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    Re: Superseded - Advice Needed

    Well, option 5 apparently happened and I'd definitely agree that the bees know best!

    The current queen must have destroyed the last queen cell as the entire QC cluster was gone.

    I did find her...
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    Re: Superseded - Advice Needed

    Exactly. I would bet there is a new queen already laying in the hive and I'd rather take the remaining cell and make a split - or better yet, add the new queen to a nuc and let the strong hive raise...
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    Re: Superseded - Advice Needed

    Understood.

    My question more lies around them already having one.

    As they have a pretty solid egg pattern (which doesn't show any sign of laying worker), and there being a hatched queen cell...
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    Re: Superseded - Advice Needed

    Oldtimer: There is some older brood but the last of it is hatching out. I made very sure the eggs were center, at the bottom, and only one per cell. We don't want any laying workers!

    Gary: I had...
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    Superseded - Advice Needed

    Temps have been in the high 70a here in Santa Cruz so in doing my first inspection I noticed a group if supersedure cells. Some old and some new. The oldest one was being torn down and there was one...
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    Am I crazy?

    Added a queen to a nuc a couple months ago. Everything has been going fine with it. When I was about to move it into a deep box I noticed the following.

    Very little brood and eggs.

    Tons of...
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    Re: Breeding my first queens.

    That's what I'm thinking. All my nucs are of top genetics so if they do start drawing out Q cells I could just leave that one for a couple more weeks to do it's thing. I don't see acceptance as being...
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    Re: Breeding my first queens.

    Agreed.

    If she has done her recent laying on a frame or two, I could swap these with older brood from other hives.

    The hives will only be queenless for a night so any queen cells they would...
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    Re: Breeding my first queens.

    I think this is getting over complicated.

    I know how to raise queens and have the setup for the cell starter and the finisher hives.

    My question: Once I remove the existing bred queens from the...
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    Breeding my first queens.

    I've been producing hives by doing three frame splits, with swarm cells into five frame nucs, for nearly 6 years now. However this year I decided to try producing queens cells by grafting.

    I...
  11. Thread: Nosema?

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    Re: Nosema?

    True.

    It was a rather sudden change...I did catch a swarm in a bait box next to my bee yard during this time..and I couldn't help but notice how much the queen from this swarm looked exactly like...
  12. Thread: Nosema?

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    Re: Nosema?

    I've never seen the mess that currently resides on the entrances of this hive. My hives are stained a light cedar and the entrances are dripping with black. The top bars seemed quite dirty as well as...
  13. Thread: Nosema?

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    Nosema?

    I did a split just over a month ago into a 5 frame nuc. The nuc had been doing so well I opted to move it into a 10 frame deep.

    Two weeks has passed since I moved them and after inspecting them...
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    Documenting Individual Hives

    I'm up to 8 healthy hives and am having trouble remembering which ones are doing what...which queens I used and from where...and so on.

    I was considering writing a number on the back of each hive...
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    Deformed Wings

    I currently have 8 hives, 6 of them establishing nucs. I was doing my first inspection on the nucs today and noticed, through thousands of bees, that about 3 or 4 of them had deformed wings.

    Of...
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    Re: How Soon Can I Move My Hives?

    You just answered my previous post. The queens just hatched so I'll more than likely be moving them tonight.
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    Re: How Soon Can I Move My Hives?

    Definitely. The area in Aptos is near countless Eucalyptus groves as well as access to the city and possibly some farm land, at the edges of their reach. The area is North of the City but quite open....
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    Re: How Soon Can I Move My Hives?

    My hive moved so easily yesterday I don't feel like moving the nucs would disrupt them all that much, if at all. Sounds like you may agree.

    I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains and it's generally...
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    Re: How Soon Can I Move My Hives?

    Anyone?
  20. Re: SF Bay Area Nectar Flow - Is it the Drought?

    Girls are doing phenomenal in my Aptos apiary. The girls in the Santa Cruz Mountains, not so much on the nectar side, but great on breeding. I've been moving a few hives at a time to Aptos from the...
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    Re: How Soon Can I Move My Hives?

    I didn't hear from any of you experts so I went with my gut and only moved my oldest hive with my 1 yr old queen.

    I'd still like to move the nucs and other main, requeened hive, over asap. My...
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    How Soon Can I Move My Hive After Requeen?

    I recently did a split of my two hive as they were about to swarm, I was able to split the resources into 6 nuc boxes, all complete with at least one queen cell, twp frame of brood, and a frame of...
  23. Lethargic Newly Hatched Virgin Queen

    I did several splits yesterday and in two of the nuc boxes I had to place two frames with queen cells as I hadn't assembled the rest of my nucs, not thinking I would need all 8!

    Today I opened one...
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    No more hives! - I want honey!

    So I've pretty much mastered the "art" of making more bees, but this was only due to necessity.

    Due to some neglect of my bees this spring and some rather prolific queens, I was able to turn 2...
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    Re: Swarm Question

    The old queen will leave between the time and new queen cell is capped and the time it emerges. If she stays in the hive too long, the new queen will hatch and since there can only be one queen, they...
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