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    Re: Queenless after overwintering???

    One frame of eggs and younger larva is not as large of loss to the good hive as a frame of sealed brood would be, as they've not spent a lot of stores and time feeding the larva yet. It is still a...
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    Re: Losing Queen Bee

    Dixie Beekeeper, you stated... she flew from the box and was circling the hive.

    It sounds to me like she oriented on the hive before she flew away. Check back in the hive tomorrow, chances are...
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    Re: How to put the queen in the hive.

    If the hive has been queenless for too long, they may not accept her well. I would do it in daytime, I never open a hive at night. I would set the queen in her cage on top of the top bars and watch...
  4. Thread: how do I....

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    Re: how do I....

    When using a bait frame to get them up, use a frame of young open larvae. This way they won't over draw that frame, but they will start on the frames next to it in order to have stores next to the...
  5. Re: how many dead bees outside the hives is normal?

    With 18 or maybe more frames of bees spread between three hives, with 10 to 20 mites dropped from one small population hive, that seems like heavy mite load to me. Bees crawling around on the ground...
  6. Re: My first Top Bar hive in North Pole Alaska! could use some advice.

    I have found that bees normally start on the side of a box, not the center. The only times I have seen them start in the center is if the queen cage was hung between combs in the center, with frames...
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    Re: Queen cells on plastic comb

    Yes I have. I scraped them off very carefully with a sharp hive tool. The top/back of it where it was attached to the mid-rib had a small pinhole in it with royal jelly behind it. I just carefully...
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    Re: Simulated Swarm Question

    Today is Wednesday yes? Last weekend was 3 or 4 days ago. Eggs change into Larvae in 3 days. If you still had eggs, then you would have a queen in there still. No eggs, no queen. They should build...
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    Re: New age bee cut out

    Nice job, looks good from here!
  10. Thread: Cooperation

    by RayMarler
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    Re: Cooperation

    I've had two queen hives, sometimes they swarm. I now split them up into two hives or nucs so I don't lose a swarm.
  11. Re: honey extractor from a 50 gal short water heater.

    I don't know why it wouldn't work. I've a friend that made an extractor, and he made it so it was 300rpm top speed. He says if you keep it at 300rpm or under, it won't shake and walk around as much....
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    Re: New hive - no comb?

    Friendly laughing here, yes, give them at least a minute to get started with comb drawing! Just check on them in a couple days, it takes them a bit to get started. Keeping syrup feed on them...
  13. Re: What time in am does bees do theri first orientation flight

    Mine do the orientation flights near the warmest part of the day in the afternoon.
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    Re: Queenless hives...

    I have not used OAV so can't comment on that question.
    Adding a frame with eggs will tide them over until the new queen arrives.
    When the new queen arrives, destroy all queen cells started, then...
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    Re: What's the fuss about dandelions?

    I used to think the same way, never saw bees on dandelions, but I found one year, that they only work some flowers at certain times of the day. I forget what time of day I saw them on dandelions, but...
  16. Re: Queen walked out of new hive after swarmming?

    I've gotten swarms that have multiple virgin queens in them. I've also gotten one swarm that had the older queen and a virgin in it. So, yes, a swarm can have more than one queen in it. Oh, yes, I do...
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    Re: How far will a swarm travel

    I have seen them go for a mile or more. Other than what I've seen, I'd say maybe up to two or three miles as that is their normal foraging area, but this is guessing on my part.
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    Re: Loud bees!!!!

    Then hopefully it's just a strange occurrence. The only times I've had hives be so loud that you can hear them from a distance, they've been queenless. Oh, I've also had them bee somewhat noisy when...
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    Re: Swarms in the rain

    They will not fly after dark. They might try to take over a hive, but that is very seldom occurrence. They may or may not make it through the storm, it might depend on the storm and the temps. They...
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    Re: Queenless hives...

    Yes, I too have noticed that sometimes a hive will be queenless at the end of winter. Does not happen very often, but it does happen.
  21. Thread: Bee Behavior

    by RayMarler
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    Re: Bee Behavior

    Yep, orientation and cleansing flight happens same time each day, near or at the high temp of the day. With your reduced entrance, they get traffic jam trying to get back in all at once. It won't...
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    Re: Virgin in new nuc

    If it was me, I'd leave the nuc alone for two weeks, as virgin queens are shy and don't like disturbances in the hive/nuc. If she's a virgin, you should see eggs in two weeks. Good luck!
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    Re: I think my split was a dud

    Yes, it might be a dud, it's getting to be that timeframe where you should have seen eggs by now. To be safe, add them a frame with eggs and then check back in a week, and see if they've started...
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    Re: Loud bees!!!!

    I agree, it sounds like they may be queenless. Sometimes the bees will set up a roaring you can hear from feet away.
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    Re: More time or re-queen

    Queens should be laying eggs 14 days after emerging, sometimes it takes up to 21 days. If after 21 days, I call it a failure. I like it best when they are laying 14 to 16 days after emerging, they...
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