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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Caught a swarm from one of my strong hives on 6/27. It was at least 4lbs and due to lack of equipment at the time, I put it in a double tiered nuc box that was availlable. It re-swarmed but...
  2. Re: Did they kill the queen? (Package install)

    I had the same experience last season with the residual laying workers balling my new queen. Shook off the laying workers and nurse bees and then combined the returning foragers with another hive...
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    Re: New Beek with a delema

    If you are continuing to feed, I would definitely add a super and that would be for them to keep over the winter. Then I would stop feeding and if there is a good flow going any honey in an...
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    Re: Robbed Hive after MiteAway

    That may have been part of the issue by treating only the one hive. The other hives had significant breaks in their brood cycle during the summer with re-queening etc and I didn't think that varroa...
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    Robbed Hive after MiteAway

    I used MiteAway strips on a strong hive that had done well all summer. Did it according to instructions and the same as I had done in the past- good ventilation, open entrances and queen excluder on...
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    Re: Combining hives question again

    Thanks for the advice. I didn't have enough frames of brood from the other hives so I took the laying worker hive far enough away and shook off all the bees. Then put the empty lower deep back at...
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    Re: Goldenrod Flow to the max!

    Here in upstate, NY seeing less goldenrod than last year so still with a dearth. Last year was great and so was the honey. Would love to have that much GR now!
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    Combining Hives Advice?

    I need to combine 2 weak hives ( one with laying workers that I will remove) with 2 stronger hives that are queen right. The strong hives are bringing in nectar to their supers.
    Is it okay to put...
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    Re: Can't find my (marked) queen!

    Just found my marked queen today that I installed 3 weeks ago. The mark was practically all gone and I assume that they just cleaned her off. Looking for the mark alone I would have missed her...
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    Combining hives question again

    Getting ready to get rid of laying workers in queenless hives and then combine the remaining field bees into queen right hives. The queen right hives have honey supers on and they are building up on...
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    Re: Combine Hives?

    Thanks for the advice! I was quite concerned about the laying workers killing the queen. Will do the shake off as you advised. I'm assuming it's okay to combine more than one box ( 2 deeps) on top...
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    Combine Hives?

    We have had 5 hives swarm this season and only 2 successfully re-queened. In one of the re-queened hives they produced their own queen, and in the other I had to re-queen with a purchased carniolan...
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    italian queen in carniolan hive?

    I need to re-queen two of my hives that swarmed and did not successfully raise new queens. They are carniolans and swarmed despite my best efforts at preventing that from happening.
    Just wondering...
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    Queen Marking

    I marked a queen the other day for the first time and did it free hand. I did get a little of the ink on one of her wings and although she seemed totally fine and saw her later on in the hive...
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    New Queen Mysteriously Missing

    We are first year beekeepers who have two hives in upstate NY, both started from nucs in early June. Hive #1 swarmed within the first week, but a new queen was raised and she had been doing great...
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    Re: New in Upstate, NY

    Thanks for the advice! I had already added the second super and noticed a few workers hanging out up there but no comb drawn out yet. We remove the feeder when we added the second super and that...
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    New in Upstate, NY

    Great forum. Just started beekeeping (my 2 sons and I) with 2 nucs approx 6-7 weeks ago. One nuc swarmed in 5 days and we are recovering from that. They raised a new queen who is laying nicely and...
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