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    Do I need a queen?

    My single hive swarmed on 6/30. I captured the swarm but that's another issue. I did an inspection today, 7/17. The original hive has shown normal activity and lots of bees are present, doing their...
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    Re: odd color of workers?

    Ligurians... that's a new one on me! And I will check out that link, julysun. This has been an interesting 'conversation' for me, thanks to everyone who's added comments. Today it's been rainy and...
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    Re: odd color of workers?

    I would have to go and watch for a drone in particular, so right now I couldn't say if they're 'cordovan' or not. I can say this hive is extremely docile and easy-going. Though I smoke for...
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    Re: odd color of workers?

    Well then, that could be it, "cordovan". Their legs are lighter, too. I did notice that. I'll do some more watching and check legs more closely to note exactly what color I'd call them, but this...
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    odd color of workers?

    When I have time I enjoy just watching the goings-on at the hive and I've noticed that a good number of the workers are quite pale in color. They stand out in flight and even more so on the landing...
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    Re: damage to comb/big holes/what's up?

    Thanks, Dan and Rob. Mice were my first thought, given the size of the hole. That it is in the middle of the frame (not down at floor level), is that a place mice would set up housekeeping? I always...
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    Re: damage to comb/big holes/what's up?

    Hi -- yeah, me too, sort of new to bees... despite having had a colony or two for several years, I have no nearby mentors or more experienced people, so there's alot of forum posts, phone calls, and...
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    damage to comb/big holes/what's up?

    Here in high altitude Wyoming I've just managed to get my first look into my hive -- first visit of the year, with two supers. Overall, the hive looked good, the queen was busy, lots of brood, and...
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    Re: treat for nosema?

    Thanks, good ideas. I'm giving them some food on the next nice day so I can take a peek inside. That will help. Today's snow mixed with rain....
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    treat for nosema?

    I am in Jackson, Wyoming, high and cold, with lots of snow still on the ground but spring looming. Yesterday was especially warm/mild and the bees were out like a summer day -- lots walking around on...
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    Re: supplemental food rejected

    Lots of good ideas in this thread, much appreciated... I am going to dump the syrup presently on the hive --- into my comost --- as I have some suspicion it's either fermented or simply not to their...
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    supplemental food rejected

    Greetings -- not exactly rejected... they are simply not eating any of it.
    I have a hivetop feeder with a winter mix of syrup but the bees have absolutely no interest in this food. This hive was...
  13. Re: full lower supers but not filling honey super

    Thanks, everyone, for the comments and ideas. In response, the frames in the honey supers are smaller (dimensions? Not sure, but more or less about half the size of frames in the deeps).
    True,...
  14. Re: full lower supers but not filling honey super

    The frames above the excluder are drawn. I wonder what would happen if I took out the excluder... if the queen moved up into the honey super, well, it wouldn't be the end of the world (end of my...
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    This has been an excellent spring/summer for my bees here in Wilson, WY (Jackson Hole). We got started early and weather has been steadily favorable. A month ago I added a queen excluder and put on a...
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    Re: Multiple swarms

    We wondered the same thing, that each cluster might have a queen. But, in less than an hour the swarms had moved on, whatever the queen situation might have been, and both of the hives looked and...
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    Multiple swarms

    Hello -- I'm in the mtns in Jackson, Wyoming, and started with a single hive in early May. Spring was extremely wet and cool, ending with 'real' summer on 6/21 or 22, not that long ago.
    This...
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