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    Re: Removing bees from honey supers

    So do you all inspect those supers for a wayward queen?
  2. tips for harvesting without queen excluders

    Hi, 4th yr BK. This year I didn't use queen exluders above my dbl deeps. Despite all 10 hives swarming I've got a spring honey crop for the first time. 2 mediums completely filled and capped on...
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    Re: Political signs...

    I see a clear difference based on party affiliation which covers work best. One produces hard working bees who make surplus honey. The other demands syrup. :)
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    check out this hive under my hive

    http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/drtoddh/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20150611_222850.jpg
    This hive appeared a couple weeks ago on my screened bottom board. . The hive above it swarmed but is...
  5. Need advice, post swarm and hive under hive?

    Hi, 2 issues

    About 2 weeks ago most of my hives were in swarm mode. Some hives had virgins sealed in cells, a couple had loose virgins and a few still had sealed cells. I culled cells down to...
  6. dud queen found this spring, what do you think?

    http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/drtoddh/IMG_20150410_213516.jpg

    Got into my hives today. All looks good but one. This hive had only drone brood. a small cluster of capped brood on two...
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    Re: Heard Queen Piping for first time

    Queen piping hawkins: https://youtu.be/YOErAHDrpTA

    Here is a video I shot of a piping virgin
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    a pleasant surprise

    I had a nuc that went queenless last July. I tried to requeen w a boughten queen. They killed her. I. Introduced brood a couple of times but no luck. The hive eventually went to laying workers. ...
  9. Thread: Suicidal bees?

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    Re: Suicidal bees?

    Mine have done the same. Picked up a jar full off the snow. Brought them inside and when they warmed up released them in front of the hives. But it's normal to see, I just wanted to be outside...
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    Re: How young did you get your kids involved?

    http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/drtoddh/Mobile%20Uploads/10292178_10203641870077680_1718412678919226405_n.jpg

    My daughter with her.own hive. I helped promote her interest by getting her...
  11. Does oxalic acid vaporization work better at cooler temps?

    http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/drtoddh/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20141102_134613757.jpgHi, I did oxalic acid vaporization in August with ho hum results. A few dozen mites on each board in the...
  12. Re: Goldenrod in NC.......Lots of Bloom But No Nectar?

    Here in S Ohio, I have watched at least 3 separate goldenrod species bloom. The first two were shorter species and started the end of July through August. The last species is 4-5 feet tall,...
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    Re: how to kill hive of bees

    Thanks, I hear those concerned about killing bees but most of the workers left are 6+ weeks old, and w 50% drones, the benefit to combining or even a shake out are not worth the risks of a good queen...
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    how to kill hive of bees

    Here's the situation, I have a dbl deep that has been queenless since July. They failed to accept a queen, then the.one they raised from brood disappeared, probably from a mating flight. They had...
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    anyone seeing meaner hives??

    My most gentle hive lit me up Saturday morning. I wanted to check for brood and status after I had a hive swarm. Supers off, then noted lots of capped brood in top deep but also in brood area...
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    Re: Queen cells everywhere...

    Here in SE Ohio I have had 2/of 9 hives swarm in the past month. Classic swarm cells were present. One failed to requeen ( bird food) and I saw a virgin in the other last weekend. Got the original...
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    Re: Drone cells at the end of August

    Still lots of capped drone cells here in SE Ohio
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    Re: Not another swarm...

    Thanks Bill, pulled a few frames from my hives this AM, can't find swarm cells in any. ALL had open brood, including one I thought didn't. Will look in a week and see if still open brood in hives. ...
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    Re: Not another swarm...

    http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/drtoddh/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140830_121709.jpg

    Here's the queen, do u think she's a virgin or mated?
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    Not another swarm...

    Just went out tonight to see if the nuc I combined into a hive that swarmed a couple weeks ago took. It did. This hive swarmed, my first ever late summer swarm. I was finishing up, happy all my...
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    Re: Goldenrod Flow to the max!

    The bees can have my.spring honey. I hope for only GR honey. Most say its the best honey they've ever had when I give them a jar.
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    Re: The "Branch" method of harvesting honey

    I will try this next month
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    Re: Queen less hive all drone brood

    Just thinking regarding dispatching, no danger of kweens killing good queen if reenter another hive. Then I have comb to checkerboard and try to prevent swarming next year. Thanks for your input.
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    Re: Queen less hive all drone brood

    I have the exact same problem in a hive and the same concerns. I took a magnifying glass and saw several cells w 2/ eggs so I think its laying workers. Went through the hive 5 times, no queen. ...
  25. will bees make queen cells w eggs given to them if there is a young virgin in hive?

    Trying to decide if the virgin that popped out when I was culling queen cells 1 week ago is in there. Worried I might have injured her. Found new crop of queen cells when I checked yesterday,...
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