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    Laying Worker Hive

    I have a hive that has given me all sorts of trouble this spring. This hive has been split, then it swarmed. The queen cell that was left behind the swarm hatched and I am assuming she never got...
  2. Re: Is anyone else still waiting on packages?

    I got all mine on time and in good shape from Lookout Mtn.
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    Re: Queen release?

    Just what Beehonest said. A little water and let them do the rest. I do poke a hole through the candy plug bit with a safety pin.
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    Re: Natural Comb between 2 Frames

    Acebird, the foundation did have a bow to it and I assumed that's why they pulled the new comb. The new comb itself had all larger cells than that of the cells being pulled off the foundation. All...
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    Re: Natural Comb between 2 Frames

    Apple, I did add on top today as I went in to fix the comb. This hive recently had a lot of brood to emerge and with the new box on top and room coming available from brood hatching I hope to stay...
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    Natural Comb between 2 Frames

    In one of my new packages I installed about a month ago, I found this today. It was between the #9 and 10 frames. The hive has grown fast, especially the last 2 weeks, almost all the 10 frames were...
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    Re: Post your bloom dates 2013!

    35453 Tuscaloosa( West Alabama).
    Blackberry Blooming
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    Re: Do birds eat the bees?

    I've killed lizards hanging onto the concrete blocks my hives sit for eating my bees. Just easy eating for them..
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    Re: Requeened packages and supercedure

    These are good questions that I would like to know as well. I to had one of the 4 packages this year to have a queen go missing almost immediately after the install. The bees pulled comb but when I...
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    Re: New package feeding question

    beekid, there should not be a virgin queen amongst the worker bee (normal bee). If the queen arrived in a cage dead, then there is no possibility that she laid an egg and it went through the cycle of...
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    Re: Queenless Colony

    I'm new here to but it does seem that your 2nd Nuc is in preperation of a new queen. You have to ask yourself this to make up your mind if you want to let them bee and let them do their thing or...
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    Alabama Folks

    what in typical years is the around and about date of the major flows? I live in Central AL but was just wondering that in the Bay area to the Hills of North AL what the differences are?

    Thanks,...
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    Re: help identifing comb

    Yes, those are drone cells.
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    Re: Adding 2nd caged queen to package

    I would also check for a 2nd queen.
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    Re: New install

    Stanger, facing the queen down allows the bees to cluster at the top and keep her warm, if the cage us upwards you may not get enough bees on top of the frames and between the inner cover to do the...
  16. Re: Bees not entering hive after installing package

    I would also spray with a little sugar water mix to keep them from flying around and dump them into the hive.
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    Re: Preventing a swarm for future reference.

    snl, I'm new to this, what would you be looking for once honey supers are on and like you said its much more difficult to take tem off for frequent inspections. Thank you for any advice.
    Clark
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    Re: One of my packages

    Beepro, do you run Nuc hives instead of 8 and 10 frame stuff. I've read on that its a more natural environment for the bees.
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    One of my packages

    has supercedure cells in it for about a week now. I don't know if she died or what but didn't see any eggs from her so I have no idea how cells are in the hive. But my question is when they hatch...
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    Re: Preventing a swarm for future reference.

    Beepro you and others have been a great help, I appreciate it.
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    Re: Preventing a swarm for future reference.

    I've been told and read that if done in enough time before the bees really start to feel crowded that it is very effective.
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    Preventing a swarm for future reference.

    So I have seen where alot of newbies like myself have suffered swarms this year, I do a good bit of reading and knew I was on the verge of it when it happened to one of my hive this year. What I...
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    Re: Need new queens quick

    I also need new queens. I have 2 hives that I would like to re-queen due to poor genetics. Very aggressive and poor layers. If anyone has an idea of one that will ship, I appreciate it. My local...
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    Re: What a week for a newbie

    I don't fault the supplier, the bees arrived in great shape and queens were released in 3-4 days when I checked. Other than adding 1:1 in the top I haven't fooled with their brood chamber. These...
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    What a week for a newbie

    I've had my strongest hive from last year swarm 3 times, caught all 3 but my mistakes caused it to be that bad, I felt I got another deep brood box on it in plenty time but evidently not. Caught...
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