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    Re: Town to spray for mosquitos!

    I have emailed the gentleman about the spray and any effects on bees. I will post what he replies. I can say that from the bit of convo I heard is that our state of Ma is one of the worse for...
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    Re: Help!

    I'm going to guess robbing!! Your bees were robbed and while attempting to battle the robbers they lost their lives!! I watched a show on TV about how hornets or wasps can destroy a colony of bees...
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    Re: Town to spray for mosquitos!

    As far as I know the chemical they spray with is bee friendly. Still be cautious though. One of the field biologist in Ma that deals with all the mosquito's (trapping,testing,spraying,etc.) is a...
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    Re: Is this aggression towards a caged queen?

    Its likely the cells made with six day old larva will be torn down. They will try out of desperation to become queen right!! I'm not sure about the hatching thing but bearding can just because it was...
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    Re: Is this aggression towards a caged queen?

    If it were me I would open the hive get a close look at what the bees on the cage are doing. If they are sticking there tongue's into the cage. They have probably accepted her. You can direct release...
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    Re: Splitting hives

    I agree don't worry about foragers. Feed the split and the young bees will become foragers! But if you want and can get foragers to even go in the new box you can orient them there by placing a leafy...
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    Re: Did I Do The Right Thing?

    I think you should inspect throughout the process. Not only to keep an eye on it but a learning experience. If you can get an idea of when the cells are capped you can use an online queen calendar...
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    Re: Did I Do The Right Thing?

    By scattered around I'm guessing not on the bottom. Which means they are probably supersedure cells. It's not bad that you made a split but in Michigan I would say like Ma it's probably cutting it...
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    Re: Queen cells & Hot weather.

    It will take a month +- for a queen to hatch, mate, and start to lay. Sounds like your on track. Did they swarm?
  10. Re: My first Trap Out.. Will it be successful?

    At the low end 6-8 weeks maybe longer. Especially if you do a rob out when all the bees are out.

    In another thread someone put a drop of honey on the trap out cone and had a good result after the...
  11. Re: evaluate my hive, I'm new, any info would help. Look at these pics!

    We cannot see any of the pics!!! Add them to a picture hosting site like photobucket and post the link.
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    Re: Queen less question from new beek

    In the future if 7 or 8 of the 10 frames are drawn add another box. By letting them get 9 frames drawn and that many bees they started the process of swarming. Drawn comb is always better but not...
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    Re: My first queen hatched!!

    Thats awesome!! I'm hoping this isn't too late here in Ma. She should go on her meting flight tomorrow and/or sat. I hope all goes well there and then if she lays ASAP after would be even better. I'm...
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    Re: Honey bound = Abscound

    Winter solstice occurs during Dec around the 21-22. Just doing a quick google search you can find a ton of different months a queen is suppose to start laying again. I guess its all relative to you...
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    Re: Honey bound = Abscound

    Maybe she realizes her workers are dieing off and she needs to lay to replenish the colony. I'm sure she figures out that she needs workers to keep warm!!

    How would southern bees know anything...
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    Re: Honey bound = Abscound

    There are a few conditions that do not allow "every hive" to become honey bound. Like above size of cavity. Build up of worker bees. Timing, amount, and duration of the flow. Swarming (another...
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    Re: Queen cells in a hive with no brood ?

    One of us has missed something!! I have not read that all his bees are gone. Unless you have talked to him privately. He stated that half his bees left and he would attempt to requeen. He was asking...
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    Re: Queen cells in a hive with no brood ?

    Robbing would definitely make sense but weather they do it I'm not sure! I'm not sure bees realize time and to know that winter is coming or if they react to the conditions as they are happening. I...
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    Re: Queen cells in a hive with no brood ?

    Well if there are no cells for a queen to lay in then at the end of the bee's short life cycle there will be no generations to continue. Which means definite death for the colony. If they abscond...
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    Re: Queen cells in a hive with no brood ?

    Thanks for the corrections!
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    Re: Honeybee Democracy

    In the sense of can I read it and understand the content with spelling errors sure. But I also like to get what I pay for and I paid for a professionally copied digital version of a book. I didn't...
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    Re: Queen cells in a hive with no brood ?

    I thought queens were fed by workers! I don't think they feed themselves. That is usually why they have attendants in the cage. I think the honey will do much cause the workers will suck it up and...
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    Re: Honeybee Democracy

    I suggest a chapter every 3-4 days on 4th-5th start convo about it for a few days. The chapters are from 13 to 25 pages +- here and there. If chapters were 50 pages I could justify a week.

    I read...
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    Re: Queen cells in a hive with no brood ?

    It's seems to be normal for colonies to build queen cups that are empty. I'm not sure why exactly but I don't think you need to worry about them. You can decide what to do with them!
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    Re: Do YOU know of any COLLEGE-aged beekeepers?

    I attend a community college. We actually have two hives on campus and a beekeeping class!! I talked to students at a course fair about it and here I am now a beekeeper! Starting a group or club has...
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