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    Re: Too many bees and 4 splits later...

    These Russians are very nice to work with. I rarely use much smoke other than to get them off the top of the frames. I am sure, as with anything, your mileage may vary based on certain behavioral...
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    Re: hive split video - my first split!

    I find patience is the best recipe for success. Shaking bees over and excluder and sifting through them seems like a good way to damage or lose a good queen. If she is still in your main hive in a...
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    Re: Too many bees and 4 splits later...

    No, I was not trolling. ;) I am trying to manage a good hive and not sure I was doing smart things to help reduce the possibility of swarm by following your books' advice of opening the brood nest...
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    Too many bees and 4 splits later...

    I have a Russian queen (purchased from a Russian breeder) that went into the winter with 3 boxes (8 frame mediums) - 1 box of honey, and 2 honey/brood nest. They made it through the winter strong...
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    Re: splitting a laying worker hive?

    Sure. Here is the link to another thread:
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?311890-Laying-worker-caught!


    Picture of drone eggs in worker sized cells. Many get capped but are not...
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    Re: splitting a laying worker hive?

    A little off topic from the OP...

    I have had a laying worker observation hive started from a package in April - they killed the packaged queen and within 2 weeks had begun laying drone eggs in a...
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    Re: How do I let the bees supercede?

    Do you have any reason to suspect a laying worker hive other than the amount of drones? Do you see any worker brood capped or otherwise? A laying worker hive will also make "queen" supercedure...
  8. Thread: No queen?

    by Zbee
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    Re: No queen?

    Do you see cells with multiple eggs in the bottom or along the sides of the cells? Do you see drones being raised in worker size cells or eggs being laid in drone cells more so than the worker...
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    Re: Laying worker...caught!

    Hi Taske,

    I have had an Observation Hive for 2 years now. This is my 2nd iteration. I work from home on a normal day schedule, but spend 20-30 mins a time watching my girls throughout the day...
  10. Re: Inner Cover Vent/Telescoping Top - When to Open

    Don't let bees in where you dont want them making comb. Air can flow fine with a screen.

    I gauge when to pop the top based on how much bearding you see throughout the day and evening.
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    Re: i requeened my hives today..

    Last year I started with 2 packages in 2 hives - both italian. I purchased 'certified' Russian queens around mid summer from a breeder and replaced the queens in both. I kept one of the package...
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    Re: Laying worker...caught!

    I would typically agree and the last time I seeded an observation hive, I did exactly what you recommend. I was more interested in observing how a package starts given the opportunity only comes up...
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    Re: Laying worker...caught!

    One thing that may be unique is that this whole hive started from a package with nothing but drawn comb - meaning there is a possibility that it never established who was the queen and therefore was...
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    Re: Laying worker...caught!

    Some additional pictures:

    Queen cup with larva and royal jelly (approx 2 day old)
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    note the small red circles with the multiple eggs on the bottom and side of the cells. This whole frame...
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    Re: Laying worker...caught!

    Hi Crispin

    1) It is supposed to be a Carniolan package
    2) Yes, I will upload some more pictures
    3) I know the queen was in there with the package for the first 2 days. I have not seen her...
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    Re: what the heck are they doing?

    I watch them all the time inside an observation hive exhibit a rather aggressive 'grooming' inspection behavior. Sometimes 2-3 will gang up on one bee. Either the bee escapes and runs wild on the...
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    Laying worker...caught!

    This observation hive was seeded from a package. I am not sure whats going on with it, but I have watched it intently for the last 3 weeks.

    I know there are workers laying eggs. Finally...
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    Re: drones being raised as queens, possible?

    How did you know it was a drone in the queen cup?
  19. Thread: Queen flew off

    by Zbee
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    Re: Queen flew off

    I had a new queen fly off right in front of me when I was attempting to mark her. She was fat and slow but I remembered the advice I read in a book and just stayed very still for about 5 mins. Sure...
  20. Thread: Laying workers?

    by Zbee
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    Re: Laying workers?

    Some eggs hatched today so the clock is on until I can see what they do (drones or workers). It has been educational watching them behind glass for hours and seeing this odd behavior. I have read...
  21. Thread: Laying workers?

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    Laying workers?

    Hi all,

    I have an observation hive that I recently started with a package. I know the package had a queen in there as I saw her with the bees after it was closed up. It has been 2 weeks since...
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    Re: Open the hive early morning/early evening?????

    Hands down in the AM works best for me but after the sun hits the hive and the foragers are busy. I have done emergency inspections in the evening when I had to - its not fun and the bees are very...
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    Re: First package install for me

    Good luck with the new package! I had 2 packages last year and 2 more this year and directly released the queens in all of them even though the apiary I bought them from was vehemently opposed to...
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    Re: Trying to avoid another lousy winter

    +1 to OAV. You can treat all the way up to the bees going into the winter cluster. Very effective and little restrictions as to when and how you can apply it. Some folks on this board find using a...
  25. Re: Leaving a medium w/honey on two supers for the winter?

    Be sure not to install an excluder to overwinter or the queen won't be able to be follow the cluster up and will die.
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