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    Re: queen cell after introducing a new queen?

    Single queen cells or just a few cells in the middle of the frame are supercedure cells. They think they need a new queen. Never destroy a supercedure cell or you may end up queenless. Make sure...
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    Re: Pacific NW Newcomer

    Welcome. I take it you don't have any hives yet. This is a good place to learn, of course a local beekeeping club can help even more and has members that can direct you where to get some equipment...
  3. Thread: Robber attack

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    Re: Robber attack

    That's interesting, hope spraying in not the root cause, hard to change that but others have posted some ideas in the past.

    Letting mine raise their own queens because they tend to supersede new...
  4. Thread: Robber attack

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    Re: Robber attack

    Wow, lots to consider here and I'm sure you have considered everything. Suppose you have to find a way to get out in front of the problem, such as why the hive became weak to start with. I started...
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    Re: New queen laying GREAT>>>

    Good job and congrats on your success. Sometimes I just look for eggs in the center of the cell and if I see them, don't bother to look for the queen cause she is there. Get your regular size hive...
  6. Thread: Fumagilin- B

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    Re: Fumagilin- B

    I don't bother with Fumagilin any longer. I do watch for signs of problems coming out of winter after the bees are trapped inside during the cold, just in case I need to treat. I don't treat with...
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    Re: Lots of bees outside entrance

    A guy here in Missouri was feeding during the main flow and the bees kept taking the feed rather than leaving it alone and going after fresh nectar. His hives exploded as well and sounds like they...
  8. Thread: I've been NUCed

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    Re: I've been NUCed

    Congrats on your success. Nucs are great for starting hives and so many other things. I believe nucs are also great for drawing out new comb. For some reason, perhaps because the bees are forced...
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    Re: Brand new to beekeeping and this forum.

    Welcome to the forum. Your off to a good start - that is deciding to go with two hives. Hope to learn from you.
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    Re: First Sting Yesterday

    Get a bee jacket with attached veil for those quick trips to hive. I use the jacket rather than a full suit for times when they tend to be less upset such as during a honey flow. Your running a big...
  11. Re: Is it too late to make a split this year (SW Ohio)?

    A lot to consider with this question. Personally, I'd split with a mated queen or watch for signs of late swarm and move queen cells to the new split which would help avoid swarm and open up the...
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    Re: Help-queenless hive?

    It is possible they superseded the queen which is more common than you might think with new packages. It takes some time for the queen to mate and start laying eggs. If you have a second hive, move...
  13. Thread: Supercedure Cell

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    Re: Supercedure Cell

    Ya, seems like anything is possible in beekeeping considering all the variables.
  14. Thread: Did they swarm?

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    Re: Did they swarm?

    Sounds like she was ready to swarm just as you suspected. I had luck over wintering two nucs this last winter and plan on doing it again. I moved bees and eggs with brood in all stages along with...
  15. Thread: QC?

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    Re: QC?

    Queen cup on left, drone on right.
  16. Thread: Supercedure Cell

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    Re: Supercedure Cell

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    Yes, generally swarm cells are more numerous than supercedure cells. Also swarm cells are generally located at the bottom of the frame and supercedure are generally not.
  17. Thread: Queen problems

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    Re: Queen problems

    I agree, give the hive a frame with eggs on it just in case. Personally, I move eggs in every two weeks until I know I have a laying queen. Prevents workers from laying eggs. Just make sure the...
  18. Thread: Did they swarm?

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    Re: Did they swarm?

    Best cut out the swarm cells or move them to a nook with nurse bees to finish the queen. Agree, they generally swarm after the cells are capped but I've seen her leave early from my observation...
  19. Thread: Supercedure Cell

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    Re: Supercedure Cell

    Do not cut out a supercedure cell unless you plan on installing a new queen. The bees know best in terms of if they need a new queen.

    Sometimes you have to move the most outer frames inward to...
  20. Thread: New swarm caught

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    Re: New swarm caught

    If you use deeps for brood boxes then move them to a deep box. If you are using mediums for brood boxes and don't care if brood boxes double as honey supers then leave them alone until they require...
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    Re: Average supers per hive?

    Sounds like you are on track with two per hive with a couple of extras given you have 4 hives. As you are most likely aware of, there are other uses for supers other than for honey collection, such...
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    Re: 9 frames in the brood Box

    Nope. I don't see any advantage worth risking all the burr comb they will build. I have never met anyone nor heard of anyone suggesting to go with 9 frames in a 10 frame brood box.
  23. Thread: Uneven comb

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    Re: Uneven comb

    I remove it cause they seem to never fix it. Not for sure what causes it, maybe frames not pushed together or they just use the extra space caused when two pieces of new foundation are side by side,...
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    Re: Hello from Missouri

    Hello from Kansas City and welcome to the site. Hope to learn a few tricks of the trade from you relative to Missouri.
  25. Thread: Bee vacuum

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    Re: Bee vacuum

    Post photo or link if you can. I am wanting to build one myself.
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