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    Am I Being Robbed?

    Mid afternoon today, 85DegF and sunny. Suddenly distracted by loud buzzing and frenzy of extraordinary number of in-flight bees at two hives. They were new in late May. Thirty minutes later they...
  2. Two Identical Hives, Two Very Different Colonies?

    In early June I installed two Italian colonies the same day from the same supplier, in to two identical hives, just 2 feet apart.

    But while one colony is building comb that looks finely...
  3. What are downsides of unnecessarily introducing 2nd queen?

    Beginner beek has one yr old hive that was very healthy, densely populated in spring, then, I suspect, swarmed. Can't find the queen or eggs. Maybe I am overlooking them.

    Within the two lower...
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    Re: Sad Signs: Dead queen (or more?)

    Thank you Honeysack. All that sounds highly plausible, and I never would have come up with it. Seems so logical once you say it. I will try what you say and post back here on how it goes. -Lee
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    Re: Sad Signs: Dead queen (or more?)

    Well, now that you mention it, it did seem they were a bit more testy last time (in May) than last summer. But last fall as more honey accumulated and temps cooled they seemed a bit testy then, too....
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    Sad Signs: Dead queen (or more?)

    Colony was new last year. Overwintered great with lots of honey left over this spring. Things were looking normal up to 3-4 weeks ago.

    But yesterday a full-hive exam found most of the honey...
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    Re: All new brood is drone?

    Thank you RayMarler. That is consistent with what I am seeing.

    So now, another, larger question...
    I am also building a top bar hive. I have read that bees in a TBH make -smaller- sized cells. ...
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    All new brood is drone?

    Can you please help me read these photo's?

    A couple weeks ago I experimented with cutting out honey, comb and all from alternating frames in a medium super. Purpose was to collect honey left over...
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    What Are These Cells?

    MYSTERY CELLS
    About 3-4 frames in the deep brood bodies have these heightened cells with white larvae-looking critters in various stages of emergence. Some have apparently already emerged or been...
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    Re: Pledge to be a BSA Beekeeping Mentor

    I pledge to BSA that I will act as a mentor to scouts if BSA reinstates the Bekeeping Merit Badge.

    I am a beekeeper and a 1959 Eagle Scout. There are no known teenage beekeepers in my entire area...
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    How's This Winterization?

    Newbee beek would like some feedback on how I am winterizing my first-year hive.

    I will also remove the excluder soon as temps break above the recent 20-deg highs. Also have inserted IPM board...
  12. What goes with shimmed top entrance in winter?

    We are in South Dakota. Winter hard-freeze coming in 2 days. Humidity 90. Always windy. I am planning to add a top entrance with the shims as described on Michael Bush's web site. I'll also...
  13. Re: Help Please, Reading My Hive Inspection Photo's

    Hi. Lee here. I started this thread, asking questions about my year-1 hive. Here's another question....
    See photo labeled "What is that monster."

    Here's my question:
    "What is that monster?"...
  14. Help Please, Reading My Hive Inspection Photo's

    Yesterday I examined the hive and took photo's. As a newbee I'm not sure I even know the right questions to ask. So please offer any advice on how you read these frames.

    Still, here are some...
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    Re: Sudden Deafening Silence?

    "My thought too. They may be clustering. "

    The temps have taken a sharp down trend from upper 80's F daytime, and now down to 40's night time, 50's daytime. Is that cold enough to cluster?
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    Sudden Deafening Silence?

    Suddenly my hive is nearly silent. To worry?

    My first-year hive has had a LOT of buzzing coming from it constantly since first installed in early June. Here in South Dakota most of the blooming...
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