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    Re: Sorry, lame split question.

    Well... update.

    Not good.

    Went through both boxes yesterday.... no queen, no egg/larvae in either. One was quieter and calmer than the other so maybe a virgin in that one came out of the cell...
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    Re: Sorry, lame split question.

    Gonna go a head and probably swap them tomorrow.

    Again, more bees in old location than new.

    Will try to get in there and do an inspection if I can find the time.
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    Re: Sorry, lame split question.

    Tons of pollen going on.

    Flow wise, nothing that anyone notates around there. I did have some honey that I cut out to reshape some frames during the split (I'm foundationless and not very...
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    Re: Sorry, lame split question.

    Ok, more hanging out on the new hive in the old location now and almost nothing on the original...they are in there, just not busting out.

    Should I swap again tomorrow? Give them a day to being...
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    Re: Sorry, lame split question.

    Swapped places with the hives today.

    Numbers seemed kind of low on the one I moved and I'm pretty sure there were very few foragers to the new location/hive because they all went to the old one.
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    Re: Sorry, lame split question.

    Yeah, IDEALLY if you could find your queen that would be best because then you know what you are giving the queenless hive.

    If you can't find her (it is hard when you first start, so don't feel...
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    Re: Sorry, lame split question.

    Yes, I think they were slimming her down... so no eggs or young larva to be found... though I didn't dig into that bottom box.

    I THINK I left queen cells in both, can't recall at this moment.
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    Sorry, lame split question.

    Just did a completely blind split.

    Had some messed up comb and semi testy bees. So I never saw the queen and didn't do a frame by frame.

    Had 3 boxes tall and I just went through the top two...
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    Food grade diatomaceous earth

    I'm looking to get some food grade diatomaceous earth for the household and figured I should just get enough to use around the hives as well.

    Where is everyone getting theirs?
  10. Re: What size rubber bands would be best for medium frames?

    Interesting concept.

    No issues with bees getting stuck to it? Wouldn't want it to become like fly paper for the bees.
  11. What size rubber bands would be best for medium frames?

    About to do another cut out and man we just can't seem to get the right rubber bands.

    I'm about to order some from Amazon and I can get the exact size... IF I knew what size would be best.
  12. Re: What is this? (greasy? stuff on ground in front of hive)

    There was a few bumble/carpenter bees and wasps (paper and red) buzzing around the hive the other day... it was odd to see so many around just this hive. Maybe it is a mouse down there.

    Oh, and...
  13. Re: What is this? (greasy? stuff on ground in front of hive)

    Good call, yes screen bottom board.

    The whole "apiary" needs to be completely torn down and set back up... it's terrible... you would swear it's abandoned. We just started getting swarm calls...
  14. What is this? (greasy? stuff on ground in front of hive)

    Went out the other day and was looking at the hives... it's been WAY too long since I've looked inside them but weather and life isn't cooperating recently.

    I did notice an odd substance at the...
  15. Re: What happens to the bees left behind after a cut out.

    I guess I'm also curious as to the "why"?
  16. What happens to the bees left behind after a cut out.

    Obviously you can't get them all.

    So, like this cut out we did the other day in a shed. I went back the next evening and there were a couple of hundred bees hanging out, confused just buzzing...
  17. Re: What do you use for your tools at the bee yard?

    What is this? I need a smoker box to snuff out my smoker when I'm done. I put it in a galvanized bucket in the middle of my shop so it's "safe" but I'd rather an air tight container.
  18. Re: 4 lb package of honeybees arrives and 90% dead!

    Wow man, that sucks! Some one is screwing the pooch at USPS it seems.
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    Re: A Swarm denied...

    You don't, unless you are run by a corporate overlord that says you do.
  20. Re: Charge for placing a hive at someone's garden?

    With that kind of deal, you might have a few members from here lined up to get you to put bees at their place. $200 bees with lifetime replacement guarantee and half the honey and zero maintenance!
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    Re: A Swarm denied...

    That's certainly what I took away from it. Lots of those cases, I never knew the facts. The media is too busy guiding our opinion or sensationalizing things to give you all the facts.
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    Re: Alternatives to Smoke

    Right... so if you are concerned about the taste... then do a blind study.

    Smoke more than you would normally smoke one hive and don't smoke the hive next to it. With in reason, don't suffocate...
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    Re: Alternatives to Smoke

    I guess you are losing everyone on the bigger question of.

    Why not smoke them?

    I think we are asking this question of you at this point. :lookout:
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    Re: Alternatives to Smoke

    You led into this entire discussion based on "you don't want to use smoke because it makes your honey taste different"... if that is your ONLY reason for not using smoke and it is proven to be a moot...
  25. Re: How Long for a Queen to Start Laying on New Foudationless?

    I did a tree rescue, but put them in a box with no comb/foundation... just frames.

    She must have started laying IMMEDIATELY WHILE they were drawing out the cells. I had capped brood on the 8th...
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