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    Re: They swarmed help me learn from this.

    Maybe take a few frames from the booming hive and put them in the one that's drawing weird comb. Help lagging hive catch up and give the bigger hive something to do.
    Start a nuc. Take brood and...
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    Re: How many bees are too many for one box

    I'm a newbee so I don't know what the "rule" is for adding another box but it seems you made the right call on the 2 nucs before so whatever gauge you were using seems to work. How did you determine...
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    Re: Work came to a screeching halt!

    Good deal! Looks like a nice colony to have. Do you look for the queen or just vac her up if you don't see her? How do you hive them? Just pour them in with your frames you made from their comb and...
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    Re: how to collect these bees?

    Used a beevac to get all the bees, it worked great. I use two 5 gallon buckets for my beevac and I was really happy with it. It didn't kill hardly any at all.
    The entrance had been cut off for...
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    Re: how to collect these bees?

    Hey, that's the way to go. I'm going to see the carpenter that was going to remove the wall and do the repairs anyway, so just get the brood/honey and bees/queen, help him put it back together, and...
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    how to collect these bees?

    Homeowner wanted the comb removed from their house. Thought the bees would leave if they were cut off with this trap then they could proceed with comb removal. Told me the bees wouldn't leave,...
  7. Re: Best option for getting a laying worker hive to accept a swarm queen?

    I took a laying worker hive 30yds away from where they were at and dumped them all out. Bought a $25 queen and caged her for 1 week in the hive then let her out. They were accepting her and...
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    Re: Combining bees?

    So you're combining bees from the same hive and still need to use newspaper? That's good to know. Last weekend I pulled 3 frames of bees and the queen from a Hogan trap I have (my first trap-out),...
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    dead bees some undeveloped and larva

    Looked at one of my two hives this morning. Large swarm I caught in early May (my first ever swarm/hive). This is what I saw at my hive entrance. 1150711508
    Here's what it looked like yesterday....
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    Re: part of swarm is outside the hive

    Appreciate the replies and ideas. Here's an update. Checked on them this evening and found even MORE bees clustered under my bottom board. Opened the hive and looked in some of the cells that have...
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    part of swarm is outside the hive

    I caught my second swarm (ever) Monday, pulled a few frames of new foundation from my deep, poured swarm in, replaced frames, and walked off. Checked Wednesday and noticed several bees going to the...
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