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    Re: Michael Bush says...

    Yes, but the points seem misguided.

    Why are swarms good?

    1. Free bees
    2. Duplicate queen for a brand new hive
    3. Split opportunity

    Why are swarms bad?
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    Michael Bush says...

    I like that guys comments but want to understand something.

    He states that clipping a queen doesn't prevent swarming as the bees will just wait for a virgin and run off with her instead anyway....
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    After swarm hive behavior

    After a colony has swarmed, do you see a very large ratio of drones at the mother colony normally? Is this because drones don't participate in the swarm?

    My hive is 50% drones entering and exiting...
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    Re: Give me my bees back! Any ideas?

    Just as I was getting the bees down, they split!

    No idea where they went. Lots of scouts looking clueless where the ball once was.

    Back 40 yards away at base camp my old hive has lots of...
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    Re: Give me my bees back! Any ideas?

    Michael,

    What I have is two envelopes of the pheromone lures from Mann Lake. I can staple them into two hive bodies and place those on the top of an 8' ladder under the tree if the neighbors okay...
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    Re: Give me my bees back! Any ideas?

    An idea? Can I throw up a string in their branch and give it a really solid tug? Hoping the bees plummet to the ground? Pick up a few piles of bees hoping I got queenie, put hive with lure on ground,...
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    Give me my bees back! Any ideas?

    So even after I did a split, my bees swarmed today. They went to the neighbors 40 yards away. They are not retrievable in 25' tall pine on a 1/2" thick bow 12' away from the trunk.

    I have...
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    Re: Did I stop the swarm? Next steps?

    Hi Michael,

    The hives I'm using do not have movable frames so I cannot open the brood nest.

    Hive with hold queen (moved) and many pounds of bees. Now effectively a package with no comb, top...
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    Did I stop the swarm? Next steps?

    I have a top bar traditional warre with non-movable bars. I installed the package on June 1. The hive built out 1.75 boxes. First box full comb, 2nd box 3/4 drawn.

    Today, the bees began bearding...
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    Re: Does brood always need covering?

    Problem solved. The newbie beek found a queen balled on the ground and freaked out thinking his Lang hive queen fell out during inspection so he put it back in.

    I get the hive home and open it...
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    Re: Does brood always need covering?

    Ben,

    Respectfully, that wasn't my question. Will capped brood hatch in a Nuc with almost no other bees present? Are Nurse bees physically required for temp control of capped brood, or not?
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    Does brood always need covering?

    If I take capped worker brood and put it in a Nuc with a queen and say 100 bees, will it hatch, or does it require nurses to care for it in strong numbers in order to regulate temperature?
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    Re: Warre Nuc from a little hive? Help!

    I don't know if I have a failing queen so I find it interesting you diagnose her as such.

    I thought I had a failing colony with insufficient heat and brood coverage due to low numbers?
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    Re: Can this colony be salvaged?

    What will increase their odds?
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    Warre Nuc from a little hive? Help!

    Posted in general area but it is warre so i thought i'd share here too. Maybe you can assess this situation.

    On May 1 a package was installed in a traditional Warre hive. They drew out 3-4 frames...
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    Re: Can this colony be salvaged?

    Also, this colony is now in an observation windowed hive so I can check what's going on for progress.
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    Can this colony be salvaged?

    Maybe you can assess this situation.

    On May 1 a package was installed in a traditional Warre hive. They drew out 3-4 frames and then no queen could be found by an amateur beek relative of mine.
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    Re: langstroth up-warre down?

    The key to easy warre monitoring (and why inspections aren't as labor intensive) is that you inspect the top box that is easy to reach).

    The next box down, you can tilt to inspect or even look...
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    First cutout failed

    I want to fetch a cutout today and it was a disaster. I pulled the soffit
    And facia board hoping to grab the queen, drop her in a hive and be done in 20 minutes.

    No such luck. This colony...
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    Re: Adding hive bodies

    Seeley did the research on this at Cornell. Bees like a 15cm opening and favor a 40 liter cavity. They tolerate larger 60 liter cavities and they dislike 15 liter cavities.

    Honeybee democracy...
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    Adding hive bodies

    Question: why not start with three hive bodies on a warre instead of two?

    If the heavily argued statement is that they hate drawing the bottom box due to additional light exposure through the...
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    Re: Flawed thinking - if warre was alive today?

    Here is my point, since people seem to be defensive.

    There are two reasons to warre generally speaking. One is economics, you can theoretically do warre using scraps for a modest sum. Two is that...
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    Castellated metal frame rebates?

    Okay, who loves them and who hates them and why?
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    Flawed thinking - if warre was alive today?

    I'm a big Warre fan but I wonder if Warre would disagree with his own ideas if he were alive today? Warner's principles were based on making the most cost effective, suitable environment for bees he...
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    Queen rules of thumb?

    I have a modified warre hive that has a full box of honey and brood saturated at this point. Excellent honey stores and pollen about 35% of the box. I supercedured a small comb honey super (like a...
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