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    Re: Rotate Brood Boxes?

    The longer I have bees, it seems, the more that I don't know. I guess I need to keep reading more, because I'd never heard of a hive (let alone seen one) that was pollen bound. At least I now know...
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    Rotate Brood Boxes?

    Hey Everyone,

    I haven't posted in quite some time, but I'm still at it and learning through your help and my mistakes! I still don't feel confident of when to move brood boxes around and how to...
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    Swarm/Cutout Available

    I received a call today from a lady that wanted me to do a cutout at one of her rental properties. The house is in Woodland, CA, which is about 2 hours south of me and I don't think it is worth my...
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    Re: Tell me if my logic is correct.

    We're in a dearth right now. The starthistle should start popping in July, but I think I'll take Vance's advice and feed them and deal with this when I return. I don't think they'll backfill the...
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    Tell me if my logic is correct.

    I started a hive from a package this spring. It was going along gangbusters for awhile, but the queen has been laying very little brood in a spotty pattern and mostly drone brood for the last...
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    Re: newspaper combine

    I just did my first newspaper combine a little over a week ago and I used two sheets. I checked them yesterday and everything looked great.
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    Re: Declining Hives - first hive loss

    Thanks, TXFirefighter. The info on chalkbrood was very helpful. Just so I'm clear, if I do a newspaper combine with the laying worker hive with a queenright hive, the queen won't be affected? The...
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    Declining Hives - first hive loss

    I've got a few problems that I need advice on. First, I've got a hive that has been queenless for a long time. I've tried adding frames of eggs to the hive for several weeks, but so far that hasn't...
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    Re: Too Late for New Hive?

    You've got plenty of time. Get down there and pick them up! It will help you to have a second hive.
  10. Thread: Colors of Hive

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    Re: Colors of Hive

    Light colors keep the hive cooler in the summer. Painting them light yellow or light green will be fine.
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    Re: Thinking of splitting, what's my best option?

    Making a nuc for your friend will give your hive some room. Make sure that you include eggs or young larvae and they'll make a queen. Yes, you can add a deep, which will give them more room. It...
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    Re: Learning about queens

    Well, feel free to keep asking questions! And check out Michael's website. It has a lot of great information and is presented in a straightforward and simple to understand way. Good luck!
  13. Thread: Type of a split?

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    Re: Type of a split?

    First thought, will the upper hive have enough workers to stay warm? Sure, the hive below the bottom board will help keep the upper hive warm, but the lower hive will be spending more energy stores...
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    Re: Learning about queens

    What does open mated mean?
    It means that she may have mated with drones of varying genetic pedigrees. When she went on her mating flight, she may have mated with any drones in the area.

    Who lays...
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    Re: Queens in new packages laying only drones

    I went into the hives today, found the queens, and pinched them. The hives still had only drone brood. The supplier is providing new queens, which I'll pick up and install on Saturday. The...
  16. Thread: Where they go?

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    Re: Where they go?

    Assuming you installed a package of bees, NO, they didn't swarm on you. They may have absconded (left the hive for some reason). How did you install them? How are you feeding them? It is hard to...
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    Re: Queens in new packages laying only drones

    Thanks, Michael. Your advice is always helpful and you helped a lot when I did the splits! I went through the hives pretty well and I didn't see the queens, but I could have missed them. I'm...
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    Re: Queens in new packages laying only drones

    Yes, Rader. I'm sure that they are all drone brood. It is odd, very odd. I installed three packages from the same suppier last year, with great success. All three hives made it through the winter and...
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    Re: Queens in new packages laying only drones

    Basically, what I'm wondering is....if I get new queens from the supplier, how should I install them? Will the drone laying queen fight the new queen, assuming the drone laying queen is still in the...
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    Re: Getting the most out of your queens!

    Good question. I don't think it was a swarm cell. As David said, swarm cells are usually at the bottom of the frame. Supercedure cells are in the middle of the frame. Also, there was only one...
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    Re: Help identifying some bees!

    The drones get all of thier genetics from the queen, so if the queen is an Italian, it doesn't make sense that the drone is black. That said, I'm not sure why the black bees are bigger.
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    Re: Getting the most out of your queens!

    Thanks for the advice! Yes, David, that was exactly what I was thinking. The queen cell in the old hive is capped. I guess I now have a "utility" queen. I like that term. I'm interested to see...
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    Re: Help identifying some bees!

    I don't think you have "pure" Italians anymore. It sounds to me like your old queen left with the swarm and the new virgin queen mated with a black drone! So, she is producing both yellow and black...
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    Getting the most out of your queens!

    I split a hive earlier this year. The hive that received the old queen (emergency queen from last August) was building up great. It has 7 frames of capped brood, eggs, and larvae in a ten frame...
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    Queens in new packages laying only drones

    I installed three packages on 4/7/12. I checked the hives on 4/14/12 and all queens were present and I saw eggs at the bottom of cells in all three hives. Last week, on 4/22, I checked the hives...
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