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  1. Re: Serious allergy scare during hive inspection

    Newbie here but from what I have read I don't think Africanized bee's are capable of overwintering in MI, especially given the winter the Midwest just had.
  2. Re: Just added a frame of eggs/brood, to a queenless hive, now what?

    I peaked in the hive yesterday for the first time since adding the frame. I observed at least two queen cells on the bottom of the frame. Once I saw them I placed the frame back in and closed it up....
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    Re: How to move a hive three feet

    I moved my hive 100 yards or so last month. I went over in the morning before any activity and closed the entrance. left it closed for almost 3 days, then propped an evergreen branch a few inches in...
  4. Re: Just added a frame of eggs/brood, to a queenless hive, now what?

    I had never heard this before but I stumbled across a video on youtube today. Some old timer claimed that if a hive is queenless the bees will walk out with their wings in a "k" and walk around the...
  5. Re: Just added a frame of eggs/brood, to a queenless hive, now what?

    Thanks for all the advice. I didn't realize they would start that quick (I should have know better). I am not actually leaving town until this Sunday. So that would be day four. Would it be better...
  6. Re: Just added a frame of eggs/brood, to a queenless hive, now what?

    Im going to be out of town for a little over a week, since the rest of my family won't go near the hives without me I won't know anything until I get back. A week from this coming Saturday Ill be...
  7. Just added a frame of eggs/brood, to a queenless hive, now what?

    I had another thread started about a cut out I did last week. Checked last night and again today and no sign of a queen after 7 days. Bees were bringing in pollen but no eggs, brood, etc. I...
  8. Re: How quickly will I know if they have a queen, cut out.

    I was afraid I might stress the donor hive because it only had two frames with signs the queen was laying. A couple patches about the size of a 50 cent piece that were capped. Then some uncapped...
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    Re: Rotating brood chambers

    Thanks for the info. I saw absolutely no brood or indication the queen had been laying in the top deep ( middle box) I had the hive completely apart to clean dead bees out of the bottom board. I...
  10. Re: How quickly will I know if they have a queen, cut out.

    Here's the scoop. I went back this afternoon and didn't see any brood, eggs, or larvae yet, it has been six days since I did the cut out. At this point I am thinking no queen. I checked my other...
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    Re: Rotating brood chambers

    Update and I am needing more advice. I just went and checked the hive. The queen has started laying as I saw capped brood, larvae and what I think was eggs. She is however laying in the top...
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    Re: Do you put weight on your top covers?

    I have two paver stones on mine. I angle them across the front left and back right corner so more of the weight is on the edges of the cover and not just sitting in the middle to cause sagging. The...
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    Rotating brood chambers

    Overwintered my only hive last year with two deeps and a medium full of hone. They survived the winter and cold spring. I have only been completely inside the hive one time and that was about 3-4...
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    Re: trap question

    This is my first year trapping as well. I built 8 frame deep boxes for my traps. My plan is to place 1 frame in the middle with old comb in it. The I am filling the rest of the box with...
  15. Re: How quickly will I know if they have a queen, cut out.

    Thanks for all the replies. At least I know I have a little time. I kind of had the thought in the back of my mind that if they don't have a queen and no eggs available that they would take off...
  16. Re: How quickly will I know if they have a queen, cut out.

    2nd year beek with only one hive so I have no frames to put in there. My existing hive had no brood or eggs about 3-4 weeks ago when I checked. One other local beek I talked to the beginning of...
  17. How quickly will I know if they have a queen, cut out.

    I got a call late yesterday from a friend who cut a tree with a hive in it. Me and a friend went today to get them (first cut out for both of us). We ended up using his bee vac then cut the comb...
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    Re: Thoughts on trap/cut out.

    All done, The log itself had about a 8-10 inch diameter hollow spot in the middle that was about 2-2 1/2 feet long (high). There was only one small entrance they were using. One of the logging guys...
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    Re: Thoughts on trap/cut out.

    A couple other questions have come to mind. Assuming I don't find the queen (likely wont but who knows) and there are eggs, or new larvae that could make a queen should I close the box up as soon as...
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    Thoughts on trap/cut out.

    Friend of mine is in the logging business. He just called me and they dropped a tree a little bit ago with a hive in it. Still pretty early and cool weather here in Indiana. Some pollen coming in...
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    Re: moving colonies

    I moved my only hive about 100 yards last weekend. I closed it up early Sunday morning and moved it. I left it closed until Tuesday afternoon. Temps were cold the entire time so even after I opened...
  22. Re: Taking some drawn frames from an overwintered hive.

    Due to temps I haven't checked for brood since the first week of March. I haven't wanted to open it that far up again while the temps are in the 30's. Right now it's 18 degrees out and a high of...
  23. Re: Taking some drawn frames from an overwintered hive.

    No other hives died, last year was my first year from a single package. Once I placed the sugar in top of the hive sprayed it down with some water from a squirt bottle. I have heard that if bee's...
  24. Re: Taking some drawn frames from an overwintered hive.

    Thats why I added the syrup, however since then temps have been only in the 50's during the day and 30's at night. The day I added the syrip it was 70 degrees and they were taking it, since then it...
  25. Taking some drawn frames from an overwintered hive.

    When I checked my lone hive last week they had survived winter however all stores were gone. I fed syrup one day when temps were hi enough and have fed dray sugar also. On my inspection I obseverd...
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