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    Re: Hive body reversals?

    Some of my queens had layed in the fourth box as well. Real low in the middle two frames.
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    Re: Hive body reversals?

    Thanks guys, I've always tried to let them do their thing like they like it and I think i'm going to let hive body reversal fall by the wayside. Maybe just do it the first time in the spring to get...
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    Hive body reversals?

    I use three medium 8 frames for my brood boxes. About mid march I did my first inspection and as best I could I got the queen as low in the order without breaking up the brood. Most of my queens were...
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    Re: Wolf Creek Apiary

    I agree beeman
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    Re: hive problem I bought

    Brad, I have a similar situation as yours and plan to use it as little project because I don't really need more hives right now. Interested in the genetics more than anything. I was given an old...
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    Re: Wolf Creek Apiary

    http://wolfcreekbees.com/contact.asp

    John lives close to me and I got some bees from him last year. I have some on order with him right now. They do live rural and phone lines may be down. We...
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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    It was a nice day to work with the hive. I made a shim for my 8 frame. I used some partially drawn comb. Seemed to be plenty of bees. They are hard to see in these picture because in between the...
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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    Took the opportunity with the cold weather to move the old hive to a more level spot. Only moved about 3 feet. I put some leaves and sticks around all the entrances to help with reorientation even...
  9. Re: Crazy weather and what were these bees doing?

    warm and dead. I'll have to remember that.
  10. Re: HELP. I have had a massive buildup and the entire colny is a brood chamber. What

    What tommy said. I think I would go ahead and split it when possible and divide it as even as possible with brood and honey. As long as you have fresh eggs in both you don't need to find the queen....
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    ruthiesbees, thanks, thats what I'm hoping. When I saw them the second time after it rained and got cold I intended to pick them up and put them under the inner cover real quick but after poking...
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    edymnion, Your not to far from me. Is this ice and snow going to get you too?
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    burns375, your not making me feel any better :) but thanks for the observation. I hope it wasn't the queen and I didn't see her.
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    i need to clarify my last post. When I said I broke up the cluster on top of the hive I meant that I pulled that dead cluster that was hanging on the onions and layed them out on the outer cover to...
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    Re: Queen high in the hive

    Sounds normal. queens lay up. In the spring a lot (or most) of beekeepers reverse hive bodies to get the queen back to the bottom. Do not break up the brood nest. make sure all the brood stays...
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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    No, not in a bee yard. This old hive is on a farm that is 1.6 miles direct flight from my 4 hives and 2 miles from the other 5. No other beekeepers any closer that I am aware of. So we'll see...
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    the queen was one of my first thoughts. I broke up the cluster on top of the hive and didn't see her or anything else out of the ordinary.
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    This morning at 7 it was 59 degrees and overcast. At 930 it was 62 and still overcast so I go to check on the bees. All four hives are flying in and out and seem to have good numbers coming and...
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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    cmonkey, I totally agree. In fact I alluded to that possibility in the end of my original post and I'm excited either way. They have made it through this winter at least this far with no...
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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    Thanks all, I think I've got a pretty good idea of what I need and want to do now. A few variable depending on what condition they are in when I get into them.

    And the joints are nailed and I'm...
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    Re: Need advice for duck box transfer

    I'm far from an expert but one of my first thoughts was you could treat it like a cutout and move the comb in the DB to frames held in with rubber bands. Just be sure to keep them in the same order....
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    Re: Reversing hive bodies

    Thanks for the link to that article. I was planning to reverse my hive bodies in the next couple of weeks myself but this has given me something to think about since he is writing about my neck of...
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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    Thank you all for the responses. It is hard to tell from the picture but the box is in worse shape than it really shows. Most of the corners are pretty well rotted. There is actually a hole in the...
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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    Yeah, I'm beginning to think at least one split this year to try to preserve the genetics. Of course they may turn out to have horrible attitudes and I'll be sorry I found them. Thanks
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    Re: Not sure how to proceed

    Good idea. Thanks. I hadn't got that far in my thinking yet. I'd like to think I would have come up with that solution eventually. The more I've thought about it today the more I see this as an...
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