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    Quasimodo the Virgin Queen

    I have five colonies in Langstroth hives located in southern New Hampshire. Four of the colonies are Carniolan and one is of Vermont northern queen stock. The hives overwintered and appear healthy....
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    Re: Split gone awry!

    Q: what resources do you have available? A: Not much. I have one half of a double nuc, and two empty deep brood boxes. I have about 12 frames of honey (deep frames) sitting in a freezer. These...
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    Re: Split gone awry!

    MSL - "If possabul pull a 2nd nuc with cells as well as a back up." Good idea.
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    Split gone awry!

    I am at a crossroads in solving a problem created by my goof.

    The plan was to create a split from my existing carniolan hive. Seemed like a good idea because I had a ton of bees and the honey...
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    Ruthiesbees- No other queen cells. I’ll look for...

    Ruthiesbees- No other queen cells. I’ll look for the queen tomorrow. Hopefully the queen is alive and the nurse bees prematurely panicked thinking there weren’t enough eggs. The package was...
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    Ruthiesbees - Queen was not marked. I’ll take a...

    Ruthiesbees - Queen was not marked. I’ll take a look tomorrow to see if I can find her. If I find the queen, would it be best to leave things as they are?
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    Re: Package Bees Quick to Make a Queen Cell

    You may have a good point. If a true supersedure was intended maybe it would be better to kill the queen and buy a new one as I do not have other hives to supply the number of drones needed to mate...
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    Package Bees Quick to Make a Queen Cell

    Installed 3lb Carniolan package last Sunday. I used hive frames from a langstroth, 10 frame deadout. Also included were 2 frames of honey for food. Some of the deadout frames had pollen. I...
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    Re: What to do with 40 bees

    Will do
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    Re: What to do with 40 bees

    Good point with regard to the fanning.
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    Re: What to do with 40 bees

    :popcorn:
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    What to do with 40 bees

    I installed a package of bees last Sunday. The time of the installation was 5pm. The temperature was dropping quickly so I did my best to empty the package as best I could. Outside temp was low...
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    Re: Bear (electric fence?)

    Robdm1 - Follow the link below to a good primer on the power needed to deter bears. I used the guide to create my setup.

    I live under a constant threat of black bears. It does not help that my...
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    Re: Split now or wait for swarm cells?

    I'm a new beekeeper. However, what good is a virgin queen without a lot of drones needed to pass on genetic traits. I would want a good group of drones to feed the genetic pool. The question is:...
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    Re: Something was chewing on this comb

    Yes. Deep frames of honey untouched by the bees. This colony died at the very end of February. It is still a bit of a mystery. It was a weak hive going into the winter. Upside is that I have...
  16. What to do with 2 deeps and a medium super in spring

    I started my first two hives last spring and am coming out of winter with one surviving. I overwintered with two deep brood boxes and a medium super full of honey. I figured the medium might serve...
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    Something was chewing on this comb

    I had two hives going into winter. Lost one over the weekend. The hive had two deeps and one medium of honey. Not sure what happened, but I think moisture played a large part in the loss. ...
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    Re: Very small cluster hanging by a thread

    Nancy - Very good explanation. Had the colony survived, I would have incorporated the follower board. I will use the method in the future when introducing a nuc to a production hive. -Keith
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    Re: Very small cluster hanging by a thread

    Update. I opened the hive yesterday. It died overnight. While I noticed the queen a day earlier, I was unable to find her yesterday. Examination of the entire hive brought about the following...
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    Re: Very small cluster hanging by a thread

    I appreciate the advice. Thank you for the input.
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    Re: Very small cluster hanging by a thread

    I appreciate the advice. Thank you for the input.
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    Re: Very small cluster hanging by a thread

    Hi Nancy - Thank you. I am interested in the details. I do not understand "follower boards."
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    Re: Very small cluster hanging by a thread

    Curious to know why you are suspect of the queen. She did a nice job in 2017. And I found a number of eggs across multiple frames that appear to have died but for the lack of a cluster. These...
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    Re: Very small cluster hanging by a thread

    Maybe Varroa. I thought it might be moisture. I used a quilt box filled with wood shavings, but my mistake was not having enough venting to evaporate the moisture collecting in the quilt box. This...
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    Very small cluster hanging by a thread

    I overwintered two colonies of carniolan bees installed Easter 2017. Hives (langstroth 10 frame) are located in southern New Hampshire. One of the colonies is reduced to a cluster about the size of...
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