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  1. Thread: Texas Summer Heat

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    Re: Texas Summer Heat

    I'm in central Oklahoma where the summer temps in 2012 and 2011 were 110-115 for many days and most of my hives melted in full sun. It was very sad. I moved the remaining ones to the shade this...
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    Re: Maintaining Observation Hive

    I have a 4 deep frame observation hive and it is a lot of work to take it outside to work it, so I would only do it if they became hopelessly queenless. It swarmed this year and then sent out 3...
  3. Re: What's the longest you've gone without getting stung?

    Since I got an ultrabreeze suit last summer and wear it when opening hives, the only time I've been stung was when I was just sitting out by my garden and forgot a bee was hanging out with me. When...
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    Re: Bees just swarmed!!

    If you give them a frame of open brood from another hive (without adhering bees) it will help anchor them. I don't think you should lock them in though. They need to be able to fly and ventilate.
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  5. Thread: My first swarm

    by Dana
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    Re: My first swarm

    Well, next time use a swarm catcher that has frames, so the comb will be in them already. :) What you're doing now is called a cutout. If you search for cutouts in the forum search box, you'll...
  6. Thread: My first swarm

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    Re: My first swarm

    If they already have brood, then it seems unnecessary. The reason for adding brood is to help convince them to stay. They are less likely to leave if there is brood.
  7. Thread: My first swarm

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    Re: My first swarm

    Get some rubber bands and fit the comb inside the frame. The bees will attach it to the frame. Here's some pictures of how I did it when I had to put comb into frames after a bit of a meltdown:...
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    Re: To queen or not to queen

    I've seen it take a queen from one week to 4 weeks to start laying after emergence in my observation hive. If you don't see eggs at 2 weeks post emergence, I'd hedge my bets and put in a frame with...
  9. Thread: Scared

    by Dana
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    Re: Scared

    If they are not coming at your hands and hive tool, then they're okay. It took a bit of getting used to for me when I first started. That being said, even if it's a beautiful day, if there's no...
  10. Thread: Scared

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    Re: Scared

    Were that actively coming at you or just going about their business?
  11. Re: Back at it again after 25 years (with my daughter this time)

    That's great! And nice kid's size bee suit. I need to get one of those. I always put my the ankle parts of my suit on the outside of my boots though. Not sure if it matters. I found a few...
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    Re: what is this tree that is blooming in missouri?

    Reminds me of persimmon.
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    Re: I just caught a swarm, now what?

    If you don't have enough frames to fill that box, you might want to put *something* there so they don't make a mess. Block off the part of the hive that doesn't have frames. Otherwise, it will...
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    Re: To queen or not to queen

    If you have a frame with eggs/young larva, you can place it in the hive. If they have no queen they will start building queen cells. At least then you will know.
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    Re: Week-old eggs in observation hive

    Are you sure you have enough bees to keep the brood warm and raise queen cells? Did you shake in some extra nurse bees when you stocked the hive?

    I also keep foam board over the glass on my...
  16. Re: Please help me understand all this swarming and piping

    Here's what happened in my observation hive recently after I had removed the original queen and most the bees, so they were raising emergency queens. They had only 1 drawn frame (plus 3 empties) and...
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    Re: Summer splits in Texas for overwinter nucs

    I think you'd have to be careful about the new small hives getting robbed if there's a dearth. But, if you can keep that from happening, I can't think of anything bad about it.
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    Re: New split, dead queen after about a week

    Are you sure the queenless hive didn't make a queen? You split on 4/14, right? You could have a new queen in there already. She might not be laying yet though.
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    Re: are my bees dying?

    In my observation hive the bees hanging from undrawn frames are quite still. When they vibrate to keep the cluster warm, their wings do not move.
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    Re: are my bees dying?

    That's pretty chilly. They are clustering to keep warm. To draw wax, they have to have the area quite warm.
  21. Thread: Swarm cells?

    by Dana
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    Re: Swarm cells?

    Both swarm and supersedure cells are plannned, it's emergency cells that are not planned.
  22. Thread: Swarm cells?

    by Dana
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    Re: Swarm cells?

    Here's a good thread on the location of cells issue: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?267676-Why-queen-cell-location&highlight=swarm+supersedure+cell+location

    There are a lot more...
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    Re: are my bees dying?

    What was the temp when you looked at them? Did you look into the clump to see if they had drawn any comb yet? How large is the entrance to the hive?
  24. Thread: Swarm cells?

    by Dana
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    Re: Swarm cells?

    The bees think they need a new queen. I would let them supersede.
  25. Re: Lesson Learned on Inserting blank Frames into Super

    You need to put the empty frames either between brood combs or *capped* honey. They would've probably done the same thing even if you had used foundation.
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