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  1. Removing honey comb from honey super - question

    Hello Everyone...

    When it comes to extracting comb honey from the honey super, can I take it all if I do not take any honey from the two large deeps? Please keep in mind that I am in San...
  2. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    Had a guy do a speech on bees here in San Diego, CA. He's the one that gave out misinformation as he said those covered in bees were not doing anything amazing as the bees were in swarm mode...
  3. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    My memory was jogged...a swarm cannot sting! The swarm broke into two groups as they exited the nuc, which if it was the queen, they would not have done this. Never once did they fly at me to...
  4. Re: PUT LOG with SWARM near entrance, bees began stinging one bee!

    The swarm left.
  5. Re: Queen excluder - necessary when desiring comb?

    Thanks for the input! I will consider removing them, but not until I get a situation resolved. Here is what has happened....

    My hive is set up with one deep, and two honey supers (for bees...
  6. Re: Queen excluder - necessary when desiring comb?

    What does this mean?
  7. Queen excluder - necessary when desiring comb?

    Hi...

    I need help on knowing whether I should use the queen excluder or not. My bees are for producing comb only. Anyone with experience on this, please share...

    Thanks!

    Lori :)
  8. Re: PUT LOG with SWARM near entrance, bees began stinging one bee!

    Obviously, I came to work on my hive just at the time of the invasion. Also, the swarm did not win out. When I push these bees around, they just stick their rears in the air. Is this normal?
  9. Re: PUT LOG with SWARM near entrance, bees began stinging one bee!

    Okay, they were not taking over a nuc, but a strong hive. They did seem more prone to land on me, but no more than any bee if they were being shoved around like I was doing with them. So, you think...
  10. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    The bees seem as gentle as mine. I swept them into the nuc, and wasn't attacked...is that a good sign that they aren't Africanized? They don't look it (short bodies and long wings) and don't fly...
  11. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    The bees are on the log. I can easily sweep them into a nuc with frames. Should I try? I do have one frame of honey that I could add to the nuc.
  12. Re: PUT LOG with SWARM near entrance, bees began stinging one bee!

    My second hive had probably 15+ dead bees at it's entrance. It looks like it had to stand up to attack too.
  13. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    The new THREAD says...."PUT LOG with SWARM near entrance..." Take a look...
  14. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    I have a new link....it's actually a separate swarm of bees not related to mine! I put the log next to the entrance where the bees could go straight in and my bees went NUTS! They started attacking...
  15. Re: PUT LOG with SWARM near entrance, bees began stinging one bee!

    I have nucs, but should I even try to keep these bees or just get them in the nuc, and remove them to a different location? Should I just move the logs away?

    Could the intense hum also be that...
  16. PUT LOG with SWARM near entrance, bees began stinging one bee!

    This must be bees not of the hive? What do I do?
  17. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    When I listen next to both of my hives, the one that is likely without the queen is noisy. This confirms to me that she is in the small swarm. I had noticed after arranging the deeps that the bees...
  18. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    So then, if the upper deep was lacking in brood, then reversing the deeps would not be a bad idea. Is that what I am hearing?
  19. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    Prior to today, I heard that they travel upwards. Now, you and another person have told me that they will move down. I guess next time I will only reverse deeps if I notice it's getting empty. ...
  20. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    Maybe I should go back in, check for brood, look for the queen, and put back in previous order if the 'bottom' deep is full of brood or would this be overdoing it? Maybe I should just look for the...
  21. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    The book, "Beekeeping for Dummies" seemed to say it was necessary after winter as the lower deep would be empty. I wish I had asked everyone first because I realize that it is only necessary when it...
  22. Re: REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    I meant to say that I only reversed the deeps of one hive. I also an outside frame from the bottom deep that was only 1/3rd full of honey on one side so I could put in a drone frame. I didn't pay...
  23. REVERSED HIVES - group of bees in cluster between logs outside hives!

    Hi...

    After I reversed the hives, some of the bees have huddled between a couple stumps for the night instead of returning to their hive. Why would they do this?

    -Lori
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    Reversing deeps in San Diego, CA

    Hi...

    The lowest temps we will be having from now on are in the 60's. Today, I swapped the deeps of one of my hives and added a drone frame and then a queen excluder below the honey super. Is...
  25. Need advice for 1 year old Beekeeper from San Diego, CA

    My hives are booming. The weather seems to have begun to move into Spring, even though rain seems to be on the horizon come next weekend.

    When I came about 5-6 feet of one of my hives, a few...
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