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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    I wanted to finish out the thread with the results of my endeavor with the laying worker hive. First, thanks to all that contributed constructive advice, it was greatly appreciated.

    So, what we...
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    Update**
    We decided to go a different route in trying to "fix" this. We spoke with another couple beeks in our area, and ended up getting a mated queen and made up a nuc with brood from 3 other...
  3. Re: will the returning field bees find a home in another hive

    Not a stupid question.....I was thinking the same thing..... I would assume the guards wouldn't let bees from another hive in either.
  4. Re: will the returning field bees find a home in another hive

    When you hang a cut branch in front, how exactly are you placing the branch? Is it laying in the entrance area so they have to crawl over it? I've read about reorienting the bees this way, but I've...
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    The friggin drama continues...

    I went in late morning to the hive to check the frames of drawn comb only I put in the other day. As I expected, all the cells were full with multiple eggs. I still...
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    Ok.
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    I got to admit that I was a bit surprised to see that. I had never heard of , or seen a queen laying like that before. I really just assumed that I have a laying worker, but some doubt has been cast....
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    Thanks for the all the great input! I really appreciate yall taking the time to respond.

    So, I think we have a plan.. Its fluid, but we have an idea of the direction we want to go. In doing...
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    Thanks Snapper1d

    I went back and read my last post and I forgot to mention that I did just that. I added 2 frames of drawn comb with nothing else on it to see what she/they're doing. I plan on...
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    I got into the hive this late morning and was able to really take my time and examine the frames. I didn't find a queen (wasn't really expecting to, but looked anyway), almost all the cells that...
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    Re: Crystallized Honey

    Nice setup!
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    Re: Crystallized Honey

    Very good point to remember!
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    Thanks for your constructive input. To clear up any of the “abouts” for you. May 12 we did the split, and May 26 (2 weeks after) we looked and saw queen cells. Yesterday (June 15, a day shy of 5...
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    Re: Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    Hi Jack, was that queen in the photo laying eggs like that? Once we saw the multiple eggs we pretty much gave up on finding the queen. I think Im going back in and do a more thorough search for her...
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    Holy Laying Worker, Batman!!

    So, I split my three hives about 5 weeks ago. We noticed signs of possible impending swarms in two of them and we had all the right conditions and stores. We went in and checked about 2 weeks into...
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    Crystallized Honey

    I've seen different methods of "fixing" crystallized honey. I see some people say to put it in hot water (but, not boiling) for a while. I've heard others say leave it on a sunny window sill. I was...
  17. Thread: Moving Hives

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    Moving Hives

    Hi Beeks! So, I'd like to move a couple hives around in the apiary. The only time I've moved hives around is when I've done splits. Here's my question. Is there a certain way to move them around?...
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread. I really appreciate the info!!. I went ahead and built the racks this weekend, painted the outside, and installed them yesterday. Thanks again!
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    Thanks for all the input!! As far as honey flow, I wouldn’t expect these to change anything plus or minus for yield. To be honest that’s not really even a concern for me, I just want to do what’s...
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    Re: Slatted Rack Difference

    Thanks y’all. I appreciate the info. I have plans for the one with the solid board, so that’s what I’ll be doing. In y’alls opinion, do these really make a difference? I’ve been a beek for 3 years...
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    Slatted Rack Difference

    So, I'm going to use slatted racks in my hives and I plan on building them myself. I have seen two different designs and am not sure which one to go with. I'm looking for input on which one I should...
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    Re: Over Wintered Hives in Maine

    This past year we overwintered 3 hives and all made it through very well. The year before(our first) we had 2 hives and one made through. We noticed alot of moisture buildup the first year, even...
  23. Thread: NUC QUESTION

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    Re: NUC QUESTION

    I can think of at least a couple places in Southern Maine where you can get NUCs in the spring instead of driving to Florida. It just seems like more work and trouble than it's worth. Most of the...
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    Re: Rookie mistake.. Bee space

    I have made the same mistake. I ended up putting the frames tight together and the bees seem to know about how they want their home better than me, so I'm letting them figure it out. Hopefully it...
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    Re: Should I continue feeding sygar syrup?

    I have 2 brand new hives and I'm using a 2 quart entrance feeder on both and they drink up 1-2 quarts a day easily. The feeder I've been using doesn't use mason type jars though. Sold by Brushy Bee,...
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