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    Re: Where to put brood bar in

    Thought the one in front would make them feel less crowded. I probably should really get in there and see exactly what I've got, but I am reluctant to disturb them right now too much. When I look up...
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    Comb management

    I have two bar sizes in the hive. One supposedly for brood and one for honey. Does it matter if I place either size in the brood chamber? And should I jettison any drawn comb on a bar before I put it...
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    Where to put brood bar in

    A little swarm shy after last year. Started a hive in April and they swarmed in late June I think it was. Put an empty bar in last fall and that bar is drawn out now with brood in it. Today I put...
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    put a bar into brood area

    I have been nervous about my population. It seems really good and last time in the spring this triggered a swarm. i have caught a swarm in the fall a few years back. I put in a bar without any drawn...
  5. fall hive configuration/any swarming chances?

    okay I also had trouble with queens this year, but I have a good queen as of July 4th that has been laying and my numbers look good. I have left the cluster alone. I have one bar drawn out, about 5...
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    Re: removing drones

    all this swarming makes me think I am not inserting enough bars in when they are needed. I am planning to really try and watch this queen. My hive now looks pretty calm and no returning drones. I'll...
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    removing drones

    I think this is a positive thing.

    My workers are removing drones from the hive I requeened. I looked in after about a week and a half (went on vacation) and they had released her and I have eggs...
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    Re: new queen flew away

    Went in today. Found no queen or indication of one. Ordered another today. I will put her in in Friday. I'm going out of town for 2 weeks, so I am going to hang her off a short comb and put her in...
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    Re: new queen flew away

    did you go looking for her or see brood and knew she was there?
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    Re: new queen flew away

    thanks for feedback. I'll wait just a few days, really busy anyway right now.

    I do have capped brood in this hive, just a little. Will the bees move that brood into the cups? Is that how they...
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    new queen flew away

    went into my hive after a couple of days with requeen in place and looked like they had accepted her, so I thought I would release her. She flew away. She marked, so I was able to watch her do it....
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    Re: queen came, have hanged the cage

    I have uncorked already and am hoping for the same results as you. My only consolation in all this is that I provided my area with a strong swarm of Buckfast strain. I went with the Carniolan queen....
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    Re: Is Patience a Virtue?

    I got a package in April here in NC and went in 4 days later and found drawn comb and a good laying queen. Verified straight comb. I left them alone and it appears by doing that I lost a swarm. Make...
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    queen came, have hanged the cage

    So she came and I really looked for any sign of a present queen and for any eggs in the cells and saw neither.

    I hanged her between bars and the girls seemed very interested. No one was fanning. I...
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    lost queen-requeening?

    it appears she is gone. I have lots of drone cells and capped honey. I found one queen cell. I ordered a queen today. I plan to see if they attack her through the cage. If they don't, I'll requeen....
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    Re: bees used their own stores

    sorry used to keep langstroms. top bars.....I'll get used to this. :)
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    bees used their own stores

    awhile back I opened my hive and found cross comb. I tried to straighten it, but it was full of honey and collapsed into the bottom of the hive. I then in desperation crushed it and kept the "honey"...
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    Re: what to do with cross comb now

    I left the comb in the bottom that broke into pieces...should have put it into a shallow pan so they wouldn't attach to the bottom screen.They cleaned it out and I reattached using coated floral...
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    Re: what to do with cross comb now

    I thought about just leaving it in the bottom too, and maybe should have hoping if I did that they would just rob it there and I could reattach it once it was empty. What will you do next now that...
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    what to do with cross comb now

    I was trying to correct cross comb in the honey storage area of the hive. I didn't know they had already stored capped honey there. It was a mess for about 4 bars with one really drawn out frame. It...
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