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    Re: Pull the honey, or not?

    Ok thanks for the advice guys, I'll keep an eye on the nectar flow. I might just keep the one super on there, I really don't want them to die over the winter so better safe than sorry. I'll see if...
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    Pull the honey, or not?

    Well after our first year hive not making it through the winter last year I want to make sure that this one does. We bought two packages this spring and one was struggling and left with no queen so...
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    Poll: Re: Queen excluder, or not?

    I currently have two hive bodies and 1 medium super thats about 75% filled, I'm about to add another one.
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    Poll: Queen excluder, or not?

    So me and my dad are having an argument over queen excluders. We have one and it currently isn't on but he is saying we need to put it on right away and we should use one. I don't really think we...
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    Re: Help with hives

    ok sounds good, I did the split I'll let you guys now how the newspaper method turned out :)
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    Re: Help with hives

    I might do that, but the only thing I was thinking was, by the time they start raising a new queen, it hatches and then starts laying eggs i figure it would be too late and the workers would have...
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    Re: Help with hives

    Ok would you aggree that its probably too late to requeen the other hive? By putting a frame of eggs in there? If it is then I'll just combine them like you said.
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    Help with hives

    Upon inspection today I found that one of my hives is declining in population and there is no queen, or eggs :cry::s. Our other hive has plenty of eggs in the lower hive body and there are plenty of...
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    They aren't too bad I would say, compared to...

    They aren't too bad I would say, compared to other places atleast lol. I'm in Southeastern Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. So do you guys think I could use one deep and one medium to winter? Or...
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    Is 2 Mediums Enough?

    So we're getting another have this spring (that makes two) and I decided to take the advice and go with all mediums. Now the question is, is 2 medium supers enough for the brood nest/honey stores? Or...
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    Should I reuse foundation?

    Unfortunately today I found that all my bees have died. This is my first year beekeeping and it seems like the bees starved. The frames have no honey left and some bees are head down in the cells. I...
  12. The 2nd deep has atleast 8 frames full so I was...

    The 2nd deep has atleast 8 frames full so I was going to move the ones that aren't full to the middle and wait another week or so and then put the honey super on. I am in Pennsylvania and...
  13. Possible that I might get some honey?

    Ok this is our first year beekeeping. After our queen died/swarmed the hive raised a new queen which has been laying very well. During the time where there was no queen the lower deep super still had...
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    How am I supposed to check to see if I have more...

    How am I supposed to check to see if I have more than one? A lot of the cells hatched, and there are newly laid eggs.
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    New queen from cells

    My hive swarmed and was left without a queen, but I had a few cells and from what I can see a lot of them hatched (atleast 5). There are already eggs that have been laid. Will I have a problem with...
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    ok I'll look and make sure there are open cells...

    ok I'll look and make sure there are open cells for her to lay eggs, if not I guess I'll add another super.
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    ok thanks for all your help

    ok thanks for all your help
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    there is a good chance of what being gone?

    there is a good chance of what being gone?
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    Well the hive did swarm, but shortly after...

    Well the hive did swarm, but shortly after swarming the bees went back to the hive. There was a huge ball of them infront of the hive and they were all over the front of it. I could tell that atleast...
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    Queen is gone

    Ok my queen is gone or atleast she isn't laying, but there are a few queen cells. I decided to inspect the hive after noticing that there seemed to be less bees flying in and out of the hive. There...
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    ok thanks I'll keep a lookout

    ok thanks I'll keep a lookout
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    Well technicaly they did swarm. It's just that...

    Well technicaly they did swarm. It's just that they went back to the hive by themselves. Does this mean they will try to swarm again?
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    Well I didn't think that they would swarm without...

    Well I didn't think that they would swarm without the queen so since they came back I figured she'd still be there. And I saw some eggs that weren't capped over yet and pretty small so I figured she...
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    Ok I uploaded some photos. The first few are from...

    Ok I uploaded some photos. The first few are from the day of the swarm. That is what the hive looked like after they had all left the branch. I think it's safe to assume that all the bees went back...
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    Well all of the bees went back into the hive so...

    Well all of the bees went back into the hive so that's a good thing. I'll try and inspect it today and see if I can find a reason why they swarmed. The queen isn't clipped but I imagine that she...
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