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  1. #1
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    Default some help please

    Newbee here I installed 4 nucs May 8 checked them a couple of times here is whats going on today
    hive 1 lots of bees, lots of honey can not see queen or queen cells, or brood see attached pics of frames please
    hive 1 pic 2.jpg hive 1 pic 3.jpg hive 1 pic 4.jpg hive 1 pic 4++.jpg
    Question: should I be worried or is this normal?



    hive 2 saw queen when installed have not seen her since but lots of brood i think and some honey
    hive 2 pic 1.jpg hive 2 pic 2.jpg hive 2 pic 3.jpg hive 2 pic 4.jpg

    Q is this really brood ( I hope )


    hive 3 saw queen when installed have not seen her since lots of brood I think and some honey and strange looking comb
    hive 3 pic 3.jpg hive 3 pic 2.jpg

    Q what is wierd comb should I remove it or ?


    thanks for your help
    Last edited by Honey man; 05-25-2013 at 12:10 PM. Reason: UPDATE ON HIVES
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    Default Re: some help please

    I'm new too, but i had a similar thing to your odd comb. i thought it might have been a Q-cell so, i left it alone in case the queen was killed in transit. since then, i have seen the Q, and the odd comb grew in size to that of a playing card. for some reason, one of the bee engineers must have been drunk and simply decided to make the comb with about a 1/4" gap between it and the plastic foundation. I removed it from the hive today in hopes that the bees will hire a new engineer and rebuild in the standard manner.

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    Default Re: some help please

    thanks I must have several drunk bee engineers, they have done similar things in all of my hives.
    I think I will remove it next inspection.
    Insect farming is soooo interesting :)

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    Default Re: some help please

    1--my experience is that bees don't really like plastic foundation. Thus it results in 'burr' comb sometimes.

    2--I think that I see mite feces in some cells (the white stuff).

    3--I see sealed brood;however, I don't see any eggs or larvae. If there isn't any, you need to add a frame of same asap.

    4--My best guess is that you have mite problems that need to be dealt with, again asap.

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    Default Re: some help please

    You should see new eggs or larvae on all 3 hives by now. If all 3 queens are laying well
    then the first batch of bees should hatch by now. And new eggs/larvae should be replacing
    these empty cells already. Do you see lots of young fuzzy bees on all 3 hives?
    Based on the time frame you should see some new open broods also. If no new eggs or
    young larvae then you should be concern about the queens not laying or not there. Is your
    hive calm when you open it or are they edgy? Here is what a queen less hive vs looks like at
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJHxA8J5fqk

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    Default Re: some help please

    bees do not seem edgy ( nothing like video )very calm I did not see any eggs, may have over looked them but lots of honey about 3 full deep frames at least mostly honey very heavy.
    did see small bees on other hives do not remember about hive 1 I will check again soon
    thanks for the input
    Insect farming is soooo interesting :)

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    Default Re: some help please

    Gino45, there was larvae in hives 2 and 3. They were hard to see though
    However, i know very little about mites, are you saying the white stuff in picture 1 is mite feces?

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    Default Re: some help please

    spudrocket
    thanks I was pretty sure that was larvae as well I did not see any white stuff while in the hive ( i could have missed it) I will check closer.
    but I think that was due to bright sun and trying to take picture with one hand and support frame with other and not upset bees
    some of the uncapped honey appears blue in pic as well
    Insect farming is soooo interesting :)

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    Default Re: some help please

    I'd be concerned with #1 add a frame with eggs from the other hive. They will probably start building a queen cell. If you wait too long laying workers will start laying.
    Just remove the bur comb in #3
    Dan

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    Default Re: some help please

    Thanks sounds like a good idea
    Insect farming is soooo interesting :)

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    Default Re: some help please

    Pictures 2 & 3 have some white stuff on the sides of cells. That is what I saw, and I do see some cells with either developing brood or pollen. I can't really be sure from here.

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    Default Re: some help please

    Gino45
    thanks I will go back and check closer

    thanks to all I appreciate your advise I will certainly check them closer tomorrow and act according to what I find
    thanks again
    Larry
    Insect farming is soooo interesting :)

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