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  1. Two-queen hive not working out - Best strategy? http://www.beesource.com/forums/imag

    About April 1 I had a weak hive in two brood boxes, and also a hive with a well-developed queen cell (probably about to do the second swarm). I decided to use the queen cell to strengthen the weak...
  2. Two-queen hive not working out - Best strategy?

    About April 1 I had a weak hive in two brood boxes, and also a hive with a well-developed queen cell (probably about to do the second swarm). I decided to use the queen cell to strengthen the weak...
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    Re: Bees Aren't Drawing Comb

    The wax glands of young house bees mature after 12 -18 days. Once the young bees hatch, and the existing comb is filled, they will start expanding. It is a good idea to feed a new package, probably...
  4. Demaree or 2-queen method - has anyone done this?

    I have two strong hives that I hope will produce a lot of honey this summer, and a brood box of empty comb from a dead-out. One of the strong hives has a queen cell, with jelly, about to be closed....
  5. Dead bees cover the landing board and the ground, suspect nosema, what to do?

    We had a warm late february on the Texas gulf coast, then a week of rainy and near freezing weather. I went out today, and saw bees hauling in pollen for four of my hives, but one had dead or dying...
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    Re: Working with chainsaw around hives

    Take advantage of of weather conditions that keep the bees from flying - Work on cold or cool overcast days, or early in the morning.

    Conversely, work in the hive during good foraging conditions...
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    Re: Mean Bees More Productive?

    I have noticed that new packages or caught swarms are gentle - until the colony gets going and have honey and brood to defend. Then they are "defensive" (also known as "mean").

    My stronger,...
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    Re: Low activity - undertaking Pupae

    CityHoney, Last Saturday I had moved two new frames of brood into that hive. On wednesday I checked, just to see what was going on, and I found a queen in there. The question is, did I take it from...
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    I learned a new trick for grumpy hives.

    I usually only spritz lemongrass oil to work the bees, but recently I got out the smoker because the hives have been grumpy because of the hot weather, and no food. The one 10-frame hive has a lot...
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    Re: Low activity - undertaking Pupae

    I looked at the hive with drones yesterday - No queen! and some queen cells in the middle of the frame that looked like they had been there a while. Also, worker-sized cells with the domes of drone...
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    Re: Low activity - undertaking Pupae

    I did not get to look at that hive today: I started the inspection at the hive on the end of the row at 6:00 in the evening - I just spritzed some honey-B-Healthy at them, that is usually enough. ...
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    Low activity - undertaking Pupae

    The last few days I noticed one of my hives is less active than the other four. Two weeks ago it was about as busy as the others; It also had drones, which the others did not. I was thinking it...
  13. Re: They're flying all over my yard., what are they doing?

    That sounds like "orientation flights" - House bees maturing into foragers explore the hive neighborhood in the late afternoon.
  14. Re: Drawing Comb - recycling cappings into hive.

    Awesome!

    I just remembered my neighbor is throwing out an old FryDaddy - I will go see him.
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    Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    Hi neighbor "mgstei1" !

    That is funny - I knew SHB fed also on fruit but I have been making a point of growing cantaloupes and winter squash to feed the bees, as well as myself. I have never seen...
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    Re: Another Hive has absconded due to shb

    Bummer about the abscond.

    Have you tried the small hive beetle traps - little plastic tubes that you set above the frames? the "beetle blaster". I get beetles in it. Also I use screened bottom...
  17. Drawing Comb - recycling cappings into hive.

    My bees don't always draw comb right away - I use plastic foundation.

    I have observed that they will recycle the wax from cut-outs. I harvested some honey this week, and I put some of the crushed...
  18. Re: Risk of Africanized devil spawn when hive makes their own queen - dog killers

    I ordered a queen on tuesday AM this week - it arrived Wednesday AM. The UPS driver had it up in the front with him - I mentioned our conversation, and he said yes it was about 100 degrees in the...
  19. Re: Risk of Africanized Devil Spawn when hive makes their own queen - part 2.

    Those are both good ideas.
    Deadeye351, you clarified for me what I needed to do with the word 'nuc', and I have figured out how I can arrange my spare hive furniture to make the split into nucs. ...
  20. Keeping Queens overnight or for a few days

    If you have a queen out of a hive for a few days, what are the best conditions for her and her attendants?

    I have had mixed results.

    I have kept Queens in delivery cages in the garage (90...
  21. Re: Risk of Africanized devil spawn when hive makes their own queen - dog killers

    Yes - I ordered it Monday morning and the UPS truck came Wednesday morning. I was home, but I had put a sign out asking them to put any packages in the shade. That was 10 days ago - pretty much the...
  22. Re: Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    Well, I live in stupid Texas now.

    I have been happy with the productivity and gentleness of the mated queen and her offspring that I got from R Weaver in Navasota TX spring a year ago. The...
  23. Risk of Africanized Devil Spawn when hive makes their own queen - part 2.

    Today is 11 days since I put the Italian Queens I ordered from R Weaver into the hives after my very bad incident with defensive bees. I think I went overboard, though - really only the colony that...
  24. Re: Cells full of "snot" - does that mean there are larvae?

    Good, that is reassuring. "Milk Brood" is a more accurate term than "snot".
  25. Risk of Africanized devil spawn when hive makes their own queen - dog killers

    Earlier this year I found one of my hives to be queenless, and I moved a frame of new brood into the hive in hopes that they would raise their own queen. They did, and she was making lots of brood....
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