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    Re: Curious what's going on here

    Thanks for the feedback D Coates. That could be it.
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    Re: Curious what's going on here

    Thanks for the feedback D Coates. That could be it.
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    Re: Curious what's going on here

    Great questions that I don't really know the answer to. I'll try to ask my buddy if the pile accumulated over time, I think he's been watching the colonies for a few years. The deep part of the...
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    Re: Curious what's going on here

    Here is a shot of the top of the room above the pile.

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    Re: Curious what's going on here

    The deep part is near the window. At first I thought maybe a swarm came in and died against the window. But there is no start of comb being built, and I can't imagine why a swarm would stay until...
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    Curious what's going on here

    So a buddy of mine got interested in keeping bees and gave me a call. He said he's found a few wild colonies and would like to do a cutout or two. He took me to see one of the colonies that has...
  7. Re: So you're raising your own queens, how do you re-queen with them?

    Should I remove or otherwise worry about the current queen? It isn't marked. I think I would likely know that the new genetics have taken over, since they are markedly better performing then the...
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    Re: Grafting, shaky hands and marginal sight

    That's awesome Richard! I just started grafting and my first batch was a big zero like your other one :P I can sympathize. I love the solution you found.
  9. So you're raising your own queens, how do you re-queen with them?

    I don't have a lot of experience, so I'm curious to know what methods people prefer. I recently raised a few queens in a castle, then ended up needing to requeen a different colony with one of them....
  10. Re: First grafting attempt failed, any clues why?

    I didn't feed them. I guess I should have, or maybe still should. There is a decent nectar flow on I believe. Our blackberries are just heading into full bloom, and I see my colonies bringing in...
  11. Re: First grafting attempt failed, any clues why?

    Woo Hoo.. Popped the cell builder frame out quickly and saw at least 5 or 6 had taken. I didn't count, there might have been more. I'll take any I can get though and call it a success. The 14th...
  12. Re: First grafting attempt failed, any clues why?

    Thanks for the feedback everyone, I've learned a lot :) Hopefully I'll have picture of some cells tonight to post!
  13. Re: First grafting attempt failed, any clues why?

    OK follow up. Queen cells were in the upper medium and a few on one frame of the lower nuc. I moved the medium off to it's own spot to raise a queen, then smashed the queen cells on the frame in...
  14. Re: First grafting attempt failed, any clues why?

    Basically I took the queen away at the time I grafted. Before then she was trapped in the bottom box under an excluder. I didn't look at all my frames though, I just removed my cell builder frame,...
  15. Re: First grafting attempt failed, any clues why?

    So maybe add more bees, and check for an errant queen cell... I think I should be queen cell free. The excluder was in place more then 4 days, so there shouldn't have been any viable eggs. The...
  16. First grafting attempt failed, any clues why?

    OK, so I took a strong nuc coloney that consisted of 2 5-frame deeps and a 5 frame medium. I moved all sealed brood and the queen down to the bottom box, and put a queen excluder on. The next deep...
  17. Re: How to transfer a queen from a mating nuc to a queenless production colony?

    Thanks for posting the info Michael. It was actually pretty similar to what I did, except I left the colony hopelessly queenless for about 24 hours. Sounds like a solid plan for the future.
  18. Re: Piping Queen during Swarm removal....help please?

    Maybe it indicates multiple queens in the colony.
  19. Re: How to transfer a queen from a mating nuc to a queenless production colony?

    I think moving the frame of bees with the queen is what I'll do in the future. I'm surprised I hadn't read more about this. All the text out there seems to be about introducing caged queens.
  20. Re: How to transfer a queen from a mating nuc to a queenless production colony?

    Interesting follow up.. The colony I thought was queenless ended up raising a queen. She just hadn't started laying yet, but by the time I check last she had. So cool. Then on to a different...
  21. Thread: swarm hive

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    Re: swarm hive

    I've brought home two swarms in copy paper boxes. I poked a lot of small holes. Worked well enough to hold them for under 24 hours. In both instances they started to pull comb in the boxes.
  22. Re: How to transfer a queen from a mating nuc to a queenless production colony?

    David,

    This is what I'd like to do. I try to keep it simple, and this seems easier then a cage intro. She is on 3 frames right now, so I was thinking of plopping them all in an upper top corner...
  23. Re: How to transfer a queen from a mating nuc to a queenless production colony?

    The queen isn't that precious, but if I need to requeen this colony, I really want to get a laying queen in right away so there isn't wasted brood production time.

    Thanks much for your feedback...
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    Re: Went bare handed last night - got stung

    Oh man, this last weekend, after feeling a gal walking up the inside of the back of knee, I quickly put a frame back in the hive I was inspecting, and did a bow legged walk into the house. I was...
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    Re: Swarms...any chance of acquiring one

    Also, last year I set up a bait box at home and a swarm filled it. Just used some lemon grass oil and a bit of old comb. I don't think it was from my bees.
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