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    Re: Well, we lost the fight

    Thanks Flower Planter and wdale! We, too, are now convinced it was nosema! These bees were packages installed May 1, 2014. Did very well the first year and made it through the winter great. Will...
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    Re: Well, we lost the fight

    Thanks Mr. Beeman. I will have to do some reading up on how to make and work with nucs. This season our two good queens became bad queens at the same time and then disappeared. We bought two new...
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    Re: Well, we lost the fight

    Thanks again for the suggestions! OAV after install sounds good to me. Like I said, we are not going to let this discourage us. We will see it through. Got way too much invested in equipment to...
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    Re: Well, we lost the fight

    Hmmm. I had left a board under the remaining hive for several days and then pulled it. I could see absolutely no mites on it...However, at this point I only had about 1/2 lbs of bees left. ...
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    Re: Well, we lost the fight

    We had a strong hive and a weak hive early in the spring. Strong hive was growing very fast...so much so that I decided to do a split in order to ward of a swarm. This is where things began to go...
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    Re: Well, we lost the fight

    Thanks all for your advice and information. We had no mites (varroa) on our sticky boards (likely due to the recent re-queening we did). After reading about Nosema, it sure looks and sounds like...
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    Well, we lost the fight

    Probably due to ignorance on my part. Both of our hives got real weak as the population dwindled. Both hives had new queens but they were laying very sporadic. At the point where each hive had...
  8. Re: The joys of owning a pickup truck...and keeping bees

    Only vehicles I have ever owned for my own daily transportation were pick-up trucks. All had 6-cylinders engines and manual transmissions. All were 4 wheel drive. Nobody ever asks to borrow them.
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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Thanks enjambres! I had thought about doing just what you suggested, but when I got home last night, there was a feverish buzz of bees reorienting themselves at the entrance of the hive. Also,...
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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    I just realized I forgot to put slits in the paper. So, when I get home tonight I will inspect for pieces of paper on the bottom screen. If none, I will pull the top cover off and run a piece of...
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    Re: Making a foundation under a hive?

    18" high stands with legs buried 18" deep (legs 36" total length). String trimmer to control weeds. This may change as I am still learning!
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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Well, went home from work last night and put on my bee coat & veil. Went to both hives and gave them a light puff of smoke. Pulled the top off of the stronger hive and laid 2 sheets of newspaper...
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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Thanks Bees of SC! Grabbing and Plopping for me equates to carefully lifting and carefully placing in the most gentle manner possible! (Have not been stung yet....don't want to either!!) :D ...
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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Thanks Chemguy and Bees of SC! So, let me see if I understand. My weak hive is 100 feet from my strong hive. Are you all saying we should just go grab that weak hive, carry it over to the strong...
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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Thanks Vance G
    We did monitor for mites, and there were a few, but not real bad. However, the mites seemed to disappear on their own. Unfortunately, our inexperience proved that the lack of queens...
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    Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Well, what started out as a fantastic experience as beginning beekeepers has become a challenge. New packages (2) in April of 2014. Grew to two deeps each. Overwintered fantastic. Approx. May of...
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    Re: Queen behavior mystery

    JW
    Thanks! My wife tells me I am too impatient. But even she got a bit nervous last weekend when we inspected and only found good brood in one of our three hives. I have to stop and realize that...
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    Re: Queen behavior mystery

    Thanks to everybody for your replies and helpful information. Very much appreciated. We will check that hive again this weekend (weather permitting) and see if she has started laying. As of that...
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    Re: Queen behavior mystery

    Ohhh my word.....so that was very likely a virgin queen we saw in there. Well, now here's the rest of the story. We coaxed her around until she finally walked up onto a small spot of new wax where...
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    Queen behavior mystery

    We have a hive that WAS our strong hive. Fearing it would swarm, we decided to do a split. After several weeks we inspected only to find no queen or new brood. We stole a frame of brood from the...
  21. Re: Nervous... First bees tomorrow. Hope they survive the ride home.

    We drove our pick-up truck to get our first packages last year. The seller informed us that with the cool weather (58F) and a 1-hour drive ahead of us, we needed to put them in the truck cab. ...
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    Re: Interesting day in the hives

    Thanks for the replies. Well, we sure hope it was a mating flight. If not, our three hives may be in trouble. We will be checking them again the middle to latter part of next week. By then we...
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    Interesting day in the hives

    Well after doing a split a few weeks ago on our strong hive, we went into them for inspection yesterday. The new hive into which we had moved the queen was working away and had beautiful brood...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    Ian G
    Hope your splits are working out. We opened our bee-packed hive, found the queen, put that frame in a new box along with a couple frames of capped brood, nurse bees, and some capped honey...
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    Re: checking on a new hive

    I would wait for a warmer day. But I am new at this too (fist two hives in May of 2014) so lets see what others more experienced have to say about this!
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