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  1. Thread: Dead out honey

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    Dead out honey

    Any potential issues with the human consumption of honey from a dead out that we have not identified the cause of death for?
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    Should I give them a queen cell?

    I've got a one and a half year old hive that I can't find the queen in (no eggs or larva either). The hive overwintered well and built up very quickly this spring. They are in two deeps and one...
  3. Thread: my first hive!

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    Re: my first hive!

    Congrats on your first hive. I'll attempt to answer your questions.
    1). It will probably be ok, though there is a chance they could do something crazy below the deeps. If I were you I'd wait...
  4. Re: 4th box, a supercedure cell and a queen ...I got a question...

    If you did happen to see larva in a queen cup, I would definitely split. The hive is strong enough to take it and if they were allowed to swarm you would probably lose that queen, unless you happened...
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    Re: Need to replace queen but can't find her

    Apologies for mixing you up with someone else. Yes, the hive must be queenless before you introduce a new queen.
  6. Re: 4th box, a supercedure cell and a queen ...I got a question...

    Most hives will have at least a few queen cups, you shouldn't be alarmed about that. Having said that I do make sure to keep a close eye on those cups throughout the year. If you see larva in them...
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    Re: Need to replace queen but can't find her

    I check my hives about once a week from mid-March through late September, I'll rarely see my queens more than a handful of times each year. Am I correct in remembering that you had a post recently...
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    Re: why won't they requeen?

    At what interval did you put the donor frames in 1 week, 2 weeks, a few days? Bees will tear down a queen cell for several reasons, a common reason being that it was an emergency type queen cell...
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    Re: Drone laying queen

    Don't buy queens unless you are certain there are no queens in the hives. If you place a purchased queen in a hive that already has a queen, even a virgin or drone layer, the bees will almost...
  10. Re: Bees hanging on bottoms of frames by entrance

    What are your temps like? Do you have adequate ventilation, some type of vent or entrance at the top of the hive, SBB?
  11. Re: Bees hanging on bottoms of frames by entrance

    Most likely in fanning position, or doing something else to try to regulate the temperature of the hive. I see that you're from the US so you're definitely in summer, but it really depends on what...
  12. Thread: Robbing Question

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    Re: Robbing Question

    I don't know your experience level, so excuse me if you find this insulting, but its probably just orientation activity. A good, strong hive will generally do this once a day, usually at about the...
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    Re: Would this be a big no-no?

    Are you running 10 frame or 8 frame equipment?
  14. Thread: 1 box hives

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    Re: 1 box hives

    I overwintered a late march swarm in one box last year. I may cut that hive, which I've added another box to this year, back to one box if it looks like I can get away with it come October.
    Matt
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    Re: Is this an acceptable brrod pattern?

    From what I can see of the frame the pattern is fine. If you want those outside frames built out quicker you should swap frames 1 and 2 as well as frames 10 and 9. Looks like you've got a good start...
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    Re: quick locatikn question

    Where did the swarm come from? Was it from the original hive? I've had only one hive before and now have two and I'm hoping to expand those. If possible I'd keep the hives separate. Having two...
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    Re: Question on splitting and queen mating??

    If the two hives are in the same yard then not very likely. From what I understand queens will typically travel almost twice as far away from their hive than drones will. Queens look for DCAs (drone...
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    Re: quick locatikn question

    If you're talking about setting up the swarm it doesn't matter, 2 inches away is as good as 200 yards. Though if you're seriously considering combining I would put the swarm right next to the...
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    Re: Dreaded Laying Worker?...Time to give up?

    I have never had an experience with a drone layer (meaning a queen that didn't successfully mate), but from what I've read this would be a fairly rare worse case scenario. This is because the hive...
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    Re: Dreaded Laying Worker?...Time to give up?

    Give them a frame of open brood and make sure there are plenty of eggs and young larva on the frame. If you already have a queen it will help to boost the hives population. If you have laying workers...
  21. Re: Any solutions for a queenless hive that rejects new queens?

    As others have mentioned you should add a frame of open brood that has some eggs and very young larva on it. You most likely already have a queen in that hive she just isn't laying yet. It can take a...
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    Re: Which queen would yo breed from?

    Thanks for the replies and advice, especially Kilocharlie and Michael Bush. Going to make the queenrearing attempt this weekend. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks again.
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    Re: Which queen would yo breed from?

    I'm going to attempt to raise two different lines of queens. I've read a few posts that say bees will build up QCs from their queen, but may ignore cells from another queen if put in the same starter...
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    Re: Which queen would yo breed from?

    Thanks for the replies everyone. Lots to think about. Michael, I hadn't thought of the overwintering aspect of the queen. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. It certainly makes sense to have...
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    Re: Which queen would yo breed from?

    Thanks Graham.
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