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    No queen-what to do going into winter

    Upon setting up hive top fall feeding I found a hive with only 4-5 frames of bees, no larvae, and no eggs. My other hives have some eggs/larva, i.e., signs of a queen. I'm in Westport, ct. Can I...
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    Re: Possible foullbrood

    If it is foulbrood what should I do?
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    Re: Possible foullbrood

    Thanks for the advice. I will do as suggested. It's never boring, huh?
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    Possible foullbrood

    I have a hive that has been very slow/weak this year. My belief was that it had a marginal queen, but I did not re-queen. Two weeks ago it had a very small cluster but the brood pattern was very...
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    Any nucs for sales around Westport, CT ?

    I hive an empty hive. Does anyone have a nuc for sale around Westport, CT?
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    Possible Requeening question

    I have a hive that was produced a lot of honey 2 seasons ago then threw off several swarms. It was left with a small colony that survived the winter. Last spring it looked like it would grow and...
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    Re: Bees have stopped taken syrup

    Thanks for all the info and advice. I forgot to mention that when I opened and discovered the dead hive there were a lot of wax moths present. Prior to the to finding the hive dead it was a...
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    Bees have stopped taken syrup

    I have been feeding 2:1 since the end of summer. Bees were very light on stored honey. They have been taking the syrup readily. Just went to re-fill and the syrup level was right where I left it...
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    Re: Dead hive-help appreciated

    No sealed brood. A very occassional singel capped cell on each frame - maybe 10?
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    Dead hive-help appreciated

    I was wrapping my three hives today, 2 langstroth, 1 TBH. When I opened the hive top feeder on one of the langstroths is saw several yellow jackets come up from the hive into the mesh and I knew it...
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    Re: All The Honey Is Gone

    Thanks re checking other beekeepers in the area. Will do.
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    Re: All The Honey Is Gone

    GMCharlie:

    I just got through checking my top bar hive and it was devoid of honey, as well. You, basically, wrote the post I was about to. Same thing- lots of bees and the expected amounts of...
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    caged queen
  14. Introducing Russian queen into Italian colony

    I have a queenless hive and I want to re-queen with a Russian queen. How best to do this. I've read that it may take longer for the Italians to accept the Russian. Any advice?.. Thanks
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    Re: ReQueening: where to buy from?

    Thanks Notaclue. Very helpful.
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    ReQueening: where to buy from?

    I have a very well-populated hive with no queen. I've gone through every frame and there are no larvae and no eggs. And a lot less capped brood than the week before when I took a much quicker...
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    Package into existing hive question

    I installed a package into a hive that died by starvation-in-place (I believe). Anyway, it was a fully drawn out 2-deep small-cell hive. They new package of Italians was installed 5/9 and are doing...
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    Installing Package into old hive

    I had a first year colony die last winter from starvation in place. They left two deeps of fully drawn out comb. When I install a package this weekend should I start with a single deep and add the...
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    Basic Varroa Question

    What, exactly, is the mechanism/dynamic that the varroa mite produces that damages the colony to the point where they (often)fail? Is it that they are parasites that drain, via attachment, vital...
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    "Direct release" of queen

    I am putting a package into a new tbh next week. Everything is set and I've installed bees into Langstroth(sp) before with little problems. On installing a package into a tbh, I understand why the...
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    Great. Thank you both.

    Great. Thank you both.
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    Package into well-stocked (honey) hive

    Do I need to feed syrup to a newly hived package of bees if I can provide plenty of frames with capped honey? If not, is there an optimum way to position frames with honey and brood comb within the...
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    Yes, the bees have been bringing in pollen for a...

    Yes, the bees have been bringing in pollen for a couple of weeks.
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    Italian, a package from Georgia spring '07.

    Italian, a package from Georgia spring '07.
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    To answer the questions: No ,I didn't have...

    To answer the questions: No ,I didn't have indications nor a history of nosema. More like panic that I should do something because I thought the cluster was small/weak. Believe it or not, I trying...
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