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  1. Slimy Comb from Hive Beetle Larvae maybe - salvageable?

    Hi,

    I negleted a brood box that had gone queenless and as the population dimished the Hive Beetle took over laying 100s of eggs which hatched to larvae (at least I think that is what happened). ...
  2. Re: A piping queen caged and they still swarmed. What??

    Thanks Danial.

    Crazy thing, the split in which I had left a few queen cells swarmed today too. I heard about it after the fact from a neighbor. It kills me. I lost a large swarm initially,...
  3. How many is too many capped queen cells to leave in tact?

    I split a hive and left 3 capped queen cells figuring they would fight it out. And, importantly, would ensure that atleast one is OK. This hive swarmed today.

    Did I create the possibility for...
  4. Re: A piping queen caged and they still swarmed. What??

    Thanks all. This makes a lot of sense.

    This same hive swarmed again briefly yesterday and then went back into the hive. They ahve been quiet today. Maybe the queen has mated. I will check...
  5. A piping queen caged and they still swarmed. What??

    A very interesting day today here in the hudson valley, NY. But I am very confused.

    While at work on Thursday (2 days ago) my son called to say a hive was swarming but then when rain came, they...
  6. Re: Honey Color and Northeast Nectar Flow. Any ideas what produces such clear honey?

    Excellent!

    re "becoming botanists"... I am just starting to catch on that that will be required. :-)
  7. Re: Honey Color and Northeast Nectar Flow. Any ideas what produces such clear honey?

    Great info. Thanks!
  8. Re: Honey Color and Northeast Nectar Flow. Any ideas what produces such clear honey?

    Beebeard & Coal Reaper, is there a source (other than more experienced beeks on this forum ;-)) for our area's nectar flow order? I heard maple/locust are some of the big spring ones, and clover in...
  9. Re: Honey Color and Northeast Nectar Flow. Any ideas what produces such clear honey?

    Thanks, Beebeard!
  10. Re: Honey Color and Northeast Nectar Flow. Any ideas what produces such clear honey?

    Thanks Coal Reaper. Interesting. There are surely a lot of those around this area. So will Black Locust always produce honey that blonde? I was wondering if all our rain over the last month made...
  11. Honey Color and Northeast Nectar Flow. Any ideas what produces such clear honey?

    I just pulled a few distended frames from a super that is filling up. The honey color is almost clear (shown in the picture on the left). What I pulled last fall was much darker (shown on right). ...
  12. Lots of winter bees on the top of frames. Starvation in sight?

    Hi all,

    I have three hives all of which have so far overwintered. Each has a shim over 2 10-frame deeps. The heaviest hive going into winter (call this "hive 1") has essentially no bees on the...
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    Re: getting bees to work plastic

    Hey RayMarler,

    Any idea how much wax one would need to coat, say, 10 deep frames of foundation?
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    Moving on up (the the honey supers)

    Hi all,

    Any advice for how/if to encourage bees to move up to the hoeny super(s). I have undrawn comb in the super. I put on one, and even though I have 7-9 seams of bees in both deeps below it,...
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    Is a split a halving?

    Hi all,

    I have an overfilled hive that I want to split to decrease swarm pressure. Is there a rule of thumb on how many bees should I take in the split? For example should I take half? I know I...
  16. Re: Spotty Laying Pattern - Always a Failing Queen Issue?

    Thanks Cloverdale.

    So the Dr. G.F. White method is to "gut-squash"...what exactly is that? Is that taking a one bee at a time binary (yes infected, no not infected) test? Or is does the act of...
  17. Re: Spotty Laying Pattern - Always a Failing Queen Issue?

    Thanks for the intel. I'll keep an eye on it.

    I plan to do this split taking the queen with it, and then I will not super the split, I expect (I would have to buy new supers anyway), so maybe I...
  18. Re: Spotty Laying Pattern - Always a Failing Queen Issue?

    I bought the formic strips last week and was just waiting on the results from the shake test before administering. I did plan on doing that prophylactically given that I do not plan a brood break...
  19. Re: Spotty Laying Pattern - Always a Failing Queen Issue?

    You are correct beemandan. Other than two brood breaks (which I did not manage, per se) nothing was done. I did monitor using the gridded insert, but I did not do the sugar/shake test.

    What...
  20. Re: Spotty Laying Pattern - Always a Failing Queen Issue?

    Hi All,

    I thought I would report back after today. The rain stopped, the sun came out and I was able to make two careful inspections. Sorry for the long email.

    I did not see signs of either...
  21. Re: Spotty Laying Pattern - Always a Failing Queen Issue?

    OK. Will do Cloverdale. Thanks, as always, for the helpful advice.
  22. Re: Spotty Laying Pattern - Always a Failing Queen Issue?

    Hi All,

    Great info. I will super the hive tomorrow (when the rain stops). I do not have drawn comb to give them but will put in a few frames of foundation. I split the hives yesterday and drove...
  23. Spotty Laying Pattern - Always a Failing Queen Issue?

    Hi all,

    I had a very strong hive overwinter, that I added a brood box to and I now am planning to split this weekend. Today I inspected (hoping to find the queen so I could exclude her from one of...
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    Re: Joining Hives Back Together - Bad Idea?

    Thisoldfish,

    I am not sure how much you know, and am likely a lot less knowledgeable than you but here goes:

    The concern was that because none of the eggs in the original split were...
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    Re: Joining Hives Back Together - Bad Idea?

    Thanks friendlywithbears. Good advice.
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