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    Re: any Iowa Bees for sale?

    I'm 10 miles south of Iowa City and will be selling a few nucs. Hopefully they will be ready by Memorial weekend or sooner. If still interested - email me at: jeffnmarti2@yahoo.com
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    Re: When to cut out Supercedure cell

    The reason I call this one a supercedure cell is only because of the location on the frame. All the other cells that were cut out were in the swarm cell position on the frame.

    The hive is...
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    When to cut out Supercedure cell

    I found one supercedure cell along with swarm cells. I cut out all the swarm cells but don't know if I should cut out the supercedure cell. I am trying to make comb honey with this hive so it is...
  4. >"Really need more info in order to deduce what...

    >"Really need more info in order to deduce what is happening."<

    >"Does it look like there are fewer bees now than when you first found the queencells?"<

    No, the population is still robust.
    ...
  5. It sounds to me that they only developed queen...

    It sounds to me that they only developed queen cells after they were given brood. Given the fact that laying workers only lay drone eggs, I would assume that those eggs could not turn into a queen...
  6. Can queen cells develop from a laying worker?

    All summer long this hive has been trying to fill in the brood chamber with nectar and keeping me busy feeding in empty comb. During a routine inspection I was surprised to see about a dozen capped...
  7. I have read on this forum and talked with a...

    I have read on this forum and talked with a seasoned beekeeper and my understanding was just the opposite of this. If they are immediately attracted to the queen cage then they do not have a queen...
  8. Thanks again for the input peggjam. I like...

    Thanks again for the input peggjam.

    I like going barehanded.
  9. She does not have any attendants with her so I...

    She does not have any attendants with her so I would have to add them. No problem with the attendants getting along with her?

    How long can you successfully keep her in the cage before...
  10. Thanks for the reply peggjam. How long can you...

    Thanks for the reply peggjam.

    How long can you keep the queen alive and well in her cage?

    Is it best to feed her droplets of water or sugar water?
  11. How the bees act when introducing a new queen

    I made a split on July 5 and added a swarm cell. The queen hatched sometime between July 5 and July 9.

    Thirteen days later (July 18) I found a dead young bee on the outside of the hive that...
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    Here's an update: Yesterday was an...

    Here's an update:

    Yesterday was an unseasonably warm 70 degrees so I inspected my weak hive. I did find a very small cluster of new eggs. So, now I believe that the queen is mated and there is a...
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    Thanks for all the responses. The plan at the...

    Thanks for all the responses.

    The plan at the moment is to assume that she did mate and try to get them through the winter. If I get another fairly warm day I will look for new eggs.

    I have...
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    The 1:1 syrup has done wonders in boosting the...

    The 1:1 syrup has done wonders in boosting the hive population in the other two hives. They each have about 4-5 frames of young brood. Now, since they will be going into the winter with more young...
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    I have one weak hive that I would like to try to...

    I have one weak hive that I would like to try to save. They are very low on population and light on stores.

    Two-three weeks ago it had two queen cells, which have now hatched. I saw a new queen...
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    I figured that with a mite drop of 2 after the...

    I figured that with a mite drop of 2 after the powdered sugar dusting they didn't have a mite problem at that time. Now they do.

    I will continue to monitor and hopefully can wait a few more weeks...
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    Thanks for the replies. This is the first time...

    Thanks for the replies.

    This is the first time I've experienced having the bottom box with no brood. So, it sounds like this is not an unusual happening. And I'm glad I didn't hurt anything by...
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    I did a detailed inspection on one of my hives...

    I did a detailed inspection on one of my hives today and found absolutely no brood of any kind in the bottom box. The last intensive inspection on the brood box was aproximately 4 weeks ago and it...
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    Dave - With the P. sugar treatment I would...

    Dave -

    With the P. sugar treatment I would not expect the numbers to keep increasing for as long as a week later. I would expect a high number of drop within a few hours of each treatment and...
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    ScadsOBees - Half way through the treatment...

    ScadsOBees - Half way through the treatment period the p.sugar had knocked down the number to 100/day. Now, even with 6 treatments of p. sugar,10 days apart, the numbers have grown to about 400/day....
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    I've been treating my hives regularly with 2C of...

    I've been treating my hives regularly with 2C of powdered sugar, brushed over the tops of the brood frames, but those dog gone mites are still increasing in numbers.

    I think my next course of...
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    You could also slip the top box forward a little...

    You could also slip the top box forward a little to give them 1/16" or so gap between the two boxes for more ventilation. Make sure the gap is not large enough to allow any bees in. You do not want...
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    I'm afraid to say that I am also frugal and try...

    I'm afraid to say that I am also frugal and try to collect used glass jars.

    Some do have a cloudiness to them which I don't think is calcium but maybe a result of too many washings in a...
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    Give them more room and give them more...

    Give them more room and give them more ventilation. Pop up the top if you need to.

    And I wouldn't worry if the queen starts laying in the supers. More bees are a good thing.
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    Hillside My bees are doing the same thing. ...

    Hillside

    My bees are doing the same thing. Except I have been feeding in 1" SC starter strips now that all the 5.1 foundation has been drawn out. It is frustrating but now I am just going to...
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