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    Re: dealing with comb from deadout

    This was such a large colony. I would have expected my smaller (but more productive) colony to be robbed and this one
    to do the robbing. And I have a small struggling nuc that wasnt touched.

    I...
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    Re: dealing with comb from deadout

    Hive was 5 medium boxes. Top box was honey super and contained extracted frames
    I had returned to the hive about 3 weeks ago to clean up. They cleaned it up nice and
    I removed it and have stored...
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    Re: dealing with comb from deadout

    Popped a couple out of the freezer and took a couple representative pics. In the other thread some posters mentioned that if the capped
    brood had holes in it that was indicative of a starve out as...
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    Re: dealing with comb from deadout

    Ok...Good idea. But I have four 10 frame boxes full. I cant even keep them all in the freezer.
    I have to rotate. And I have just the one colony left. And the pitiful remains of the colony that died....
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    Re: dealing with comb from deadout

    Thats what I would like to do. But wont the capped brood in those frames rot between now and then? Like i said I cant
    keep them in the freezer and its still hot here...upper 80s F.
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    dealing with comb from deadout

    In my earlier thread I was talking about one of my hives that died. First thought was pesticide kill but
    its looking like it was actually a starve out. And anything left was robbed.

    My question...
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    Re: Foundationless mistake?

    ShizzleTrizzle

    I did the same with both of my hives. One hive did perfect. Nice beautiful comb
    filled with wonderful honey.

    The other hive made ugly bumpy uneven comb and filled it with drone...
  8. Thread: pesticide kill?

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    Re: pesticide kill?

    Double post
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    Re: pesticide kill?

    Yes...Once I found the queen still alive with a small cluster of live bees I scrambled to set up something.
    I took a new medium hive body I had in my vehicle and put the queen and bees into it along...
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    Re: pesticide kill?

    Ok...I learned something new. Hard lesson but sometimes those sink in the best.
    The past 3 years here in Iowa we have had spring flooding and late summer drought.

    While we did have lots of rain...
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    Re: pesticide kill?

    Ive got conflicting evidence. I dont know what to think. The dead bees were wet. But we had heavy rain overnight. Lots of abandoned brood.
    Many half emerged and dead. I did see a few dead bees head...
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    Re: pesticide kill?

    I inspected this hive (and the other two) just 9 days ago. Friday Aug 21. I had extracted honey from both hives about 3 weeks ago.
    At this last inspection I was seeing that they had cleaned up the...
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    Re: pesticide kill?

    I didnt think to save any bees until after I got home. I did bring the empty frames home still containing brood and they are in the
    freezer now. Unfortunately no pictures. Didnt have the camera with...
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    pesticide kill?

    I went out to check my 3 hives today. Two large colonies and a nuc.

    To my dismay one of the large colonies had the bottom entrance clogged with dead bees.
    I thought maybe at first they had been...
  15. Thread: No Honey (yet)

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    Re: No Honey (yet)

    The only advice I can offer is my own experience this year.

    Two packages installed early April. Built up like crazy. Hives are all medium boxes.
    They both had 3 boxes completely filled by mid...
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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    You got that right...

    The plan is to expand to 5 hives next spring and my wife has already selected the names.

    #4 will be MM.

    #5 will be ET.
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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    Oh...and Dave A.
    The new hive is named KH.
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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    Just to recap what has happened with my hives.

    I took the advice of those here and one local beekeeper I talked to and decided to wait and see.
    As someone advised..let the bees sort it out.
    ...
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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    Ok...You guys talking about the last picture I posted?...from the 2nd hive.
    Or the picture from the first hives with the larva.

    I was thinking worker brood was capped kind of flat. Like capped...
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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    No. Nothing like that. And nothing capped.

    However in the other hive, BD, I found this:

    19804

    Definitely drone brood.

    Question now is what do I do?
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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    OK...Lets try some pics...these are from the LB hive.

    19794

    Pretty much normal entrance activity.

    19795

    Some new foundationless comb they built in the last week.
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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    I inspected the hives last night and took some pics. lookinf them over this morning Im not sure
    what Im seeing. I may have a queen laying after all or maybe laying workers.

    At this point Im...
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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    I can use the extractor at the Indian Creek Nature center. BUT...problem is most of the honey is still uncapped.
    There are some fully capped frames in the top supers but the backfilled brood nest...
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    Re: Questions on two first year hives

    I have two Carniolan queens on reserve for pickup on Friday Morning.
    Raised locally here in Iowa.

    Going this afternoon after work (weather permitting) to inspect thoroughly and
    get hive setup...
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    Re: Introducing queen to queenless hive

    Doing just that. Lots of queen introduction threads here and in particular have been reading this one:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?311486-Sucsessful-Queen-Introduction-tips

    I...
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