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    Re: How long before new queen is full size?

    Thanks AR Beekeeper. That's exactly what I was looking for - I'll store that away for reference.
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    Re: How long before new queen is full size?

    For sure. I'm not judging the book by the cover - I'll let her other traits (laying pattern, etc.) be the true deciders.

    But I'm curious around the development cycle of the queen. For example,...
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    How long before new queen is full size?

    Weve made some new queens this year (mostly from swarm cells) and some queens are distinctly smaller than what Id consider a mature queen. Ive heard people refer too runty queens and I think...
  4. Re: Bees likely to move honey into super to make room for newly laying queen?

    Thanks for the feedback. I may try simply pulling the 3rd box of capped honey and see if they get to work on the honey super (which is indeed drawn comb).
  5. Bees likely to move honey into super to make room for newly laying queen?

    A few of my hives started swarm cells before any preventative measures by me this year so Im behind the curve now on honey supers. Between the swarm prep and the time before new queens started...
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    Re: Any ideas on how to capture this swarm?

    Same here. Had a similar situation in my yard last week and misted and used my (gloved) hands to scoop them into a hive. Take your time with pauses every few minutes and you’ll hopefully notice they...
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    Re: South Carolina

    Numerous swarms in upstate SC (Greenville). I found swarm cells in 2 of my 4 hives about 2 weeks ago (I split using Snelgrove boards and nucs). I then saw 2 swarms depart my yard on 3/24 and then...
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    Re: Dealing with a strong hive early season

    I think the Snelgrove is a good option to counteract the temps. I inspected my 4 hives yesterday and found my biggest already in swarm mode - numerous capped QCs, at least one apparently emerged QC,...
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    Combining Tow Nucs - validate my plan?

    I have two nucs that are doing so-so. One has had a spotty brood pattern for quite a while and the other has a better brood pattern but I suspect on the small side for over-wintering. My plan is to...
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    Re: What does this mean? First time beekeeper

    If you're asking about the comb and larvae that are on the top of the frames...
    It's typical - the bees build comb (sometimes called "bridge" comb) between the top of the lower box frames and the...
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    Laying workers or Drone laying queen?

    I believe one of my hives either has laying workers or a drone-laying queen based on it only having drone brood now. How can I identify and what are some options?

    The hive has two 8frame medium...
  12. Re: Snelgrove Swarm Control Method 2 gone awry?

    Thanks for that thorough explanation, Nancy. That helped tremendously and I got my second manipulation done yesterday (day 7 for me).

    One question... how about the drones that are redirected from...
  13. Snelgrove Swarm Control Method 2 gone awry?

    I recently discovered swarm cells in one of my hives and went with the Snelgrove swarm control method 2 as documented by Wally Shaw. The initial manipulation was done on May 7 using a Snelgrove...
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    Re: Joining Hives Back Together - Bad Idea?

    To clarify a bit...
    It's often referred to as "laying worker" which is a misnomer. It's normally laying workers - as it can be many many workers laying non-fertilized eggs which will become...
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    Re: 2 Week Old NUC, No Evidence of Queen

    Another option to stifle the laying worker process would be to put the queenless nuc over or under a queenright nuc using a screen divider of some kind. I recently did exactly this with a mating nuc...
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    Re: 2 Week Old NUC, No Evidence of Queen

    Getting a new mated queen may be a good option as well. Timing is important (sooner the better) but this time of year should be easy-ish to get a new queen. A mated queen would give the nuc a jump...
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    Re: 2 Week Old NUC, No Evidence of Queen

    Pulling a frame of brood from one of the other nucs wouldn't be a bad idea. If the nuc is indeed queenless they should start making queen cells quickly. The frame should have eggs and very young...
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    Re: swarm prevention with all 8 frame mediums

    Chiming in as an 8 frame medium user as well (I'm in upstate SC so not too far from you, Clong - and similar climate). I'll follow this thread for the 8 frame commentary.

    For some data points...
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    Re: South Carolina

    Caught a medium sized swarm in a bait hive in Greenville (near Conestee) around 4/19.
  20. Re: Splits have laying workers - should we have checked earlier?

    Thanks, Michael. It's great to get some science behind the broad sweeping statements we often hear.
    Assuming it's open brood that matters here (see squarepeg's question above), it seems to me with...
  21. Re: Splits have laying workers - should we have checked earlier?

    Weather was ok (could have been better). We had other splits made at same time (from same hives) get mated successfully. My understanding is a drone laying queen (once she gets her rhythm) will lay...
  22. Re: Splits have laying workers - should we have checked earlier?

    That's helpful, Michael. I'm familiar with open brood suppressing LWs but thought a queen or QC would as well.
    Given that, it seems a split (in which the split has to raise its own queen from open...
  23. Re: Splits have laying workers - should we have checked earlier?

    Mostly young bees at the beginning. We took a QR hive that was two medium 8-frame boxes full of bees and moved the boxes to a different stand, moved the queen and 2-3 frames of young brood back to...
  24. Splits have laying workers - should we have checked earlier?

    We did some splits recently (split 2 hives into 6 nucs) and it looks like half of them now have laying workers and half are queenright. The success/failure % doesn't surprise me but the timing does....
  25. Re: Two laying worker nucs - too much to shake out in my beeyard?

    Interesting point. No, I don’t really want a bumper crop of drones. The resources I’m keen on keeping are the workers. With that in mind I guess I could put drawn comb in a box over the Snelgrove,...
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