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    Re: Question regarding even split

    Ian G
    Hope your splits are working out. We opened our bee-packed hive, found the queen, put that frame in a new box along with a couple frames of capped brood, nurse bees, and some capped honey...
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    Re: checking on a new hive

    I would wait for a warmer day. But I am new at this too (fist two hives in May of 2014) so lets see what others more experienced have to say about this!
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    Re: ? about requeening, have the queens now

    Harley
    If missybee were to install the queens very quickly without checking for queen cells, would it be a big problem? I ask as I am curious about the result of installing a caged queen in a hive...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    BjornH
    Thank-you! I had not considered the possibility of the virgin queen entering the wrong hive. I am sure this is pretty rare, but the consequences are pretty bad too. Also thanks to Matt and...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    Hey this is great info! Do you need to be sure there is uncapped brood/eggs in the upper box, or is it safe to assume there is? Also, should we check for swarm cells in the lower box prior to the...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    Same here....If, when we open up this hive, we cannot find the queen then we will just do an even split and watch to see how it all works out. I believe we have enough brood in this strong hive to...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    We, too, are in the same boat. One of our two hives is very strong with lots of bees in both deep 10-frame boxes (1 hive). We are considering doing a near-even split, but with a bit more bees and...
  8. Thread: Our first split

    by RD35
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    Re: Our first split

    Thanks all for your replies. We would like to move one hive about 75 yards away. Not sure yet just how to do that, but thinking we will do the split, leave the new hive in the current location,...
  9. Thread: Our first split

    by RD35
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    Our first split

    Okay, I'll try to keep this short! We have a hive that fared very well through the winter. It was a new package install May 01, 2014. Two deep 10-frame boxes. Upon inspection found bees thick on...
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    Re: Drone brood in the hive now

    We went through both of our hives last evening. (both were started last May as packages) I was shocked when we opened our strong hive. Every frame (2 deeps...20 frames) was covered with bees and...
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    Re: Need some advice/guidance

    Stajerc61 and Indypartridge
    Thank for the replies! I am especially glad to get a response from a close neighbor as I was unsure if the bees were ready to swarm yet based on the weather. My wife...
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    Re: Trap-out with no capture???

    Eikel and Michael Bush
    Thank-you so very much for the information. When I stated that we cannot do a cut-out, I should have noted that this option is not desired as the repairs will be very costly...
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    Trap-out with no capture???

    Need some help...been reading a bit about trap-outs but don't fully understand the process yet. I have a situation where I need get a colony out of a wall that cannot be cut. They will need to be...
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    Re: Need some advice/guidance

    Thanks all for your replies! So here is what I am thinking for now. Please shoot holes in my theory so I can learn if I am off base. I will set up the new hive for the split right next to the...
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    Re: Need some advice/guidance

    Oh, and another question. Is there a way to place the new box about 50-75 yards away from the existing box without having to move it 2 miles away for a week?
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    Need some advice/guidance

    We want to split one of our hives. We plan to inspect it this evening. Is it okay to reverse the boxes to prevent swarming even if we plan to split it next week? (I am afraid if we don't do...
  17. Thread: And now we wait

    by RD35
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    Re: And now we wait

    Had a very experienced bee keeper once tell me that as a newbie, getting into the hive once per week is okay as you work up the learning curve. But less is always better so long as you have gained...
  18. Thread: green pollen

    by RD35
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    Re: green pollen

    Hey thanks Joe!
    Very helpful. I guess it really was pollen I saw on that bee!! :)
  19. Thread: green pollen

    by RD35
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    green pollen

    I checked our hives last Saturday. Both are approaching their first birthday (packages introduced May 01, 2014). While inspecting a frame, I saw a bee with what appeared to be bright green pollen...
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    Re: cedar hives 90% done

    My wife and I have been treating our home and outbuildings now for many years with CWF-UV Clear. It gives poplar siding a bit of an orange tint. The secret to success that we have learned over the...
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    Re: Still learning - question about bottom board

    Mr. Bush
    Thank-you for the information! Very much appreciated. We do not have honey running out the door...only small sprinkles directly beneath the bee ball. It's fascinating to look at the...
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    Re: Still learning - question about bottom board

    Thanks to all for the quick replies!!! I feel much better about what is happening now. We have entrance reducers that, effectively prevent mouse entry. The reducers have dead bees partially...
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    Still learning - question about bottom board

    I pulled my bottom boards the other day and found three bothersome issues.

    #1 After an OAV treatment 2 weeks ago, I still have mites falling...approx. 100 mites on the boards of both our hives in...
  24. Thread: mold in hive

    by RD35
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    Re: mold in hive

    Will added ventilation not cause problems with cold air? I thought the bees needed to keep the hive box warm. Or...do they just keep the queen warm at the middle of the swarm ball?
  25. Thread: mold in hive

    by RD35
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    Re: mold in hive

    I, too, have noticed mold growing in the top portion of both of our hives. We checked them on Sunday after having added some sugar to the top of the inner covers of both hives the previous day. The...
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