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    Re: Hiving a ktbh.

    Cage the queen
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    Re: Killed my queen by mistake help

    It might time pretty well that you'd have more foragers for the fall flow
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    Re: Killed my queen by mistake help

    What is the strength of the hive and how do the stores look?

    If it is you best hive they should be fine raising a queen

    Add a frame of eggs/young larve in about a week to buffer in case they...
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    Re: Killed my queen by mistake help

    Why not let them raise their own queen?
  5. Re: Hey Newbees, who started this year, got a hive you want to brag on?

    "I was given drawn comb frames to start so that really helped speed things up." Flyin Lowe

    If you started this year how do you know that?
  6. Re: Problems keeping city bees...some thoughts from a *rural* (newbie) beek...

    I live on a lot like you describe

    Two of my neighbors know I keep bees and are into it especially for the honey

    The rest don't need to know

    I think you have to take extra precautions like...
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    Re: New"bee" with questions

    They look like swarm cells to me and you seem to be on the right track

    I would at least put up a bait hive to try to catch them if they do swarm but I've found that when they decide to swarm it's...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    7/5/14
    Clymer Pa
    in a small bush
    maybe two pounds of bees and the easiest capture yet
    might try to let them build or might just combine them with another
    oh and got them at about 9pm in the...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    7/5/14
    Clymer Pa
    in a small bush
    maybe two pounds of bees and the easiest capture yet
    might try to let them build or might just combine them with another
    oh and got them at about 9pm in the...
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    Re: When should I worry if a split failed?

    Add a frame with eggs

    Emergency cells = no queen

    No harm done
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    Re: Should I split and if so how

    I wouldn't split

    When did you install the package?

    if they superceded they probably really haven't reached that critical buildup mass yet and splitting would put them even farther behind
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    Re: Should I split and if so how

    Is the hive populous?

    if it's got high density bees then make a split

    maybe something happened to this new queen and they're replacing her again (that would be incredibly unfortunate)
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    Re: How many cells to leave in hive?

    why are you buying capped cells?

    your bees make those
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    Re: Enterance reducer removal. When?

    about 45 days

    that's when you'll start to have huge population increases
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    Re: Purchase Russian Queens?

    you can message me if you want to set something up
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    Re: Purchase Russian Queens?

    I've been considering raising and banking some Russian/Local Mutts for some friends to requeen.

    I'm no commercial breeder but I've been successful raising queens that live up to my standards.
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    Re: Purchase Russian Queens?

    How many and how soon?
  18. Re: Has anyone noticed their bee stings hurting more around this time of the year?

    i wonder if there are just more guard bees this time of year so if your stung your more likely to get stung hard by a professional


    I was stung on the wrist at the front of a TBH two weeks ago by...
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    Re: New Nuc Swarmed

    wow that's some build up!

    did you inspect when adding the second deep?

    what did you see?

    how big was the swarm? a five frame nuc size?

    good catch :)
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    Re: bearding advice

    i don't know your seasons where you are but they might be in a dearth
    you have to think about why they're testy

    how did you start the hive? a package?
  21. Re: Day ONE... A couple simple questions...

    It's better for her to come out a little let than a little early if the start to build comb they're less likely to abscond
    With the few beetles check and see if she's out in five days or on a nice...
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    Re: Installed nucs , wow crazy bees!

    Congrats

    That lady sounds like a beekeeper stuck in her ways

    Foundationless is fine bees only make the drone cells they need

    Frame feeders are **** top feeders are better

    Don't feel...
  23. Ad oven drones crawling outside the hives??

    I have hives in my backyard so I have a great opportunity to watch the activity most evenings

    I noticed yesterday and the day before that there was about a dozen drones crawling around my hives
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    Re: Smoking or not?

    After about a months your hives will really start to build up
    Lots more bees, lots more brood, lots more stores
    Even in a flow they'll have a lot more to be invested in
    I do what sidetrack does...
  25. Thread: Nuc Start

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    Re: Nuc Start

    I just put three frames of mixed broad,emerging brood, and food in a nuc in as an experiment to see the quality of queen they produce
    I did shake in some extra bees
    Checked them a couple of days...
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