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  1. Likely source of bees moving into existing hive?

    Hello All,

    I have four hives. Three didn't make it through the winter. I purchased 3 packages and went to install them this weekend. Much to my surprise, one of the hives was full of bees, thus I...
  2. Excellent! Being a California boy, I'll just take...

    Excellent! Being a California boy, I'll just take it into the hot tub with me ;)

    DG
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    Michael, Do I need to scrape out the old...

    Michael,

    Do I need to scrape out the old pollen? The stuff is really packed in there. What I mean is that when I do attempt to scrape, it takes quite a bit of force. It's hard to imagine the bees...
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    Gabe, I had a nasty hive this year. I...

    Gabe,

    I had a nasty hive this year. I requeened, first killing the nasty queen, closing it up, waiting a week, destroyed the new queen cells, added larvael and brood from a mellow friendly hive,...
  5. This year's honey crystalized quite quickly, and...

    This year's honey crystalized quite quickly, and now I have a five gallon bucket with 2 gallons of crystalized honey.

    Any tricks to melting it down in the bucket? Can I just wait until next year...
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    Hello All, I have four hives. One of them...

    Hello All,

    I have four hives. One of them struggled along this year.

    In the end of the season, I decided to combine the hive with stronger ones.

    I retrieved the deeps last weekend. The are...
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    Fuzzy, I think I'll go with option "C". I'm...

    Fuzzy,

    I think I'll go with option "C".

    I'm going to destroy the existing queen/drone cells, as to not promote whatever voodoo they possess. I'll then add some brood, eggs, larvae, etc. from a...
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    Hello All, Today I harvested honey from 4...

    Hello All,

    Today I harvested honey from 4 hives. Phew! I am beat. That is a tremendous amount of work (this is my first time using the "crush" method instead of renting an extractor.

    As I...
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    Thanks Pete. I've been told it's better to...

    Thanks Pete.

    I've been told it's better to combine weak hives than to keep a week one going (strength in numbers I suppose).

    When I considered raising a new queen, I thought the current...
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    I currently have 4 hives. 3 of them have a...

    I currently have 4 hives. 3 of them have a tremendous amount of activity. Bees in and out throughout the day. The fourth hive has an anemic appearance in terms of bee activity. The tend to move in...
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    Hello All, Tomorrow I intend to take one of my...

    Hello All,

    Tomorrow I intend to take one of my weak hives (consisting of two deeps), remove the queen, split the deeps, and combine each deep with another stronger hive.

    My question is, as the...
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    Thanks Michael. DG

    Thanks Michael.

    DG
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    Hello All, For the first time, I employed the...

    Hello All,

    For the first time, I employed the "crush" technique, rather than renting an extractor.

    All went well, using the two bucket system that has been described on this site.

    Question:...
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    Thanks All, I'll go hive diving today and...

    Thanks All,

    I'll go hive diving today and check out the pattern. With all of the splitting and queen raising during the past weeks, I've sort of left the hives alone.

    DG
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    Hello All, I currently have 4 hives. Two of...

    Hello All,

    I currently have 4 hives. Two of them are from an earlier split due to a devil producing queen. Things have mellowed out with the newly raised queens from the brood of one of the more...
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    Quick observation and question: As is the rest...

    Quick observation and question:

    As is the rest of the country, it's really hot here in California...109 in my backyard yesterday.

    I noticed few bees on the move during the hottest part of the...
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    tecumseh suggest: Tecumseh, A couple...

    tecumseh suggest:

    Tecumseh,

    A couple comments about your advice:

    1. The store seem a bit light compared to last year. The hive "balls" are pretty tight. Last year, they filled all of the...
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    Hey Matt, You're not alone on that one..."no...

    Hey Matt,

    You're not alone on that one..."no emperical knowledge."

    DG
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    Hello All, I peered into my 4 hives today....

    Hello All,

    I peered into my 4 hives today. Each has 1 shallow filled, and some frames (25%) on the second box.

    What are the upsides and downsides of taking what's available? Is it better to let...
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    Thanks guys. I started to "freak" myself out a...

    Thanks guys. I started to "freak" myself out a bit.

    Looking forward to meeting the new queens.

    Cheers.

    DG
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    Hello All, The other day I split my hive, rid...

    Hello All,

    The other day I split my hive, rid the colony of its queen. When I went to place some frames with brood from a two desirable hives, I couldn't see any eggs. All I could find was capped...
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    Just out of curiosity, could I have approached my...

    Just out of curiosity, could I have approached my goal of raising new queens from "happy stock" in the following manner.

    Split the bad hive, destroy any queen cells, immediately introduce frames...
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    Hello All, I want to raise two new queens. I...

    Hello All,

    I want to raise two new queens. I will do this with brood from a hive unrelated to the two lacking queens.

    It is my understanding that now that I have removed the queen and split the...
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    Ahh! That makes a good deal of sense. I'll...

    Ahh!

    That makes a good deal of sense.

    I'll give it a whirl. If that doesn't work, I'm going to be sewing an awful lot of flannel jammies for the bees. They must be chilly at night.

    DG
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    Okay. I know our bees are unpredictable, and I...

    Okay.

    I know our bees are unpredictable, and I am getting used to that by reading all of your posts.

    This weekend I split a hive, and destroyed the queen. I now have no queen (will raise two),...
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