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  1. Re: Low Population threshhold for hive with newly laying queen

    Okay, so just so I understand, when you start a nuc from the very beginning, how many bees and frames are in there in addition to the frame of capped brood?
  2. Low Population threshhold for hive with newly laying queen

    Okay, so here's a weird question/situation.

    Praise God, I have a new queen who has started laying there are a few capped cells, but most are uncapped, so I figure she started laying around 9...
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    Re: Chances of queen dying on mating flights

    Thanks Heaflaw, this is the info I was looking for. Yeah, I wanted to know how long the eggs or larva could last in transit while not being fed by nurse bees. Here the post office will not allow...
  4. Re: When can I pull some eggs from a hive with a newly laying queen?

    Well, I followed Michael's advice this AM and took out a frame of brood and replaced it with a spare blank frame of empty drawn comb.

    This is a really struggling hive with not more than a few...
  5. Re: When can I pull some eggs from a hive with a newly laying queen?

    Good point. My only concern is how will that mess up my queen? I only have 1 frame of eggs.
  6. When can I pull some eggs from a hive with a newly laying queen?

    I have a hive with a newly laying queen(for maybe about a week) and one hive with no queen or brood. I would like to take out some eggs from the hive with the queen and put them in the queenless...
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    Re: Chances of queen dying on mating flights

    Thanks Roberto. What kind of flowers do the bees feed on in the DR?

    Right now I see mango trees here starting to bud. Should be a few months til they are in bloom.
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    Re: Chances of queen dying on mating flights

    Robert, yes indonesia is very tropical. Where are you from?

    There are wild bees here, but they are mostly apis cerana, the local native bee. Apis mellifera were imported back in the day and...
  9. Re: How often is too often to check on a struggling hive?

    Great point. I am afraid of combining b/c the last combine I did resulted in 2 dead queens. a hive I thought was queen less wasn't and both ended up dying. So I want to avoid that, even though I...
  10. Re: How often is too often to check on a struggling hive?

    Wow, great questions.

    we have rainy and dry season here, and I am just learning about the flowering seasons as I recently go into beekeeping. As far as I can tell, there's like one tree after...
  11. How often is too often to check on a struggling hive?

    So, I have a struggling hive with a virgin queen in it, and she's has emerged at least 17 days ago, probably even a little more than 17.

    How often is too often to check and see if she started...
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    Re: Chances of queen dying on mating flights

    This is the funniest thread! You guys are crazy. thanks for the comment about my Americanized English. That's probably b/c I am an American living over here.. LOL. :lookout:

    I don't...
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    Chances of queen dying on mating flights

    I have a virgin queen that may be my only chance at a queen that will lay eggs. My other hive has no queen. Unfortunately, here we cannot order queens like in the U.S., so I have to make this queen...
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    Re: Why isn't this queen coming out?

    What do you mean? Can you tell this just by the picture?
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    Why isn't this queen coming out?

    http://imageshack.us/a/img841/9025/nk97.jpg

    This cell is at least a week old. I checked yesterday and it looked like she would be out momentarily as the cell showed some openings , but i checked...
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    Re: How old is this queen cell

    Hmm...interesting thoughts. The reason there are no bees is I brushed them off to photograph the cell :D

    All the brood except for one cell in this hive was capped as of yesterday.

    The hive...
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    How old is this queen cell

    http://imageshack.us/a/img7/5689/xt50.th.jpg


    What do you guys think? How old is this cell?
  18. Re: Why do they keep building supersedure cells? They have a laying queen!

    Interesting thoughts guys. I really appreciate all the feedback. Yeah, maybe they are doing this insurance thing, where they build one in case something happens..

    Burns, I will upload some...
  19. Re: Why do they keep building supersedure cells? They have a laying queen!

    It's a cell, cause I did see larva in it.

    BTW, how do I order a Kindle copy of your book?
  20. Re: Why do they keep building supersedure cells? They have a laying queen!

    Thanks Burns, that's actually really helpful. So, how do I distinguish eggs from larva. I know the eggs just look like a tiny rice grain in the cell, but when does it turn into larva?
  21. Re: Why do they keep building supersedure cells? They have a laying queen!

    So, should I cut out the queen cell and put in in a nuc so I can have an extra queen? What exactly do you mean about how people sell mated queens?
  22. Why do they keep building supersedure cells? They have a laying queen!

    Well, so I have an update on the hive combine some of you were following from my previous posts. I checked on the hive today and they have some new brood, so there is a queen in there at least 3...
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    Re: Newspaper for combining hives

    Well guys, here's the update....

    I checked on the combined hive today(2 days after combining) and as far as I could tell, it looks like both hives had a queen b/c they were balling one, and then I...
  24. Re: Honey made while feeding on sugar water

    Okay, so basically as long as they have this sugar syrup or real honey whatever it is, as long as it's in the deeps, I just leave it and they feed on it? I don't extract until I have honey in the...
  25. Honey made while feeding on sugar water

    Okay, so I have a beginner question which may seem obvious to some, but its got me puzzled. I have a hive that i fed sugar water to for quite some time. During that time, the bees had a lot of...
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