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    Re: Fall Bee Packages

    I purchased 2 packages about 4 weeks ago. One of them arrived over 50% dead, the other had a dead queen. They the were late getting to me and USPS had them for about 5 days.

    The entire time the...
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    Re: Hives crashing, SHB?

    I moved the hive and opened it up today. Well, the beetle larvae are back. There wasn't many on the comb but the bottom board was covered. Also on the bottom board was dead brood, lots of it. I...
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    Re: Hives crashing, SHB?

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    Re: Hives crashing, SHB?

    Yesterday, when I took down the dead (absconded) hive, I left the combs out near the other hive. Today they were being robbed pretty heavily, as one might expect. Beetles were all over them, some...
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    Re: Hives crashing, SHB?

    Also, I left the brood box from the absconded hive sitting on the ground about 10 feet in front of the other hive. I figured they would rob it out with it being that close, and they could use the...
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    Re: Hives crashing, SHB?

    Just got back from the hives, one of them absconded. I saw tons of beetles, and a handful of bees that I suspect were robbing out what was left. They left behind open and closed brood, some was still...
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    Re: Hives crashing, SHB?

    Both started from packages, both were strong, then the beetles, now they are weak.

    When I opened the hive, I thought they had swarmed, but no queen cups, SOME larvae, and I found a queen in one of...
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    Re: Hives crashing, SHB?

    Thanks, I guess I'll build a couple nuc boxes this weekend and move them. Is it too late in the year to save them? Should I just be feeding as much as possible?
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    Hives crashing, SHB?

    2 weeks ago, 2 of my hives were pretty strong. Both single deeps, with 9 frames pretty full. I decided to add supers about a week or so ago. I added the supers, with new foundation, to the bottom of...
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    honey tastes like sweet tea and lemons

    So I removed some bur comb that had been filled with honey and decided to try it, tastes great. At first it was a bit earthy, like tea, but then it has a very strong lemon flavor. It was different,...
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    Re: 5 week old hive supersedure

    I started the 2 hives from packages, the nuc was split from the 2 hives. One hive was queenless from the start so I swapped a frame of brood and they built queen cells. I ordered a new queen and...
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    5 week old hive supersedure

    I started a new hive about 5 weeks ago. I last opened the hive 2 weeks ago, saw the queen, plenty of brood, eggs, ect. I thought everything was great.

    I opened today and found lots of young bees,...
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    Re: 2 new hives, 2 very different bees

    I've been thinking, maybe a little too much because I've got this crazy hypothesis.

    In the good hive, the bees are split to the outer 3 frames on each side. What I mean is, lots of bees in the 3...
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    Re: 2 new hives, 2 very different bees

    Update

    Last week I opened the bad hive and the only brood was on the one frame that I swapped. THat frame also had 5 or 6 queen cells, a few already capped.

    I ordered a new queen, should be...
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    Re: Anyone selling Queens?

    No I'm not. I don't know much about the group, just what i read in the tuscaloosa news a while back.
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    Re: Anyone selling Queens?

    I've messaged a few places today, ill call some places tomorrow.

    How many do you want? I am looking to get one ASAP, this week.

    If I find some, do you want me to go ahead and order, or contact...
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    Re: Anyone selling Queens?

    I'm also in Tuscaloosa.

    I am trying to get a queen this week. If I find some available, do you want me to order you some and we can split the shipping cost?
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    Re: 2 new hives, 2 very different bees

    Well I opened them up Saturday. I found the queen on the second frame in hive "A". I also found small brood.

    Hive "B" had no brood, no sign of a queen. Lot's of empty queen cups.

    I took a frame...
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    Re: 2 new hives, 2 very different bees

    That's my fear. I'll check tomorrow or Saturday.

    When I removed the queen cage and empty packages, I left them on the ground about 20 feet in front of the hives. 'queen cage for "A" was left in...
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    2 new hives, 2 very different bees

    This is my second year keeping bees. Last year was a failure, I lost one to SHB larvae, and the other lost a queen and slowly died out.

    I started again this year with 2 new packages. They got...
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    Re: SHB destruction *graphic*

    I used permethrin around the hives when I first discovered the infestation so hopefully that killed any that made it tot he ground.

    When I nuked it, I used the permethrin. It worked nicely...
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    SHB destruction *graphic*

    A little background info:
    First year bee keeper, I have 2 hives that I set up about 6 weeks ago, they were both started from 5 frame nucs. THey were installed in basic 10 frame hives. I've been...
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