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    Re: Requeening or not after a swarm?

    Just an update on this hive...

    I had posted that our Warre swarmed, and we were trying to decide whether to requeen the original hive and destroy swarm cells. We decided to wait and see if the...
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    Re: Requeening or not after a swarm?

    We did have a local queen reserved the day after the swarm (even though swarms are a month ahead in this area this year, we under-nadired a new box very early and DID check for queen cells at that...
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    Re: Requeening or not after a swarm?

    Just an update to the original post... we decided to wait out the colony and see if the hive becomes queenright on its own.

    Yesterday -- 7 days after a primary swarm -- we had a spring storm with...
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    Re: Considering changing to Langs

    Thanks for this post -- we are new to Warre's, and our bees did not go beyond two boxes. They did well in those two boxes, but swarmed rather than build comb in the under-nadired third box. Maybe...
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    Requeening or not after a swarm?

    Hello --
    Our first two years as beekeepers, we used 8-frame langs with package bees. First package, we received a dead queen and had to requeen immediately, left her in the cage five days, but still...
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    Re: Big black bees in our swarm?

    Ok -- thanks. They look so different from the drones in our other hive!
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    Big black bees in our swarm?

    Mostly just curious - we caught a swarm that has mostly bees that look like the package bees in our other hive. But there are bees that are big, with round, solid-black abdomens. They don't taper at...
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    Re: Bees flattening wax foundation?

    Nope, regular foundation....
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    Re: Bees flattening wax foundation?

    It was new foundation -- I don't think it was damaged, or at least not that I noticed. There's a ton of nectar on the other side...
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    Re: Bees flattening wax foundation?

    oops replied to the wrong post...
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    Re: Bees flattening wax foundation?

    There are two that are like that -- but only one side. The other side of the frame is drawn out in a more mannerly fashion...
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    Re: Bees flattening wax foundation?

    Oh, now I like that idea, lol.
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    Re: Bees flattening wax foundation?

    True -- when I looked at it last time, it seemed more flat, but today when we opened the hive it was the drunk-comb building look that threw me. I'll keep ya'll posted if it changes or I hear back...
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    Re: Did they kill the queen? (Package install)

    As new beekeepers, we had laying workers and didn't know it. We kept our queen in the cage for four days, then released her (watched her go down into the frames). What made me begin to realize...
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    Re: Bees flattening wax foundation?

    Hm... interesting! Thank you for that link. I didn't know that... though a lot of those aren't really very common here in Colorado. And lilies aren't really blooming yet. :scratch: We have a lot of...
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    Re: Bees flattening wax foundation?

    lol. :)

    Ok, just came back from the hive. For the first time since we installed the package, we weren't able to find HRH (edited to add... I always take pics of our frames and did see the queen...
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    Bees flattening wax foundation?

    I can't think how to describe what our bees are doing (I'll take a photo next time we open the hive) but it's like they are flattening out the pre-molded cells on the wax foundation, and in some...
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    Endless weeks of rain and a new hive

    Hello everyone --

    I live in (usually) sunny Colorado, and this is our second year attempting to be beekeepers. We had some problems with laying workers and our first hive last year, and we learned...
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