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  1. What time in a.m. do bees do their first orientation flight

    I just installed a package and have never seen the next day orientation flight. Anyone know what time I need to be there to catch it?
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    Re: How long will a queen live in a cage

    Your assumption is correct and it is a 3 hole with one hole full of candy. Thanks for the replies. And she has several attendants
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    How long will a queen live in a cage

    How long will a gueen live in a cage and how should I store for a few days? I got back in time from picking them up to install package but not pinch my old queen before the rain hit. It is my...
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    Re: Crooked Foundation

    Go foundationless. I kept having the same problems. I tried foundationless and the bees draw out the comb faster and it is better for them and cheaper for me
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    Re: Can I store SS cells

    Yes SS = supercedure cell
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    Can I store SS cells

    I got 2 SS cells I removed. Can I store them til they hatch and if so how? How about just over night?
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    Re: 1 split 2 swarms later, what to do

    I think the SS cell is old and about ready to hatch. It was brown on the end and looked old. There was a SS open but the one I left was closed. The other 2 I tore out were closed. I am gonna wait a...
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    1 split 2 swarms later, what to do

    I got a colony that has always had tons of bees. I found swarm cells and supercedure cells a few weeks ago so I split them talking all the swarm cells and leaving two supercedure cells. Then this...
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    Re: Best Bee Smells

    That's what I have been smelling from my swarms. I wondered what it was. She must put out some major pheromone while in a swarm ball
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got one yesterday and one today from the same colony. At least there my bees and I know the genetics. They have great genetics and have been very productive. I had just split out 3 frames of brood...
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    Re: how long to closed swarm cell

    tks
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    how long to closed swarm cell

    How long from open swarm cell with jelly to closed?
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    Re: Should I remove swarm cells and requeen

    They are backfilling the brood with pollen
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    Re: Should I remove swarm cells and requeen

    originally I was gonna intended her for a split on another colony but I have already split that colony with swarm cells so she will be available for a split with this colony. I could not see larvae...
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    Re: Should I remove swarm cells and requeen

    The brood pattern is really very sporadic and the queen has laid a lot of drone brood two boxes up and totally skipped a box in between. I have 8 frames of brood but again they are sporadic. I don't...
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    Should I remove swarm cells and requeen

    I have a strong colony that has about 12 uncapped swarm cells( with jelly) in the second box and spotty brood in the main lower brood chamber. I have a mated queen coming from a supplier on the...
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    Does that not ruin the genetics of the colony requeening with a strange queen. This colony is such a good producer of brood and honey
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    One problem I have is that I use deeps and mediums for brood chambers. So I don't have a lot of deep drawn comb with pollen and honey to split up with numerous splits. Its all I can do to have enough...
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    How do you get them to draw out new frames without them storing the feed as honey and then widing up with surger water for honey?
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    This colony has always been gentle when I work the supers but when I get into the brood they get mad. I was running low on smoke and used very little by the time I got to the brood so that could be a...
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    No I used the swarm cells. The supercedure were on the same frame
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    I used a frame with three swarm cells for the new colony. The donor colony had a frame with two supercedure cells. Anyway to get one of the queens for another colony?
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    Yep had all that covered.
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    Re: wild caught hive update.

    You might get you a beetle trap to help them. If you have a strong colony that is your best defense against SHB. How old is your colony? If the cells are on top or middle of frame they are making new...
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    Yep I can work the top two - three boxes fine but once I hit the brood, whamo, there on me like Donkey Kong. I was real real careful about squishing any. I got stung through my jeans and I guess they...
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