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    First time split question

    I made my first split from a hive with swarm cells. They had capped queen cells. I noticed this morning that they were a little slow going? It that normal. I put feed on the top also. Just wondering...
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    Re: removed small hive from wall

    When you go back in to add the frames make sure that you have a queen or eggs so they can make a queen cell. Also be award that they may still leave. Cross fingers they don't.
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    Re: Queen in box, no eggs, queen cells

    Why do you think there would be no eggs? I find it interesting that she stopped laying. I looked at the queen and she looked younger. That doesn't mean she is. They still had some room to grow. They...
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    Queen in box, no eggs, queen cells

    Here is what I have. I have a hive, one brood box deep. I went to check it yesterday and found about 10 queen cells. I went back today thinking that they where about to swarm. I transferred some into...
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    Re: New hive, not feeding

    Leave them alone. Try not to open to early. If they want to feed they will feed. I would only make sure the queen is out. The more you open them the higher chances of them to abscond. Like it said,...
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    Re: Moving a weak colony

    How far did you move it. It also stats that is you move them a couple miles it shouldn't be a big deal. It you move them 30 ft than the grass up front is a must. They really won't have a natural...
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    Re: swarm catching

    I used a queen excluder on the bottom on the last one I caught. I took it off a few days after and they are thriving. i have also put a frame of eggs in the hive to make them do something. Mist some...
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    Re: Should I split this hive?

    Have you thought about checkerboarding?
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    Re: Man I got eaten up today

    I have 2 hives like that. They seems to be okay in smaller size but get under that last super and the world falls apart. They Are both very good producers but I will split once they get even bigger....
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    Re: swarm capture questions

    I shake the bees in the box. Whatever I have in hand, ie cardboard box, plastic container, Ect. I will shake the main amount in here and right after I shake them I try and spot the queen. This will...
  11. Re: Very weak hive, no brood, introduce a queen?

    I would combine them the the other strong hive. Take and do a paper combine. Once they combine with the other one than you can take the other frames back out. I wouldn't try with a vergin queen. It...
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    Re: How to move bees from here?

    It looks good so far. I might think about sliding a board under the pot. This might deter any pest/ ants from having easy access. It wouldn't hurt to feed them I wouldn't think. This way you can get...
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    Re: When to add the super?

    I went ahead and put mine on a few weeks ago. I noticed I had a strong hive and I figured they would draw it out when they where almost done with the rest of the frames in the brood chamber. I...
  14. Thread: Bee Tree

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    Re: Bee Tree

    There is a few options. I have done both. Do the trap out like you did last time. This time make sure you get a frame with 1-3 day old eggs. When you set the cone up and the bees beard on the cone...
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    Re: hot hive requeening

    I requested the hottest hive I have ever see. Split it into two also. Whatever you do, do not go in the hive until after at least 10 days and very briefly if you have to. They killed both of my new...
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    Re: Texas beekeepers hives messed with.

    I live in Texas and I would be real cautious about AHB. I have a hive that would have lit those two girls on fire.
  17. Re: HELP. I have had a massive buildup and the entire colny is a brood chamber. What

    I am very impressed. That is a lot of bees! You may want to checkerboard. They may be able to fil the void in a few week with the amount they have. This would give you even more bees for your split!
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    Re: First check on bees all cold winter

    They reduce numbers drastically during the winter. The bees are "big bees" and live longer. I would feed them a pollen patty to make sure they do well. My smaller ones have kicked back into gear the...
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    Cold snap question

    It is going to be in the twenties today and since I live in south central Texas the bees have been active. I was wondering if I need to worry about the cold getting to the brood. Every one of the...
  20. Re: Crazy weather and what were these bees doing?

    Did you check for a queen? I have seen clusters on the ground but only with a queen or one near. Check close by and see if she was anywhere near there dead also. I would look for a queen inside when...
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    Re: Spring Hive Box Reshuffle Question

    Do as JClark said. Put that super on the bottom at least for a few weeks when it is getting war,. She will move up and lay on the deep frames. I have already switched mine a couple weeks ago and she...
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    Re: Did this colony swarm?

    I had checked my hive late jan. To see who they where... I spotted the queen in there and she way laying. Went back two weeks later to feed because they where a little weak and there was no queen. I...
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    Foundation or foundationless frames?

    I currently use plastic frames in almost all my hives unless I do an extraction out of a tree. I have found that they seem to draw faster at first on the foundationless. Due to the fact that I don't...
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    Sticky: Re: Please Post your Swarm Dates?

    Got the first swarm of the year on 2/17/14. About the size of a football. They are bringing in pollen already.
  25. Re: Is this colony too weak or is this typical for late winter

    I had one come out of winter similar. I am in texas so we are a little ahead of everyone. I put a pollen pattie, mann lake, and a sugar block. They actually drug some of the sugar block out but I...
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