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  1. Re: Is it too late to split in Kentucky

    Bee Math has a queen emerging 16 days after the egg was laid or 8 days after being capped. I think what you're referring to is that it takes about a month to get from egg to *laying* queen (hatched,...
  2. Re: Weekend Inspections revealed laying workers in Hive 2...

    @Marc--

    *If* I were planning to save the hive, I'd definitely follow Mike's recommendation of adding a new frame each week for 3 weeks. I'm not sure one frame would do it--might depend on how long...
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    Dead white brood but not chalky

    I'm not quite sure what's going on with one of my hives. I'm seeing several close-to-fully formed worker bodies, white but not chalky, littering the bottom of the brood box. The hive sits on a...
  4. Re: How to figure out a queenless hive the easy way

    I had a tiny swarm that happily foraged for about 4 weeks with nothing but a vial of bee lure inside. Got them home, took out the lure, replaced it with a frame of fresh brood, and we're now...
  5. Re: Combined two weak hives success or not?

    I had the same thing happen last year when I tried the newspaper method. Lost a couple of good queens, too, when the newbees decided they didn't like her.

    This year, I've been saturating the bees...
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    Re: Safest Time to Move Q Cell???

    Michael, I came to appreciate your information long ago. Many, many thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

    We actually had some hands-on practice at my queen-rearing class, but my old eyes...
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    Re: Safest Time to Move Q Cell???

    Just got back from moving the Q cell into the queenless nuc. According to the calendar tool, she should be out on Friday, but I'll give her until Sunday just to make sure. Still keeping fingers...
  8. Re: what to do after the swarm leaves

    Are you *sure* the bees are from other hives? Can you peek in there first thing in the morning to see if they're clustering?

    I set up a trap and wound up with a tiny cluster of bees from a swarm....
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    Re: Safest Time to Move Q Cell???

    What a great tool! Bookmarked now.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Safest Time to Move Q Cell???

    Thanks for the replies & advice. I should have specified this was a naturally raised cell from a donated frame of brood, so I had no idea exactly how old the egg/larvae was. Only had the capping day...
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    Safest Time to Move Q Cell???

    I have a Queen cell that was capped last Thursday/Friday (4-5 days ago) as in Thursday it was open and Friday it was capped. I need to move it into a queenless colony. I can get plenty of comb around...
  12. Re: How often to open hive and check on bees?

    The HARDEST thing for a new beekeeper to learn is PATIENCE.

    For me, inspection timing depend on where the colony is in its life cycle. My biggest hive gets checked once a week right now because...
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    Re: Aggressive Hive

    Is it possible that the queen has failed and she's not producing enough to keep them calm? The reason I'm asking is that I have a trap out with fresh commercial lure and there's a handful of...
  14. Re: Question on frames (med can go in a deep??)

    My 8 year old granddaughter can put frames together by herself. Of course, she's had a lot of those Lowe's Build It workshops under her belt. ;)
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    Re: Whats your favorite feeder?

    I like bucket feeders. I set them on top of an inner cover, surround with an empty super, and put a custom-made screen top to accommodate the height of the bucket. A regular cover goes over the...
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    Re: dearth or flow

    We had an extremely early dearth last year. Imagine my surprise when my formerly gentle Cordovans suddenly turned hotter than a chili pepper. Yep, that's dearth all right...
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    Re: new queen

    Just on the off chance that any remaining larvae is past the right age to become a queen, you might want to toss a frame of brood from another hive in there. They may need some younger brood or you...
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    Tiny Swarm, No Queen

    The nice folks who called me for a swarm last year let me set up a trap next to their house where last year's bees had gotten in. After a few days, a tiny swarm had accepted the nuc trap. Before...
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    Re: Rough Beekeepers.

    One thing I really pride myself on--I do everything I can to avoid disturbing or crushing the bees when I have to open the hive. After all, why would I want to harm my best workers???

    I'm hope...
  20. Re: Disd i use too many frames with old comb?

    I'm in a similar situation re: holding back frames from die outs. I have given my hives enough drawn frames that they can comfortably cover in the center of the brood box, and fill the rest of the...
  21. Re: just looking for a little reassurance

    Queens can be pretty good at hiding. I had a big fat marked Cordovan that "disappeared" for several inspections and then suddenly, there she was. The general rule of thumb is that if you see *eggs*,...
  22. Re: mosquito repellents for yard safe for honey bees

    Pennyroyal & catnip are natural mosquito repellents. Crush the leaves & rub on your skin or clothes. However, I have also gone into the bee house with Deep Woods Cutter on, and it hasn't seemed to...
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    Re: Daddy, do bees Fart?

    My husband suggested looking for drones in tiny naugahyde recliners, holding remotes, and surrounded by empty *really* ripe honey cells. That usually does it for him.
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    Re: Marked Worker???

    Is it possible that the package came from a research facility? The reason I'm asking is my daughter lives near Arizona State, and they frequently see working forager bees with dots of color just as...
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    Re: Question for old pros

    I was advised when installing packages to keep the bees inside the hive for a day or two so they can get adjusted to their new home. I placed the package box inside the deep, and set the feed can...
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