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    Re: Are they going to swarm?

    I'm a backyard beekeeper so I'm not sure I want to make too much increase, but I appreciate that thought. I could make an additional nuc. I may just do that. I have very little drawn comb so I don't...
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    Re: Are they going to swarm?

    I left several. I don't know the exact count but I'd say there's probably at least five or so. Should I let them develop a little and then pinch them in a week? That way the cells are more developed...
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    Re: Are they going to swarm?

    Hi AR, thanks for the tip on putting me the frames in twos. I did that this morning and found her four frames in. I made a split, removed queen cups and cells in the split, and drove them a few miles...
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    Re: suprise for my fiancee

    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/beekeeping-supplies/category/page5.html

    These are some of the kits from mann lake. They have free shipping on orders over 100 dollars, and that is a pretty big deal. ...
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    Re: Bee Waterer

    I find that if I disturb my bees while they're taking water from my bird bath that they will fly around a bit, but I don't find them to be aggressive.
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    Hello, please see the images I've attached. Each of these vertical cups has an egg in it. The bees seem to be putting new white wax on the sides of the cups. I'm only in my second...
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    Re: Honey may have fermented

    Thank you both
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    Re: Honey may have fermented

    Maybe the fermented smell was my imagination. It was faint. Any way to check that it's fermenting?
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    Re: Honey may have fermented

    Thank you!
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    Re: Honey may have fermented

    I know the source of the honey. It came from my mentor who recently passed. So, while he's not here to ask, I have no reason to believe that he had AFB. His wife tells me his bees were inspected by...
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    Honey may have fermented

    I came into about a gallon of honey. The honey was given to me in a jar and there was a note that said check moisture. I expect that was because the honey had granulated, and perhaps it was never...
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    Re: First time pkg install!! Questions

    Hi Angie, this is only my second season. The only thing I can tell you for sure is that you will get different opinions on nearly any question about any aspect of beekeeping. Feeding is definitely...
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    Thank you David. I'm in a bee club, but we haven't had our first outdoor meeting yet and the mentor I've been working with has recently passed. So, I'm floundering a bit in my first spring. Thanks...
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    I appreciate you taking the time to explain, David. It does seem like the general consensus is that queen cups mean nothing, though. So I guess the only real thing to do is continue to monitor them...
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    David, can you expound on this a bit? I'm not sure what you mean. What do you define as success? For me, success is to keep this hive from swarming, take some honey, and get them prepared for...
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    When I remove frames of brood, do I take the bees on that frame with it?
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    I've got about all of the bees My backyard can handle, and I would like some honey. Aside from supering, what else can be done? Should I consider taking brood to boost other colonies?
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    Thank you guys very much
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    Re: Queen cups and swarming

    Thank you both for your replies. Ordinarily I wouldn't let a sting bother me, but I was in a tee shirt and no gloves and no veil. Got cocky. After the first sting, they kept flying into my head so I...
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    Queen cups and swarming

    My first hive made it through winter. My attention now turns to spring buildup and swarming. I tried to do my first thorough inspection yesterday but only made it through the top box. The top box...
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    Re: 1st inspection question

    If she is released from the cage, you can look for eggs. She may not start laying immediately, so don't panic if you find that to be the case. If she's out and laying, remove the cage, clean any...
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    Re: Entrance reducers and mouse guards

    Thank you both!
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    Re: Am I going to have a comb problem?

    Thanks Gary. Do you think I can wait a few days? I don't want to bother them too often and it's supposed to rain tomorrow.
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    Entrance reducers and mouse guards

    I have an entrance reducer and a metal mouse guard on my hive. When do I remove each of them?
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    Am I going to have a comb problem?

    I put a one gallon jar feeder directly on the top bars today with an empty deep around it and a quilt on top of that. Am I going to et the bees building comb down from the quilt box?
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