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  1. Re: Dropped the top bar with the queen on it.

    All my research on TBHs showed that inspections more often were more desirable. Since there is no foundation, if left unwatched for too long, bee can build cross comb and attach the comb to the...
  2. Re: Dropped the top bar with the queen on it.

    I agree. Now that I know what is going on, I won't be going back in for at least 3 weeks. I read a few places that if you have no queen in the hive, but have capped queen cells you should see eggs...
  3. Re: Dropped the top bar with the queen on it.

    So here is the update: no queen

    I waiting a week and went in today to look for eggs. No eggs at all and there are 3 capped queen cells. So they are making queens but now I have to wait for her...
  4. Re: Dropped the top bar with the queen on it.

    Nope, not raised. Never any queen cells. I inspect every weekend. This package was installed 3/23. Either she flew in and challenged my queen or the bees got the paint off of her. It was dry...
  5. Dropped the top bar with the queen on it.

    So I am new to top bar hives. First top bar I pulled out had my queen on it...or at least a queen. This hive is a month old and I marked my queen when I got her. This queen had no markings. ...
  6. Re: Emergency feeding a top bar hive with a new package installed? (weather turned co

    Well we are through this cold snap and they are fine.

    The baggie I could do, but my lid doesn't allow for things like jars :( poor design (I designed it). Anyway, I had a Boardman type feeder...
  7. Re: Emergency feeding a top bar hive with a new package installed? (weather turned co

    I do and will probably do that today depending on how the sugar paste worked.

    It was snowing this morning when I went to work. Not sticking.

    I have read though that they won't take syrup...
  8. Emergency feeding a top bar hive with a new package installed? (weather turned cold)

    I am in north metro Atlanta and received my package this past Sunday. Weather had been more spring like the last week and so I didn't really think anything about it. Well, Monday (today) the temp...
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    Re: Do queens shut down?

    I have seen the exact same thing down here in the Atlanta area. I have one hive that the queen is only laying in 2-3 frames and will wait until cells on those frames open up. The brood pattern also...
  10. Re: Confirmed laying queen AND laying worker in same hive?

    Ok so here is an update on this hive. The frame in question ended up producing workers. No drone caps. HOWEVER, this hive is doing nothing and I mean nothing. There was one frame of eggs and two...
  11. Re: Confirmed laying queen AND laying worker in same hive?

    Yes, all workers that have hatched....I saw maybe 20 drones but those I believe came in the package. I did see 10 or so capped drone cells at the bottoms of some of the frames.

    I just looked at...
  12. Confirmed laying queen AND laying worker in same hive?

    I saw a similar thread, but my situation is different. I have a laying queen AND what seems to be a laying worker. Both of my hives are package installs with Koehnon and Son cordovan queens. The...
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    Oh I will have new hives in April. I wouldn't bad mouth beekeeping at all. I actually love it. I just don't like my demon bees. See I would get 4 -6 stings each time I inspected. I thought that...
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    Hmm. I have not tried that. My reducer is dill on with the 4" opening. I have already sealed the hive and prepared for the CO2. I would rather start over which is killing me.

    As far as...
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    That won't work in my case and I will tell you why. When I open a hive and begin to pull out frames, half the hive goes airborne. 5 days ago I looked like those people you see in pictures that are...
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    I spoke to BJ Weeks and he said put a super on and a big block or two of dry ice after sealing up the hive. CO2 will suffocate them. I just have to find a place to keep the brood frames frozen...
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    How did you do it?
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    You're all going to think I'm crazy, but it seems like the bees are "covering" the windows and doors, especially those with a line of sight the the hives. I sat and watched them and it is as if the...
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    I wasn't referring to the equipment being the problem. What I meant was I would be out of the bee business. I do have a friend that offered to help me killing the hives, but they have to be...
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    Not AHB because when this all started my last season queens were in the hives.
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    That is the plan, but will take 90 days to have a total switch over.

    Plan B is to take the hives out in the middle of no where and clean the bees out and start over with new packages.
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    Let me give all of you an update and address some of the other things that have been mentioned. My hives face a 20 ft deep gully that runs between mine and my neighbors house. From my hives it is...
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    Through a reseller, but he told me yesterday they came from Rossman apiaries.
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    Mine were the same way 10 and 30 days ago with population. I can't really have another hive so My plans where to let swarms go it call a club member of they wanted them. I have not noticed a swarm...
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    Re: Bees won't leave anyone alone

    A friend is going to come over tomorrow and I am going to go through my hives. I really feel I need to see what is going on in the hives. I want to see if my blue queen has been replaced or if they...
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