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  1. Capped Queen Cell Looks Strange Today

    Today I briefly checked the nuc that has a capped queen cell in it. The tip of the cell looked removed and I could see some fuzzy white stuff. Are the bees tearing down the queen cell or is something...
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    Re: Brand new Beekeeper

    "Smashed them on the ground?" - sounds rough.
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    Re: Booming Hives

    Been checking in on them about once a week. They've been growing by leaps and bounds. Going to continue that program since you said it was OK! Thanks!
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    Booming Hives

    How frequently should I check my boomer hives this spring? Trying to toe the line between staying on top of swarms and too many inspections.
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    Re: Black Honey Bees ??

    Off topic: Doesn't it look like a queen may have emerged from one of those queen cells? There is a cell hinge at the bottom.
  6. Re: Never, Never, Never and Never again wear.....

    Last year had a girl see me at the chicken coop from the entrance of her hive (about 15 feet away) and made a beeline to my upper lip. I saw her coming and was able to brush her off before too much...
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    Re: Open Brood Nest without Drawn Comb

    I have other plans for these bees...

    It has been done! Thanks for the comments.
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    Re: Open Brood Nest without Drawn Comb

    Triple deep, here I come!
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    Re: Open Brood Nest without Drawn Comb

    The end frames on either side are honey and pollen stores. Seems like I should leave those so they can feed the babies.
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    Re: Open Brood Nest without Drawn Comb

    In order to add the empty frames, I'll have to remove some. They have brood in 7 frames in the top box. What do I do with the frames I remove? There are TONS and TONS of bees in this hive. When I...
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    Re: Open Brood Nest without Drawn Comb

    Would I only open up the top brood box? What to do with the frames I remove? Put them in a new super or just remove them entirely?
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    Re: Open Brood Nest without Drawn Comb

    Great!

    How open should I make the brood nest? It is currently in two deeps and very full - 6-7 frames of brood in each deep - loads of brood. Plan is to add another deep and bring a few frames...
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    Re: Open Brood Nest without Drawn Comb

    This is the good part of having bees that are booming - running out of hardware! Time to get into the shop and start making some!
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    Open Brood Nest without Drawn Comb

    Is there a way to provide space in the brood nest without using drawn combs? I'm out of drawn combs.
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    Re: Simulated Swarm Question

    Those are the two choices I am mulling over now. Since flow is coming early this year, I am probably going to recombine so we have a strong colony to gather.
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    Re: Simulated Swarm Question

    Yes, I was ahead of the swarm. Took the queen to the new location. Spotted her - for sure. She is happy and laying in the new location.

    There are no eggs in the old hive now. If they don't have...
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    Simulated Swarm Question

    Help! I split a hive last weekend. Decided to split after seeing about 10 swarm cells - all empty. Took the queen, some nurse bees, a couple frames of honey/ pollen. Left 5 frames of eggs, larvae,...
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    Re: Split Question

    Will they be OK in the colder temps in a single deep?
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    Re: Split Question

    There are drones in my apiary. All hives have them. They have been there for over a month. Weird, warm weather!

    Hopefully some of the lovely dark drones from my best hives will be around when her...
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    Re: How early do/can you split?

    I'm in SW CO and decided to perform a swarm control split about a week ago. Found about 5 swarm cells with eggs in them in one hive. I was able to split into two deeps and have plenty of brood,...
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    Re: Bees in Moab, UT doing well

    Nice.
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    Split Question

    So in my last inspection of one hive, I noticed several uncapped queen swarm cells with eggs in them. Bees were overflowing from this double deep in the middle of the day with foragers out, so I...
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    Re: Bees Are Very Active

    Sticky Bear, I don't see you on the sign-up sheet (assuming your name is Jack Moore). You should come check it out. I am the person in charge of the registration and look forward to meeting you at...
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    Bees Are Very Active

    We've had a mild winter, with highs in the 60's and lows in the high 20's and very little snow. The bees have been very active - bringing in loads of pale yellow and now orange pollen. They have...
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    Re: Great.....10 more days of freezing !

    I wouldn't put the extra box on them either. It is easier for them to keep a small space warm. Good luck!
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