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  1. Re: When do queens emerge after a swarm?

    This is what I've seen in most hives that have swarmed, both mine and on feral colonies that I've removed. The primary swarm leaves when there are various stage queen cells in the hive. A handful are...
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    Re: Tips for building a strong hive

    Move the frames and place them in the exact order they are in the nuc. Place in the center of your hive. Others may disagree, but I don't give more frames until the bees are ready to start drawing--...
  3. Re: can we crowd sourced swarm map ?

    Yeah I'll post every time one of my hives unexpectedly swarms, maybe a lucky local beek will nab it.
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    Re: swarm

    That or queen reduce the front/bottom with excluder. The wont leave her behind.
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    Re: 1 frame nuc start ?

    1 frame works, just as a grapefruit size swarm works. It's dismal for a month or so as they get their numbers up. I feel like I watch these types of hives a lot more closely for robbing and laying...
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    Re: Moving to 8 frame deeps

    I use a starter strip for foundationless without wire. With deep frames they tend to not attach to the bottom of the frame, so be ready for this. It's not a problem except for inspections and if you...
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    Re: Tips for building a strong hive

    Two deep 10 frames are a lot of bees, especially if you manage them correctly and keeps a good brood pattern in the chamber. As to size, you want to have a large number of bees for each flow. You...
  8. Re: Expanding into 2nd deep - timing/method

    If you run foundationless frames, I would heavily recommend moving one frame up into the second deep. One thing you should also be manipulating is the location of the honey stores in proximity to the...
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    Re: foam like marshmallow cream

    Fermented honey will smell like yeast, if your
    Not familiar with the smell it's similar to fresh naked bread, or bread that is rising.
  10. Re: Hello everyone newby beekeper from Jamaica!!

    Hey mon! Welcome mon!
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    Re: Trapout suggestions needed

    There are a few individuals on this forum, that when they offer their advice, I usually sit back listen and take notes. Cleo, you are one of these individuals.

    When doing a cut out, I limit the...
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    Re: Trapout suggestions needed

    In my experience, which may be limited compared to Mr. Hogan, bees have no problem absconding. That's the nature behind why they will leave a hive anyway-- maybe what people call CCD. From what I've...
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    Re: First cutout today

    Great pictures. Looks like a tiny little hive. I love getting to those jobs. Take half hour and then it's off to another one. After letting the bees orient to the new box just shut them up in side...
  14. Re: Caught First Swarm today, Question about behavior

    In my experience, swarms are extremely docile. There is a switch, however. When they recognize a new home and begin to move in, they become hyper aggressive. Just my experience.
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    Re: Trapout suggestions needed

    I begin with a few puffs to encourage them to devour nectar and prepare to vacate. I then increase the smoking with long persistent puffs. Then pause and let them collect on the outside. They will...
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    Re: Swarm commander: Does It Really Work?

    Been using Swarm commander in my traps for about three weeks-- no luck as of yet.
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    Re: Trapout suggestions needed

    Instead of trap outs in otherwise impermeable or hard to cut out structures, I've been sealing off all but two entry exit points, and driving the entire hive out with smoke. The queen will follow the...
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    Re: Queen flying ability?

    I've had flighty queens and they take off when I'm marking. They've always returned so I can finish the job later. The virgins certainly fly better and the laying queen flies more like a fat chicken.
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    Re: I have bees

    Welcome! Enjoy the ride!
  20. Re: Getting rid of that "new hive smell"?

    I usually don't use queen excluders, but only after doing a cut out. When I know I have a queen and that she is started to lay, I remove the queen excluder from the bottom box.

    Bees will abscond...
  21. Re: Splits getting too full of Nectar

    Would you put it in a box above?
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    Re: CL ad. Who knew?

    Now that was funny. Have to pay $100 for a good couple hours of hard sweaty work for bees that may just abscond or who knows what condition they are in.
  23. Splits getting too full of Nectar

    I made a bunch of splits with queen cells and brood. It seems like all the frames I've put in are getting filled with nectar and by the time the queen is laying there won't be room for her to lay....
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    Re: good hive tool on amazon

    Just Ordered, Thanks for the advice and recommendation.
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    Trap Out ?

    With a trap out how do transport the frame of eggs and brood without temperatures getting to low or the frame getting dried out?
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