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  1. Re: Ok pros, how do you keep an eye on swarming without disturbing the brood chamber?

    If you want to catch a colony before a swarm issues you will need to check the brood nest for queen cells each 7 to 9 days, and it is a plus if you are using clipped queens. It depends on how rough...
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    Re: question on re-queening and splits

    It is best to place a purchased queen in a split in the first hour or two after the split is made. It takes less than an hour for the split to know it is queenless and the bees start the selection...
  3. Re: Why do Male Drones Bees Die after mating mating

    Honey bees are very sensitive to inbreeding and the drone never mating again , along with queens mating at a distance from their own hive are ways nature prevents damage to the species.
  4. Re: Pre swarm ? Huge cloud of bees over my hives

    If I saw that around a hive in which I had found queen cells I would suspect that a virgin had emerged and the bees tried to swarm with her, but she was still too weak to fly out with the swarm so...
  5. Re: Queen flew off while requeening - what to do?

    As long as the bees in the colony have a queen, or anything they consider to be a queen such as a virgin, or queen cells, they will not accept any queen offered. You must make the colony completely...
  6. Re: Frame Feeders - Larvae swimming in syrup

    What you saw is not unusual in areas with hive beetles. They are the reason I changed from hive top and frame feeders to bucket feeders feeding through the top of the hive. When the beetles or...
  7. Re: powdred sugar treatments and a solid bottom board any point ?

    If you have a beekeeping friend that will loan you Langstroth deep boxes you can put the frames in, dust, leave them alone for 10 minutes in which time 90% of the mites that will fall will drop off,...
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    Re: Crazy Comb

    A fume board or a bee escape would be easiest.
  9. Re: powdred sugar treatments and a solid bottom board any point ?

    If they land on a solid bottom they attach to the first bee that walks by. Powdered sugar works best when there is no sealed brood in the colony, so once brood is capped powdered sugar is not very...
  10. Thread: Swarming?

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    Re: Swarming?

    Were it mine I would have the entrance open to 6 or 8 inches, but it is 72 degrees and he has a screened bottom board so temps should not be a problem.
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    Re: Queen Introduction

    Queen catchers don't make very good introduction cages, a mailing cage would be much better. Worker bees can go into the catcher, and if they are not ready to accept the queen, she is dead.

    I am...
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    Re: Virgin Queens

    I would give the swarm a frame of eggs and young larvae. If they start cells there is a problem with the queen. It is probable that the queen you found will start to lay before next weekend, but...
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    Re: Swarming?

    You could try putting a frame of open brood from another colony next to the swarm, after a bit it will attract the bees and any queen that may be in the swarm to it, then put the brood in a nuc box. ...
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    Re: Are they going to swarm?

    How many queen cells did you leave for the parent colony? When I leave more than 1 queen cell the colony casts swarms with every cell. The book says the virgins fight it out, but I seldom see that,...
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    Re: Swarming?

    By any chance was the queen in that colony clipped? That is the way my colonies look when the queen has not left with the swarm and they return looking for her. She is usually in the grass below...
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    Re: Wanting to move hive within beeyard

    Often putting a brightly colored board or other object on the ground in front of the entrance will help them orient on the new hive location.
  17. Re: 1st full hive inspection - lots of surprises...advice welcome

    After two weeks I would have thought there would have been more brood than what your photo showed. Have you been feeding? Was this a 3# package?

    It is normal for older bees to die and often they...
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    Re: Can this be EFB?

    Yes, it shows the symptoms of EFB. Follow the treatment recommended on the USDA website.
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    Re: Drones Behind Bars

    If you have hive bodies for a brood chamber, then the excluder, then surplus honey supers, just slide the top honey super to the rear about 1/4 inch to make the upper entrance. If the bees don' want...
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    Re: Wild bees smaller than domesticated?

    Moccisan; It is documented that the Spanish brought honey bees into Florida prior to the 1600s and that the English brought honey bees into their colonies. Ship manifests from those time periods...
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    Re: Are they going to swarm?

    Yes, if the queen cups have eggs in them the colony has started to prepare for the swarm. If the time line is the usual one a swarm will exit 6 days after the egg hatches and the cell is capped. ...
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    Re: Changing Entrance Position

    What do you mean "a solid slider?"
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    Re: Brood on top stores on bottom??

    Put the medium with brood on the bottom board with the deeps above. Bees always move up easier than they do down. Once the brood is in the deep box arrange the boxes the way you want them to be. ...
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    Re: Hive Split

    That shows they are aware of a queen in the hive, what the bees do on the screen of the cage shows how their acceptance of her is. If the bees cling tightly to the cage with their mandibles, and...
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    Re: Organic/treatment free beeks

    If my memory is correct BWeaver started their treatment free program with 2000 colonies and lost all but 1 or 2 hundred the first year, not many could lose that number and come back.

    It is...
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