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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    It's possible, isn't it, that the colony in there is a swarm and not a 10-year survivor colony? I don't want to rain on any parades but I think the statistics are probably not leaning toward...
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    Re: Late summer honey harvest

    I'm south of Superior and my local guys are saying two deeps are enough. I've done the last two years with two deeps and a medium, and with the early spring this year, that was barely enough. Part of...
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    Re: Would you inspect?

    My concern was that the last few inspections *were* unpleasant, and I didn't want to risk producing another. These bees are either very sensitive to me inspecting or I've rolled the queen every time...
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    Re: Would you inspect?

    I have a beautiful, fat golden queen in there. I took a quick peek Friday and saw a nice laying pattern, good mix of eggs, open, and capped brood, and very few drones. Not sure where they went off...
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    Would you inspect?

    I spotted a good laying pattern in one of my hives 7/29, so I've been leaving it be since then. Today I popped the outer cover just so I could peek in at how the supers were looking and the inner...
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    When are they capped?

    I moved a frame of eggs and brood into a nuc on 7/22 and they were capped by 7/29. I'm trying to estimate hatch date, but I'm not sure how long it takes them to cap a cell. Is it a days-long process,...
  7. Re: Its the little things (that make this fun and helps build confidence)...

    I have also pretty much stopped using my smoker (although I do have it lit just in case). My big grin this week was the 11 queen cells in a nuc I have at the back of the beeyard. I've had a heck of a...
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    Re: Laying queen piping?

    Anyone? Bueller? Anyone ever heard piping from a laying quen?
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    Re: Should my queen be laying by now?

    Are you posting from the future?
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    Laying queen piping?

    Weirdness: last week I saw eggs in hive 1. Today there is capped brood but no eggs or open brood. I saw the queen and heard piping. There are no queen cells, open or closed.

    Why is she piping? She...
  11. Thread: Lost queen

    by cmonkey
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    Re: Lost queen

    I'm in northern WI and had a swarm from my package. It was installed 4/22. Things are happening crazy early!
  12. Re: A packaged hive with occupied queen cells already??

    Hope it's usual for them to stay in the new nuc, 'cause that's where they are now. Bees, y u confuse me?

    The queen doesn't seem impressed with the frames I have, the picky thing. I guess if they...
  13. Re: A packaged hive with occupied queen cells already??

    They swarmed today! I just happend to be out and noticed a bunch of bees on the ground and thought to myself, "Self, that ain't normal." so I watched a bit more and they all took off flying, then...
  14. Re: A packaged hive with occupied queen cells already??

    Huh. Well, betwen the three hives, I guess I have enough of a drone pool for her to choose from. Since I gave the cells to another hive that might really need them, I'll wait on this package and see...
  15. Re: A packaged hive with occupied queen cells already??

    She seems to be laying just fine, which is why I'm confused. I see lots of worker brood, and a few drone cells. Weird.
  16. A packaged hive with occupied queen cells already??

    I did a quick inspection the other day, to see if my two egg/brood-less hives were doing any better, and when I got to my new package colony, I found THREE supercedure cells with nice, fat larvae in...
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    Re: Why aren't they foraging?

    Well, well, well. I went in today, since we finally got a break in the weather, and not only are they foraging, but the queen is laying. I wonder if she was attracted to the frame of brood I put in...
  18. Re: Do you wear gloves during a frame-by-frame inspection?

    Nope, but I take my wedding ring off since I had to cut it off last year. If they're super hot, I might wear exam gloves to minimize the stings.
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    Re: Why aren't they foraging?

    Yeah, I ordered some just in case. *sigh*
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    Re: Why aren't they foraging?

    I used MAQS last year, that's it. I don't think I've had Nosema but this is only my 3rd year so I don't have a lot of experience. I'm tring to be as treatment-free as possible, overall.

    They look...
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    Re: Why aren't they foraging?

    eta: my #2, which also has no eggs or brood, is busting at the seams, so I may have missed a cycle because of the weather. And they are foraging like whoa, so I'm not as worried about them as my...
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    Re: Why aren't they foraging?

    It was 82 the other day, now it's 42. I've got one hive that's already got a super on it, one package (that's where I got the eggs; the busting hive has none either, weird). It's a pretty small...
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    Why aren't they foraging?

    I have what appears to be a queenright hive, but there are no eggs or brood, and the workers aren't out foraging. They act like they're happy but they're not doing anything.

    I put a frame of eggs...
  24. Thread: New queens?

    by cmonkey
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    Re: New queens?

    So I put a feeder on #1 but not on #2 because it's got lots of capped honey, nectar, and pollen. I guess I'll go back in on Friday and see what's up.
  25. Thread: New queens?

    by cmonkey
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    New queens?

    I just went into my *established* (not new, sorry) hives to see if there was any honey I could pull for a new package I'm installing tonight and I don't understand what I saw.

    I found the queen...
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