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  1. Re: What is the best way to combine queenless nucs with eachother?

    I catch myself researching books and other sites for answers to my questions prior to posting here because of responses like this. Fortunately, for every disappointing response there are many others...
  2. What is the best way to combine queenless nucs with eachother?

    I pulled some mated queens from my nucs this morning and would now like to combine the queenless nucs in order to free up some of my equipment. If I wait 24 hours, could I just stack the queenless...
  3. Re: Preventing Laying Workers with Queen Pheromone While Waiting for new Queen to Mat

    That makes sense. I guess I am being a bit of a worry wart. I lost 2 hives last year to Laying Workers and I really don't want that experience again if I can avoid it. Thanks for the reassurance...
  4. Re: Preventing Laying Workers with Queen Pheromone While Waiting for new Queen to Mat

    Ok thanks. I was trying to avoid having to open the hive to add a frame of brood during the entire process from egg to egg ( egg to mated laying queen ) which seems could take up to 33 days after...
  5. Preventing Laying Workers with Queen Pheromone While Waiting for new Queen to Mate?

    Ok, so I did some splits on 4/3 and this weather hasn't really been ideal for inspecting. Lots of wind, cool days, etc. I did my math and hopefully during the mating flight period my virgins were...
  6. Re: Combining Nuc with Production Yard while combating robbing??

    Makes sense. Last Spring I had no noticeable problems with splits and robbing, so this is new to me. Saltybee - thanks for the input. I'll try to make up some robber screens also to put over those...
  7. Combining Nuc with Production Yard while combating robbing??

    So I've started making a few splits and have these really weak nucs in my backyard near the hives I split them from. I started my splits on 3/28-4/4. Our nectar flow is just beginning with pears,...
  8. Re: How many bees to take care of capped queen cell?

    I figured. Thanks for the replies. I am using the brushy mountain med queen castle with the dividers. Pouring rain now and near future doesn't look too great either for manipulating hives. Got...
  9. How many bees to take care of capped queen cell?

    I found capped and uncapped swarm QC's in one hive yesterday. I wanted to try out my queen castle, so I moved a frame of food, one of brood (not much brood on this frame, just a little capped) and...
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    Re: Why I don't consider using treatments.

    Thank you very much for taking the time to share.
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    Re: When/How to break down a Very HOT Hive?

    Thanks to everyone for such quick responses! My thought process was more along the lines of what WWW suggested. Thanks for that video Bill! Though my hive is very nasty when opened, they don't...
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    When/How to break down a Very HOT Hive?

    I have 5 hives and 4 nucs in my Apiary. This one hive I am having problems with was my original hive that I started with 3 years ago. It was a nuc with a VSH Queen and from the get go it was pretty...
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    Re: hive with bees on the ground.

    Reef10, You are not alone. A couple of weeks ago I also saw at least a hundred or so bees outside one of my hives on the ground scattered and also a small cluster (tennis ball size) right under the...
  14. Re: Do you shake off the nurse bees when "sharing" a frame?

    Ok Thanks Oldtimer, but I have another question (-: So when you combine a queenless hive with a queen right hive you use various methods including the newspaper so they can get used to the queen...
  15. Do you shake off the nurse bees when "sharing" a frame?

    Hi There,

    Was wondering if I needed to shake off the bees from a frame of Brood,Larvae,Eggs when putting it into a different hive? I used this great method of checking for a queen when I thought...
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    Re: Reversing in Fall??

    I too am seeing this in one of my "stronger" hives. Thought the same thing about possibly reversing, but have sided with the post of just leaving it alone. I really couldn't believe how well this...
  17. How long before a newly hived swarm settles down?

    WooHoo!! Caught and Hived my first swarm yesterday and it was awesome!!! I hope this never becomes "routine". I do have a question though. This was a very easy swarm to catch and great experience...
  18. Re: Do you think I successfully prevented a swarm?

    Thank you for the suggestions, comments and encouragement!

    Michael - I feel a little silly asking this, but if I did a split and did not successfully remove all of the swarm cells in the hive the...
  19. Do you think I successfully prevented a swarm?

    One very healthy active hive - Deep/med/Deep and just added empty Med undrawn 10 frame box on top last week. All 3 supers were full of bees/brood/honey/pollen. Just made it one full year as a...
  20. Hackler Honey Punch for first year optomistic Beek?

    I searched Beesource but didn't find anything recent so I figured I would try a post. I found the "Honey Punch" through some other research I was doing and thought "Wow" that is pretty cool but a...
  21. Strange Non-Aggressive Bee-Havior happening in Virginia?

    I am a first year beekeeper and have one very strong, happy, healthy hive. For the past week we have noticed many bees flying around the deck and house and just looking very irritated. Not stinging...
  22. Re: Why is my hive making so many queen cups? (Virginia)

    Thanks for the responses. Yes, I do still have a queen and she is doing a Fabulous Job! I actually got to see her when I was doing the inspection despite the smoke. Lots of eggs, brood, etc.
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  23. Why is my hive making so many queen cups? (Virginia)

    Learning something new everyday (-: Inspected my hive yesterday and replenished the top feeder. Wow, my bees really need an Attitude Adjustment! Definitely not as docile as they have been.
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  24. Re: Add another super? Split (if not to late in season)? Do nothing? Virginia Beekeep

    Thanks for the advice and taking the time to answer my questions!
  25. Re: Add another super? Split (if not to late in season)? Do nothing? Virginia Beekeep

    Thanks so much for your reply. I am planning on wintering the hive as is with the 3 supers. Should I not be so worried about overcrowding this time of year? It appears to me to be such a strong...
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