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    How to winter a 2 queen colony?

    So I've got two hives on my property. One is an established hive that's doing fine. The other is a swarm that I caught from the established hive. The swarm hive now has a mated queen and there's...
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    Afterswarm, when to buy a queen?

    So this weekend will mark the three week mark since one of my hives swarmed about 4 times. I did a hive inspection at about the 10 day mark after the swarm occurred and I could find no signs of an...
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    Re: I need help with these swarms!

    Maybe he said that because I haven't found an egg laying queen yet since the swarming started, hoping I don't increase my chances of being queenless. If a person was only interested in keeping one...
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    Re: I need help with these swarms!

    They never made it far enough last year for me to worry about supers. Out of three supers I have on it right now, one is regular beeswax, the other two are plastic. They are at least hanging out in...
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    Re: I need help with these swarms!

    They have two deeps with three supers on top of that. I put the supers on in anticipation of our blackberry flow starting out here. They haven't really started filling up the supers yet but part of...
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    I need help with these swarms!

    First off let me state that I live in Washington State, and the general rule around here is that the rain doesn't stop and summer doesn't begin until after July 4th. Yesterday, my hive, which is a...
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    Re: Pollen removal?

    I would assume that the foragers don't remove the pollen from their own legs and that other bees, whose job is cell upkeep, and food storage would assist in this matter. I've never actually seen...
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    Re: Checkerboarding question

    Sorry, what is checkerboarding?
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    Re: Question about Supercedure

    Lol......yeah, if only I could get inside their little hive minds......
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    Re: Question about Supercedure

    Yeah it was in the spring, so there shouldn't be much if any Italians left. I just thought it was weird that they got rid of her when she was doing perfectly fine. I know people say that the bees...
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    Re: Sponges for my bees

    That's a cool idea for water. I bought a cheap plastic water feeder for chickens at my local feed store to water my bees. I fill up the water basin with small rocks so the bees can get to the water...
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    Question about Supercedure

    Hey there, first time post for me.

    This past spring, I requeened one of my Italian hives with a buckfast queen. The hive has been performing well and my new queen was laying well and I have...
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