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  1. Re: Bumblebee attacked one of my bees and carried it off!

    I was going to insist that twice this year I have seen bumblebees eating some of my honey bees until reading Oldtimer's and FlowerPlanter's post regarding robber flies. Robber flies appear to be the...
  2. Re: Nuc with introduced queen has a Q cell as well???

    Thanks. Yes, robbing has been really hard to stop. I don't have another yard and have kind of run into the limits of the size of my yard before. Depending on the time of year, what's otherwise...
  3. Re: Nuc with introduced queen has a Q cell as well???

    Thanks Mike, will have one more look tomorrow and then take suggested action if no sign of brood.
  4. Nuc with introduced queen has a Q cell as well???

    Have a dilemma in one of the nucs I started 8 days ago with caged, introduced queens:

    The facts:

    all the nucs but one doing well
    robbers are leaving them alone
    evidence of new brood
    queens...
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    Frames of Pollen from winter dead out

    I'm sure this has been answered a hundred times before, but I have some frames full of pollen from a hive that died this last winter. Can I insert these into my remaining hives when expandind or...
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    Re: The Enemy Within

    thanks Acebird, I appreciate you responding.
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    Re: The Enemy Within

    Thanks everyone for the responses. What you are mentioning in your experiences leads me to believe that the attack of robbing would be much more severe an event than what I am seeing. There are no or...
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    The Enemy Within

    This regards my ongoing concern about robbing of some splits I made by one or two larger and much more powerful hives. I have two strong hives and two splits I made from these - one from each hive....
  9. Re: Need help pulling trigger - Hive still entering at top of hive

    Thanks again for the responses. I am going to check the top deep and see what they are up to in there. I have another hive of similar strength using the bottom entrance and they are beginning to fill...
  10. Re: Need help pulling trigger - Hive still entering at top of hive

    Thanks for the responses. I appreciate the feedback,

    Randy
  11. Re: Need help pulling trigger - Hive still entering at top of hive

    Snakejumper,

    no it's not usual to winter over with that many boxes. As I said, it was an unusually strong hive and I just decided to let it be. Up here two deeps or two deeps and a super work...
  12. Need help pulling trigger - Hive still entering at top of hive

    Very strong hive (suspect two queens) came out of winter only using top entrance. As they became very active very quickly and were just pounding this entrance, I decided to "temporarily" crack the...
  13. Re: Queenless? No Eggs or Larvae for 3 weeks, but plenty of pollen being gathered...

    thanks raosmun, reassuring to hear some similar scenarios - in the same ball park at least.
  14. Re: Queenless? No Eggs or Larvae for 3 weeks, but plenty of pollen being gathered...

    Thanks for the repsonses. Yes, it might be I am a bit impatient and she just hasn't started laying yet. No harm done if they do have a queen and don't make an emergency cell.
  15. Queenless? No Eggs or Larvae for 3 weeks, but plenty of pollen being gathered...

    Not sure what I am looking at. Posted earlier about this hive with lots of capped drone cells and some capped worker cells, but no new eggs/larvae. There were 10 to 12 queen cells, half uncapped the...
  16. Puzzle: One and one half box brood chamber honey bound with supercedure/swarm cells

    A hive half way between a nuc and full hive I wintered over in a deep and a super on top. Came through with good numbers and a laying queen. In another post, I presented my dilemma of how to expand...
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    Re: Adding Deep on top of Super with Brood

    Thanks for the replies. I appreciate it. Regarding ccar2000's suggestion/question, i don't think the colony is strong enough to be spread vertically that far although with a stronger one and one that...
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    Adding Deep on top of Super with Brood

    I wintered over two hives each with a deep and a super on top. At the beginning of the winter, the super was full of honey with the deep below containing the brood. When in began checking on them...
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    Re: Middle Aged Rookie from Vermont

    Thank you, I will.
  20. Re: Swapping deep for super for second brood box

    RayMarler,

    Thanks. I appreciate your reply. I will watch their progress with the second super and then go from there.

    Randy
  21. Swapping deep for super for second brood box

    I started with a wintered over nuc in late April - five frames which i sandwiched in the middle of foundation in a deep box. When they had drawn out most of this, I added two supers instead of a deep...
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    Middle Aged Rookie from Vermont

    Hi everyone, Joined recently. Have read some posts before joining. Very helpful and have already learned a lot. Beginning my second year of beekeeping so a long way to go. Hope in time to be able to...
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