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    Re: A stumper: errant queen

    Sounds very logical Karen I'm sure you have made the right conclusion.

    I didn't have a cage on me so just let her run loose on the landing ramp and stopped her going in with my hive tool, although...
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    Re: If bees were paid the minimum wage

    LOL I wish :D

    I did luck out and get a good manuka crop this last season so very happy with that. But where I am there is enough other forage types that some seasons the manuka is too diluted to...
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    Re: A stumper: errant queen

    LOL, always a logical explanation. :thumbsup:

    So just so I understand, the "original" hive in another bee yard that you mention, is different again from the two hives in your first post?

    Weird...
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    Re: Microscope advice sought

    Thanks Grozzie, handy to know.
  5. Re: Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus? Any treatment for?

    By endemic I just meant widely distributed.
  6. Re: Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus? Any treatment for?

    Should add to that I think some bees are resistant because my hives are in clumps of 4 with the entrances of each pair of hives nearly touching. An infection will often spread to the hive next door...
  7. Re: Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus? Any treatment for?

    I know of no cure but hoping someone can suggest one.

    Burning may be a bit drastic, I have had this in my hives but mostly they recover, although the hive may be non productive for a season. Out...
  8. Re: Laying Workers-They don't read the same books we do!

    It should be done right, such that overwhelming numbers are not showing up at any one hive, so that they do have to beg their way in.

    However sometimes when a lot of them show at a particular hive...
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    Re: Microscope advice sought

    Great info much thanks. I'll trawl through that and I'm sure will find something good.
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    Re: Microscope advice sought

    Interested in this.

    I recently purchased a USB microscope from Aliexpress, but very disappointed with the quality of the image. However as I've searched the web for a better one, it's virtually...
  11. Re: Laying Workers-They don't read the same books we do!

    <<I have read in a lot of literature that if you have a LW hive, one course of action is to take the hive a long distance away, shake/blow it out and the laying workers cannot/will not fly back to...
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    Re: If bees were paid the minimum wage

    Hmm.. I had considered giving her a link to the thread, but, maybe not. :eek: :D
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    Re: Split hive never raised new queen

    Probably not much / anything you could have done different. Every queenless hive if it has eggs, will raise a new queen. Where it can go awry is when the new queen takes her mating flights. Not all...
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    Re: Split hive never raised new queen

    :D
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    Re: Split hive never raised new queen

    Yes, they mean shake them onto the ground.

    Why? Because they have been 2 seperate hives for 2 months now. Which is long enough for each hive to have it's own identity, smell, etc.

    If you just...
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    If bees were paid the minimum wage

    Eleven year old girl who is studying bees at school contacted me to ask what honey would cost if we paid the bees. I had no idea but did some sums for her, here's what I came up with, based on a few...
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    Re: Split hive never raised new queen

    Can you? Yes. Should you? No.

    If the original hive will not now raise queen cells, this says that it will very likely kill any laying queen introduce to it.

    You can, but....

    By constantly re...
  18. Re: What to do about filled out brood frames that are very wide!

    Are the combs centred? IE, does the foundation of the comb run exactly down the centre line of the end bars? Because if it's off to one side you may never get good results pushing the frames...
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    Re: queen run out of sperm?

    Although some queens get right into laying immediately the swarm has been hived, that is not always the case. Would have taken a bit for them to draw the comb enough for her to lay at all, then the...
  20. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    All of creation is amazing. I have been working bees since I left school but still learning, just about bees.

    In fact one of the reasons I'm still keeping bees at this late stage of life, is that...
  21. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    The first outfit I worked for had bees with a very low swarm impulse. Back in those pre varroa days queens were good for longer, we requeened each hive every second year, unless they had superseded...
  22. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    You have correctly put your finger on the situation here Saltybee. We do not have africanised bees in my country (yet), and in fact the bees here have become less aggressive since AMM's were wiped...
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    Cloverdale this is more common than we may realise but often passes undetected. Clyderoad is exactly right in so far as when queens hatch they sometimes do not detach the lid completely, and if it...
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    Re: Dead queen cells / Queenless after swarm

    There's a couple of possibilities with the queen cells. One is they are infected with a virus called black queen cell virus, which is found in the majority of beehives and from time to time kills...
  25. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    Interesting question. My guess is once she is back up and running normally all will be as before, because we see the way swarms do so well, the queen is obviously restored to good performance. But in...
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