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    Re: HELP hive just swarmed

    You don't have to split, destroy all but the two best looking queen cells. Try to get two on the same frame if possible. If not, put the frames where the cells are facing in toward each other. You do...
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    Re: How I rescue a balled virgin queen.

    Sounds and looks like a success to me! The things we do for a bug!
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    Re: After extraction- super right back on?

    If they are drawing comb and filling drawn frames at the same time, you probably have a good flow going. Leave them like they are and let them draw and fill.
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    Re: Caught a swarm today

    A lot of times I have caught swarms and they have been quiet in the hive the evening after I caught them. You can put your ear to the side of the box and listen for their humming. With bees flying,...
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    Re: questions about slatted racks.

    Most people use the newer style racks that have the slats parallel and directly under the frames. I have them on all but the newest (swarms from this year) hives. The racks cut down on bearding by...
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    Re: Larva, capped brood but no eggs.

    Agree with Tenbears, sometime both queens will be laying on the same frame. It usually takes about 30 days for the virgin to start laying (from her egg to when she starts). It may be another week or...
  7. Re: Hello everyone Garyappleseed from Kirkville,NY.

    Welcome to BeeSource and good luck with your bees.
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    Re: Hi from St. Louis

    Welcome to BeeSource and good luck with your removal!
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    Re: HELP hive just swarmed

    Just read your last entry. You have about a week to 10 days before a secondary swarm will issue from your hive. You can split the hive (make nucs) with the queen cells and a couple frames of brood, a...
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    Re: HELP hive just swarmed

    Barhopper is right, sometimes they do a dry run then swarm again the next day or two. Bad thing about practice swarms, in my experience, is that they usually cluster during the real deal where they...
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    Re: hive inspection questions

    Probably not a problem yet if you did see some uncapped brood, I'd work on the SHB issue, they can make a mess quickly. Not sure if the "vapor method" will help with SHB, it will for mites. I put my...
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    Re: Are these what I think they are

    Queen cells, one or two look like they are open (may have been damaged getting the frame out). The one in photo two looks open. The cluster of three in the first photo has at least one capped cell....
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    Re: robbing screen "issues"

    Agree with Dan P and dynemd, leave it on. With a nuc, it can be dead in a matter of hours if you get a strong robbing force.
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    Re: grey brood, any ideas?

    Looks like European Foul Brood as best as I can tell. Contact your state bee inspector and see if he/she will pay you a visit. I've read it clears up when you change queens but will sometimes clear...
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    Re: Hello from Minnesota

    Welcome to BeeSource and good luck with your bees!
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    Re: Do I keep adding supers?

    Take a frame or two from one of the supers and put them into super 3 to get them into it and drawing comb. You could put it over the two deeps (under the first two supers) or on top. Give them as...
  17. Thread: Queen cells

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    Re: Queen cells

    Either extract a couple of frames or pull one or two and add frames of foundation, after destroying the queen cells (or they will probably swarm and you won't have to worry about being crowded). Put...
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    Re: NewBee in SE Minnesota

    Welcome to BeeSource and good luck with your bees!
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    Re: 2 weeks post swarm

    How many swarm cells are in the hive? Now would be a great time to make up a nuc or two if you have the equipment, want more hives, and have more than two swarm cells. A lot of times the hive will...
  20. Re: Planning my first vacuum retrieval. Advice needed.

    Use some spray adhesive and foam sheet about 1/2" or so thick for padding. Spray the area, where the bees will be impacting, with the adhesive and press the foam on the slanted floor/ramp and it will...
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    Re: Drone Comb Problem

    After the swarm season, the bees will fill the drone cells with honey. Since the cells are larger, they can hold more honey. Some people use drone foundation in supers for that reason. It also...
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    Re: Support pins for honey extraction frames?

    The support pins only need to hold the foundation until the bees can draw the comb out and attach it to the top, bottom, and sides. The first couple of times you extract, you just need to start...
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    Re: Black Honey bee's

    Nice photos by all! Most of what we have in the US are not pure Italian or anything else. They have cross bred with different strains so much that they should be termed "mutt bees". They could be...
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    Re: One cell thousand of bees!

    Nice photos! Looks jam packed with bees and pollen. Good luck with the queen!
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    Re: Feral Honey bees?

    The reason you probably see so many bees is because the pear pollen is one of the earliest sources they find, depending on whether maple, elm, and willow are blooming at that time. Bumble bees and...
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