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  1. Bees just swarmed, but I found a capped swarm cell

    I found swarm cells in a strong hive about 10 days ago. I assumed they would not emerge until this weekend, but my timing was off. On Thursday, I planned to do an artificial swarm, but when...
  2. Re: Can thinned-down old queen ready to swarm fit through queen excluder slots?

    I have heard that the bees may leave the hive, but if the queen does not come along, they will come back. I guess they know they cannot survive without a queen.
  3. Can thinned-down old queen ready to swarm fit through queen excluder slots?

    I am going to do an artificial swarm. The swarm cells should be capped by Friday, so the old queen (actually a new supercedure queen just seven weeks old) will leave very soon. I thought about...
  4. Thread: Forced swarm

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    Forced swarm

    I check one hive on Sunday and found many swarm cells. They were still open and I could not see eggs in them. There were eggs in normal brood cells. I destroyed the swarm cells added empty frames...
  5. Re: Hive making swarm cells after superceding queen I accidentally killed

    I have read that if you destroy the swarm cells before they are capped, then they will not swarm because there will be no queen in the hive. There definitely was no larvae in the swarm cells and I...
  6. Re: Hive making swarm cells after superceding queen I accidentally killed

    These were definitely swarm cells hanging down from the bottom of the frames. I had already split that hive twice - once in end of March and then again in late May. That is why I am surprised they...
  7. Re: Hive making swarm cells after superceding queen I accidentally killed

    It looked like there was something damp in the bottom of the swarm cells, but I did not see a tiny larvae. I think I got them early enough so they may not swarm. There are plenty of other eggs...
  8. Hive making swarm cells after superceding queen I accidentally killed

    When I worked on my No. 1 hive about six or seven weeks ago (it has survived 8 years), I accidentally killed the queen I think? Two frames between boxes stuck together when I lifted the box and...
  9. Thread: No brood

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    Re: No brood

    I have started doing that now too.
  10. Thread: No brood

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    Re: No brood

    I put in a frame of eggs today just to be safe.
  11. Thread: No brood

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    No brood

    I checked a very strong hive one month ago and there was lots of eggs, larvae and capped brood. I use three mediums. When I lifted the top medium, two of the frames from the medium below stuck to...
  12. Are there any safe carpenter bumble bee repellants avaiable?

    I am a beekeeper and write a national newspaper column on home improvement and conservation. One of my readers contacted me about a problem of the big carpenter bees boring holes in her wood gazebo....
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    Laying pattern for newly mated queen

    I made three splits over one month ago. One of them now has a normal pattern of eggs. The other two have just a few eggs scattered across a frame. The eggs are at the bottom and on end so it is...
  14. Re: Do I need to treat for mites on new hive from a split?

    I have a lot of oxalic acid here for bleaching wood. What concentrate do I mix it and how do I apply it? There is a lot of open and capped brood in the frames that I moved into the splits.
  15. Do I need to treat for mites on new hive from a split?

    I have three hives that made it through winter and there are some mites in the drone brood. I will definitely treat them with Apiguard. I made two splits from each of those hives over the past two...
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    Re: Temperature to open and check for brood

    Andrew,

    It was about 60 degrees when I opened the hive and there were many bees flying today. I wanted to make a split before they planned to swarm. Luckily I found no swarm cells. I got the...
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    Temperature to open and check for brood

    Is 55 degrees on a calm sunny day too cold to open the hive and check frames for eggs and brood?
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    Re: Size of new virgin queen

    There are quite a few drones roaming around in the hives, so I assume they are out flying too. I certainly hope they are flying so the new queens can mate in a couple of days.
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    Re: Size of new virgin queen

    Stan,

    In one of the hives, I found only one opened queen cell and it was opened from the side. Could they have already torn down the first queen cell where she came out the end or should I assume...
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    Size of new virgin queen

    I made several splits about 17 days ago and moved eggs and brood to the new hives. Based upon the timing, the queens should have emerged yesterday. I just checked today and found open queen cells...
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    honey or syrup when splitting a hive?

    I am going to make three splits from three strong hives tomorrow. I have many frames of honey and pollen from hives which froze this winter. If I put several frames of honey and pollen in with the...
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    mildew on frames in my basement

    I stored frames in my basement over winter and there is some white mildew on some of the comb. Will the bees clean that off when I put the frames in this spring or should I trash them and get new...
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    Dead bee location in hive

    I lost three hives in late February after they we flying and seemed healthy on a warm Cincinnati day two weeks before. We had one crazy cold night of minus 12 degrees two weeks after that. When I...
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    Strange swarm on 8/28/14

    I have nine hives in my backyard in Cincinnati, OH. I had a tiny swarm today into a tree. The ball is smaller than a softball. I had a very weak queenless hive, which was robbed two weeks ago, so...
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    Thoughts on which hives get robbed

    I have 10 hives in my backyard. I have two hives which did not have queens. I put frames with eggs in and they both finally ended up making new queens. Once I saw the queen cells, I stopped...
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