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    Re: Fixing mistake and starting a nuc

    I'd let them settle for a week then check for eggs, then you'll know who has the queen. If you don't, hopefully they will have started some queen cells. Some of the fun of beekeeping is the...
  2. Thread: 9 or 10 frame

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    Re: 9 or 10 frame

    I like 8 frames...lighter still and the bees seem to fill all the frames well. Not, like my 10 frame boxes which they like to leave the outside two frames pretty empty.
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    Re: First year beekeeper in OH

    The key to enjoying beekeeping is knowing there is always more to learn. Welcome.
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    Re: Swarm Release and Piping Queen Video

    Good stuff!
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    Re: Lost queen mid inspection...

    I like to have an empty nuc nearby to put frames I pull out. I would probably pulled the frame with queen from top box and moved her down then arranged frames above her. Good Luck.
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    Re: When to use a smoker

    I always have the smoker handy, but let the bees dictate the use. If you pop the top and they start to boil out then the lightly smoke them.
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    Re: How I got a re-start in Beekeeping

    Congratulations Ronnie...good save.
  8. Thread: Swarm capture

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    Re: Swarm capture

    Congrats! I think the same weather that is keeping you out would be inclined to keep them in too. I read about others having swarms move in and then move out...but all the swarms I have caught...
  9. Re: Should catch boxes be 3 miles or more from home?

    I had great like catching swarms this year (8). Unfortunately (or not), several were from hives in my own bee yard. I moved them right back near where they started with out any leaving again.
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    Re: Hello from NC - How to get started

    Welcome Chris. Meet up with that local association, ask about getting a mentor, search this forum for questions, and I'd also suggest Michael Bush's website http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm for a...
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    Re: Found a Small Swarm in my Yard

    Small swarm may indicate after-swarm with virgin queen...don't give up on them too soon if you don't see eggs right away.
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    Re: Hi from Meadville, MS

    [QUOTE I'm gonna try and raise my bees without chemicals. I don't plan on getting more than a few hives if everything goes well[/QUOTE]

    Be careful it can become addicting. Welcome.
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    Re: Virgin Queens and Queen Cells

    I have read from others that sometimes the workers will protect a queen cell from a hatched virgin, possibly to ensure an after swarm.
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    Re: Deep hive question

    The key to enjoying beekeeping is to chalk up everything to a learning experience and let the bees amaze you. There is always more to learn so you'll never be disappointed. Go for the long game,...
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    Re: Deep hive question

    Shouldn't be a problem...just make sure it is warm enough. They are probably ok for a little while in the 9-frame...they won't be pulling in a lot of resources if it's cool out. Then do as dsegrest...
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    Re: okay......i've got a question/mystery

    You now have a swarm hive with the old queen, a swarm hive with a virgin queen, and the original hive with a new queen on the way. Congratulations!
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    Re: Help with drone laying queen.

    I had to rid myself of a prolific laying worker this weekend by doing a shake-out on a hive that swarmed and a new queen never materialized. I took all frames with any eggs larvae or brood and shook...
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    Re: Deep hive question

    In brood box, I like to keep 10 frames or they will find a way to add comb to make mess (for you when you go in to inspect and start pulling the comb apart, ruining brood, killing queen, etc.). ...
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    Re: Did I Just Poisoned My Girls?

    I was told by a commercial keeper that boiled sugar water can cause the bees to have diarrhea...not life threatening. I think your good now.
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    Re: 3 days post Swarm-now what

    Congratulations! Put in some drawn or empty frames too. They are carrying resources with them and will begin building comb to give the queen a place to start laying.
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    Re: How long to wait ?

    Are there any frames in the swarm trap? If so, let them hang out for a week. By that time they will be ready to move into their permanent home (assuming they are not already there). It's good to...
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    Re: Extracted Frames In Supers

    Agree. I just make sure to re-introduce the extracted frames in the evening to reduce the chance of causing a robbing situation. It is amazing how well and quickly the bees cleanup and repair those...
  23. Re: Question about combined swarms and queenless swarm combined with another swarm

    My bet is a laying worker. With a laying worker they will continue with normal activity...building comb, bringing nectar and pollen, etc. Did the second swarm have any have any eggs, larvae or brood...
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    Other uses for poor tasting honey?

    I harvested 11 capped frames and got 4 gallons of honey this week. It is unusual for me to harvest this early, but I had two hives with three supers on already and I wanted to make some room before...
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    Re: Whats should I be expecting

    If you find that queen that would be great. 3 frames would be good to go with her. Split the brood box frames. Equalize honey, pollen and brood on frames between the two boxes. Given preference to...
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