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    Re: Advice desperately needed

    I thought of Craigslist but I hear too many horror stories for my to advertise my address. Plus, I have no idea if I got the queens. The first swarm is now laying eggs, but these three I have no...
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    Advice desperately needed

    I have a problem. Actually too much of a good thing. Over the weekend I hived my second swarm. Today at work I get a frantic call from my mother to "come home right now!" I come home to my...
  3. Re: Cursed Hive (perpetual queen problems)...what to do?

    Made very sure hive was queenless. No eggs, only scattered brood on one or two frames. Would wait 10 days or so (it was a new package) to confirm no eggs. When I got the queen, I'd uncork the end...
  4. Re: Cursed Hive (perpetual queen problems)...what to do?

    With apologies to all the queen breeders/shippers out there, in my very personal and limited experience, bought queens don't do well. My cursed hive from last year went through 3 of them. Another...
  5. Re: Cursed Hive (perpetual queen problems)...what to do?

    I feel your pain. One of my hives was like that last year. Requeened three times before I decided to let the bees sort it out. I added a frame of eggs from my strong hive every week for a month. ...
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    Swarms in the rain

    Sunday afternoon I kept hearing a high pitched hum. Tracing the source, a large cluster of bees were clouding the air high up in my neighbor's tree. They eventually coalesced into a large swarm...
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    Re: What does a swarm hive need?

    I recently caught a swarm too. Question is I don't know if I got the queen. Will waiting the 10 days be too long? If I didn't, won't waiting 10 days before I put in a frame of eggs and brood be...
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    Re: Well, I blew it. Now what?

    If there's one thing I'm very sure of, this was not a bearding. I've seen my bees beard and it's nothing like this. This was clearly a swarm. It was a ball of bees. A BiG ball of bees.
    This is...
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    Re: Well, I blew it. Now what?

    Well now I'm officially confused. Went through all 4 hives and their all bursting with bees. No signs of swarm cells on any of the top deeps in any of the hives. Worst I found were a couple of...
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    Re: Well, I blew it. Now what?

    Without going through all the hives, I can't be sure it's mine. I just assumed it was since it was directly underneath North hive. Anybody have any experience where a hive lets a big swarm ball...
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    Re: Well, I blew it. Now what?

    I could have missed queen cells in the bottom deep. I generally don't dismember the whole hive during an inspection. However, the top deep was full of eggs and brood before I put the shallow on. ...
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    Well, I blew it. Now what?

    Second year hive, booming. One of four. I reversed the hive bodies in February (bottom deep was empty of everything) and opened up the brood nest as best I could with foundation and the empty drawn...
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    Re: Coexisting with backyard hives

    For some good news, I have 4 hives and a nuc on 2/3 acre suburbia. Knowing I have dogs and 2 yo, I decided to put up a 6 ft enclosure attached to a garden shed. All the hives are in a 10x15 space....
  14. Re: Letting my hives swarm versus making splits - what's better for the bees?

    Very new to this too, but I think you're very fortunate to be able to capture your own (hive) swarms. If the bees decided to go elsewhere, it would be much harder to get them back. So I vote on the...
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    Re: Veil only...no suit. Thoughts?

    Go with what you're comfortable with. There is no right or wrong dress code. You just have to be ready if the bees are having a bad day.
  16. Thread: Frustrations

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    Re: Frustrations

    I think the few days of 70's lulled me into a farther sense of spring than I was (sorry you folks up North - been there, don't miss it). I got a bad case of Spring Fever and I expected my bees to do...
  17. Thread: Frustrations

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    Re: Frustrations

    I would love to be, but a pesky thing called a job ia always present when they meet. The joys of shift work. I have to earn the money to pay for my mistakes :rolleyes:
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    Re: Frustrations

    There’s money to be made in a book to be written out there. I’ll even suggest a title: “You’ve Made It Through Your 1st Winter, Now What?” or “Help! A Second Year Primer for the Hobby Beekeeper” ...
  19. Poll: Re: Essential provisions in a (written) agreement

    Essentials:

    My hives, my bees, my equipment.
    Nobody but me or a signed representative by me opens, messes with, or manipulates the hives.
    Whatever the payment will be: jar of honey, free...
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    Re: Swap boxes or not?

    What you need to check is if all your bees are in one box. For me, that meant my bottom deep was empty of store and brood. Just clean empty frames. If you reverse your boxes, you need to make sure...
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    Re: Suburban limits

    The problem with the fourth hive is queen related. The package killed the 1st 3 queens I gave it. In late July I gave up and let them raise their own. However, this queen is a poor layer. Brood...
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    Suburban limits

    Questionsfor those urban/suburban beeks.

    First, I have 4 hives w/ 3 on double deeps. 4 th hive has been a growth problem child that will get requeened when it can. I'm on a half acre of...
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    Re: Adding drawn honey supers

    1 of my 4 was a weak package last year that went through 3 queens and only filled a single deep. Not having a lot of backup solutions, I babied this hive on a single deep all winter fully expecting...
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    Re: Adding drawn honey supers

    I'm not an expert by any means, but in can tell you about 3 weeks ago I reversed my deeps as the bottom ones had no brood or stores. Checking today, 3 of 4 were brooding great guns and I saw nectar...
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    Re: hot hive requeening

    There was a nice YouTube video posted on this. The guy put queen excluders between the deeps and a week later, the one that had the eggs had the queen. If you can wait that long, you'd only have...
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