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    Re: Are all the bees above a QE nurse bees?

    Thanks JW - did as you recommended today and have a nice new nuc going. Only took a couple hours for the frames to be covered with bees.
  2. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    I looked at the nuc again and still no signs of eggs/larvae despite an active queen. She's had enough time, I'll replace her with a purchased queen tomorrow.
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    Are all the bees above a QE nurse bees?

    I am going to make a split today with a purchased queen and was thinking that it would be easy to shake a bunch of bees from above a QE into a nuc, add some frames with stores and brood, and then add...
  4. Re: Northern CA Beekeepers - Super questions for you

    This year I will get three harvests from my central Marin hives. My west Marin hives have little surplus, same for some in Lake County. It's very dependent on your immediate neighborhood.
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    Re: What power supply to get for OAV?

    I use this exact one - works fine for at least four hives in a row.
  6. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    Beepro - thanks for your comments and I agree completely that queens should be actively laying new bees now in preparation for winter. Just odd that this one doesn't want to get going. I don't have...
  7. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    To update this - five days later and the nuc has taken almost none of the syrup but has devoured much of the pollen patty. Still no signs at all of eggs or brood. I watched the queen march around -...
  8. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    Thanks all for your replies and input. The nuc has plenty of undrawn comb to lay in. The flow here has slowed, but there still is some nectar and pollen coming in. While the hive has stores of...
  9. Re: How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    Thanks - but as I mentioned the nuc has plenty of both pollen and honey.
  10. How long should I wait till concluding that a split queen is a dud?

    I have a nice healthy looking queen from a split that I made in June... but no brood. I saw capped queen cells on June 29th, so per Michael Bush's bee math the queen should have been laying at most...
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    Re: Brood in honey uppers

    This is a common issue... often happens to me and I either deal with it using an excluder or not, all depends on my mood! I too haven't really noticed any difference in honey production with a QE,...
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    Re: Successful fix of laying worker hive

    I don't understand what you mean. If i'd shaken it out I'd still have lost the "functional colony that could have been rehabbed". Also since I had the extra swarm hive that I really didn't need it...
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    Successful fix of laying worker hive

    One of my hives had a laying worker. I've had a couple in the past and just shook them out rather than try to re-queen. This time I instead decided to use a hived swarm from a different yard to...
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    Re: Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

    You're probably thinking about apis mellifera, our cute little European Honey Bee. Plenty of other kinds of bees that are native to the Americas.
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    Re: Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

    Yeah I did feel like a real goober getting excited about bees in the middle of a vacation. My wife's eyes rolled back in her head when I wanted to get honey: "yeah, like we really need more honey at...
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    Re: Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

    The stingless bee honey tastes kind of like over-ripe cantaloupe, with a slightly fermented flavor. Kind of medicine-ey. Not what I'd call delicious.
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    Re: Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

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    Here are the honeys I bought - the small bottle of stingless bee honey was $20!
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    Stingless bees in Belize/Guatemala

    My family just returned from a trip to Belize, part of which was spent at a lodge near the Guatemalan border. We took a day trip to Tikal, a Mayan ruin, and on the way stopped at a small gift...
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    Re: Shaking out laying worker hive

    Thats really helpful, really appreciate your input.
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    Re: Shaking out laying worker hive

    Thanks - I know that they'll go back - my question is whether this is a good idea or if it puts the queen in the replacement hive at risk of being killed.
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    Shaking out laying worker hive

    One of my hives has a laying worker - bummer. I recently caught a swarm that's at another location and I plan to move to the yard with the LW hive. The swarm hive is fairly strong, probably five...
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    Re: Video of a bad 5 frame nuc?

    The good news is that you have what appears to be a good queen and lots of brood that can grow nicely (if fed like crazy now). The bad news is that you certainly didn't get what the seller says he...
  23. Re: New beekeeper... Requeening an aggressive hive

    I successfully re-queened an extremely aggressive hive using the push-in cage method. Make a cage of hardware cloth that's about 3" square with sides that are about 3/4" deep. Find a frame has...
  24. Re: Why are these bees so obsessed with this crack?

    Clearly they are crack addicts...
  25. Merging nuc with queenless hive - do it directly?

    I have a hive that I'm pretty sure is queenless and also have a 5 frame nuc with a strong laying queen and lots of bees. The hive is in two deeps. I"m going to verify that the hive is queenless,...
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