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    Re: Low activity - undertaking Pupae

    CityHoney, Last Saturday I had moved two new frames of brood into that hive. On wednesday I checked, just to see what was going on, and I found a queen in there. The question is, did I take it from...
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    I learned a new trick for grumpy hives.

    I usually only spritz lemongrass oil to work the bees, but recently I got out the smoker because the hives have been grumpy because of the hot weather, and no food. The one 10-frame hive has a lot...
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    Re: Low activity - undertaking Pupae

    I looked at the hive with drones yesterday - No queen! and some queen cells in the middle of the frame that looked like they had been there a while. Also, worker-sized cells with the domes of drone...
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    Re: Low activity - undertaking Pupae

    I did not get to look at that hive today: I started the inspection at the hive on the end of the row at 6:00 in the evening - I just spritzed some honey-B-Healthy at them, that is usually enough. ...
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    Low activity - undertaking Pupae

    The last few days I noticed one of my hives is less active than the other four. Two weeks ago it was about as busy as the others; It also had drones, which the others did not. I was thinking it...
  6. Re: They're flying all over my yard., what are they doing?

    That sounds like "orientation flights" - House bees maturing into foragers explore the hive neighborhood in the late afternoon.
  7. Re: Drawing Comb - recycling cappings into hive.

    Awesome!

    I just remembered my neighbor is throwing out an old FryDaddy - I will go see him.
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    Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    Hi neighbor "mgstei1" !

    That is funny - I knew SHB fed also on fruit but I have been making a point of growing cantaloupes and winter squash to feed the bees, as well as myself. I have never seen...
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    Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    Bummer about the abscond.

    Have you tried the small hive beetle traps - little plastic tubes that you set above the frames? the "beetle blaster". I get beetles in it. Also I use screened bottom...
  10. Drawing Comb - recycling cappings into hive.

    My bees don't always draw comb right away - I use plastic foundation.

    I have observed that they will recycle the wax from cut-outs. I harvested some honey this week, and I put some of the crushed...
  11. Re: Risk of Africanized devil spawn when hive makes their own queen - dog killers

    I ordered a queen on tuesday AM this week - it arrived Wednesday AM. The UPS driver had it up in the front with him - I mentioned our conversation, and he said yes it was about 100 degrees in the...
  12. Re: Risk of Africanized Devil Spawn when hive makes their own queen - part 2.

    Those are both good ideas.
    Deadeye351, you clarified for me what I needed to do with the word 'nuc', and I have figured out how I can arrange my spare hive furniture to make the split into nucs. ...
  13. Keeping Queens overnight or for a few days

    If you have a queen out of a hive for a few days, what are the best conditions for her and her attendants?

    I have had mixed results.

    I have kept Queens in delivery cages in the garage (90...
  14. Re: Risk of Africanized devil spawn when hive makes their own queen - dog killers

    Yes - I ordered it Monday morning and the UPS truck came Wednesday morning. I was home, but I had put a sign out asking them to put any packages in the shade. That was 10 days ago - pretty much the...
  15. Re: Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    Well, I live in stupid Texas now.

    I have been happy with the productivity and gentleness of the mated queen and her offspring that I got from R Weaver in Navasota TX spring a year ago. The...
  16. Risk of Africanized Devil Spawn when hive makes their own queen - part 2.

    Today is 11 days since I put the Italian Queens I ordered from R Weaver into the hives after my very bad incident with defensive bees. I think I went overboard, though - really only the colony that...
  17. Re: Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    Good, that is reassuring. "Milk Brood" is a more accurate term than "snot".
  18. Risk of Africanized devil spawn when hive makes their own queen - dog killers

    Earlier this year I found one of my hives to be queenless, and I moved a frame of new brood into the hive in hopes that they would raise their own queen. They did, and she was making lots of brood....
  19. Re: Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    No bad smell. Lots of covered brood, lots of dry cells, and a patch of "snot" cells in the middle of a frame.

    The egg goes in first, right? and then the jelly?
  20. Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    One of my hives had become queenless; I put in a frame of young larvae and eggs and they raised their own queen from that frame. Unfortunately, they became much more defensive - a real change in...
  21. Re: Using a blow dryer to uncap frames - pros and cons

    I will have to try it - it might work best with really fresh wax that is over only part of the frame?
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    Inexpensive extractor on eBay - no brand

    This year is the first I have extracted honey. I borrowed the extractor from my neighbor/beekeeping mentor three times this spring/summer. (Returned promptly, clean, with garden vegetables). My...
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    Re: Live Nyger Seed

    "Earlybird 50 Niger" is in the Willhite catalog, at www.willhiteseed.com. Willhite has many vegetable garden seeds, in particular hybrid corn, cantaloupe and watermelon varieties.

    Southern...
  24. Re: Bees using brood area for honey - no Brood!

    I checked to make sure yesterday, if there were brood they were very small, not more than a few days old, beyond my ability to see them. The same time I decided to give the queen in my most populous...
  25. Re: Bees using brood area for honey - no Brood!

    Thanks - I will check again more thoroughly, then either get a mail-order mated queen or give them a frame of new eggs from another hive. Queenlessness would also explain why no new comb, because no...
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