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  1. Re: If Queen cells are now gone does that mean I have a Queen?

    Ok, another update for those of you that are following this thread.

    This has been my fifth week in a row to add a frame of open brood to my queen less hive. So as of today I have put in five...
  2. Re: If Queen cells are now gone does that mean I have a Queen?

    @Michael so basically you are saying just keep adding open brood on a weekly basis until they build a queen cell?

    Do I need to brush off the bees from the donor frame? Or just put it in the...
  3. Re: If Queen cells are now gone does that mean I have a Queen?

    @Saltybee All of the eggs that I saw were on the bottom of the cells.

    @Michael This was the third week in a row that I have added a frame of open brood. So a total of 3 frames of open brood so...
  4. Re: If Queen cells are now gone does that mean I have a Queen?

    So it has been a week since I added the last frame of brood. I checked on them again today to see if they had started a queen cell. Still no queen cell?

    I saw a few eggs again, but they are...
  5. Re: If Queen cells are now gone does that mean I have a Queen?

    Thought I would give everyone an update. I have been adding a frame of brood every week for the last 3 weeks, with hope of them raising their own Queen.

    I haven't seen much change in the last few...
  6. Re: If Queen cells are now gone does that mean I have a Queen?

    Wow, some good info here. Thanks.

    As far as timeline, I saw a few capped Queen cells 16 days ago.

    I never noticed the hive being "grumpy" or any different activity. In fact they were busy...
  7. If Queen cells are now gone does that mean I have a Queen?

    My hive has been queen less for about 3 weeks so I was letting them raise their own. A few weeks ago I gave them more space by adding another box and checker boarding. On some of the frames there...
  8. I think one of my hives is missing the Queen.

    I have two 10 frame medium langstroth hives both of which I installed packaged bees a little over a month ago.

    One hive is doing awesome with lots of capped brood, eggs, larvae, and honey. I just...
  9. Re: Do you keep the burr comb? And what do you do with it if so?

    OK so it sounds like I should keep holding on to it.. I'll check out the video that Fat Bee Man did on it..

    If I get more hives in the future then a solar melter would be awesome to have.
  10. Re: New Beekeeper here.....when to add second hive body?

    I had this same question a few days ago. And you want to add another box when your frames are 80% drawn out. So if you are using a 10 frame box wait until 8 of them are drawn out before you add...
  11. Do you keep the burr comb? And what do you do with it if so?

    I have been in my hives only a few times now, but every time I inspect them there is burr comb on the bottom of the frames. I have been scrapping it off for now and collecting it. I already have...
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    Re: Using Inner Cover With Top Hive Feeder

    OK that makes sense. Thanks for the clarification.

    That is how I have them set up now.
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    Re: Using Inner Cover With Top Hive Feeder

    Put what on top? The feeder on top of the inner cover? And what slots are you talking about? Thanks.
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    Re: Using Inner Cover With Top Hive Feeder

    Thanks for your input... I think I will go ahead and put the feeder on top of the inner cover the next I am in there. I think this will help with them building burr comb up in the entrance to the...
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    Using Inner Cover With Top Hive Feeder

    I am using a top hive feeder and was wondering if I should have my inner cover on top of my feeder or should I be setting my feeder on top of the inner cover? Right now I have it so the inner cover...
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    Using Inner Cover With Top Hive Feeder

    I am using a top hive feeder and was wondering if I should have my inner cover on top of my feeder or should I be setting my feeder on top of the inner cover? Right now I have it so the inner cover...
  17. Re: Have you ever seen a newly packaged hive swarm?

    Thanks for the quick responses.. I went ahead and put on another box. This forum is awesome!! I was going to wait at least another week to do it. I'm glad I didn't wait that long now.
  18. Have you ever seen a newly packaged hive swarm?

    I installed a package of bees about two weeks ago and they are building like crazy. I have 10 frame mediums and they have drawn out 9 frames completely and the 10th frames is probably half drawn...
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    Re: No more white hives for me

    I feel ya.. I personally like the natural look of wooden hives.
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    Re: Linseed Oil seal vs Paint

    Not sure if this will help or not, but I also really liked the natural look. So I put a coat of Minwax (Golden Pecan) stain on then I put a few coats of fiberglass resin on top of that. The...
  21. Re: How important is sun for my hives? Where should I place my new hives?

    Wow.. thanks for all the great information!! this board is awesome!!

    After reading all of the above I have decided where to put my hives.

    I am going to put them by my shed because it is...
  22. Re: How important is sun for my hives? Where should I place my new hives?

    That's a great resource.. thanks for sharing. It gave me a few more things to think about on one location over the other.
  23. Re: How important is sun for my hives? Where should I place my new hives?

    Ok thanks for the info and the help. I've been worrying about this all winter. Watching the sun almost everyday to see where it hits in my backyard and at what time. Ha ha ha.. I really thought...
  24. How important is sun for my hives? Where should I place my new hives?

    I am new to beekeeping and this will be my first year to give it a shot. I went ahead and built two beehives over the winter and have purchased two packages of bees that will be here on April 27th!!...
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