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    Why no brood in the upper deep?

    I posted a month or so ago about one of my hives being packed with honey on the upper deep with absolutely no brood up there. Almost 100% brood in the lower and almost 100% honey in the upper. It...
  2. Re: Bottom deep full of brood, top deep full of honey - not feeding

    Update: I did a fairly thorough inspection today and found the queen. I didn't see any swarm cells though its always possible that I missed one. Looks as though I may have caught it in time. I...
  3. Re: Bottom deep full of brood, top deep full of honey - not feeding

    Oh boy, that would be a real bummer! The one strong hive I had ended up swarming down to almost nothing this year. This hive was started from a swarm from that hive and is now the dominant of the...
  4. Bottom deep full of brood, top deep full of honey - not feeding

    Im just starting my second season as a beek and am noticing what seems like a strange separation in one of my hives. I put a second deep on a few months ago and the bees have been working it pretty...
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    Re: What to do with a hive that absconded

    Interesting. I had no idea they would do that!
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    Re: What to do with a hive that absconded

    Update. I just went out and checked. They are still there but I see that the queen is dead - I think she may have gotten attacked by ants. Not a ton of bees but there are are a couple hundred...
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    What to do with a hive that absconded

    I went out of town for a week and just came back to find a hive that I just started from swarm a couple of months ago had absconded due to a small hive beetle infestation that sprung up while I was...
  8. Re: How much stores in the deep before adding honey super?

    Many thanks for the responses. This all makes sense. Yeah, perhaps im a bit anxious to get honey. I put a second deep on my hive after the winter and the bees went to work fast. Had about 70% of...
  9. How much stores in the deep before adding honey super?

    So it looks like I should be able to collect honey this year but one bit of information I haven't yet gotten an answer to is when is it OK to put on a honey super? Does the 1st and/or 2nd deep need...
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    Re: Odds that this swarm is mine?

    Oy...and here I was thinking I was done dealing with swarming for the year. I counted a minimum of 3 queen cells after the first swarm. Possibly 4 or 5. Is there anything I can do now to help keep...
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    Re: Odds that this swarm is mine?

    Im really confused then...Ive always been told to NOT destroy the queen cells so that they can create a new queen. Am I supposed to destroy all but one?
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    Odds that this swarm is mine?

    Some of you might remember a week ago, I caught a swarm that came out of my hive and made the silly misinformed decision to dump the swarm back into the original hive. Once I learned that this is...
  13. Re: Caught and installed swarm from my hive. Now what?

    [QUOTE=wadehump;1083016]Never have I read in any books or on any Bee forum where some said to dump them back into the swarm hive.:scratch:[/QU:pinch:

    doh... I feel stupid...I must have...
  14. Re: Caught and installed swarm from my hive. Now what?

    Thanks for the advice everyone. I found the queen and put her and the brood frame she was on into another deep. I put 2 more brood frames with bees and another frame that had honey in as well. So...
  15. Re: Caught and installed swarm from my hive. Now what?

    I do have another box almost ready. I just need some more frames. I can run out and grab them quickly. I dont see a swarm yet so hopefully they havent gone yet
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    well...dang...I DID put them back into the same hive. I thought this was an option. hmmm. well, i dont see a swarm yet so i will try and split the hive. Any other recommendations would be great!
  17. Caught and installed swarm from my hive. Now what?

    My one hive is just starting its second year. I did my best to prevent a swarm by adding another deep and checking for queen cells but, alas, today they swarmed. Luckily I happened to be outside...
  18. how low should you let stores get before feeding?

    Ive got a hive with about 2 - 2 1/2 frames of honey stores. Is that low enough to start feeding or should I let them be for now? There is A LOT of brood. Thanks!
  19. Re: Added 2nd deep on light hive, did I make a mistake?

    Thanks. That does make sense to me. Do you think it would be advisable to swap that frame out for another from the side tomorrow, or would I just be disturbing the bees more than I should?
  20. Re: Added 2nd deep on light hive, did I make a mistake?

    Huh, interesting. When I got started last year, my local beekeeping group advised me that this was the best way to draw the hive upwards when adding a 2nd deep. In any case, it appears that the...
  21. Added 2nd deep on light hive, did I make a mistake?

    After wintering my hive with a single deep, I started feeding them a few weeks ago as the hive was getting pretty light on honey. The queen has been pretty active making brood though, and when I...
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    Re: At what temp is it OK to add 2nd deep

    Many thanks for the replies. What about honey stores? My hive is a bit light since they are just coming off of the winter. Is there a certain amount of stored honey they should have in the 1st deep...
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    At what temp is it OK to add 2nd deep

    I would like to go ahead and add a 2nd deep to my hive as it is starting to get a bit crowded. The weather has been varying greatly here in Texas but I doubt we will get another freeze. Highs for...
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    2nd deep or mediums?

    So it seems that I successfully wintered my first bee hive with a single deep. They got off to a slow start so I was unable to add to the deep before winter hit. Now its warming up down here in...
  25. Is it possible that my bees don't like honey-b-healthy?

    I got a bottle of honey b healthy to help jumpstart my bees a few months back and, every now and again, ill add it to their syrup. I mostly add it these days in small concentrations to help the...
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