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  1. combining swarm with original colony

    Does this ever work? The swarm I have rehived themselves in an empty hive, if that helps. They're way too small to survive the winter, and their old hive is the only one that could benefit from...
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    Requeened, and then laying worker?

    Here's my situation -- the queen flew away from my newly hived colony when I was putting in a marshmallow. It happened so fast and she looked so small, I thought surely she was a worker, and that...
  3. Re: How long is too long to see no eggs?

    Oh... good idea!
  4. How long is too long to see no eggs?

    I seem to ask this question every year, but I keep forgetting. How long does a queen from a new package have to start laying? 10 days now, and no eggs.

    This one is problematic because the...
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    Re: No eggs, for two weeks...

    Oh no, I didn't destroy the supercedure cells... What I destroyed (accidentally) was the comb that was sticking the bottom and top box frames together, which, now that I think about it, was probably...
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    Re: No eggs, for two weeks...

    Hi -- Thanks for the ideas... I don't think there are any swarm cells, though I possibly destroyed them. There was some burr comb between the bottom and top boxes, with what I thought was drone...
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    No eggs, for two weeks...

    I'm trying to figure out if I have a queen in a hive or not...

    The last time I can confirm eggs was about three to three and a half weeks ago, and were there eggs! There were probably 13 frames...
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    building funky wax

    One of my colonies lost a ton of bees in the package and the first night for no reason I can see. The other colony right next them was fine, so it's a big mystery. Now they're going about their...
  9. Op -- Nevermind! I took a second look and saw a...

    Op -- Nevermind! I took a second look and saw a few eggs. Maybe she started laying right while I was posting. Anyway, all is well!
  10. I forgot to mention, this would be day 13 since...

    I forgot to mention, this would be day 13 since the queen was released, assuming they got the marshmallow out the day after I put it in.
  11. Update --

    So I just inspected this hive, and there are still no eggs. I did see the queen -- she looked pretty good, big, wandering around on her frame. I also noticed that the bees are using most of the...
  12. Last year I had a queen DOA in the package. I...

    Last year I had a queen DOA in the package. I hived the bees, no problem, and then got a new queen the next day. It was all good. Well, not all good, as they killed the second queen and raised...
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    I started with two last year and was glad,...

    I started with two last year and was glad, because when one hive got screwy for whatever reason, the other hive acted as a baseline for normal. Being new, everything looked weird in there all the...
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    My husband's grandmother gave us a stethoscope...

    My husband's grandmother gave us a stethoscope this winter that her husband used years ago when he kept bees. We used it to listen all winter, but I'm still learning the nature of the buzzing. I...
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    :D I love reading stories like these. ...

    :D

    I love reading stories like these. "Situation critical" -- I've totally been there.
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    Hi Tom! Don't really have anything useful to...

    Hi Tom!

    Don't really have anything useful to add, just saying hi. My remaining hive didn't survive either. I have a good feeling about this summer, though.
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    I think the can was about as heavy as the other...

    I think the can was about as heavy as the other one. I wondered about that, for the ones that died in the package, but a whole ton of them died in the hive the first night, too. And those looked...
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    Why does a package go bad?

    Just wondering. I just got two packages from a guy who has a very good record. Picked them up the day they got in (after, I'm guessing, a couple days transit). They were right next to eachother,...
  19. Thanks for the responses. I'll wait until two...

    Thanks for the responses. I'll wait until two weeks to think there's a problem.
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    Is this your first year? Last year was my...

    Is this your first year?

    Last year was my first year, and I felt like hiving was a disaster (bees everywhere, a bunch died in the package), but this year I did one so far and it went off without...
  21. Also, I forgot, the queen was originally in her...

    Also, I forgot, the queen was originally in her cage with a cork, which I took out and replaced with a marshmallow, so I suspect they got her out the next day, which would mean 5 days total out of...
  22. How long to wait for the queen to lay...

    I hived a Carniolan package six days ago, and inspected them for the first time today. Since the weather was good, I thought I'd do the first inspection a day early. No eggs yet, queen out of her...
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    Ashfall, yikes!

    So, Mt. Redoubt is currently erupting up here. I'm in Anchorage, and the ashfall is heading north of us for the time being, fingers crossed. But I'm wondering, should I do anything for the bees...
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    I did it, thanks! I'm glad I did, too -- I'd...

    I did it, thanks! I'm glad I did, too -- I'd forgotten a pollen patty in there that had gone all moldy. All is well otherwise. I didn't see any live bees, they were all down in the bottom where...
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    Opening the lid in winter

    Is this a terrible idea? I don't have a hive-top feeder, so I'd be opening right onto the frames. The reason I want to do this is we built the bees a candy board for winter feeding at the...
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