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  1. Thread: Drones

    by Raven Lane
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    Re: Drones

    Thanks for all the info! It was amusing watching them...my four-year-old had the chance to touch one. She always tells everyone "boy bees don't sting."
  2. Thread: Drones

    by Raven Lane
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    Drones

    I was observing my hives this afternoon and there were drones bumbling all around. This hive was split about 12 days ago and had a lot of queen cells (some had fairly large larva in them). Were the...
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    Re: Too cold for nucs with queen cells?

    I was wondering the same thing, but the temp here is even lower. I have a split that is 5 days old and had a ton of queen cells in it. I suppose if there are enough bees and enough food they will...
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    Re: Temperament of Russian bees

    I started with two packages (now hives) of Russians last spring. They both overwintered although I did not harvest any honey from them last year. One swarmed early last fall and is trying to swarm...
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    Re: Making first split (with Russell Sunkist queen)

    The weather is really horrible here today! It looks like I will have to wait.
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    Re: Making first split (with Russell Sunkist queen)

    I put another empty medium with plastic foundation in the hive a couple weeks ago and they still made swarm cells. Silly bees, or maybe smart bees with a silly keeper. This same hive swarmed early...
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    Re: Making first split (with Russell Sunkist queen)

    My queen is lost in the mail! The USPS isn't what it used to be....she even had a tracking number. So I checked my hive because I saw a ton of new bees making their orientation flights a day ago. ...
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    Re: Making first split (with Russell Sunkist queen)

    Thanks! So make the split right before I put the new queen in, or should I make the split tonight and put her in tomorrow?
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    Re: Making first split (with Russell Sunkist queen)

    I am not sure I understand about the mixed pheromone, but I have heard of the follower boards. Also, do you always feed splits or nucs?
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    Making first split

    This is my first time making a split. I ordered a Sunkist queen and she is due to be here tomorrow or the next day. I thought my weaker hive was queenless...that is why I ordered a new queen to...
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    Re: surviving hive - no queen evident

    I am not sure what the time-frame is either. Maybe someone will jump in and let us know how long is too long to wait. What type of queen do/did you have?
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    Re: surviving hive - no queen evident

    I had the same situation. I thought for sure one of my hives was queenless. No brood or eggs and I couldn't find the queen. It seemed loud when I inspected, but not aggressive. I gave it some...
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    Re: New to Swarm Catching

    Thanks! Yes, it is out of the way of my two existing hives. I am excited to see if it works. I have the space to move the hives farther apart if needed. The comb in the bait hive is really dark. ...
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    New to Swarm Catching

    I have two colonies that overwintered. They both have brood and are doing well. I saw capped drone brood in one and drone larva in the other (don't think there were any queen cells - definitely...
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    Re: 8 Frame Hive-1 Deep 3 Mediums

    That is the set up I have. It has been working fine for me. I overwintered in the deep and two mediums.
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    Queenless hive?

    I inspected my two hives today in northeast Ohio. I have one wonderful, strong hive with a big, fat queen that has a solid brood pattern. They have lots of stores and are in two deeps and one...
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    Re: Accidental Open Feeding

    They aren't really flying low. I looked at them closely to make sure they weren't yellow jackets. I was hoping since the feeders were only on the picnic table that when the syrup was gone...I could...
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    Re: Accidental Open Feeding

    I have two and "a half" hives. The "half" is a swarm from my strongest colony we caught three weeks ago. So will they go back to normal when all the syrup is gone? I didn't think that we were...
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    Accidental Open Feeding

    I walked out to my hives today to put on two boardman feeders - one plastic, one traditional. I observed the bees for a little while and then went to the barn to do chores. I had decided that I...
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    Re: capped swarm cell .. in late September??

    My strongest colony swarmed three weeks ago. They are Russian and they had swarm cells everywhere...even my weaker colony. Do you use 8 or 10 frame equipment?
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    Re: Cover crops; Alternative to feeding

    I grew borage this year. It was great! The bees loved it and it is a good tea plant (so I have heard). The leaves have a cucumber flavor. Also very nice to look at. It seems to bloom mid-summer...
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    Re: 2011 Russian Swarms

    This is my first year and I have two hives with Russians. My stronger hive swarmed two days ago and when I opened the weaker hive I found 5 swarm cells on one frame. I recovered one swarm with the...
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    Re: How Can I Locate Yellow Jacket Hive

    It always seems that they like to make their ground nests near fence rows and a carbohydrate source. I have lots of apple trees and we have at least one nest a year near our fence. This year it was...
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    Re: Silly Question

    No problem, just a question. I am not harvesting this year. It is my first year and I had a deep and a medium on a weak colony and with the latest nectar flow they went nuts! Tons of bees! I had...
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    Silly Question

    This is probably a really silly question, but what would happen if you separated two supers with brood in them with an empty super (in a strong colony)? Would the brood in the upper super die? Or...
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