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    Re: New Beekeeper, Lots of problems

    I think you need to find out for sure if you have a queen.

    The bees in the photo look pretty old to me and I think your hive is queenless.
  2. Re: Some bees crawling in grass in front of hive

    It looks like you havent had brood in that hive for a long time going by the amount if pollen in those frames.
    I dont think your queen is viable I think theres something wrong with her. :(

    I'm...
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    Re: Do worker bees toot

    The only reason I saw it was because i was caging queens and the bee that was making the sound was on the frame i was looking at .

    It was very weird and have seen it only once since.
  4. Re: Some bees crawling in grass in front of hive

    I second the latest post by JWChestnut.
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    Re: Do worker bees toot

    Ive seen and heard workers "piping" and its indistinguishable from a queen. I saw the bee that was doing it and it was very agitated and fast on the comb darting here and there . It would stop and...
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    Re: Two hives side by side

    Did you check for a laying queen?

    How about mites are the bees healthy?


    If you have a laying queen and no mite problem thats good, they are just reluctant to move up. By bringing a frame of...
  7. Re: spacer between honey super and brood box?

    Rather than using a spacer you can just set the honey super back on the excluder just enough for the bees to get in and out, about a centimetre of excluder wire showing works well.

    As the...
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    Re: Two hives side by side

    Yes that will help , but I would check first to make sure all is well with the hive, has it gone queenless, swarmed? Or is it just generally weaker than the other hive
  9. Re: Bees keep building comb on inner cover?

    If the space is too deep between the hive matt and the topbars of the frames the bees will always try to fill it with comb.
    I took this explanation from beekeeping.com bcause they have explained...
  10. Re: Just when you thought you have seen everything!

    Now that is very cool ! Ive never seen anything like that either!
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    Re: Have a queen, no eggs or brood

    Your queen should have come with attendants in the cage she will be fine with them for a few days keep her in a warm place but not in the sun of course.
    You can knock the old queen off and introduce...
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    Re: How long do I wait?

    Im sure she will be fabulous!
  13. Re: I think I messed up...Two questions.

    If your bees came as a nuc then there should have been a frame of honey and pollen alng with some brood frames.
    When you installed the nuc into your hive did you notice if there was a honey frame ?...
  14. Re: Broke-T Honey and Queens make the TV news.

    That was a great video thanks for posting that :)
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    Re: How long do I wait?

    I would give her another week.
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    Re: Have a queen, no eggs or brood

    As I said before your brood is dodgy. Have you sighted the queen?

    I wouldnt rely on getting a decent supercedure queen out if any queencells built using the larvae available in this hive.

    If...
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    Re: Best suit for extra small female?

    You could probably wear a tulle veil over an ordinary brimmed sunhat?

    I wear a jacket with a fencing style hood and love it easy to flip up and down and great if you are driving from yard to yard...
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    Re: Have a queen, no eggs or brood

    No thats not what Im seeing. That brood is in my opinion is dodgy.
  19. Re: Virgin Queen and a handful of bees gift

    Haha thank goodness for that I had visions of your comb crawling with SHB!
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    Re: Have a queen, no eggs or brood

    I dont like the look of your brood, theres far too much drone brood and when you enlarge the photos there are dead larvae in a slumped "c" shape at the top of the cells very much like half moon...
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    Re: Bees left hive, grouped on ground

    Like Adrian im also wondering about sugar syrup being fed.

    If you have only been feeding fondant and you have no honey flow the bees wont be able to draw comb.

    The fondant will keep them alive...
  22. Re: Virgin Queen and a handful of bees gift

    They werent really squirming were they?

    Bee larvae don't squirm. They lie in the cell in a curled shape, although they do move you have to watch closely and its very minimal.

    You don't have...
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    Re: Best suit for extra small female?

    I dont wear a full suit, I use a half suit and my own trousers choose a baggy pair in a light colour. I tuck the bottom of my trousers into my socks and have a pair of cotton gaitors over that. I get...
  24. Re: My Bees aren't building comb (2nd colony in a row)

    Bearing in mind a hive, feral or managed will swarm/abscond if the mite load becomes intolerable
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    Re: Colony swirls in the air

    Brad Bee if your nuc did actually swarm you may not have a queen any more.

    Whereas if the bees swarmed out and came right back in again I would assume the queen is still with the nuc and probably...
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