are not described in any literature I've seen, we can call them anything we choose. Any time the colony gets to that point in the buildup where its...
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    Re: Drones Everywhere

    Thanks for the reply guys. I'm going back in the hives tomorrow and I'll see if I can get some better shots. I'll take a closer look at the (what I think are) queen cells.
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    Drones Everywhere

    I did a full inspection of my hives today and saw a large number of drones. I looked for the queen but have not found her in any of the 4 hives I inspected. I posted some samples of the comb that...
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    Re: ANGRY Bees

    Welp, this is another lesson learned. When I added the new frames, I removed 5 old frames and replaced them with 5 new frames. The 5 frames that I didn't remove, I kept them together. In other words,...
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    Re: ANGRY Bees

    I'm in North Carolina. We've had a few good warm spells here so I thought I'd get an early start. Haven't seen a queen or any larvae. Just wondering if I should do some heavy feeding. Don't want to...
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    ANGRY Bees

    Back in February I removed 5 frames from my 10 frame deeps and installed fresh foundation. I've been watching the hives and decided to inspect them today. The five frames that I installed aren't...
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    Re: Where's My Queen???

    I've been curious about that. When a queen goes on her mating flight, how long roughly will she stay gone?
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    Where's My Queen???

    A few weeks back I took bees from a bubbling hive and moved them to a 5 frame NUC. The bees did really well and made a new queen. Last week I took the bees and moved them to a 10 frame deep so they...
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    Re: Clipping Wings

    My biggest concern is having the queen get a wild hair and just leave the hive for no reason. I lost 2 hives last year and I believe that may have been why. Rough year last year. I also lost 3 hives...
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    Clipping Wings

    OK, so how many of you guys clip the wings of your Queens? I've been debating this for a bit and wondered if it helped or hurt a hive.

    Thanks for any input
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    Re: How To Go Fulltime?

    Interesting reading Rader. Well I guess I'm not going to become a millionaire from bees. BUT, I would like to be able to someday use this as my "work from home business". Is it safe to say that you...
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    How To Go Fulltime?

    Hi All

    I've got a curiosity question for you seasoned beekeepers? How many hives would it take to become a full-time beekeeper?

    Thanks for any input :digging:
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    Re: Bees Changing Homes

    Thanks BigG!!! That's some really good info. Much appreciated.
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    Re: Bees Changing Homes

    Well I guess I'm going to have to split this hive to keep it from swarming out in the Spring. Soooo, when would you guys suggest splitting my full hive and how do you suggest I do it? I was thinking...
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    Re: Bees Changing Homes

    Yes the empty hive is 1 that i split back in August or September of 2014.
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    Bees Changing Homes

    I've been beekeeping for about 3 years now and noticed something weird. I have 6 hives and noticed that 1 of my hives recently became empty. I thought that the bees had died from cold weather but...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Thanks for the tip Santas. I'll try the axel grease. That sounds like it may work better that the denatured earth.
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    So what do most seasoned beekeepers use underneath their hives to fight ants? I've used denatured earth in the past. (trying to be organic). Haven't had any problems till this year when I used...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    The pictures that I posted showed wax that had a bit of honey still. I think the ants were after the honey and just took over.
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    I'm not sure if the ants actually come into the hives to kill or not. My theory is the ants came in droves and disturbed the hive enough that the queen packed up and left and took MOST of the hive...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    This was a bitter lesson for me to learn. Normally I'm pretty good about treating the ground underneath my hives but this year I just didn't even think about it. Focused too much on queens, splits,...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Just wanted to follow up real quick. I was out the other night and remembered that I had left some wax near the empty hives that I had cleaned out. Here's what I found.

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    Fall Bee Packages

    I was just curious. Does anyone know if you can purchase bee packages this time of the year? If so, what are the chances of them making it through the winter? If the chances are the same as an...
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    Re: AHHHHH RATS!!!!

    Nope. No honey at all....
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