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    I just wanted to update this thread and provide a...

    I just wanted to update this thread and provide a little closure in case someone else is reading and dealing with the same predicament of a late winter hive requeening.

    This hive went on to...
  2. Wow, great pictures! Don’t worry, those are...

    Wow, great pictures! Don’t worry, those are drones (male bees) that belong in your hive. You will see them coming and going this time of year. They are typically more active in the afternoon,...
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    My preference is somewhere in between. Unless you...

    My preference is somewhere in between. Unless you know something more specific about the age of the queen cells, assume the old queen swarmed about the time the queen cells were capped (this does...
  4. Yep. I would start removing unused frames from...

    Yep. I would start removing unused frames from both boxes and set them aside. Then consolidate the frames with drawn comb into the one box. Install the frames with the most brood into the center and...
  5. I was reading your post and imagining face...

    I was reading your post and imagining face planting into a hive overflowing with bees. Sound like something I would do. I couldn’t help but chuckle 😂😂😂
  6. I think that location should work well by what...

    I think that location should work well by what you are saying and the picture. As LJ said, room to work from behind is good to plan for. Is there a road or neighbor property line or any other place...
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    Hahahahaha!! I needed a good laugh. Right there...

    Hahahahaha!! I needed a good laugh. Right there with ya!

    Ffrtsax - that’s the main reason I try to do it as well, to keep the distinct tasting honey separate.

    I don’t suppose that there’s...
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    How many honey extractions?

    I’m curious as to how many times you all extract honey each Spring. The last 3 or 4 Springs we have done a first extraction of privet/clover/whatever else honey by mid May, and then another...
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    Interesting to hear about beekeeping in other...

    Interesting to hear about beekeeping in other parts of the world right now. I have several supers that are nearing time to be pulled. I’m hoping the cold snap we have experienced over the last 24...
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    Good ole granulated sugar and water for me. 1:1...

    Good ole granulated sugar and water for me. 1:1 in spring and 2:1 in winter. Congrats on getting bees! Best of luck!
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    Search here on the forums or YouTube for beeswax...

    Search here on the forums or YouTube for beeswax rendering. It’s done by using a double boiler to separate the wax from the trash. Pretty easy but clean up can be a mess. Just be careful where you...
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    Maybe they have found a good nectar source? I...

    Maybe they have found a good nectar source? I heard an old beekeeper say that nectar is like pizza, and sugar syrup is like cornmeal. 😆

    Edit: I just went out front to look at the swarms...
  13. If you are in a nectar flow and they aren’t...

    If you are in a nectar flow and they aren’t queenless or something weird, they may well carry on with no problem. However, I’d be a good neighbor and shut the hive up (ventilated) while the work is...
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    I’ve never tried that so I’m not sure. Just to...

    I’ve never tried that so I’m not sure. Just to be one the safe side, I use the paint pens from Mann Lake that are made for queen marking. They work well, even though I store them all year in my...
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    Hey, you got her back into the hive and in one...

    Hey, you got her back into the hive and in one piece. Sounds like a good day to me! She will be fine, and now you have a good story to tell. Have fun with them and don’t stress about it - life’s too...
  16. As others have said swapping frames is by far the...

    As others have said swapping frames is by far the easiest. If transferring, try to wait until the queen cell is capped before you transfer. If the receiving hive is weak, it may not have the strength...
  17. I have used these feeders with good success over...

    I have used these feeders with good success over the last several years. So when you open the lid, sunlight goes into the feeder holes down into the hive. The bees naturally go toward the light that...
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    You’d be better off to just sit tight and let...

    You’d be better off to just sit tight and let them take care of it. If it has been 1.5 weeks since the virgin queen(s) emerged, then your new queen should be laying within a few days, typically see...
  19. Soar - thanks for sharing your experience. I am...

    Soar - thanks for sharing your experience. I am so glad you came out of it okay. I can imagine the pucker factor as I read your story.

    I travel 4 or 5 miles down the road to a bee yard with a...
  20. Your picture sure does look like HB to me....

    Dang, guys. You really have me wondering now. I'll go look again, but I've got lots of experience with HBs. I'd be shocked if they aren't, but on the other hand I was trying to keep 6 feet between me...
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    Roger that. I misunderstood. Thanks for the...

    Roger that. I misunderstood. Thanks for the clarification. So currently for each hive you have a 5 frame nuc, 3 empty frames, and a 2 frame feeder in a 10 frame box. If you move the feeder up and...
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    Howdy! A 2-gallon feeder seems like a lot for a...

    Howdy! A 2-gallon feeder seems like a lot for a 3 frame nuc. I’d recommend downsizing your feeder to provide more space for brood and adding drawn comb, if you have it, or foundation if not. I like...
  23. I’ve heard this low freq burp sound (almost...

    I’ve heard this low freq burp sound (almost sounds like a low thumping/burping) too. I was told that it was the queen. However, last year I had the hive open and the queen was in one box and the...
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    Good job getting the swarm! As GG said, I also...

    Good job getting the swarm! As GG said, I also like to alternate entrance directions to hopefully minimize drift.

    For swarms captures, you may think about using a queen excluder to help. I...
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    Howdy! This may not be the best answer, but this...

    Howdy! This may not be the best answer, but this is the way I would do it. I would first do any work I could get done prior to moving the hives. Then I would go out there before sunrise and cover...
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