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    Re: 1st time house removal...left over bees?

    guess I'll try the bee vac and see what happens. thanks.
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    1st time house removal...left over bees?

    So recently I was given the opportunity to take some bees out of a house for a lady. I'd never done it before but I think I did OK. I first opened it up and :eek: it was huge! next I started cutting...
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    1st swarm experience.... not over yet

    I found a swarm at where I work and I went in to try and catch it. It's located on a grate that you walk on. The grate is approximately 1"x1" by 2" deep. It's like a huge honeycomb. anyway, I took a...
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    Re: Bees are acting crazy!!

    thanks Mike. I'll give it a look.
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    Bees are acting crazy!!

    My wife called me and said that I have lots of bees bearding on the outside of the hive entrance and a bunch more flying all around acting "wild". I already had my bees swarm once this year. Is this...
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    Re: What are they doing?

    This is an established hive. All my comb is drawn out both in the brood and super. It's the same set up I had last year. It seems that they put all the honey in the brood and then move up. They made...
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    Re: What are they doing?

    OK, I went back and checked and here's the scoop. The hive swarmed about a month ago at this point. Previously, I made another thread stating I couldn't find anything (brood/eggs) and that's when I...
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    What are they doing?

    My bees swarmed on me a while back and I missed it :( Anyway, since then I'm seeing brood but not that much. I have 2 frames that look like they have brood in them but literally it's down to one side...
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    Re: OH NOES!!! Where'd My Brood Go??

    So they already swarmed?? Dangit!! I needed those bees for my other hive :doh:
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    Re: OH NOES!!! Where'd My Brood Go??

    they have food. I see plenty of capped and uncapped honey. I see what appears to be a couple queen cups (read:2) but not on the same frame and nothing is in them. I see no swarm cells either. I see...
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    OH NOES!!! Where'd My Brood Go??

    Bad news. I went into my hive yesterday and there's no brood!! First thing I pulled was a frame about 4 from the side and found the queen. Then I noticed I have no brood at all. Not one single frame...
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    Re: Broodless Periods

    interesting. i didn't know if she took a break and that's the time to hit them. I've got another guy I can ask. He was there so maybe he can shed some light on what the speaker meant. I'll be honest,...
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    Broodless Periods

    I've heard it's best to use powdered sugar during "broodless" periods for mite control. However, I have no clue when that is. I thought I heard someone say it is after the honey flows. Is this true?...
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    Re: Honey in the brood chamber

    http://catawba.ces.ncsu.edu/content/BeekeepingCalendar-March&source=catawba

    "If there is honey and brood in the brood chamber and the queen is there, the excluder can be put on. If the queen is in...
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    Re: Honey in the brood chamber

    Wow, this thread really took off. I've been busy and haven't been able to get back till now. Upon re-entry into the hive I found brood. There was a small pocket that I missed. I feel much better...
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    Re: Honey in the brood chamber

    awesome :(

    I'm going back in today so I'll check again. I hope I missed something.
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    Re: Honey in the brood chamber

    I run one brood chamber. I've toyed with the idea of running two but most beekeepers around me just run 1.
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    Honey in the brood chamber

    I inspected my bees the other day and I think I've made it through the worst of winter. I got down in the brood chamber and started cleaning the frames of propolis so they're easier to pull and...
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    Re: Too late to feed ?

    should all feeding be inside the hive? All I have is an external feeder that attaches to the entrance.
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    Re: Heading into the Fall. What do I do?

    My hive consists of 1 deep brood chamber and 2 supers. That's it. I started with a swarm this year around May.

    As far as local beekeepers, Haywood Co. doesn't have a well established bee group....
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    Re: Heading into the Fall. What do I do?

    How do you decrease the size of the entrance? Is there a piece that you put in it to reduce the size?
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    Heading into the Fall. What do I do?

    Being new to the beekeeping scene I've done some reading and I have questions.

    1) Varroa Mites. It says I need to check each month with a sugar roll. At what point do you stop these monthly...
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    Re: Bees lounging outside the hive

    I moved them last night about 8:30. It was just before dark and there weren't as many as the night before. I lit my smoker and gave them a few puffs at the entrance and opened the lid and let them...
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    Re: Bees lounging outside the hive

    interesting. I guess 1:1 could work. never thought of that. I'll try cracking the lid and see what that does first. How long does it take before they go back in? Will smoke just agitate them?
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    Bees lounging outside the hive

    I want to move my bees to my new house but everytime I go to move them at night they're lounging outside the hive on their lawn chairs. Do I need to give them a little smoke so they'll go back inside...
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