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    Re: Queen flew away!

    So you have a flyer too. I have one that takes off like a jet. She has done it twice in about a week. I have to be really careful when I open the nuc.
  2. Thread: Question

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    Re: Question

    I just had a queen start laying 17 days after I put her in a nuc with a small group of bees that I found in the grass. I know some local Columbia queen producers will have queens around May 1. He is...
  3. Thread: Sour Smell?

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    Re: Sour Smell?

    Downwind from mine you can smell the curing nectar. It does smell pungent at first if you do not know what it is.
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    Re: Queen flying ability?

    I did notice the queens tonight that have started laying slowed waaaay down when moving on the frames than a week ago. Hopefully the other ones will mate tomorrow when the sun returns.
  5. Thread: Little bees

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    Re: Little bees

    I think you have identified it. They would go in the entrance and come right out. There was a normal bee following it around on the landing board. Thanks for all the replies.
  6. Thread: Little bees

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    Re: Little bees

    No foundationless or cutout brood. These make removed pupae look like giants. I don't see any problems other than they are really small. I have large bees, small bees, and medium bees in all the...
  7. Re: Hive swarmed about 2 weeks ago +uncapped queen cells +no eggs = Panic?

    What I saw this spring was really a coincidence, or was it? I have opened hives twice this spring and had three queens hatch out right before me. Two queen cells we took out and laid on the top of...
  8. Thread: Little bees

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    Little bees

    I have noticed today there are some very undersized bees in two of my hives. One is a new swarm and the other is an almost year old hive. The swarm could easily be from the year old hive as it built...
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    Re: How Far From Apiary for Swarm Trap

    20 yds. It was an afterswarm from one of my hives. Lemongrass oil only.
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    Re: Telescopic Covers

    This works the best for me. Easy and quick and looks good
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    Re: Drone question

    According to the letters by Huber (?) on Mr. Bush's webpage some drones do make it back to the hive after successful breeding and then are taken/booted out by workers after they perish. I saw one...
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    Queen flying ability?

    I know virgin queens fly to get mated. I also know old queens slim down to be able to fly to swarm. If I have a new queen that took off and flew around today when I looked at her on the frame, can I...
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    Re: Robber screen Problems??? see pic

    I use those on my nucs. Work fine and the bees will figure out how to get out. U can tell immediately which belong in the hive and which do not. Cheap too!
  14. Re: honey and brood in the super + beginner = Confused

    Add a super. I run some two deeps and some I have a deep and medium. On the deep, med, med config they sometimes put brood in the second medium. Since I am working on numbers, it is fine with me....
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    Re: Pulling Queens just before the main flow

    30 days ago I put the queen in a nuc and let the hive raise their own queen. They did bring in tons of pollen and nectar and fill up two deeps and a little in a super. However, the three hives I left...
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    Queens spotted

    Well, finally. I have queens now in the original hive, the swarm hive, the old queen split, and two nucs. Only the old queen and the original hive are laying right now. The other three hives had...
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    Re: Drone question

    Thanks. I habe seen two like that. There were a bunch of dead drones on the landing boards yesterday. Like more than normal.
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    Drone question

    So I have hives raising their own queens and I noticed a lot of drones buzzing about and in the hives during mid day. Is that usual under normal queenright hives, or is that because I have virgin...
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    Re: Is Bearding a Sign of Swarming?

    I am too new to make anything but an observation, but I had a hive last week start bearding heavily and I caught a swarm two days later in a empty bait hive. They started again today (but not as...
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    Re: Queens in the grass

    Got it. There are many factors involved that could contribute to a queen being outside a box.
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    Queens in the grass

    For the secnd time in a week I have found a queen in front of my nucs in the grass with bees around them. Does this happen often when they fly for the first time? I know it was two different queens...
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    Re: ? About scouts

    Learned my lesson on using a screen bottom with a swarm. Thursday the swarm moved in. I got as many in the box as I could and had to leave for a turkey hunting safari. When I got home today a large...
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    Re: Captured swarm

    Black little bees?
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    Re: Keep an empty hive in the beeyard?

    Put some lemon grass oil in it and let it sit. I caught one of my swarms yesterday in an empty.
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    Re: is this normal behavior. .

    Looks normal to me.
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