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    Re: How Soon Can I Move My Hives?

    Anyone?
  2. Re: SF Bay Area Nectar Flow - Is it the Drought?

    Girls are doing phenomenal in my Aptos apiary. The girls in the Santa Cruz Mountains, not so much on the nectar side, but great on breeding. I've been moving a few hives at a time to Aptos from the...
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    Re: How Soon Can I Move My Hives?

    I didn't hear from any of you experts so I went with my gut and only moved my oldest hive with my 1 yr old queen. The move was quick and they seemed to do just fine. I got the entrances opened back...
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    How Soon Can I Move My Hive After Requeen?

    I recently did a split of my two hive as they were about to swarm, being in California they came out of spring with vengeance, determined to leave. In all, I was able to split the resources into 6...
  5. Lethargic Newly Hatched Virgin Queen

    I did several splits yesterday and in two of the nuc boxes I had to place two frames with queen cells as I hadn't assembled the rest of my nucs, not thinking I would need all 8!

    Today I opened one...
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    No more hives! - I want honey!

    So I've pretty much mastered the "art" of making more bees, but this was only due to necessity.

    Due to some neglect of my bees this spring and some rather prolific queens, I was able to turn 2...
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    Re: Swarm Question

    The old queen will leave between the time and new queen cell is capped and the time it emerges. If she stays in the hive too long, the new queen will hatch and since there can only be one queen, they...
  8. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    Exactly. I'm hoping they will made with drones in the area and not with my drones. Although I'm also sure there are other drones in the area, it's almost certain that one of them will be from my...
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    Re: Between Queen Emerging and Laying

    Not quite the same as I have a hatched out queen cell. There are also plenty of queen cells about to be capped...and there is larvae and capped brood in the hive...just no eggs.

    I'm also curious...
  10. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    I had this realization late last night. I wanted them near me in order to feed and watch over, but there is a huge nectar flow in the valley right now. As long as I'm able to cut out the queen cells,...
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    Re: A good tree to trap a swarm?

    Any tree or landmark the bees use for navigation or foraging where they can find your trap is a good place for a bait hive. Sounds like this tree is a good spot for the bees to find your trap.
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    Between Queen Emerging and Laying

    Are there any "ques" to tell if you have a queen in your hive between the Emerging and Laying stage?

    One of my hives recently swarmed. By the time I could get to the hive a week or so later, I...
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    Re: How far distance wise

    If possible, move over the parent hive and place the split next to it. Essentially placing the two hives where the entrance to the one hive was. I found this useful as it gives the bees a choice so...
  14. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    10013

    Google image search can sure be useful
  15. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    Great input.

    I'll try some tests with the dremel and a hot knife on some drawn out frames I have laying around to see which is least invasive. I'm thinking the rotary drill bit with the dremel at...
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    Re: Do I Have Afrcanized Honey Bees?

    How would I go about sending some in for testing?
  17. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    Do you think the rotary "drill bit" attachment would work? I don't have a saw attachment big enough...but it's a clever idea.
  18. When it's okay to use old frames and when to replace.

    I had one hive die out this winter when we had a severe freeze. It then rained nonstop for a week or so and although I cleaned out the bees, the frames had some issues.

    Some of the frames have...
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    Do I Have Afrcanized Honey Bees?

    I purchased a lone queen from a local breeder last year to do a split. As soon as her daughters began hatching I knew something was different.

    These bees are MEAN and that's almost an...
  20. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    That's what I was afraid of. There are about 15 cells on the two frames I want to take...should I destroy any of them or just let the bees take care of it?

    Is it possible to do daily, quick...
  21. Re: Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    I'll cut off the queen cells and move them to the mountains.

    Unfortunately they did not build these cells on any of my foundationless frames. How do I go about removing them from the foundation...
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    Re: Dixie bee supply order gone wrong

    There are plenty of us out here in Santa Cruz that have bees. I read an article recently that SC has the highest concentration of backyard beekeepers. I, myself, currently have more queen cells than...
  23. Transporting Queen Cells and Making Splits - Advanced Advice Needed

    I'll try to keep this short, but I need some immediate advice.

    I have two hives, one is kept in the mountains and one is kept on a friend's land down in the valley.

    The hive in the mountains...
  24. Re: When to split - Queen Cells with larvae in hive

    Great input guys. I think I've finally got a good plan figured out. I'll get the queen taken out tomorrow and wait for the other cells to be capped to move them/destroy them.

    I do have a 4 lb...
  25. Re: When to split - Queen Cells with larvae in hive

    Great advice. I'll find her and put her in a new box along with a few frames of brood at different stages, bee bread, and honey.

    I'll keep an eye on the queen cells and split again when I find...
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