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  1. #61
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    Default Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Doing nothing rarely MAKES things worse.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

  2. #62
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    Default Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Solomon,

    I just did my first two cutouts this weekend back to back days! I found and caged the queen in the first, and released her after two days in the hive and all seems well. I could not locate the queen in the second cutout, as it was much larger, so I split it. The bees are acting like the queen is in one hive, and the other one is testy and acting queenless. (by what I have read, not experienced first hand.) My questions is, do I need to give them sugar syrup? They have made it on their own this far, so I didn't know if feeding would actually benefit them. Also, how long would you wait to check for a queen in the assumed queenless hive? There were several queen cells found and we divided them up between the two that got split.

    P.S. The bee vac I threw together was a savior.

    Thanks in advance,
    J
    John Sampson-Tucker County, WV
    "Get your picture with a bee beard instead if you want street cred." Vance G

  3. #63
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    Default Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cub View Post
    The bees are acting like the queen is in one hive, and the other one is testy and acting queenless. (by what I have read, not experienced first hand.)
    If that's what you think is going on, that's probably what is going on. When I open my nucs and mating nucs, I know almost immediately if they are queenless. They have a whole different attitude.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cub View Post
    My questions is, do I need to give them sugar syrup?
    If you have a flow on, no need.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cub View Post
    Also, how long would you wait to check for a queen in the assumed queenless hive?
    Depends on the timing of the cells. You can always keep adding a frame of open brood once a week until things level out.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

  4. #64
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    Default Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Although I have learned a few things from Solomon's posts, I tend to disagree on this one. I started beekeeping, and decided that I wanted no chemicals in my hives. I won't put up a hive without having one of the Rossman mite/beetle trap bottom boards first. I have no connection with Rossman, but it is the best product that I have found. I do not treat with chemicals, have no real problems with shb or mites, and to this point, have had a 100% survival rate. That being said, I did have a weakened hive this year, due to a spotty brood queen, replaced the queen, no more problems.

  5. #65
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    Default Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Ken, could you make your point a little more direct?
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

  6. #66
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    Default Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

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  7. #67
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    Default Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by Solomon Parker View Post
    Doing nothing rarely makes things worse.
    Ever gotten a good look at an abandoned apiary?

  8. #68
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    Default Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Quote Originally Posted by David LaFerney View Post
    Ever gotten a good look at an abandoned apiary?
    Yes.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

  9. #69
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    Default Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    An abandoned apiary, to me at least, means the owner was not a real beekeeper. To me, that would be like abandoning ur dog. I'm sorry, but if u abandon them, then u never should have had them in the first place.

  10. #70
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    Default Re: Ask a Treatment-Free Beekeeper a Question!

    Everybody dies. It's hard to take care of your bees when you're dead.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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