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    I think my split was a dud

    This is day 29 of the split and I just did the first inspection. According to my calculations if all went well I should have seen eggs, larvae, and no capped brood but it was the opposite. I saw no...
  2. Re: Bees eating large pupae on frame bottom

    Thanks all I wish I would have taken a photo. They may have been drone pupae. Now I think about it their eyes were pretty big.
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    I did a split March 16th on my first hive started April of last year. I located the queen before the split and it appeared she was doing her job well. Yesterday I did my first inspection of the...
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    Re: Don't think split is working.

    It's day 21 of the split and all seems well. I made a 30 day chart so I could see at a glance what stage the new colony should be in. According to my calculations if all went well the new queen...
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    Re: Don't think split is working.

    about 4'



    So I'm guessing as long as there are enough nurse bees to keep the brood warm until they hatch I should be ok. What will happen if their arn't enough and the brood die from being to...
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    Don't think split is working.

    I did a split yesterday and after the work sat for an hour and watched. i\I saw a lot leaving, some leaving and flying right into original have and only saw 5 returning. Today I didn't see but one...
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    How is my hive doing?

    I live in Guerneville Ca and just did my first hive inspection of the year. BTW I just got my colony last April. The hive has two deep supers. The top one only has about 4.5 of the eight frames...
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    How is my first colony doing?

    I live in CA zone 9b and checked the colony last weekend. I had 2 deeps and one shallow. Nothing was in the shallow so I took it and and queen excluder off. The first deep super only had a very small...
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    How is my first hive doing?

    Hi everyone. I'm just wondering how well my hive is progressing. I installed it on 4-20. about 6 weeks later 6-2 I added a deep super. Today I did my first inspection since then. In the new super...
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    Re: Thirsty Bees Closer Look

    Ha Ha you should see the amount of honey they make I should just put a tap on the hive! Thanks for all the nice comments, glad you all like them.
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    Re: Thirsty Bees

    Thanks RJ and here is a thread to get you started. Check out the Macro forum while your there.
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    Re: Thirsty Bees

    Continuing Buzz's reply the lens is about $550 now. But you don't need an expensive full frame camera like the 5D Mark III to get images like these. I took the shots in this thread today with my 60D...
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    Thirsty Bees Closer Look

    http://www.coralreefecosystems.com/forum_images/_MG_0055.jpg

    http://www.coralreefecosystems.com/forum_images/_MG_0051.jpg

    http://www.coralreefecosystems.com/forum_images/_MG_0040.jpg
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    Re: Action Shots

    I would like to see those. Will you post a link?
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    Re: Thirsty Bees

    I used a Canon 5D MK III with an EF 100MM f 2.8 Macro Lens.
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    Re: Some shots of my Bees

    Nice shots.
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    Thirsty Bees

    I put a dish with water and gravel about 20 feet from the hive but they don't touch it. They would rather fly 50 yards to my sprinkler head.
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    Lull in comb production

    I just did my 3rd inspection of my first hive. It is 1 month old. Last week all frames were drawn except the outer and 1/2 of the next ones in so 6 sides total sides that were not drawn. I figured I...
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    Re: Shot of storage

    Thanks Chas glad you like it.
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    Shot of storage

    This is a shot from my first hive. I panicked when I saw the dark cells but remembered I have Flanders Poppies and they have gray pollen. I forgot to set my shutter speed, next shots will be...
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    3rd Weeek Inspection

    I just inspected my first hive a few hours ago. I have 8 frames and 2 end boards. 4 frames are completely drawn and 2 are half drawn. Should I add another super now or if not when? BTW all looks...
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    Re: Beginners first Inspection

    Thanks Slee after watching my video I thought I might be using to much smoke. I'll knock it way back next time.

    Buzz, Yes I'm painting the bodies. The top one wasn't painted as it was just to...
  23. Re: Couldn't get frames all pushed together.

    Thanks for all the input Ski. I was afraid trying to bump the frame together would crush some bees. Glad to hear I don't have to worry until next week. I'll practice getting them together then.
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    Re: Just got my first bee package

    Thanks for the comments.

    Maybe the temp was warm enough for not pouring bees out. It was 80 day of install and low 50's that night.

    I should have known better about poking more holes in the...
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    Re: Just got my first bee package

    Here is a link to my first inspection video.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?281352-Beginners-first-Inspection&p=928358#post928358
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