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    box seams crowded

    Just drove past my hive and WOW it seams really crowded right now. Bees all over the front of the box and under the cover.

    Installed package this spring. Very late snow and little rain this year...
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    Fall/winter bee hives

    With fall almost here, what do I need to do to my hive?

    This has been pretty rough for my first hive. We had a really late snow (may) and a VERY dry summer (less than 1" of rain over last 3...
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    Re: I got a queen!!!!!!!!!!

    Right now they have 2 frames with comb for brood and 2 empty frames with no comb that I am hoping they start using. I am going for a 1 box hive for this year and move up to a 2 box hive next year(if...
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    Re: I got a queen!!!!!!!!!!

    Guess the best thing for me to do right now is stay out of there and check in in a week or 2 to make sure all is still going good. Should I keep feeding?
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    I got a queen!!!!!!!!!!

    About a month ago I noticed my queen bee had disappeared. Couldn't find her and no larva/eggs being spotted.

    A few weeks ago I spotted a few queen cells formed on one of my frames. Waited and...
  6. Re: Questions on honey extracting process and supplies

    How does the uncapping fork work? Just pokes holes in the wax to let the honey out?

    How long should the honey sit in the bucket before put into jars?

    Once you have the honey extracted, do you...
  7. Questions on honey extracting process and supplies

    Not sure yet if I will be extracting honey this fall or next but wanting to start getting the supplies I need and making sure I have all of my ducks in an order.

    Right now I have 1 hive, I might...
  8. Thread: 1 box hives

    by josh78
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    1 box hives

    Does anyone have hives that are just 1 hive box or everyone have 2 hive box hives? I have a neighbor that has both and they seam to do ok over the winter in the 1 box.
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    Re: Would this be a big no-no?

    Looks like no feeder when they are storing honey.
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    Re: Would this be a big no-no?

    First step I have to get my top box off. Then if I do this I am going to go ahead and add a queen excluder just in case one of my queen cells make it. Can I keep my hive top feeder on top of the...
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    Would this be a big no-no?

    So here is the point I am at right now with my 1st ever hive.

    Installed package of bees and queen mid april of this year. Things have been pretty slow due to the weather. A week ago bees finally...
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    Re: Still cant find my queen update

    :thumbsup:
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    Re: Still cant find my queen update

    Then it sounds like once they hatch, they breed and lay eggs within a few days?
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    Re: Still cant find my queen update

    How long does it take for the queen cells to hatch?
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    Re: Still cant find my queen update

    So I am guessing right now I might still be in ok shape since I have a few queen cells? Guessing just wait for them to hatch then wait a week or so and make sure one of the queens is laying?
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    Re: Still cant find my queen update

    Nope brand new hive this spring. Just added my 2nd box a few days ago.
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    Re: Still cant find my queen update

    So am I guessing right from these pics. Is my last queen gone? Looks to be 2 queen cells in that one pic and I think 1 other queen cell on another frame. So when these queen cells hatch, they...
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    Re: Still cant find my queen update

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    My wife and I got to talking and decided to take a 2nd look at the hive. I was wrong. Very few cells are capped and they are just drone cells. Did not see anything that appeared to...
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    Re: Still cant find my queen update

    I could not see any larva. Only thing I could see is that dark gel looking stuff to the right of the arrow pointing at the larva
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    Re: Still cant find my queen update

    Maybe 50-50 worker vs drone brood
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    Still cant find my queen update

    Its been 2 weeks since I have spotted my queen and I guess you can say I am getting nervous.

    Added food today so looked for her again. Couldn't find her so I looked at the brood comb. Maybe 50%...
  22. Thread: Queen

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    Queen

    Last 2 weeks I checked my hive I have not been able to find the queen. It kind of has me worried, should I be? Now I am all new to this so the only way I could spot her was by the white spot that...
  23. When does honey flow typically end in northcentral Missouri

    For those in Northcentral Missouri, when does the honey flow typically end? September? October?
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    Re: Adding the 2nd box

    From my hive you can see thousands and thousands of acres of crop ground. My hive is located next to about 150 acres of beans and 300 acres of corn.
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    Re: Adding the 2nd box

    Temps are hot here and it sounds like bees have been busy lately. It all looks good I will put that 2nd box on in the next few days. Still gonna keep feeding them. With it being mid June now and I...
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