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  1. Re: I hate this weather! Spring cannot come quick enough in the Northeast.

    I am in CT as well, and had 4 hives in the fall. Two strong and two somewhat weak. As of yesterday the only one surviving is the one I thought was the weakest! This has been a long tough winter,...
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    HELP! My hive keeps swarming!

    A few weeks ago, my largest hive swarmed, which I welcomed, captured and started a new hive. Yesterday, it swarmed again, and ended up balling at the top of the hive, which I thought was pretty...
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    Re: How do you find the queen in a large hive?

    thanks for all the replies and good advice, I will give those techniques a try... Just to update you all, yesterday the hive swarmed, so I obviously didn't get the queen, BUT, they landed on a...
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    How do you find the queen in a large hive?

    My largest hive is ready to swarm so I decided to try and split it. Problem is, when I went in, the place is wall to wall bees, two deeps, two supers. I was in for over 30 minutes, only looked at...
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    Would you mix plastic and wood frames?

    I have been told to get rid of the plastic frames and am in agreement. I was told that the frames are tougher on the bees in the winter since they can't eat through them. Even though I had a strong...
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    supersedure cells vs emergency?

    How can you tell whether the new queen cells in the middle of the frames are emergency or supercedure?
  7. Newly mated queen's daughters looking a little odd?

    I split my hive a while back and let nature take its course. The new queen was born, went out and mated and is now doing her thing. The first batch of newborns are emerging and they are smaller and...
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    Re: Time Sensitive!!(by 3:45 today!)

    Not sure how big your yard is, but I had a party last year with around 50 people milling around one of my strong hives. They never bothered anybody and of course it was a hot day so they were out...
  9. thought they were going to swarm, but instead they were queenless?

    So I went into my hive today to split since the bees have been bearding early in the morning and have made many swarm cells. Instead, I found many swarm cells, even some emergency cells at the...
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    gee, think they are going to swarm?

    This morning, 8 am, Connecticut, its about 55 degrees out. I think today is the day.221
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    can a swarm change its mind?

    I have been sort of expecting my hive to swarm this week ( I already split it once) and it looks like today was the day. So far they have "swarmed" twice, aka filling the backyard in a chaotic...
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    Re: How many inspections is too many?

    The funny thing is that this is a split I already did last week! The first time I ever did it, so it looks like I did it wrong. I couldn't find the queen so, I am not sure if she is in the original...
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    How many inspections is too many?

    I am new to beekeeping. For a variety of reasons I opened up one of my split hives twice this week. Now they are bearding in the front of the hive through the night, when it drops into the 40s. I...
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    Re: First split, but did I do i right?

    So the lack of activity I guess would be because most of the foragers went back to the original hive. That would make sense. Since they both have swarm cells I guess there is a good chance they...
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    Hello from Connecticut!

    I live in south central Connecticut and started beekeeping one year ago. I was bored one day a few years ago and grabbed a book from the Yale bookstore about bees and off I went. My first year went...
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    First split, but did I do i right?

    I am a new beekeeper, going into my second year. My first (and only) hive, grew well last year and was strong at the end of the winter. So strong, that they started to create swarm cells a few...
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