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    Newly hived swarm behavior

    I just caught 4 swarms on my property--swarms from my own hive. So, I hived them in new hive bodies and fed them. (They had swarmed on 2 sunny days, and then colder, rainy weather set in.) Today...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Hi, I am here in Central California--Monterey Peninsula. My big, beautiful hive swarmed at least 4 times--on April 7 and April 9. I was able to recapture and hive those 4 swarms--happily! Zip...
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    Re: Moving bees from nuc to full hive body

    Thanks, Mick. I was hoping it would be that straight-forward. But I am learning not to take anything for granted! Wow! Australia! Lynda
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    Moving bees from nuc to full hive body

    Having checked my nuc this morning I am so happy to see that it is thriving, (hurrah! I am moving from surviving to thriving!) and I think it is time to move the bees to a full hive body. I am...
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    Re: My bees disappeared!

    Thanks so much for your detailed, informative comments. We had a hot, dry summer this year, and I was worried about the bees getting too hot, so I left the opening of the hive at about 3".

    I...
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    Re: My bees disappeared!

    This year I spent almost all summer trying to requeen my hives (2). I bought 2 queens, one of which I put in a nuc with some brood. She and they are doing well. The second queen was killed in the...
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    Re: My bees disappeared!

    Well, Lessons learned so far:
    1. don't take anything for granted. Check--observe the hive(s) more often than "necessary"
    2. don't suppose that CCD happens "somewhere else"
    3. pay immediate...
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    Re: My bees disappeared!

    There was no brood--the new queen had not yet started laying. The hive was strong enough that I had added an upper hive body, and the bees were beginning to move into it, drawing some comb up there,...
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    My bees disappeared!

    This morning, having been away for 2 weeks I went up to visit my bees and discovered to my horror that my beautiful hive was completely taken over by yellow jackets. There was not a bee to be found...
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    Re: How long is too long--supersedure?

    I have been getting excellent advise from various members here. If you go to the website: bees@bushfarms.com they do the "bee math"--how long each stage of a queen's or worker's life lasts. ...
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    Re: How long is too long--supersedure?

    Ah, blessed WISDOM! Thanks to you all!:applause:
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    Re: How long is too long--supersedure?

    Thanks for anwering that question. Now I have another: If she is indeed in the hive does that mean she has already had her mating flight?

    Also, as there were quite a few queen cells, what if...
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    Re: How long is too long--supersedure?

    Yes, they were capped drone cells. Thanks for the advise. I will wait another week. I have never seen a newly hatched queen, so I am supposing she will be full grown, size wise. Thanks again. ...
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    How long is too long--supersedure?

    I am having a devil of a time trying to maintain a queenright hive! About 2 weeks or so after I was sure I lost the queen I bought a queen, introduced her to my hive and checked in 4 days--they had...
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    Re: Queen cells, but no Queens

    Yes, there are larvae, but very few--maybe only a dozen or so. Also, only a couple of small hand sized patches of covered brood-on no more than 2 frames. But there are alot of workers, and alot of...
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    Re: Queen cells, but no Queens

    Thanks, Dan. I really appreciate the info. Now I know not to rush into requeening the hive just yet. Lynda
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    Re: Queen cells, but no Queens

    I am not familiar with these time frames yet;
    good thing to think about, though, and research. As time goes on I feel like I know less and less! Thanks for sharing your experience. Lynda
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    Queen cells, but no Queens

    Three weeks ago I bought 2 queens and introduced them into a recently queenless hive, and put the other in a nuc with brood, nurse bees and honey and drawn comb frames hoping to grow a new colony. ...
  19. Re: A New Novice Beekeeper in Carmel Valley, Calif.

    Hi! Are you saying I could combine 2 supposedly queenless hives (here I am, in denial again--no eggs seen for a week) now or tomorrow, before the queens arrive on Thursday? I am assuming I would...
  20. Re: A New Novice Beekeeper in Carmel Valley, Calif.

    I saw no eggs or larvae today. In fact, I saw one drone cell--after the first hive, I am pretty sure I recognized THAT. I was surprised, still hunting for my beautiful golden queen. Now, I am even...
  21. Re: A New Novice Beekeeper in Carmel Valley, Calif.

    I will have no problem with existing queen cells. I have already been thru the laying worker cycle, and all the drones have hatched. I tried to get rid of them out in the pasture, but there are...
  22. Re: A New Novice Beekeeper in Carmel Valley, Calif.

    Thanks for the encouragement. I really want to save this hive if possible, so I will order a new queen tomorrow, and hope for the best.
  23. A New Novice Beekeeper in Carmel Valley, Calif.

    Hi, I am 2 years into beekeekping. Now I have a beautiful new swarm that I caught. These bees are gentle, golden and very happy. The queen is glorious, and I can find her every time I enter the...
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