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    Re: Longest period of non-laying ?

    Don't know anything about your weather, if it could be the cause, but supersedures can cast a small swarm. Maybe it was that with a failing queen. Hopefully the top box queen won.
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    Re: Fall Extraction Blues

    I started the small room and dehumidifier this year and I also would say yes to that. I have a small back porch, 7 x 8, and put the supers I take off out there on a small tarp and run the...
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    Re: Poorly mated queen?

    I jumped around on the video and it looks like the brood nest has a solid honey dome above it. How often do you check the hive? Signs I see tell me it swarmed almost 3 weeks ago and the last little...
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    Re: Taking Supers off

    I always have a good number of bees in the honey boxes. Though my hives are using a lot more than a deep for brood, , if I reduced them to a single deep right now, I would see swarming in a week....
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    Re: Why would bees be doing this? See picture

    Could be just warm weather bearding, or if they are all drones, they could be officially kicked out.
  6. Thread: Moving hives

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    Re: Moving hives

    I think the 3 mile/3 ft rule is a bit overdone. I moved a hive 75 ft around a building and they seemed to find it eventually ok. It was still the closest hive around and I saw some bees hoovering...
  7. Thread: Big Mistake

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    Re: Big Mistake

    I am suspecting that you fed the hive honey and caused robbing, which results in a lot of dead bees and I have seen brood stripped out of a hive during robbing. I wouldn't know if it's the robbers...
  8. Re: Queenless hive with supersedure cells - best approach at this point?

    Just thinking, If you have any flow or are feeding them yet, you could make them swarm again. Watch to see that they have expansion room. I don't feed if there's a flow and they have a could combs...
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    Re: Queenless question?

    There are 3 reasons a colony would make a queen, swarm, supersedure, and emergency. I ma not an expert but here are my simple summaries.

    For a swarm, they plan ahead and normally make drones...
  10. Re: Queenless hive with supersedure cells - best approach at this point?

    :applause: It's always nice and fun to see the new brood after a re queening episode.
  11. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    One more thing, don't ever introduce a queen to be safe. You probably will be throwing a queen away. You need to first determine if there is no queen in the colony. Queens can stop laying, and...
  12. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    I haven't been back to this thread till now, but I would say all the cells in your cutout hive are emergency cells and you didn't retrieve the queen from the cutout or it was killed. The queen cells...
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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    As a fellow Missourian, welcome to beekeeping. You will be blessed, and He will also bless you with trials along the way that you might learn more about beekeeping if you allow yourself to be...
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    Re: Queenless and honey bound

    Be careful about introducing a new queen. If you found a few larva in there it's either the beginning of a laying worker or you have a queen that has problems in there. In either case, they will...
  15. Thread: Find the queen

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    Re: Find the queen

    It would be useful, but more useful would be video. A queen just moves different on the comb than the rest, which is a big help to spot it.
  16. Re: Tried-and-true tactics for helping a tiny hived swarm survive?

    It makes a big difference even to shake in some nurse bees from another hive. but a frame of near to emerge brood is a good boost. Open larva would just put all the nurse bees to work and they msy...
  17. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    I would guess that the sugar syrup you fed them attracted robbers and they were robbed out. Bees robbing other bees will clear it all out and most of the home bees can end up killed off.

    There...
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    Re: Replace Frames in Same Order Question

    Easier said than done though b1rd, or I have a lot more to learn. Sometimes, they seem to just want to go. Another thought that could go with it, It's easy to over react and hinder or set them...
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    Re: Replace Frames in Same Order Question

    Thanks for the kind words gww. My hands haven't fallen off yet.
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    Re: Queenless and honey bound

    Oh yeah, sorry. Thanks for clearing that one up. 24 days after egg laid. Make it 14 days after they are capped. The point was supposed to be that a queen emerges, then 2 weeks later the last brood....
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    Re: Replace Frames in Same Order Question

    Can you contact the original keeper and ask what he's been doing and needing to watch for? He may help in that. Has he needed to treat for mites, how and when? Do the bees like to swarm. etc. I...
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    Re: Queenless and honey bound

    The saying goes, a newly mated queen after a swarm or split starts laying shortly after the beekeeper starts to panic.

    If the original queen takes off with a swarm about the time the first queen...
  23. Re: Lost bees after transferring captured swarm

    dd33, on your #2, I was trying to write that if you were transferring the swarm caught to a hive body, that's where to do it. Then start moving it after a day or two. I wouldn't put the trap back up...
  24. Re: Rant: People really need to stop mowing lawns every single week.

    I don't see many, or any, bees on the clover unless the flow is pretty weak. My lawn has a fair crop of clover too. I think they go for more lucrative sources of nectar when they have it available....
  25. Re: Lost bees after transferring captured swarm

    Now you have another to move. I basically have done the same thing, capturing a swarm on my place and then move it. I take down the swarm trap and keep it on the ground for a couple days, then...
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