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    Re: Queen not Laying

    Thanks for the reply! Sounds like a good idea. Will give her a close look. Could it also possibly be that the workers are too old and don't know how to clean out a cell for her to lay in? Maybe...
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    Re: Queen not Laying

    There is lots of honey in the hive. Not sure about the pollen. I didn't pay attention to that.
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    Queen not Laying

    Live in northern utah. Inspected a hive about a month ago and found no capped brood and several empty emergency cells. I bought a queen that is marked. Put her in and released her 3 days later. ...
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    modified taranov split

    I'm thinking of doing the following next year. Tell me where I may go wrong:

    1. Set up hive boxes for new hive in the location it will be at.
    2. Take the boxes from a hive that I'm going to...
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    Re: My Warre-type hives

    Thanks for the comments. I have two shims on top and the bottom of the top shim is where the screen is. This creates space below that and the next box down for the upper entrances and also a place...
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    My Warre-type hives

    Here are a couple pics of my hives:
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    I lost 4/5 hives two years ago and the only one that made it was one that I had let build natural comb and that had a quilt on top. The hive that...
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    Re: Making good honey

    If I put some sugar on the top bars of the top box in winter to provide some extra feed, would any of that get stored? I'm trying not to feed them any sugar with the exception of what I just...
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    I think there may be a simpler "dumb" way to handle it also. Just use a top entrance. The rising heat should keep the bees warm enough to guard the entrance. I'm going to pay attention to that...
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    I've thought about rigging something up that would close in the middle of the night so everyone is in and then not open up in the morning tell its above 50-degrees. I find that in the fall in the...
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    Re: How close is too close?

    I have two hives touching each other in the corner of the yard. they both forage going away from the corner of the yard. The hive farthest from the corner has a lot more bees in it. I've looked in...
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    Re: Considering a Split

    I have seen that video. That is what I based what I wrote about on. I'm not sure why they would shake the bees onto a sheet instead of just putting an empty box on a hive and shaking them into...
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    Re: Fly-back splits, Ray's way

    I'm not sure why not just shake into the box instead of the sheet. I don't care to see her go in as long as she is in. I would check later to see if she is laying. I would give them one frame of...
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    Re: Fly-back splits, Ray's way

    What about putting a box of drawn out empty comb and one frame of honey in a new hive in a new location and then shaking all the bees out of an old hive into the new hive. All the flyers would go...
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    Re: Considering a Split

    What I'm proposing is different that what you proposed. I'm proposing leaving the old hive with all the capped brood in the old place and shaking everything including the queen in the new place. ...
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    Considering a Split

    Installed two packages this spring, both in 4-box medium with the top two boxes having drawn-out comb and the bottom two boxes only having one drawn out frame as a guide with the rest of the frames...
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    Re: Langstroth long hive question

    I've made a couple of these. A big problem with them is the long length makes it easy for those long boards to warp out and then the frames will fall into the middle. If you prep for that, it could...
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    Re: I stink at bee keeping

    I've read some books and no I didn't do stuff based on bad advice. I dreamed up the bad advise myself mostly! I have done successful splits and successfully raised queens in the past. I just took...
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    Re: I stink at bee keeping

    I know I need to determine the cause of the bees demise, but the changes I want to make are changes I wish I would have started with. Lots of folks have gone over to mediums. That is the only thing...
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    Re: I stink at bee keeping

    Thanks for the comments all. I think I know how to walk a little but am mostly lazy and don't walk enough!

    I'm taking the opportunity to change things up quite a bit. I cleaned out all the hives...
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    I stink at bee keeping

    Lost 4/5 hive in Jan of 2017. In the spring I bought four queens and did a split (too much splitting I'm sure) and the next week it got real cold and they all died. I didn't do anything more and...
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    Re: What to make of this

    The hive in question died in Jan or so. I took some brood from another hive and put them in this dead hive and also a queen I purchased. They died cause I didn't have enough bees in there and it...
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    Re: What to make of this

    there were no cells started when I created the nuc. I had to run to a daughters track banquet and didn't have time to look inside. I will tomorrow. I'm horrible at finding queens though but I will...
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    What to make of this

    Found a big fat queen bee and about 20 nurse bees in front of one of my hives that I created a month ago by taking some frames of capped larva from another hive and installing a queen I bought.
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    Re: 1/5 made it through winter

    I know it was late!
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    1/5 made it through winter

    I stink as a beekeeper. When I cleaned them out, there was a lot of moisture in the hives. i don't think I gave them proper ventilation. The only hive that survived was one that I left a 4'in...
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