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  1. Re: When to know if a new queen is viable ... without seing her

    Sometimes it can take a new queen up to 30 days before she starts laying. Check out Michael Bush's web site for info on new/virgin queens and how soon they start laying good brood patterns.
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    Re: How old is your oldest brood comb?

    Agree with schmism, replace two brood frames per box per year. Super comb doesn't usually turn dark as long as brood isn't raised in it. The wax will absorb pesticides, mite killing chemicals, etc....
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    Re: Cought my first swarm today!

    Sometimes they are in the swarm mode and nothing will stop them. I'm assuming you're talking about the parent hive swarming. I wouldn't make a split and leave more than two cells in the parent hive...
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    Re: Hood or Cricket style veil/jacket

    I have the style with the round hat/veil combo. It's hard to look straight up when I'm catching swarms that are over my head. The higher they are, the harder it is to see. I'm thinking of going the...
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    Re: brand new beekeeper in Wisconsin

    Welcome to BeeSource! Enjoy the ride of your life with your bees!
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    Re: Swarm on a bush

    Nice photo and great looking swarm! That swarm would definitely make my day! How big (weight) was it? Looks like a monster!
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    Re: Queenless Swarm

    I would put a frame of eggs/young brood in the swarm. The queen may have died. She may have been a virgin and hasn't settled down to start serious laying. What indication do you see to suggest laying...
  8. Thread: LemonDrop

    by GaryG74
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    Re: LemonDrop

    Welcome to BeeSource! Glad your bees made it through the harsh winter.
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    Re: Nuc with supersedure cells....question.

    How many queen cells? Like beregondo said, they can be anywhere and be swarm cells. Usually, if there are about five they could be emergency queen cells that are built when the queen gets killed by...
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    Re: weak hive or slow buildup?

    It will probably take more than one week of warm weather to really get them going. As more pollen goes in the queen should produce more brood. They don't need much to make it through a normal winter....
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    Re: Capped Queen Cell options

    Shouldn't be a problem. I haven't put just the cell in nucs, usually a frame with one or two capped cells on it. When I make a split, it's with at least one frame with one or two queen cells on it,...
  12. Thread: Bumble bees

    by GaryG74
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    Re: Bumble bees

    Mostly carpenter bees here that harass my hives. They are the same size and look like regular bumble bees but have a yellow mark on their faces. They will bore holes in unpainted hive stands and...
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    Re: Swarm or Package

    If I could "order" a swarm, that's what I would take for the reasons stlnifr mentioned. Unfortunately, most of us don't know when or if a swarm will appear, cluster at the right height off the...
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    Re: great swarm catch this week

    I have used excluders under hives. I usually leave them for three or four days then remove them. If you see pollen going in the hive, it's a safe bet the swarm will stay. I had two or three swarms...
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    Re: Hello from New Beekeeper

    Welcome to BeeSource!
  16. Re: Some bees pics I took recently, thought I would share

    Nice photos! I would try to take more photos too but can't stand to get propolis all over my camera.
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    Re: I think my hive is Getting ready to swarm

    They are probably just bearding--hanging out on the front porch and shooting the breeze because it's too warm in the hive. It happens when ever it's hot or very humid, or the hive is crowded. If the...
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    Re: Caught a swarm, now what?

    You don't say if it's 8 frame or 10 frame. Either way, I would finish filling the box with frames so they don't build wonky comb which will be a mess to clean up. You can use foundation less and they...
  19. Thread: My swarm queen

    by GaryG74
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    Re: My swarm queen

    Nice looking queen! Good photo too!
  20. Re: Second year newbee in foothills west of Denver

    Welcome to BeeSource and better luck this year!
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    Re: Hello from Las Vegas!

    Welcome to BeeSource! You might want to think about putting a piece of insulation board above your inner cover. It can be 3/4", 1", or thicker. Cut it the size of the IC and put between the IC and...
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    Re: Bees Building Comb Between the Frames

    They want to fill any space larger than the "bee space" with comb and anything smaller with propolis. Push all the frames together and center in the middle of the hive (with the feeder). They usually...
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    Re: Moving nucs into full size hives

    Set the nuc boxes beside or on top of their hive, they will get the scent from bees fanning in their hive. Put a bushy limb or something else in front of the hives (each one) so the bees notice...
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    Re: Hello from Central VA

    Welcome to BeeSource!
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    Re: New Beekeeper - New Top bar Hive

    Welcome to BeeSource! Nice looking hive also, good luck with your bees!
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