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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    The queen's abdomen was quite small when I caught her, but she looked OK otherwise. I would never have recognized her if not for the mark. When I released her two days later, her abdominal size had...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    September 13, 2013. Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223. A swarm on the ground about 15 yards in front of my back yard hives. The pile was about 12 inches in diameter.

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    I looked through the pile...
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    observation hive glass spacing?

    I'm helping a boy scout build a single-width observation hive for the local zoo. We have been unable to reach a decision about the best spacing for the glass windows. Any recommendations from...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    March 27, 2010, at 12:35 pm. Birmingham, Alabama, Zip 35223. Temp 62F, full sun. A three-pound swarm from a hive that itself had been a swarm the year before. It coalesced in a small tree 30 yards...
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    Re: AHB and the cold

    From the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension bulletin on Africanized honey bees:

    "As Africanized bees expand into temperate
    areas, their tropical adaptations are less advantageous.
    Cold...
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    Sticky: Presumed swarm 9-20-09

    I noted a sudden decrease in the number of bees in one of my hives between Sept 17 and Sept 20th. When I inspected the hive, numerous empty queen cells were found. I had been feeding this hive since...
  7. Re: Drone frame swap and sugar dusting in newly queenless hive?

    Is swapping the drone frame a potential problem with respect to have drones available to mate with the soon-to-be-hatched queen? My mentor thinks it would be good to have those drones around and...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    My hive swarmed today to a nearby tree at 4 pm. Sunny, temp 90 degrees F.
    Birmingham, Alabama, zip 35223.
  9. Drone frame swap and sugar dusting in newly queenless hive?

    I have a new hive that I started from a 3-pound package on April 17th. The hive has done well (see here for more details: http://jeffcobees.org/SteinkampfBeeJournal.htm) except for a few small hive...
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    Follow up to frame shuffling

    Three weeks after my last (traumatic) inspection, I opened the hive to swap out the drone frame (yes, I know it's a little early for this) and to add a super. After pulling the frame, I shifted the...
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    Shuffling frames - good or bad?

    Im a new beekeeper with a single hive and a mentor with more than 20 years of experience. The hive was started from a package April 16th and has been going strong up to now (see here for...
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