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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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?
  10. 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...
  13. 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...
  16. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    Exactly. I'm hoping they will made with drones in the area and not with my drones. Although I'm also sure there are other drones in the area, it's almost certain that one of them will be from my...
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    Re: Between Queen Emerging and Laying

    Not quite the same as I have a hatched out queen cell. There are also plenty of queen cells about to be capped...and there is larvae and capped brood in the hive...just no eggs.

    I'm also curious...
  18. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    I had this realization late last night. I wanted them near me in order to feed and watch over, but there is a huge nectar flow in the valley right now. As long as I'm able to cut out the queen cells,...
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    Re: A good tree to trap a swarm?

    Any tree or landmark the bees use for navigation or foraging where they can find your trap is a good place for a bait hive. Sounds like this tree is a good spot for the bees to find your trap.
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    Between Queen Emerging and Laying

    Are there any "ques" to tell if you have a queen in your hive between the Emerging and Laying stage?

    One of my hives recently swarmed. By the time I could get to the hive a week or so later, I...
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    Re: How far distance wise

    If possible, move over the parent hive and place the split next to it. Essentially placing the two hives where the entrance to the one hive was. I found this useful as it gives the bees a choice so...
  22. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    10013

    Google image search can sure be useful
  23. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    Great input.

    I'll try some tests with the dremel and a hot knife on some drawn out frames I have laying around to see which is least invasive. I'm thinking the rotary drill bit with the dremel at...
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    Re: Do I Have Afrcanized Honey Bees?

    How would I go about sending some in for testing?
  25. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    Do you think the rotary "drill bit" attachment would work? I don't have a saw attachment big enough...but it's a clever idea.
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