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  1. #1
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    Oct 2004
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    Default First warm day, first inspection,... not sure what's going on?

    One hive looked good, about one deep bees and some brood.
    One hive looked OK, more then one deep bees but no brood no eggs.
    3 hives had very little bees, about 2 frames, I have seen the queen on all 3 of them,
    [small queen, from last's years swarm] but no eggs no brood.
    These looked good last fall, with queen laying!
    I have put them into one box.
    These are 5 hives out of 8 what survived the winter.
    I briefly checked the dead out ones, one hive had not even a
    hand full dead bees in the frames,
    no dead bees on the bottom board, tons' of honey left!
    The two others had dead bees, it looked like they stayed in the bottom box
    and never really moved up, top box full of honey in both hive, bottom box almost
    all gone.

    Question:
    Is it possible, that it is a little early to lay for this time of year in my region?
    Should I wait and see?
    Should I re - queen the 3 small queens, if so, is 2 frames of bees OK.

    Konrad

  2. #2
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    Apr 2005
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    College Station, Texas
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    konrad's questions:
    s it possible, that it is a little early to lay for this time of year in my region?
    Should I wait and see?
    Should I re - queen the 3 small queens, if so, is 2 frames of bees OK.

    tecumseh replies:
    I am a long way from canada so whatever I might suggest I would defer to a local canadian beekeeper.

    my answers are
    ?1) I would say yes, or quite likely.
    ?2) most definitely. time doesn't cost much.
    ?3) size is a matter of degree but a small queen doesn't mean she is nonproductive... she could also be somewhat smaller due to lack of nutrition.

    in most cases like this I would suggest if you have other hives with brood coming on that you boost the weak hivess with a frame of soon to emerge brood. if you are experiencing somewhat low night time temperature you would limit this 'boosting' to what the adult bees in the hive could cover.

  3. #3
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    Apr 2003
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    Greenville, TX, USA
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    You might try cutting down the boxes with a follower board and stuffing the remaining space with newpaper or something. This should help the smaller clusters to warm and maintain brood.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Edmonton AB Canada
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    Thank you so much, Tecumseh & Ross!
    I will closely monitor these hives and yes Ross, thank you for your advise, I had the same thinking, I was going to put some heavy Styrofoam sheet's on both sides...I should be doing this on weekend.
    Konrad

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