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  1. swarm or supersedure continued...with some questions

    Here's an updated on my hive situation. I was able to get back into my hive yesterday and found tons of swarm cells throughout the brood nest. I also found many bars with nothing but capped drone...
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    Re: superseding or getting ready to swarm.

    Ok the weather finally broke and I was able to get back into my hive. I found the two queen cups and they were empty. Thanks for the tip Mr. Bush about blowing on the bees. That really helped to...
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    Re: superseding or getting ready to swarm.

    Thanks Michael. When I last looked in the hive there was one queen cell that was almost fully built and it looked like they were making another queen cell right below it. It did not look to me like...
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    superseding or getting ready to swarm.

    I just made it through my first winter of beekeeping and at my last inspection found the bees making a couple of queen cells. I figured they would want to swarm this year so I have another hive...
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    Re: Wintering statistics

    years keeping top bars: 11months
    # of top bars 1
    Plant Zone 6a
    caucasian honey bees started in new cedar kenyan style top bar hive in June 2013 from local source.
    Average lbs of honey going into...
  6. Re: closing up side entrances on TBH for winter

    I left the divider board in the hive the entire summer and just gave the bees more space as they needed it. I don't plan on putting anything in the end of the hive that is not being used. I have...
  7. Re: closing up side entrances on TBH for winter

    Matt, thanks for all the input. I will go ahead and put some screen over the entrance once the bees completely shut it down for the winter.

    amanda
  8. Re: closing up side entrances on TBH for winter

    Matt. Thanks for the pointers. I got a chance to go through the hive one final time this afternoon as the sun was finally shining. I had 4 full combs of capped honey and the rest of the 17 bars...
  9. Re: closing up side entrances on TBH for winter

    Thanks Matt, I checked on the hive this evening and they were all clustered at the front of the hive as the temps are dropping down into the high 40-50s at night. I looked into the entrance and...
  10. Re: closing up side entrances on TBH for winter

    Thanks for the response oldreliable. I am all for letting the bees do there thing but I feel like the entrance hole will be too large to leave open during the winter months as it gets quite cold...
  11. Re: first year beekeeper with a top bar beehive

    The person I got the bees from is a bee breeder and collects swarms. He split some of his hives and used the swarmed queen to provide new queens to the package as he does his queen rearing later in...
  12. closing up side entrances on TBH for winter

    Hi, I have a beethinking TBH that has 3 entrance holes spread out along the side of the hive. The holes are spread out in such a way that there is one directly in the middle of the hive and one on...
  13. first year beekeeper with a top bar beehive

    Hi I am a first year, backyard, top bar beekeeper and so far have had an awesome experience with my bees. They have been wonderful comb builders, no cross combs, and have filled 3/4 of my hive up...
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