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    Re: Odds that this swarm is mine?

    Oy...and here I was thinking I was done dealing with swarming for the year. I counted a minimum of 3 queen cells after the first swarm. Possibly 4 or 5. Is there anything I can do now to help keep...
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    Re: Odds that this swarm is mine?

    Im really confused then...Ive always been told to NOT destroy the queen cells so that they can create a new queen. Am I supposed to destroy all but one?
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    Odds that this swarm is mine?

    Some of you might remember a week ago, I caught a swarm that came out of my hive and made the silly misinformed decision to dump the swarm back into the original hive. Once I learned that this is...
  4. Re: Caught and installed swarm from my hive. Now what?

    [QUOTE=wadehump;1083016]Never have I read in any books or on any Bee forum where some said to dump them back into the swarm hive.:scratch:[/QU:pinch:

    doh... I feel stupid...I must have...
  5. Re: Caught and installed swarm from my hive. Now what?

    Thanks for the advice everyone. I found the queen and put her and the brood frame she was on into another deep. I put 2 more brood frames with bees and another frame that had honey in as well. So...
  6. Re: Caught and installed swarm from my hive. Now what?

    I do have another box almost ready. I just need some more frames. I can run out and grab them quickly. I dont see a swarm yet so hopefully they havent gone yet
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    well...dang...I DID put them back into the same hive. I thought this was an option. hmmm. well, i dont see a swarm yet so i will try and split the hive. Any other recommendations would be great!
  8. Caught and installed swarm from my hive. Now what?

    My one hive is just starting its second year. I did my best to prevent a swarm by adding another deep and checking for queen cells but, alas, today they swarmed. Luckily I happened to be outside...
  9. how low should you let stores get before feeding?

    Ive got a hive with about 2 - 2 1/2 frames of honey stores. Is that low enough to start feeding or should I let them be for now? There is A LOT of brood. Thanks!
  10. Re: Added 2nd deep on light hive, did I make a mistake?

    Thanks. That does make sense to me. Do you think it would be advisable to swap that frame out for another from the side tomorrow, or would I just be disturbing the bees more than I should?
  11. Re: Added 2nd deep on light hive, did I make a mistake?

    Huh, interesting. When I got started last year, my local beekeeping group advised me that this was the best way to draw the hive upwards when adding a 2nd deep. In any case, it appears that the...
  12. Added 2nd deep on light hive, did I make a mistake?

    After wintering my hive with a single deep, I started feeding them a few weeks ago as the hive was getting pretty light on honey. The queen has been pretty active making brood though, and when I...
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    Re: At what temp is it OK to add 2nd deep

    Many thanks for the replies. What about honey stores? My hive is a bit light since they are just coming off of the winter. Is there a certain amount of stored honey they should have in the 1st deep...
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    At what temp is it OK to add 2nd deep

    I would like to go ahead and add a 2nd deep to my hive as it is starting to get a bit crowded. The weather has been varying greatly here in Texas but I doubt we will get another freeze. Highs for...
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    2nd deep or mediums?

    So it seems that I successfully wintered my first bee hive with a single deep. They got off to a slow start so I was unable to add to the deep before winter hit. Now its warming up down here in...
  16. Is it possible that my bees don't like honey-b-healthy?

    I got a bottle of honey b healthy to help jumpstart my bees a few months back and, every now and again, ill add it to their syrup. I mostly add it these days in small concentrations to help the...
  17. Re: bees building comb between frames and top feeder

    Thanks for the info. They still have 3 frames left to fill so I dont think that they are running out of storage space...however the frames that are left are plasticell and they seem to HATE it so I...
  18. bees building comb between frames and top feeder

    Just recently my bees have been building heavily between their frames and their top feeder. The last couple of times I inspected I carefully scraped it off...but they built it right back. Why are...
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    Too late in the year to add a second deep?

    My bees got off to a really slow start. I got the package in May and they had super low numbers when installed. They have slowly plotted along and now have finally drawn out about 8 frames of their...
  20. Small bees in my hive - don't appear to be newly hatched

    Ive noticed that I see a fair amount of bees in my hive that stand out because they are smaller than the rest. They dont seem to have the characteristics of a newly hatched bee but are about 1/2 to...
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    Re: queen present but zero brood

    Ive got a top feeder with two separate troughs. How about putting the syrup in one side and water in the other? Or is it better to water down the syrup?
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    Re: queen present but zero brood

    probably 4 of the 6 drawn frames have a decent amount of capped honey cells (1/4 to 1/2 capped) with a large amount of uncapped. Not sure what is normal since this is my first year
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    Re: queen present but zero brood

    Ive only given them one megabee patty (half of one actually) but they didn't seem to eat much of it. After a few weeks I took it out because it seemed to be attracting beetles. Otherwise, no pollen...
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    queen present but zero brood

    My hive is fairly new - from May this year. In general ive seen a fairly irregular brood pattern from the queen but I had been attributing that to the fact that the hive started off with a very...
  25. Re: Being Robbed? So difficult to tell! Short video attached.

    Good to know. Ive been wondering about that for a while.

    I just went out and spent a good 20 minutes closely watching the entrance. I did see what appeared to be a bee tackling another bee and...
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