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    Re: taking some honey

    So they will draw out that harvested bar pretty fast? And while on subject, do you ever clean off comb in the brood area? I think I have sourwood ahead if me. Probably makes sense to take some honey...
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    Re: taking some honey

    let me see if I've got this.

    I have an end entrance. The girls have drawn out nearly all bars front to back this year.

    the rear comb is being capped. (I hope they have room to store later...
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    Re: taking some honey

    So I just need to remove any stores in front-(if there are any)? I assume like last year I would just put a couple or one empty drawn bar in front and put the most full to least full in contact with...
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    taking some honey

    may be too early for this discussion, but wondering if anyone is thinking about dates for taking some honey.

    my thinking is this...that last fall I fed my hive heavy and they put the stores where...
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    Re: Experience with bee behavior

    last fall when I fed my new requeen heavily-requeened in July-I experienced this at nearly every feeding. Clouds of bees all excited. I still (like you) could not help myself from going out and...
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    Re: drones kicked out/don't use smoker

    clearly I have been going down the wrong road not using the smoker. will take the advice of the experts. didn't realize I was introducing a second queen. Need to leave well enough alone.

    Michael...
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    drones kicked out/don't use smoker

    two things just to get comment on.

    It's May and I'm seeing drones being kicked out. Guess they are done with most of them. Some are still entering the hive, but the population of present drones...
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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...
  12. 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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