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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Thanks enjambres! I had thought about doing just what you suggested, but when I got home last night, there was a feverish buzz of bees reorienting themselves at the entrance of the hive. Also,...
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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    I just realized I forgot to put slits in the paper. So, when I get home tonight I will inspect for pieces of paper on the bottom screen. If none, I will pull the top cover off and run a piece of...
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    Re: Making a foundation under a hive?

    18" high stands with legs buried 18" deep (legs 36" total length). String trimmer to control weeds. This may change as I am still learning!
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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Well, went home from work last night and put on my bee coat & veil. Went to both hives and gave them a light puff of smoke. Pulled the top off of the stronger hive and laid 2 sheets of newspaper...
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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Thanks Bees of SC! Grabbing and Plopping for me equates to carefully lifting and carefully placing in the most gentle manner possible! (Have not been stung yet....don't want to either!!) :D ...
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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Thanks Chemguy and Bees of SC! So, let me see if I understand. My weak hive is 100 feet from my strong hive. Are you all saying we should just go grab that weak hive, carry it over to the strong...
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    Re: Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Thanks Vance G
    We did monitor for mites, and there were a few, but not real bad. However, the mites seemed to disappear on their own. Unfortunately, our inexperience proved that the lack of queens...
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    Need to do a combine - looking for guidance

    Well, what started out as a fantastic experience as beginning beekeepers has become a challenge. New packages (2) in April of 2014. Grew to two deeps each. Overwintered fantastic. Approx. May of...
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    Re: Queen behavior mystery

    JW
    Thanks! My wife tells me I am too impatient. But even she got a bit nervous last weekend when we inspected and only found good brood in one of our three hives. I have to stop and realize that...
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    Re: Queen behavior mystery

    Thanks to everybody for your replies and helpful information. Very much appreciated. We will check that hive again this weekend (weather permitting) and see if she has started laying. As of that...
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    Re: Queen behavior mystery

    Ohhh my word.....so that was very likely a virgin queen we saw in there. Well, now here's the rest of the story. We coaxed her around until she finally walked up onto a small spot of new wax where...
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    Queen behavior mystery

    We have a hive that WAS our strong hive. Fearing it would swarm, we decided to do a split. After several weeks we inspected only to find no queen or new brood. We stole a frame of brood from the...
  13. Re: Nervous... First bees tomorrow. Hope they survive the ride home.

    We drove our pick-up truck to get our first packages last year. The seller informed us that with the cool weather (58F) and a 1-hour drive ahead of us, we needed to put them in the truck cab. ...
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    Re: Interesting day in the hives

    Thanks for the replies. Well, we sure hope it was a mating flight. If not, our three hives may be in trouble. We will be checking them again the middle to latter part of next week. By then we...
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    Interesting day in the hives

    Well after doing a split a few weeks ago on our strong hive, we went into them for inspection yesterday. The new hive into which we had moved the queen was working away and had beautiful brood...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    Ian G
    Hope your splits are working out. We opened our bee-packed hive, found the queen, put that frame in a new box along with a couple frames of capped brood, nurse bees, and some capped honey...
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    Re: checking on a new hive

    I would wait for a warmer day. But I am new at this too (fist two hives in May of 2014) so lets see what others more experienced have to say about this!
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    Re: ? about requeening, have the queens now

    Harley
    If missybee were to install the queens very quickly without checking for queen cells, would it be a big problem? I ask as I am curious about the result of installing a caged queen in a hive...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    BjornH
    Thank-you! I had not considered the possibility of the virgin queen entering the wrong hive. I am sure this is pretty rare, but the consequences are pretty bad too. Also thanks to Matt and...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    Hey this is great info! Do you need to be sure there is uncapped brood/eggs in the upper box, or is it safe to assume there is? Also, should we check for swarm cells in the lower box prior to the...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    Same here....If, when we open up this hive, we cannot find the queen then we will just do an even split and watch to see how it all works out. I believe we have enough brood in this strong hive to...
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    Re: Question regarding even split

    We, too, are in the same boat. One of our two hives is very strong with lots of bees in both deep 10-frame boxes (1 hive). We are considering doing a near-even split, but with a bit more bees and...
  23. Thread: Our first split

    by RD35
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    Re: Our first split

    Thanks all for your replies. We would like to move one hive about 75 yards away. Not sure yet just how to do that, but thinking we will do the split, leave the new hive in the current location,...
  24. Thread: Our first split

    by RD35
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    Our first split

    Okay, I'll try to keep this short! We have a hive that fared very well through the winter. It was a new package install May 01, 2014. Two deep 10-frame boxes. Upon inspection found bees thick on...
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    Re: Drone brood in the hive now

    We went through both of our hives last evening. (both were started last May as packages) I was shocked when we opened our strong hive. Every frame (2 deeps...20 frames) was covered with bees and...
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