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  1. Trapping out a fresh colony. Put on the funnel sooner?

    I'm looking at trapping out a fresh colony this week. Homeowner saw them move in just yesterday with lots of noise and activity. He has had bees there at least 2 years before and then none last...
  2. Cold front coming through tonight? Reduce entrances again?

    We had our first nice hot humid day here yesterday and both my hives were really active so I pulled the reducers off the entrances. Of course now we have a cold front coming through tonight that...
  3. Hives looking good with two deeps. Checkerboard the 2nd and add a 3rd?

    My two hives have lots of brood going in the bottom box and the 2nd is drawn empty comb and stores. I manipulated a bit yesterday to open up the broodnest in the bottom deep inserting two empty...
  4. Switching hive bodies and relocating....what order?

    I need to move my hives from my home to their summer location in a friend's field sometime in the coming weeks. However, I am also going to be switching them from long Langs to traditional hive...
  5. Re: What is considered "enough" for spring stores?

    I'm hesitant to give sugar syrup with the few cold snaps we probably still have coming through the end of March (I've read that too much moisture in the hive can be problematic if we get another cold...
  6. What is considered "enough" for spring stores?

    I just checked my two hives that made it through the winter. One had 3-4 deep frames of honey and the other 1-2. There may have been some closer to the brood nest but I didn't want to disturb them....
  7. Re: Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    Thank you for all the great input! So if I split off for a nuc should I do this for both hives or just the strongest one? If the parent hive is too large could I sill end up with an overpopulation...
  8. Is it considered standard practice to split a hive each year?

    I have two hives that made it through the winter and they both are looking good so far. I'd like to expand some this year but I'm confused as to whether I should split them routinely for this...
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    Deadout from nosema?

    Lost this hive early in the winter and just opened it up today. Does the pattern of waste on the top bars suggest disease?

    Edit: I just pulled the frames and the waste is pretty much just on the...
  10. Re: Called for trap out in large tree - trap out now or leave until spring?

    Thanks for the replies. I spoke with the homeowner and I'm going to wait until spring and reduce and prepare the entrance for the future trap out. I've got plenty of plywood I can cut down to fit...
  11. Called for trap out in large tree - trap out now or leave until spring?

    Went on a call today for "bees in a tree" and found a very well established hive (at least two years) in an old growth oak tree. The entrance is a long vertical 35" split at the base of the tree and...
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    Re: Overwintering options? "Indoors?"

    Bugmeister: Most people here suffered at least some loss. I was in line to pick up packages this spring and a fellow beekeeper told me that she lost 9 of 10 this past winter. I know some people...
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    Overwintering options? "Indoors?"

    After losing all my hives to the coldest winter Michigan has had in 30 years I'm 4 hives strong again but I'm worried about this coming winter. Word on the street is this year's will be as bad or...
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    Re: Split for an observation hive?

    If I try the split and they fail to produce a queen or she fails to mate I can always just re-combine them before winter without any harm done correct?
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    Re: Split for an observation hive?

    So with that in mind would you try it this late?
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    Re: Split for an observation hive?

    The thought was to get a nuc established yet this fall in the Ulster (if wise)to do some talks at my daughter's school before winter hits. I was planning to winter it indoors with exterior access...
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    Split for an observation hive?

    I have an Ulster Hive I'd like to populate still this season via a split to keep through the winter. How late can I take some brood/eggs and still give them enough time to raise a queen? My plan is...
  18. Re: Seeded a new package with drone comb - whoops. Now what?

    Thank you for all the advice guys. I really appreciate it. Would it be advisable to add some capped brood from a stronger hive into this one?
  19. Seeded a new package with drone comb - whoops. Now what?

    In early May I started two new packages and seeded them both with some comb from a deadout (foundationless long hive.) I wasn't paying attention and apparently one of the two received a great deal of...
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    These feces a problem?

    I was sorting through some hive bodies today and found this hive. It is a TBH that was queenless, went laying worker and eventually got robbed out last year while I was on vacation. I happened to...
  21. Re: Is this a "swarm" now or will it be soon?

    Nice!

    My best option is simply to put a trap nearby I am guessing? How close should it be placed?
  22. Is this a "swarm" now or will it be soon?

    Bees have been clustered outside like this for the last two days on a known feral bee colony. The weather has been cloudy and cool (high 60's) with rain for the entire time so I am assuming this...
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    Re: Is the 2 feet/2 mile rule dead?

    Thanks everyone. I moved hives on Friday and left a spare swarm box behind. Only about 50 or so bees returned back to the old location so they made the trip to the new yard (again) on Sunday. ...
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    Is the 2 feet/2 mile rule dead?

    I need to move some hives in the next day or two less than 2 miles. It seems the current line of thinking from reading on the forum is that as long as you put an obstruction in front of the hive...
  25. Re: Queens are released in foundationless...when to fix comb?

    Well I fixed the combs the best I could last week with the limited weather conditions. There was only one spot I couldn't get to without disturbing what I presumed was the cluster around the queen. ...
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