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    bees shaking abdomen

    Hi all you bee fans!
    This is the sad story of a hive that produced three swarms and then apparently didn't have a queen to continue the colony.
    At this point the hive is empty of bees, not even...
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    Re: pile of dead drones

    Yup, that's what I did. It was a bit messy, because the tree they were in has lots of little branches. Anyway, they're in the hive and humming. Ski-...I mean Bee-Heil!
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    Re: pile of dead drones

    Thanks so much for your information and optimistic assessments of the situation! Actually, as I was composing the first post they swarmed yet another time, just about one week after the first time! I...
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    pile of dead drones

    Hello beekeepers,
    Here is what's a mystery to me:
    My bees are been pulling out drones from the hive and dropping them in front, which sometimes resulted in what looked like violent struggles on the...
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    screened bottom board

    I have had a screened bottom board on my hive all the time during the summer months. It worked great as far as ventilation goes, I think. Now I noticed that there are bees at the underside of it....
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    Re: Hive swarmed 3 times in a week

    How do you do that? I looked for a queen very carefully. Didn't see her. But I also read that virgin queens can be very small and get big before they start laying. Also, because of the number of...
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    What's wrong with this drone?

    The bees just now pulled a drone out of the hive and threw him overboard. He was still alive. His wings are totally undeveloped and don't look like wings at all, more like skinny, deformed...
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    Hive swarmed 3 times in a week

    Hello Beekeepers,

    Hopefully I'll learn from this mistake:

    In the past week my hive swarmed three (!) days in a row. From only 1(!) deep super!

    I tried catching each swarm since they...
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    Re: What can I use to attract Swarm

    Judging from what I've recently experienced, even if they do land on your branch you might have to be pretty quick to catch them. I saw three swarms leave my hive this last week on three consecutive...
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    Re: Swarm changed mind (?)

    The story keeps unfolding. Now, late afternoon, some hours after the swarm moved back in, what looks like hundreds of drones hover in front of the hive, go in, come back out, making lots of noise....
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    Swarm changed mind (?)

    Hi,
    My bees swarmed yesterday, right into the closest tree. I think it was because they didn't like going up into the empty super I had put on about two weeks ago. It only had starter strips and I...
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    Swarm changed mind (?)

    Hi,
    My bees swarmed yesterday, right into the closest tree. I think it was because they didn't like going up into the empty super I had put on about two weeks ago. It only had starter strips and I...
  13. Re: Does foundationless langstroth cause cross-comb?

    Bee trees, bee gums, hollow logs to lure bees, old style Dadant frames, Warre hives! What wonderful posts, so inspiring! Never realized all this is out there.Thanks so much to all. Lots to study and...
  14. Re: Does foundationless langstroth cause cross-comb?

    Yes, exactly, a log with bees in it, a wild, unmanaged, feral hive. That's the idea. Not much chance here though to locate something like that. Here you find hives in water meter boxes, street signs,...
  15. Re: Does foundationless langstroth cause cross-comb?

    I have to appologize. I am definitely very ignorant about a lot of issues concerning beekeeping. Will read up on it and get more informed. Seriously, I hear you.
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    O-0h! Inspectors? I don't think they bother backyard beekeepers around here. Holding fingers crossed.
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    Thanks, countryboy for your reply.
    I have 10 frames in the box. I guess I measured "almost 1 1/2 inches" because of some build-up on the frames.
    Shaving the end bars down to 1 1/4 is really...
  18. Re: Does foundationless langstroth cause cross-comb?

    This discussion about foundationless frames has really been very helpful to read, as I am just preparing to make my own material for the brood box from scratch. I was going to have just the top bars,...
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    Re: Hive death - what happened??

    Yes, I am posistive now that this is what happened. My Varroa-weakened colony was not able to defend itself. I actually had seen a couple of bees with deformed wings in the time before it happened,...
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    Re: Hive death - what happened??

    And I can hear the nurse bees cheering inside whenever the guards eliminate someone from the enemy crowd and carry them off.

    Thanks for the detailed description. Will definitely remember in case...
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    Re: Hive death - what happened??

    The importance of the entrance size depending on colony size and dearth! Makes so much sense, but I was never aware of that before (maybe wasn't listening well enough). Great to have that added to...
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    Re: Hive death - what happened??

    Yeah, just think of the small entrance holes bees sometimes use in trees or walls, etc.
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    Re: Hive death - what happened??

    Wow, thanks so much for your thoughts. They raised more questions, however:
    1. If the queen was week for some reason (she was less than a year old),
    wouldn't the bees start a raising a new...
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    Hive death - what happened??

    I would so much appreciate if someone with experience could tell me what might have happened to my hive. I am a new beekeeper, have no clue, and want to learn.
    Last week I went out to check the...
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