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  1. Re: Laying queen release from quad mating to regular nucs

    Both methods could work, although I would leave undisturbed for more than 2 days. But an introduction cage would be a whole lot simpler.
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    Re: Do I need to cut out moldy/dead brood?

    Oh another thought, bees are designed to live in a cluster. In the obsevation hive with glass each side of one comb it will be impossible for that small number of bees to maintain the needed...
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    Re: Do I need to cut out moldy/dead brood?

    A normal hive would clean that up no worries. But a 100 bee hive, maybe, maybe not.

    Do you know another beekeeper? Likely the only way you will get this hive to survive is add some bees to it. If...
  4. Re: is this chilled brood or something worse?

    You are right Juhani it is not starvation.

    So next question, does the hive have enough bees to cover the brood and keep it warm during the cold snap, and has the brood been spread recently?
  5. Re: is this chilled brood or something worse?

    Is the hive starving?
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    Re: Hive Inspection *puzzled*

    Sorry, without actually seeing the hive I can't answer that.

    Should say too, that mites are an assumption based on 2 things, being deformed wings and reduced bee population, but it's not a 100%...
  7. Re: Effective to simply keep cutting out swarm cells?

    I once worked for someone who did exactly that, but eventually the bees got so desperate to swarm they would swarm when they just had 2 or 3 day old queen cells.

    However swarming urge and length...
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    Re: I think I really screwed up.

    Please keep updated so we can see how this turned out. :)
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    Re: Hive Inspection *puzzled*

    It's the strong hives that go down with mites quickly, once they start to go. Because the large bee population can harbor a large mite population without problems being obvious. But once it gets to...
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    Re: I think I really screwed up.

    What almost certainly happened here was the hive swarmed, but the old queen was not able to fly. So after hanging in a tree or wherever they were for a short time, the bees realised they were...
  11. Re: 2, 3, 5, or 35 What are the least practical to get out of buying bees every year?

    Emphasis could, LOL. Could have been better, could have been worse.

    Unless you have very good skills, pathogens such as N. Cerana can be near impossible to diagnose. A hive with N. Cerana can...
  12. Re: 2, 3, 5, or 35 What are the least practical to get out of buying bees every year?

    Slight aside from the main topic, but me, for the most part, I don't agree with combining weak hives.

    Because what you are doing, is getting 2 hives with problems, and combining them. Many is the...
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    Re: treating a queenlees hive

    In theory, no. But for something as important as the queen, me, I would hang back until the cells are capped, which for queen cells is only 5 days from emergence from the egg, to capping.
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    Re: Package re-queening question

    To me the queen cell looks more like a dud but can't be 100% on that from the pic, how about check it in a few days and see if it has been torn down, if not try to get a pic of the grub.

    Pic 3 i...
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    Re: Bees attacking neighborhood

    The first step is to determine which hive or hives need dealing with. Ways have been given to do that.

    Then from the various ideas submitted, chose a path to follow to turn those hives into calm...
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    Re: Bees attacking neighborhood

    What?

    Been talking about this 2 weeks and still done nothing?

    Been plenty good advice.
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    Re: Laying Worker(s) and Queen Cells

    Well if they are genuine queen cells with an actual queen in them, you must have had a laying queen in the hive to lay a fertilised egg.

    Re the position of the cells, if bees are planning to...
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    Re: Laying Worker(s) and Queen Cells

    The bees won't be planning to swarm, so they are not swarm cells. If you are correct about the hive being a laying worker hive, bees will sometimes attempt to raise emergency queens from the laying...
  19. Re: Does dong a bunch of walk away Nuc splits count as queen rearing?

    It could work, depending.

    Didn't watch the video to see the guy exactly, but my feeling is the beekeeper would still need to have skills and an understanding of bees. Otherwise he will end up with...
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    Re: The Perfect Pocket Hive ToolTM

    My suggestion, have stuff made in India.

    OK it's not the most ethical country in the world either, but they have been dealing with English speaking countries for centuries and have a better...
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    Re: The Perfect Pocket Hive ToolTM

    Welcome to having stuff made in China.

    This happens to everybody, every time, someone has stuff made in China.

    Chinese have built their economy this way, and must wonder why the world keeps...
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    Re: Laying Worker(s) and Queen Cells

    Hives that are hopelessly laying worker will sometimes build queen cells that have a drone larva in them. They normally die around capping time.

    Abnormal response to the abnormal situation the...
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    Re: Bee club blues

    LOL good story MSL.

    Even over in my country some bee clubs start out with good intentions but then go way political. But it's not just bees, happens in dog breed clubs and just about any type of...
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    Re: Queen lost her wings? What happened?

    99% of the time this is caused by a young queen the bees have raised as a supersedure. When the supersedure queen hatches the bees do not let her harm the old queen until after the new queen has...
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    Re: Queen/Nuc Mixup -Need Advice

    Nice work Dekster.

    Didn't realise how cold where you are, hope there's enough bees to cover the queen cell. Just pay in a few days to check it hatched.
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