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  1. Re: Found several queen cells. Split before or after they are capped?

    Depends on several things. If the split is strong enoug,they may still swarm. If the split is still congested and there is no were to lay it may still swarm. And some hives have more...
  2. Re: Found several queen cells. Split before or after they are capped?

    I personally think you should find the Queen take the frame she is on plus 1-2 frames of capped brood and put her in a nuc. Then wait till after the swarm cells are cap to do a breakdown split. And...
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    Re: Any good breeding methods for Zone 5A?

    A walk away split is a little different. You don't go looking for the queen. You really dont care were the queen is. You just make as many splits as you want or can making sure each split has eggs...
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    Re: Any good breeding methods for Zone 5A?

    I live in a zone 5 area and a method I have had success with is (from what I have read) called reverse splitting. What you do is get into the hive. Then find the queen, pull out the frame that she...
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    Re: Making Splits

    I do what Tenbears does. It really nice especially if you want to make multiple slits off of 1 hive when the queen cells are ripe. Last season I did a 7 way split.(8 counting the one with the...
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    Re: Plans for 2016... am i missing anything?

    Another thing you need to consider is comb. Do you have drawn comb for all 25 hives or is it going to be mostly all new foundation/foundation less. Having fully drawn comb that a new queen can...
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    Re: 1.6 miles ≠ 2 miles ...

    I have always heard it said that you should move them 5 miles.
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    Re: Harvest timing, when and why?

    I extract once a year in September. We have flows throught the season which allows for this. The reason for only once is becuase I'm lazy and don't want to clean up the extracting equipment more...
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    Re: Walk away split vs 2 queen split

    Something that you may want to try what is called a reverse split. You find the queen pull the frame she's on plus one or 2 more frames with brood and put her in a nuc box and let her raise another...
  10. Re: drones being raised as queens, possible?

    OK I thought so it happens to 2 of my slpits
  11. drones being raised as queens, possible?

    I was wondering if anyone knows if its possible for bees to get confused or desperate enough to try to raise a drone as a queen?
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    Re: Splits or Split Down

    Something I have done this year and last year that turn out alright was let the hive build up until I see either drones walking around or capped drone cells. If the coloney it big enough I will pull...
  13. Re: Hiving 4 pound of bees into two hives.

    When I have split a 4 lb package into 2 hives I have always locked up the one hive that the queen didn't queen didn't come with.(if that makes sense). I have observed that they seem to want to crawl...
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    Re: Swarm cells and split timing

    I have split when the hive when I "felt" like they were getting to swarm. There were no swarms cells or caped drone brood at the bottom of the frames. I pulled the queen with 3 to four frames of...
  15. Thread: splitting

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    Re: splitting

    Thank you for the advice. Last time I did this I think they had made the decision to swarm so they were already ready to build cells.
  16. Thread: splitting

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    splitting

    So last Saturday I did a split of a really strong hive. Drones were flying( were a month ahead with this weather) found the queen put her and 2 to 3 frames of brood and bees into a nuc and was going...
  17. Re: Installing a 4# package of bee's with 2 queens into 2 hives.

    Agreed. When I have done it I just hang the queen cages between the frame and dumped the bees on top of the cage. As a side note(this happened on all three packages I have done this with) the bees...
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    Re: Do bees utilize reed canary grass pollen?

    In my yard yes, now there are a couple of corn field about a half mile away that has your regular field corn that I cannot confirm how much they go into that.
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    Re: Do bees utilize reed canary grass pollen?

    Corn is also wind pollinated, and the bees will work that....a lot.
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    Re: Screwed up year not sure what to do

    Unfortunately I don't have access to either of those things right now or else that would be something I would try....


    Today at work my boss informed me that Sunday, a semi load of bees had...
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    Re: Screwed up year not sure what to do

    Thank you both for answering my question. I will leave her be(no pun intended). If she survives, she survives.
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    Re: Screwed up year not sure what to do

    I have pondered this myself... Would your answer be different if it was later in the year?
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    Screwed up year not sure what to do

    So I went out today to do an inspection. I have 4 strong hives and 2 that are pretty weak. Of the weak ones there is one that has maybe 2 cups of bees left but the queen looks healthy, for now. ...
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    Re: Need advice on extractor

    I have a four frame tangential extractor.( that's four frames from shallows up to deeps) With two people I was able to extract about a 10 frame box in about 10 min. (One decaping the frames while the...
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    Re: Do you reverse hive bodies?

    I usually do rotate them but last spring I didn't and I had to deal with swarms. They didn't move down.
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