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  1. Re: Swarmed...then went back...should I split?

    challenger, thank you so much for the explanation of your method. I had not considered that, but it totally makes sense! So far (KNOCKING ON WOOD), the original hive and the split seem to be staying...
  2. Re: Swarmed...then went back...should I split?

    Thank you FP...I just came in from splitting the hive into two...I'm just crossing my fingers that I split the queens. I was told that the swarming queen would be hard to find as she would be slimmed...
  3. Swarmed...then went back...should I split?

    Just looked out and saw bees everywhere and a football size swarm gathering on a branch 15' in the air (about 2 yards from my hives). I went it and called a buddy to see if I could borrow his...
  4. Swarmed...then went back...should I split?

    Just looked out and saw bees everywhere and a football size swarm gathering on a branch 15' in the air (about 2 yards from my hives). I went it and called a buddy to see if I could borrow his...
  5. Re: Ever had critters storing acorns in your hive?

    "I've never heard of an accord tree" :)
    Yeah, that dang auto-correct will get you. I corrected the post though to avoid future confusion.
  6. Ever had critters storing acorns in your hive?

    I placed a hive on a nearby blueberry farm last weekend. I just went by a few minutes ago to check on it. It's sitting under an acorn tree, so I didn't think anything of it when I approached and saw...
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    Re: Requeening...no brood...how to add more?

    (Hmmm....not sure where I lost you...but my apologies!)
    All is good now:
    Hive #2 has the great queen that I accidentally took from hive#1....and hive#1 is now operating on full power with a queen...
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    Re: Requeening...no brood...how to add more?

    No...to recap:
    Hive #1 was healthy (actually, they were getting ready to swarm but I didn't realize it!)
    Hive #2 had an old queen that was barely laying.
    I killed the old queen, and after two...
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    Re: Requeening...no brood...how to add more?

    I really did not want to give an update to this thread, but because I said I would, and to keep good historical records for myself, here is what happened: The reason why I saw no queen cells in the...
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    Re: Requeening...no brood...how to add more?

    Thanks bison and merince...I'll make sure I locate the queen before I pull the frame of brood. I appreciate the reminder!
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    Re: Requeening...no brood...how to add more?

    Merince, we have 75 degrees and sunny here in Georgia tomorrow, so I will be moving one or two frames of brood/nurse bees tomorrow. My guess is that it might be 5 to 7 days before I go back in after...
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    Re: Requeening...no brood...how to add more?

    Thank you so much for your 2 cents Bill! I really do appreciate it!
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    Re: Requeening...no brood...how to add more?

    Thank you sir! Just to clarify....Do you think they will readily accept them because they've been queenless for almost a week...or is it just that bees in their nurse stage are less threatening?
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    Requeening...no brood...how to add more?

    This is my third year beekeeping. I have had one hive in particular that has struggled since I got it. As far as I know, this is the original queen still (but not marked). I decided last week to...
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    Re: Bees carrying sugar out?

    Yes sir Dan, granulated sugar chunks.
    Thanks for the opinions. I think I'll make it easier on them and just go ahead and remove the bars; especially after seeing how much pollen they were bringing...
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    Bees carrying sugar out?

    I know what you're thinking..."his hive is being robbed", right?
    Here is what I found yesterday: VERY healthy hive. Fed them through the winter with sugar bars inside. Watched them bringing in...
  17. Re: Just found dying queen and missing hive...please help

    Thank you all for your responses! So I've got three votes for mites. I've got a bottom counting screen, but I've never seen a mite on it...although based on your responses, I've refreshed my brain...
  18. Just found dying queen and missing hive...please help

    Okay, so I'm just finishing up my second year of beekeeping, and just when I think I've got things figured out, I have a day like today...

    I just peeked in to see if my strongest hive needed any...
  19. Re: Order a new queen...or just kill current one?

    Thank you so much "keeper"...one more thing I had not considered. I will definitely make sure I do that in stages. Thanks again!
  20. Re: Order a new queen...or just kill current one?

    The other nuc (both purchased one year ago) is very strong. (Two brood boxes and two supers of capped honey already).
    Yeah, I had a great conversation yesterday afternoon with an older gentlemen...
  21. Re: Order a new queen...or just kill current one?

    Thank you so much Michael, makes much more sense now!
  22. Re: Order a new queen...or just kill current one?

    Thanks Michael...regarding genetics...I'm still new at this, so I'm not sure what is a "genetical tendency" and what may just be a one time "bad queen". I bought my first two nucs April 2012. This...
  23. Order a new queen...or just kill current one?

    (To save time in explaining, just assume I'm making the right decision, and I need to requeen...hive is 13 months in my presence and has struggled the entire time)...

    SO, I've never re-queened,...
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    Re: Run 1 frame less for more honey?

    Thank you beedeetee...you recapped exactly what my side of our argument was! :)
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    Re: Run 1 frame less for more honey?

    Hey Birdman, he's the one eating crow this morning. The overall consensus on here seems to be that this method does NOT increase honey production by 20% per super. He admits now that he...
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