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    Re: Day 18 from Package Install-2nd inspection-Queen Cup or Supersedure Cell?

    Update. First of all I have made a couple of new contacts this week in my area and have an experienced beekeeper who will try to get out to look at the hive. Secondly, the nuc's were delayed a week...
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    Re: Day 18 from Package Install-2nd inspection-Queen Cup or Supersedure Cell?

    I agree, seems like a poor queen or I also think there is still a possibility of laying workers. My perspective on this is that I am new and have tons to learn. This isn't how I had hoped or expected...
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    Re: Day 18 from Package Install-2nd inspection-Queen Cup or Supersedure Cell?

    I did another inspection last night with the focus on identifying worker brood. There are definitely brood with flat caps which are distinctly different from the bulging caps of the drone brood. I...
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    Re: Day 18 from Package Install-2nd inspection-Queen Cup or Supersedure Cell?

    There are not many. I would estimate that at least 65% of the package did not survive the first days due to their being covered in syrup in the package and then 3 days of cold weather.
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    Re: Day 18 from Package Install-2nd inspection-Queen Cup or Supersedure Cell?

    Update--Latest inspection observations

    Did a brief inspection last evening. Brood: Noted quite a bit of capped brood. More capped drone brood than capped worker brood. Comb is continuing to be...
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    Re: Day 18 from Package Install-2nd inspection-Queen Cup or Supersedure Cell?

    Thanks very much for that detail. It was very helpful for my learning process. I have been using the search to find lot's of information.

    I am not going to stress about the situation. It is what...
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    Re: Day 18 from Package Install-2nd inspection-Queen Cup or Supersedure Cell?

    The laying worker scenario had crossed my mind since I did see multiple eggs in some of the cells. Eggs were first seen on Day 11, isn't that a very short time for a laying worker to have developed...
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    Day 18 from Package Install-2nd inspection-Queen Cup or Supersedure Cell?

    First year beekeeper. Looking for some feedback on my situation. Thanks. Scott

    May 12 was package pickup and install. Queen open released. Sticky mess with very cold weather next few nights, over...
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    Re: My first week of beekeeping

    Great idea to keep in close contact and compare notes. We are a balmy 47 here today. You may see some snow tonight. I am not going to treat my bees so that may be another comparison to make. Also, I...
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    Re: My first week of beekeeping

    Beerz,

    I was figuring I wasn't the only one with sugar bees from that pickup. If your bees were as syrup covered as mine and then you sprayed them as well, I know exactly the kind of mess you were...
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    Re: My first week of beekeeping

    They seem like a totally different hive than when I installed on the 12th

    Thanks for your help!
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    Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Solomon and all,

    Finally have done a thorough inspection of the hive on Day 11. I am amazed at what the bees have done after the horrible sticky mess they started with. They are drawing comb on 3...
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    Re: My first week of beekeeping

    Many thanks for your input Michael. I do not have an SBB. Just the deep hive on top of the BB with an entrance reducer.
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    Re: My first week of beekeeping

    Makes perfect sense to me now!

    Would re-queening by letting the bees release a new caged queen be advisable? Or am I just creating more confusion. I realize I am going to make a lot of mistakes on...
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    Re: My first week of beekeeping

    Yes to both. RiteCell foundation and I released the queen via the method described by Michael Bush at http://www.bushfarms.com/beespackages.htm

    ( If you're afraid of the queen flying, then pull...
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    My first week of beekeeping

    Brand new to bees and the forum. Been wanting to get started for a few years and took the plunge this spring. Here's my first week's story. Looking for any and all feedback.

    1) Picked up package...
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    Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Another sticky bee update. Got home this evening and found that the bees had swarmed about 20 feet from the hive in a small hemlock. I captured them in a small bucket and placed them back in the...
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    Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Update on the sticky bees.

    It has been cold here in NH, upper 50's to low 60's day, in the 30's at night.

    First morning after install, any bees not in the hive were dead, cleaned out as many...
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    Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Solomon and all,

    Installed the package today. My bees are now officially off their meds. Not a pretty install however. The package was just a sticky mess. There are so many bees that cannot fly as...
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    Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    John,

    It is a good feeling to know I am not alone. Thanks. I have read many of your posts and am following your experience as well.
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    Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Rio, Thanks. That is something that I had given some thought to and will start reaching out to some of the locals and find out what they are doing.
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    Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Yes, I like the way your are challenging my thinking. Thank you for your entire reply. I am feeling even more optimistic about this endeavor now. I will keep in touch. Off to do more research and...
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    Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Solomon,

    Brand new at this and have really had my eyes opened after having found this TF forum and learning about this philosophy of beekeeping. I have decided that I want to start out being...
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