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    Re: May they thrive in spite of me

    Yup, that was the hardest lesson for me to learn...let the bees.
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    Re: Laying Worker colony - small swarm

    I experienced two LW hives coming out of winter. Each had been paired on a stand with another hive. I had more hives than I needed at that point so I dumped the LW hives without trying to supplying...
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    Re: Drone vs.Worker brood

    Could be getting drones because the eggs were laid in drone cells and the multiple eggs may be new queen. Might add a frame of young brood for insurance for laying workers (won't hurt if there is a...
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    Re: Drone vs.Worker brood

    Sometimes hard to tell from the angle of photos...the grouping on the right are drones cells. The others appear to be normal. Was this frame of comb used for the nuc possibly originally drone sized...
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    Re: Relocating new colonies.

    I would keep them together just for convenience...in case I needed to move brood between them if one hive gets into trouble. Most of my hives are spread out across 20 acres behind my home...but I...
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    Re: Laying worker or new queen?

    Do you have a mentor or some else you can get a frame of young brood? The only way I've found to rid a laying worker is to put in brood frames. Additionally, if there are laying workers (sometimes...
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    Re: Where Should I move to?

    Sorry, have to ask...why not Florida?
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    Re: so a swarm came out, now what?

    Yup, doing splits the hard way. Last year, I was late on my swarm prevention measures...so I put out several traps. Caught 4 of 5 of my own swarms. I was a lousy bee "keeper"; but I pretty good...
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    Re: Concerned inspection in Georgia

    In a few weeks most of the brood will have hatched before your new queen starts laying, great time to oav with all the cells open.
  10. Caused a swarm...but now have my first 2016 queen

    Accidently initiated a swarm...I dumped a laying worker hive several weeks ago, and when the bees returned they went to the next hive on the stand. I believe this increase in population generated a...
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    Re: Concerned inspection in Georgia

    Brad, congrats on building some strong hives coming out of winter. Sounds like you caught the hive just before swarming and moved the queen at the right time. Keep the feed on the splits. You are...
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    Re: 2016 Outlook: A Newbs Perspective

    I'll add for southerners:

    5: Warmer winter: bad year for SHB
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    Re: Importance of Trap out comb to hive comb ?

    Natalie, sounds like you have a good handle on bee location. If you go cutout, before you cut out the decking, put a handle or some other mechanism on it to ensure that it won't fall to the ground...
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    Re: Couple questions from a dummie

    Those are probably drone larvae. Not uncommon to expose drone larvae on the burr comb between boxes...it is a good opportunity to examine them for mites.

    I would let the bees cleanout the open...
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    Re: Importance of Trap out comb to hive comb ?

    I was going to ask the same question as Mr. Beeman. Easiest cutout I've done was a shed floor. Bees probably attached to plywood floor...easy to cut out and replace. Good chance of getting queen...
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    Re: Bee removal help!

    Understand. if they are going to seal the tree...then take your best shot.
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    Re: Bee removal help!

    If you are doing a trap-out, as opposed to a cut-out, is there a reason to expedite the process? I would be concerned that the bee quick would loose its impact somewhere in the trunk and you would...
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    Re: Dumping LW hive - impact on other hives?

    It was two hives side by side...one experienced LW., it was dumped and the bees went back to other hive.
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    Re: Dumping LW hive - impact on other hives?

    Its a shame...the foragers were packing away a ton of pollen to feed a super full of drone brood. Thanks all.
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    Re: Dumping LW hive - impact on other hives?

    Thanks. I've done it a couple of times too. Was never too concerned...but the hive with my top queen, that I've selected to produce my new queens this year, is the one that is being covered with...
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    Dumping LW hive - impact on other hives?

    I had a laying worker hive that I dumped. When I returned to the hive stand, the bees from the "dumped hive" were congregating on the next hive down on the stand. I reduced the entrance on the...
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    Re: Getting into the hobby

    Welcome from the FL Panhandle...enjoy the adventure
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    Re: Going into 2nd year in Geneva County Alabama

    Welcome, from just slightly southwest of you in Okaloosa County FL. Good luck with year 2.
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    Re: Newbie from Abbeville, al

    Welcome from the FL Panhandle.
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    Re: Drone cells in the Fl Panhandle

    March 1 is my rule of thunb...I start catching swarms the first of March in traps, that indicates to me the bees think its a good time to make splits or new queens. Good luck.
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