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    Eating honey from brood comb?

    I left a couple of partially filled supers on a hive over this last winter. Now all of the frames in those supers are filled with honey -- about half of it capped and the rest soon to be. Some of...
  2. Re: Best way to transfer captured swarm into new hive?

    Thanks for responses. Followup question: when "dumping" (picture a small box containing the bees) into a deep body with a few center frames removed, are you quickly turning upside down and rapping...
  3. Best way to transfer captured swarm into new hive?

    I have captured several swarms during past two years. Some were easy branch clips, others were easy vacuums, and some were cut-out vacuums. In all cases I have trouble getting the bees off their...
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    Re: Cutout - no honey - and now no bees!

    No I'm sure they did not spray the comb. #1 this guy is a friend of mine and I trust his answer when I pressed him on this question initially. #2 the first thing he told me when he called is "I...
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    Re: Cutout - no honey - and now no bees!

    I located the hive about 20 miles from where I did the cutout. I did the cutout about 7pm -- and after putting the comb (still covered with bees) into the frames I put the cover on the hive (with...
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    Cutout - no honey - and now no bees!

    Yesterday I did a cutout from a house. It was a new colony, having taken up residence in this space maybe two months ago. This is in north central texas (DFW area) so we have had big nectar flow...
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    What do do with brood comb from cutout?

    So a friend of mine had a wild colony living behind the wall in one of his buildings for a few years. I agreed to remove them for him and just did my first cutout. I put some of the brood comb into...
  8. Thread: Queen questions

    by AdamTX
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    Queen questions

    I want to requeen a hive whose queen is laying a spotty brood pattern, and producing lots of drones. I ordered the queen and have her in hand. I inspected the hive to try to find & kill the old...
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    Combining two hives

    I have two hives sitting side by side. Hive #1 is doing great but hive #2 has no brood at all in it. It has a single deep with a single shallow super on top. The shallow super is 100% full of...
  10. Thread: Bee escapes

    by AdamTX
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    Re: Bee escapes

    Here's the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keLtym7-4KM

    Thanks to everyone for the comments / suggestions.
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    Re: Bee escapes

    I didn't even know about those things. Just found a youtube video that shows one, and it makes sense. I should be able to knock out a couple of those in my shop in short order. Thanks for the tip!...
  12. Thread: Bee escapes

    by AdamTX
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    Bee escapes

    Last week I removed one shallow super from two different hives. I treated both hives the same way: I opened the hive, put a bee escape into the oval hole in the center of the inner cover, then put...
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    Re: Lost queen in October!

    Well I was still contemplating putting a new queen in there, but just called both Weavers and they both said they no longer have any. :(
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    Re: Lost queen in October!

    Thanks for both of your replies.

    I did not consider the "queen is still there but failing" idea -- that sounds like exactly what is happening, now that you mention it. The one good hive had a...
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    Lost queen in October!

    I have two hives sitting side by side; started both this spring with Italian packages. I just realized that one hive has lost its queen and evidently has a laying worker (I see far too many drones...
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    Re: No eggs 10 days after installing pkg?

    Dick,
    Are you saying I can cut out a square of, say, 2x2 inches from the brood frame with the laying queen (of uncapped larvae) ... and put that in a same-sized cutout in a frame on the other hive? ...
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    Re: No eggs 10 days after installing pkg?

    Thanks All, for the replies.

    Daknoodle, yes these are in my backyard. And yes I did head south to CS -- had to go that way anyway, so just "tacked on" the bee pick-up. I'd be happy to share...
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    No eggs 10 days after installing pkg?

    10 days ago I drove to a supplier and picked up two 3# packages of bees (with marked queens) and installed them that evening into two hives. Each hive had two frames of drawn brood comb, with the...
  19. Re: Rendering old combs, from plastic foundation

    Thanks Joseph. I just did some Googling on duragilt, and yes it sounds like that is exactly what it is (also explains why there were some "bare spots" on those frames, where the underlying plastic...
  20. Rendering old combs, from plastic foundation

    I just acquired some old brood frames full of dark comb. I was planning to remove the old comb and render the wax. The frames have plastic foundation installed, upon which the comb was built. I...
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    Cleaning out dead hive

    I posted this question last night, but don't see it on the board today. Not sure what happened, but appologies in advance if the other one somehow shows up and this one becomes a duplicate.

    I...
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    Re: Is it ok to open hive now?

    The hive clearly starved to death. Many are still clustered ... many other are head-first in a cell, looking for one last drop. I'm so sad ... and I feel like a dummy. I thought I left them enough...
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    Re: Is it ok to open hive now?

    Thanks for all the replies. Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer, so I'll go take a look then, and let you know what I find.

    Oldbee, the wings are normal - not deformed. None of them are even...
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    Is it ok to open hive now?

    I'm worried. Today where I am (near DFW, Texas) it was calm, sunny, and 67 degrees. No activity at my hive. No friendly buzzing when I rap on the side, either. Last week when weather was about...
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    How much activity now in brood chamber?

    How much / what kind of activity would you expect to see in a healthy hive at this time of year in the brood chamber? Will any pupae be emerging now, from capped cells -- or is all that finished...
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