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  1. Thread: Piping queen

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    Re: Piping queen

    Well, she started piping in the morning. At noon, a softball size swarm left the hive and settled 10 feet up on a small tree. I observed the mass of the swarm was slowly decreasing starting around...
  2. Thread: Piping queen

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    Piping queen

    I looked at my hives this morning and heard a piping queen and also quacking type of noise. It is a strong colony and I split it 3 weeks ago. Any advise on this situation?

    Thanks a bunch!

    Jack
  3. Thread: piping queen

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    piping queen

    I was looking at the colonies today to look for bearding and instead I heard piping and quacking sounds coming for my strongest colony. Any suggestions as to what to do about this? Thanks,

    Jack
  4. Thread: still no brood

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    updating...only drone brood found

    I checked the hive in question on the 2nd of April and found some eggs and a little larva. The eggs were not placed directly in the middle of the cells but there were not multiple eggs in each cell. ...
  5. Thread: still no brood

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    I might be jumping the gun

    My mentor said the same things you guys are saying. I'll check on them tomorrow and look for the eggs. The bees were covering the frames pretty heavy on the 29th. They were covering the frames...
  6. Thread: still no brood

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    will requeen after next inspection

    Thank you all for your advice. Thursday is supposed to be nice so I'll inspect them again for eggs. Meanwhile, I'll start to look around for queen to buy. I'm concerned I might end up having to...
  7. Thread: still no brood

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    still no brood

    I have some Carnolian hybrids that are blackish...they have Russian genes. They still have not started to make brood as of 3/29/09. I could not locate the queen and found a cluster of dead bees...
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    maxant extractor

    I've have 3 hives,expect to move to five hives by next year...hopefully. I bought a maxant extractor last year because it was heavy gauge stainless with a conical bottom. I bought a 16" belt and a...
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    Thanks anyway

    Thanks anyway
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    ready to go

    Thanks Mike,

    I just wanted to make sure that it's O.K. to do this on top of a honey super. Also, I thought I read somewhere that scratching the caps before installing helps the bees but I guess...
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    extra frames and honey super

    Thanks alpha6 and Mike,
    My last questions on this subject would be do I scratch the drone cells once thawed to help the bees access the dead brood? And finally, is it alright to place these...
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    managing extra comb

    Thanks Jasontatro,

    Are you suggesting that I freeze these frames and then swap them out with frames (filled with capped honey) from the top deeps of my two other remaining colonies? Would I...
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    What to do with filled drawn comb

    I have a Russian colony in decline. The drones are slowly taking over and there are multiple eggs in the cells (laying worker). Instead of doing a newspaper combine, I was told to just dump the...
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    details of the combine

    BjornBee,
    Again,thanks for the input. I talked to the fellow who sold me the nuc and he recommended a permanent combine. He sells queens and still recommended the permanent route.
    When it...
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    permanent combination

    Thanks BjornBee for your reply. I will do the combine today. Not looking forward to it. I'll suit up tight.
    You suggested: "Personally, at this point if it were me, I'd combine with a strong...
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    Russian colony in decline

    Hello,
    As a newbie, I'm not sure what to do with my swarmed out and now queenless colony. They swarmed on June 26th and had plently of replacement queen cells in the making. I just inspected...
  17. Thread: sugar syrup

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    syrup ratio

    I also could use some accurate information. I'm feeding at a 1:1 ratio and they are slow to build comb. I'll be watching this thread for more info. Thanks,

    Jack
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    shallow only brood chamber

    Sorry to bother you folks . I'm going back to the original plan. Have a nice day!

    Jack
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    back to normal

    Thank you guys for the feedback and sharing your experiences. The hive in question is back to business and hasn't clumped again. I become concerned when something looks out of place and I don't...
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    busy bees

    Thank you D Coates for your through response. I was surprized to find 4 fully drawn frames and 2 additional frames are 1/2 drawn each...so nearly 5 frames from just 1 frame worth of scattered comb a...
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    wet clump of bees

    I have a 5 week old Nuc and there is a wet clump of bees that refuses to go inside even though it is pouring rain. It is not a big clump (child's fist size). I had a swarm last week from another...
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    Queen cells galore

    I inspected the Russian swarmers and there were 3 or 4 cells on one frame. They were close to the bottom of the frame. One was not closed on one frame while 2 others looked closed and older on...
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    leaving the deep burr comb for now

    Hi Ross, Yes, I don't want to end up queenless either. I'm kinda sorry I jumped the gun and started cutting. Since it just swarmed, It was recommended to me to gently inspect the hive and close it...
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    queen cell in the burr

    Hey Ross,

    I opened the hive after the swarm to see what was left and I cleaned up the top frames. One of those frames had burr comb off the bottom and it had a queen cell. I removed it. Since...
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    frame and box sizes

    Hi odfrank,

    Thank you as well for your feedback. I just talked to the supplier and he said the 1 1/8 inch gap between the bottom of the bottom frames and top of the screen of the BB is correct. ...
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