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    i'm going with the temporary hive solution

    Thanks for the suggestions. I decided to leave them in a swarm box for the next few weeks and then merge them with one of my existing hives once they've lost that swarming urge.

    Sorry odfrank!
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    Two is enough for me!

    I guess that's the obvious answer except I don't really have the time or space to expand. I lost a swarm last week too. Right afterwards I did an inspection and one of the hives had a bunch of...
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    what to do with a swarm from my own hives

    Hi --

    I've got two hives and one of them appears to have swarmed today. There is a football sized ball of bees in a nearby tree. The question is what to do with the bees?

    1) Catch and return...
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    A couple of hours after my original post I took...

    A couple of hours after my original post I took another look and saw that the second queen cell had a small opening in it. I looked closer and saw that it was a queen doing the opening. I didn't...
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    Ooops.. I didn't realize this same topic was...

    Ooops.. I didn't realize this same topic was being discussed on Bee Forum. According to MB:

    > They are small, fast, stealthy, flighty, runny and want to hide. They will hid on the walls, the...
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    Any tips on spotting a virgin queen? My...

    Any tips on spotting a virgin queen?

    My observation hive swarmed 15 days ago. Later I found two queen cells in the hive. Yesterday I found one of them open. (And right on schedule I think.) ...
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    Well my options have been curtailed. I just went...

    Well my options have been curtailed. I just went out to gather the swarm and it was gone. It will be interesting to watch the remaining bees and see them produce a queen. There are probably a...
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    First background: I've got a swarm of bees that...

    First background: I've got a swarm of bees that I capture and put into a foundation-less observation hive one month ago. (The OH is skinny and about the size of 3 medium frames.) In that time the...
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    By mid-morning all the dead pupa have been hauled...

    By mid-morning all the dead pupa have been hauled away and I've only seen a few with defective wings. If this were a regular hive rather than an observation hive I might not have even noticed...
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    I set up my observation hive 4 weeks ago (from a...

    I set up my observation hive 4 weeks ago (from a swarm, no foundation, all comb freshly drawn) and in the last few days large numbers of bees are emerging. I'm a little disturbed by two things:
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    > The bottom of a cell will fool you. Sometimes...

    > The bottom of a cell will fool you. Sometimes it looks like it's wet, but it's just shiny.

    That's probably what it is. Very cool.

    > http://www.bushfarms.com/huber.htm

    I guess its time to...
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    I've had an observation hive set up for about 3...

    I've had an observation hive set up for about 3 weeks and it appears that bees have started emerging from the capped brood areas. I say this not because I've seen one do it but because there are...
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    So what would be the process to duplicate their...

    So what would be the process to duplicate their style of raw honey? Just crush up the comb, stir, put in jar and let the cappings rise to the top?
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    That sounds like a good plan. Thanks.

    That sounds like a good plan. Thanks.
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    Although my bees have been drawing comb on all...

    Although my bees have been drawing comb on all the top bars that they have access to they are only using half of each bar. Should I wait until they use the entire bar before moving the back board...
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    I just received an order from them today. They...

    I just received an order from them today. They said it would take 2-4 days to process the order, it took 1. They said UPS would take 5 days to ship it, it took 5. I could have paid more for faster...
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    Hi Michael -- I read your queen spotting page...

    Hi Michael -- I read your queen spotting page many times over the last few weeks. But for me anyway your tips made a lot more sense once I'd actually spotted a queen and seen how different she was...
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    I've finally seen a real live queen and I thought...

    I've finally seen a real live queen and I thought I'd pass on some advice for other newbies. If you're looking for the queen and you see a bee that you think might be the queen, it isn't! I've spent...
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    > I would keep an eye on them bearding to see if...

    > I would keep an eye on them bearding to see if they are going to go in or try to abscond.

    Well it is 8PM and most of them are inside so I don't think they are going to abscond. The hive...
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    One last thing... when I put the hive back...

    One last thing... when I put the hive back together I used:
    blank top bar
    3 swarm frames
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    3 swarm frames
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    3 swarm frames
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    Also -- I collected the combs that I didn't use...

    Also -- I collected the combs that I didn't use in a bucket and ended up with 2 cups of nectar/honey. I'm thinking that I should dilute this with water and feed back to the bees?
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    Well I built the swarm frames and cut out the...

    Well I built the swarm frames and cut out the combs. I ended up using 10 frames and didn't use most of the honey or drone cells. However, now, 3 hours later a large number of bees are still bearded...
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    > I'm glad your hive settled down. I think it...

    > I'm glad your hive settled down.

    I think it is more that I settled down than the hive! smile.gif I'm pretty sure that the bees are of fairly average disposition based on descriptions of...
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    Well I got my hands on a smoker and it made all...

    Well I got my hands on a smoker and it made all the difference in the world. I was able to get into the hive without being intimidated with constant multiple head butts and without being followed...
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    > I'd put them in their own box to keep the...

    > I'd put them in their own box to keep the queen.

    Down this road lies many more hives in my yard! I guess there is no way to do the sort of manipulations I want to do without more equipment.
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