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    honey tastes like sweet tea and lemons

    So I removed some bur comb that had been filled with honey and decided to try it, tastes great. At first it was a bit earthy, like tea, but then it has a very strong lemon flavor. It was different,...
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    Re: 5 week old hive supersedure

    I started the 2 hives from packages, the nuc was split from the 2 hives. One hive was queenless from the start so I swapped a frame of brood and they built queen cells. I ordered a new queen and...
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    5 week old hive supersedure

    I started a new hive about 5 weeks ago. I last opened the hive 2 weeks ago, saw the queen, plenty of brood, eggs, ect. I thought everything was great.

    I opened today and found lots of young bees,...
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    Re: 2 new hives, 2 very different bees

    I've been thinking, maybe a little too much because I've got this crazy hypothesis.

    In the good hive, the bees are split to the outer 3 frames on each side. What I mean is, lots of bees in the 3...
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    Re: 2 new hives, 2 very different bees

    Update

    Last week I opened the bad hive and the only brood was on the one frame that I swapped. THat frame also had 5 or 6 queen cells, a few already capped.

    I ordered a new queen, should be...
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    Re: Anyone selling Queens?

    No I'm not. I don't know much about the group, just what i read in the tuscaloosa news a while back.
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    Re: Anyone selling Queens?

    I've messaged a few places today, ill call some places tomorrow.

    How many do you want? I am looking to get one ASAP, this week.

    If I find some, do you want me to go ahead and order, or contact...
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    Re: Anyone selling Queens?

    I'm also in Tuscaloosa.

    I am trying to get a queen this week. If I find some available, do you want me to order you some and we can split the shipping cost?
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    Re: 2 new hives, 2 very different bees

    Well I opened them up Saturday. I found the queen on the second frame in hive "A". I also found small brood.

    Hive "B" had no brood, no sign of a queen. Lot's of empty queen cups.

    I took a frame...
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    Re: 2 new hives, 2 very different bees

    That's my fear. I'll check tomorrow or Saturday.

    When I removed the queen cage and empty packages, I left them on the ground about 20 feet in front of the hives. 'queen cage for "A" was left in...
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    2 new hives, 2 very different bees

    This is my second year keeping bees. Last year was a failure, I lost one to SHB larvae, and the other lost a queen and slowly died out.

    I started again this year with 2 new packages. They got...
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    Re: SHB destruction *graphic*

    I used permethrin around the hives when I first discovered the infestation so hopefully that killed any that made it tot he ground.

    When I nuked it, I used the permethrin. It worked nicely...
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    SHB destruction *graphic*

    A little background info:
    First year bee keeper, I have 2 hives that I set up about 6 weeks ago, they were both started from 5 frame nucs. THey were installed in basic 10 frame hives. I've been...
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