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  1. Feed with real pollen or pollen substitute?

    I recently did a split and they just capped the queen cells. At this time of the year with the nectar and pollen flow slowing, I am going to have to feed the new hive. I have seen pollen...
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    Moving swarm cells to start split

    I have several hives and one very strong one has several swarm cells on each of three frames. They all are capped, but one has already opened. I planned to move one of the frames with swarm cells...
  3. How long for new queen to start laying eggs?

    I made a split and the new queen emerged one week ago. About how long does it typically take for her to start laying eggs?
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    Cell size vs. time to maturity

    I have read that using smaller-cell foundation is a method to control varroa mites because there is less time for the mites to develop. Is it correct to assume that a smaller cell size means the...
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    Re: Adding bees from one hive to a weaker one

    I am just trying to get more bees in the hive. I caught a swarm and put them in a top bar hive. I want to add the bees so they draw out more comb and store more honey and pollen so I can divide it....
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    Adding bees from one hive to a weaker one

    What is the best method to move bees from a strong hive to a weaker one? Will they fight in the weak hive or are they typically accepted? Someone told me to heavily smoke the bees from the strong...
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    Re: Design of pitched roof for top bar hive

    I understand what you described and it sounds like a good idea. I hinged mine on the short end so that I and helper could work on both sides of the hive. It is a little heavy to lift since I use...
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    Design of pitched roof for top bar hive

    I am building my own 4-foot long Kenyan top bar hives. I made the top bars 19 inches long so I can put them in a standard Langstroth if needed. I am not sure how to size the pitched roof which I...
  9. Re: How to do a split from Langstroth to top bar hive

    Wouldn't it be better to include the old queen since you cannot hang a new queen cage in a top bar hive. That would make them draw irregular comb which they would follow throughout the hive? I...
  10. How to do a split from Langstroth to top bar hive

    My friends have strong Langstroth hives with medium brood chambers and supers. I just built a Kenyan top bar hive with 19-inch long top bars (same width as Langstroth frames). What is the best way...
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    Re: Location of swarm cells is strange

    I did not see a queen when I was doing the split, but just assumed she was in there because of the huge population and many eggs, larvae and capped brood. I will keep an eye on it and check for eggs...
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    Location of swarm cells is strange

    The bees from one of my beehives always used the top exit hole at the inner cover. All the other hives use the standard entrance at the bottom board. I opened the strange hive (exit the top) to do...
  13. Excel spreadsheet for recording hive inspection info

    Has anyone developed an Excel spreadsheet template to record the information from regular hive inspections? With multiple hives, it would helpful for recording dates, type of brood found, ratio of...
  14. Bees just swarmed, but I found a capped swarm cell

    I found swarm cells in a strong hive about 10 days ago. I assumed they would not emerge until this weekend, but my timing was off. On Thursday, I planned to do an artificial swarm, but when...
  15. Re: Can thinned-down old queen ready to swarm fit through queen excluder slots?

    I have heard that the bees may leave the hive, but if the queen does not come along, they will come back. I guess they know they cannot survive without a queen.
  16. Can thinned-down old queen ready to swarm fit through queen excluder slots?

    I am going to do an artificial swarm. The swarm cells should be capped by Friday, so the old queen (actually a new supercedure queen just seven weeks old) will leave very soon. I thought about...
  17. Thread: Forced swarm

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    Forced swarm

    I check one hive on Sunday and found many swarm cells. They were still open and I could not see eggs in them. There were eggs in normal brood cells. I destroyed the swarm cells added empty frames...
  18. Re: Hive making swarm cells after superceding queen I accidentally killed

    I have read that if you destroy the swarm cells before they are capped, then they will not swarm because there will be no queen in the hive. There definitely was no larvae in the swarm cells and I...
  19. Re: Hive making swarm cells after superceding queen I accidentally killed

    These were definitely swarm cells hanging down from the bottom of the frames. I had already split that hive twice - once in end of March and then again in late May. That is why I am surprised they...
  20. Re: Hive making swarm cells after superceding queen I accidentally killed

    It looked like there was something damp in the bottom of the swarm cells, but I did not see a tiny larvae. I think I got them early enough so they may not swarm. There are plenty of other eggs...
  21. Hive making swarm cells after superceding queen I accidentally killed

    When I worked on my No. 1 hive about six or seven weeks ago (it has survived 8 years), I accidentally killed the queen I think? Two frames between boxes stuck together when I lifted the box and...
  22. Thread: No brood

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    Re: No brood

    I have started doing that now too.
  23. Thread: No brood

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    Re: No brood

    I put in a frame of eggs today just to be safe.
  24. Thread: No brood

    by dulley
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    No brood

    I checked a very strong hive one month ago and there was lots of eggs, larvae and capped brood. I use three mediums. When I lifted the top medium, two of the frames from the medium below stuck to...
  25. Are there any safe carpenter bumble bee repellants avaiable?

    I am a beekeeper and write a national newspaper column on home improvement and conservation. One of my readers contacted me about a problem of the big carpenter bees boring holes in her wood gazebo....
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