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  1. Re: Help, my hives keep throwing swarms. What do I need to do?

    Thanks Michael, I really enjoy reading your posts and your website. I have normally kept the swarms down but this year has been crazy. I think I will take your advice and split all the strong hives...
  2. Re: Help, my hives keep throwing swarms. What do I need to do?

    Had the same thing happen two weeks ago. When we checked we had 3 or 4 hives with no eggs or larvae. Checked them again 7 days later and they were loaded.
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    Re: Split season

    I was wondering the same thing. I am in southeast Georgia and was thinking about splitting a half dozen of my hives since this swarming season has been outrageous. I have all my hives in 8 frame...
  4. Re: Help, my hives keep throwing swarms. What do I need to do?

    I agree about damage control, I talked with some local beeks and they have had a similar experience this season. I just was wondering if its too late to start splitting the healthy hives. I have had...
  5. Help, my hives keep throwing swarms. What do I need to do?

    I started this season with around 10 hives, they first swarm I saw was on march 11th. Since then I have had at least 11 swarms that I have seen, with most being either too high or leaving before I...
  6. Re: Swarm left hive then flew back to hive 10 minutes later?

    They stayed on the front of the hive until late yesterday afternoon. I went back out to check and they were gone?
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    I have had 7-8 swarms first witnessed on March 12th, most recent today.

    Waynesville Ga 31566
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    Re: How high does the trap have to be?

    What is QMP (PseudoQueen or queen juice)? I have only heard of using LGO?
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    Re: How high does the trap have to be?

    I did manage to catch a swarm that was about 16 feet up in an oak tree this year. I put the hive directly under them for one day and they never would go in so we knocked them off into the box. They...
  10. Swarm left hive then flew back to hive 10 minutes later?

    10258Today while working outside I heard a swarm and observed the bees leaving a hive. A large swarm formed and they flew/got blown around by the wind for aprox ten minutes without getting more than...
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    Re: What to do with bees

    I ended up adding a queen to each hive on Tuesday. They look good and hopefully will continue to grow.
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    Re: What to do with bees

    Yes if they are indeed swarms they would have queens. I set these "bait hives" out before I moved all of my hives to the new location (aproximately 100 yards away) I believe these bees are trying to...
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    What to do with bees

    We decided to move our bees to a more open location by my pond. I had 3 hives in one spot, and 8 hives in another. We moved them at night on Saturday. I kept some bait hives out in those locations to...
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    Re: Need help, 3 of my 5 hives are empty.

    1. They were heavy, had plenty of bees, some brood, pollen and supers full of capped honey a few weeks ago.
    2. I did see stored honey in the hives but I did not really pay much attention to workers...
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    Re: Need help, 3 of my 5 hives are empty.

    I went back into the empty hives today and looked for more Wax Moth Larve. Found quite a few in the darker brood comb. Everything I read said you really can not do anything about it but freeze them....
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    Re: Need help, 3 of my 5 hives are empty.

    I am not really sure how to do a mite count, no other pests noted besides a few SHB on the last inspection. I dont think it was a failing queen because it happened to 3 of the 5 hives at the same...
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    Need help, 3 of my 5 hives are empty.

    I started bee keeping this spring and I have 5 hives, 4 that were started from packages this spring (South Georgia) and one I caught from a late swarm off of a package. I have been keeping an eye on...
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    Re: When/If to feed a swarm hive?

    Any ideas? Thanks for the help this is my first year.
  19. Re: Completely confused about winter supplies!

    How about in my area (SE Georgia) I only use 8 frame mediums. This year when I took the honey off I did not put queen excluders on so I have some brood in the 3rd boxes in a few hives. All of my...
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    When/If to feed a swarm hive?

    I caught a small swarm a little over 1 month ago. I robbed another hive and put a few frames of honey and brood in. The hive seems to be doing okay, they filled the 8 frame medium hive body so I...
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    Re: Caught a small swarm, is it too late?

    No the hive has a queen just a small number of bees. I have added a total of 4 framse of brood now and have continued to feed them sugar water. They look to be doing pretty good now.
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    Caught a small swarm, is it too late?

    I caught a small swarm last week that would fill up a baseball cap. I am worried because it is such a small amount of bees. We took a few frames of brood and honey out of the other hives to help the...
  23. Re: Is it too late to put out bait hives in Georgia?

    Does that happen often? I guess the only way to stop it is to close off the hive for a day or so after the swarm?
  24. Re: Is it too late to put out bait hives in Georgia?

    Checked the hive the next evening after work and all of the bees were gone except a few dozen. What do you think happened?
  25. Re: Is it too late to put out bait hives in Georgia?

    I had an old hive body with a few frames sitting out for about 3 weeks now. Today I came home and it was full of bees. I am not sure if they came out of one of my hives but it is my first free hive!
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