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  1. partial newspaper combine to strengthen a hive

    Has anyone tried a partial hive newspaper combine using an entire super of brood from a strong hive to strengthen a weak post-swarm hive, or one whose queen has failed? Basically, building on the...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Sunday April 28th, 22963 (central VA). I had a fairly decent sized swarm, early afternoon before a rainstorm. They may have been my bees, but darned if I can tell which hive it was. I recaptured them...
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    1st swarm of the year

    Caught a swarm last Monday that was somewhat difficult, but not in the usual "need a 30' ladder" manner. This swarm was only about 3' off of the ground, but was clustered vertically all the way...
  4. First winter my hives have ever survived.

    Last year was rough-I did a newspaper combine with my two weak hives. The resulting hive had ample reserves (1 deep and 4 mediums arranged as: base,medium,deep,medium,medium,medium) going into...
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    Re: failing hive- newspaper combine

    I propped the telescoping cover after the combine due to the heat. Went out the next day, and found that they had removed large amounts of the newspaper, and appear to have successfully combined....
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    Re: failing hive- newspaper combine

    No. As soon as I opened up the weak hive, the stronger hive started robbing it.

    Mediums in the large frame would have likely been a mess. The bees in the weak hive are actually drawing the...
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    failing hive- newspaper combine

    Well, one out of my two hives had nothing but honey and pollen and doesn't have a hint of brood as every cell is either undrawn or filled with pollen or honey. I've been monitoring the falling brood...
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    Re: Gloves or no gloves?

    I use blue nitrile and/or cotton work gloves. If I'm going to pull frames from the brood box, I use both.
    If I get stung, it's usually on my lower legs when I forget to put velcro straps over my...
  9. Re: Ugh- 2 hives, both with emergency queen cups

    I've wondered if I simply should leave the hives alone. Right now I tend to check them on weekends (aside from adding syrup, which they still take readily).
    I'm a pretty paranoid beekeeper for two...
  10. Re: Ugh- 2 hives, both with emergency queen cups

    Well, one hive has successfully requeened. I saw plenty of good larvae in the 2nd medium (all medium hive).
    The other hive on the other hand, has declining numbers, no brood, and plenty of spotty...
  11. Re: Ugh- 2 hives, both with emergency queen cups

    They're supercedures. One is a longer peanut shaped one hanging down from the foundation. I saw on that appeared to be a supercedure cup that was either uncapped or opened already, and another that...
  12. Thread: Swarm calls

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    Re: Swarm calls

    My father in law in NY reports no swarms yet, when he's usually doing several per week.
    None here in central VA either, but my network isn't very good locally.
  13. Ugh- 2 hives, both with emergency queen cups

    Opened both of my newer hives (first hatched brood was confirmed last weekend) today to find queen cups on frames in both hives. Both hives are still being fed on sugar water, though both are...
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    Frame movement in a new hive

    With warm spring temperatures and a young, low population hive (queen has only been laying for 2 weeks so no brood have emerged yet), should I consider moving any outside undrawn frames to the middle...
  15. Thread: Gloves

    by PleaseBees
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    Re: Gloves

    I either use blue nitriles or cotton gloves, or even both if handling rough wood or touching a hot smoker. Leather gloves are too thick for me to carefully handle frames.
    I've been stung through...
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    Re: My first 2 packages!

    Hey Stephen,
    We got our packages this year from VA Bee Supply as well (on the 24th I believe). We're south of you, down in Fluvanna. We just opened our hives up this weekend, and confirmed that the...
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    Starting an all mediums hive

    For those who run all mediums or those who have run mediums as brood boxes: do you start with one medium or two when you start from a package?

    I ended up being two sheets of foundation short on my...
  18. Thread: Beeless

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    Beeless

    Well, we arrived home from vacation at the end of July to find both of our first year hives completely empty of bees. :(

    According to our neighbor who was watching over our critters and gardens,...
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    Weird robbing/fighting behavior

    My two hives had some weird behavior today. I've got two first year hives placed in the forest edge behind my house. One has been fairly strong with good activity,the other lackluster and slow to...
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    crush and strain with plasticell?

    Has anyone used plasticell foundation for crushing and straining?

    I'm thinking about a system involving cutting the whole comb off with an uncapping knife, then melting off the rest of the wax in...
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    Re: .177 pellet or air rifle nitro piston

    Depends on your budget.
    Gamo is probably the best quality entry level for cost effectiveness and availability. Everyone has them in stock.
    RWS is a step up (the model 34 is nice).

    Spring Air...
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    1 good hive,one bad

    Opened my two first year hives today.

    The first hive (one deep,one medium) was strongly bearded due to the warm weather. Tons of bees fanning out front. They've been going crazy at our watering...
  23. Summer heat: bearding and knowing when to super

    It's been around 100 in these parts lately,so I've been adding water sources for the bees. I'm getting a lot of bearding out front,which I suppose is fine given the heat. They beard heavily in the...
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    Re: yellow jackets

    Ugh.
    I've killed two nests of them this year.
    One was under the porch and got the spray treatment (deep into their hive entrance hole).
    The other was far enough from my house that I could use my...
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    Re: Comb on the cage

    Yeah,I just pulled them and the cages and corrected the frame spacing.

    Still,it's a shame it can't be used. My FIL and BIL wire them in to empty frames,and let the bees fill in the rest.
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