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  1. Re: Caught a swarm barehanded in the air!

    Great job! I have two dead virgin queens I kept. If I put them in alcohol will it work like yours?
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    Re: Rough Day in the Beeyard

    I am also a novice beekeeper but I'm getting a lot of experience this Spring for sure. I did a Cut down split with my strongest hive because I wanted to produce a lot of honey and get a new queen. I...
  3. Did I catch two swarms or one big one?

    This morning just as I was pulling out with the family to go to church my son said, Hey daddy look at all of those bees. I looked over my shoulder to see a medium size swarm hanging from my...
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    Re: No more hives! - I want honey!

    I first learned of the cut down split here on Beesource from Michael Bush. Then I did a search on the net and found this link from Honeybeesuite.com...
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    Re: No more hives! - I want honey!

    By the way, I really like your hive arrangement and your hive stand. Nice.
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    Re: No more hives! - I want honey!

    I just did my first " cut down split". This is a procedure I read about to produce a lot of honey for a specific time. A cut down split is done by moving a prolific queen from a strong hive you think...
  7. Re: Is it too early for a cut down split?

    I made the split about 2 hours ago. I moved the queen most of the pollen and honey and also most of the open brood to a new hive in the same yard. In the parent hive, I left one frame of eggs , a...
  8. Re: Is it too early for a cut down split?

    I almost did the split today. I stopped my self because we had some cloudy weather roll in. I'm going to make this spilt tomorrow morning!
  9. Is it too early for a cut down split?

    I have a booming 3 deep hive going and the cherry blossom trees are now in the process of blooming. Cherry blossom honey is very rare here and will fetch a high price. I'm really trying to get the...
  10. Re: Should they stay or should they go ?

    My sensei is a very nice older gentleman . He has over 40 hives and produces over 1000 kilos of honey every year. I'm very blessed to have him help me here.
  11. Re: Should they stay or should they go ?

    I'm using Italians. They are quite popular here in Japan. I'm going to try and catch a swarm of Japanese bees this spring so I can study and observe them. I've got my swarm traps ready to go!
  12. Re: Should they stay or should they go ?

    Last year, my beekeeping sensei cut out the drone comb and my total honey crop was 48 kilograms. This was from one hive. I have read that the bees are more calm and satisfied when they have the...
  13. Should they stay or should they go ?

    I was wondering if I should cull my drone brood in preparation for the spring honey flow. Will the bees produce more honey with or without the drones?
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    Re: They got the runs...

    I have noticed the same thing but my bees' poop wasn't like the runs it was somewhat solid. I know if I were a bee, and I was holding out for a good day to go potty, Once I had the chance, I don't...
  15. Re: Alright, I'll just say it.... Anybody ever seen a bigfoot?

    tsmullins... that was great!
  16. What is considered a strong hive?

    I know this is a rookie question but I need a little clarification. This past year has been another "learning" year for me. I started in the spring with a queenless colony and ordered an Aussie...
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    Re: I have a laying queen but......?

    The hive that I have the bees in is a Tanzanian TBH. I've been trying to get the bees to draw comb on Top Bars placed next to the frames. They did draw a nice little comb on one of the top bars but...
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    I have a laying queen but......?

    Apparently, I have a laying queen. I hope its not a laying worker. I am certain that my Aussie (Italian) queen was released April 20. Today is May 6th. All the advice I was told was to wait two...
  19. Re: Anxiously awaiting signs if the Queen

    Well I have been leaving the bees alone for awhile. Just sitting watching their traffic. I noticed quite a bit of pollen coming in today. I think this is a good sign that the queen is in the hive....
  20. I see many bees head first deep inside cells... What are they doing?

    I checked my hive this afternoon. I tried to find the queen but didn't see her. I noticed quite a few bees buried deep in the cells. They look like bees in a starved out hive but the bees are...
  21. Re: When to open the hive to look for queen?

    Ok checked the hive this afternoon and it looks like they are working wax again. Also noticed a lot of bees with there heads way down in the cell. Are they cleaning the cells in preparation for eggs?
  22. Re: When to open the hive to look for queen?

    Thanks Bugboy. I'm not actually Japanese. I from North Georgia in America. I just live here in Japan. My wife is Japanese though. What is the name of that non profit. I'm still trying to locate...
  23. Re: When to open the hive to look for queen?

    Thanks for your reply. I really hope so. I did my best but I still have time I think to get another queen. Im not giving up on this.
  24. Re: When to open the hive to look for queen?

    After review of all the events that have happened during this install:
    1. Received package on 4/08
    2. Installed package 4/09 Package was shipped queenless but breeder used a queen pheromone.
    3....
  25. Re: When to open the hive to look for queen?

    We are having a cool and somewhat rainy spring here in Southern Japan. The place where I have my hives is surrounded by flowers. I think the flowers in bloom have lots of nectar because of the rain....
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