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    Bees still crowding bird baths

    It is November 11 with 20 degree nights and I still have bee crowding the bird baths, am I in trouble?
    Are these bees still raising a lot of brood?

    Yes I do have some ice on bird baths.
    I have...
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    Re: What are these bees up to?

    The bees don't seem to be upset so I thought the reason must be something simple and nonthreatening.
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    What are these bees up to?

    I have a about 50 to 60 bee on the landing board and when a field bee lands they grab her, pock and brood a few seconds then let her pass.
    Some times it gets so bad that the entrance is clogged with...
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    Re: Cull bad queen cells

    Next time it will be the "safe way". I split 2 hives and only 1 was successfully at raising a new queen. So I am back where I started with 2 hives.
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    Re: Cull bad queen cells

    I started in July by removing the queen and 2 frames of brood to start a nuc. The original hive built queen cells on many frames. One month later I had no queen so I purchased one.
    Hive killed...
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    Cull bad queen cells

    I split a hive with lots of queen cells and I left all of them.
    Will the worker bee cull the inferion queen cells?
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    Re: Bee yard site questions

    Hi Hagane, what I think is most important is why do you want to keeping bees.
    I keep bee because I like bee and the honey production is just a nuisance.
    A good year for me is when the bee don't...
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    Re: Queen on landing board?

    AR Beekeeper, your answer makes sense.
    I was confused by the size of the queen she was larger than the one she replaced.
    I thought queens were small until they started laying?
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    Queen on landing board?

    On 6/29/2019 I had lots of unsealed swarm cells in my hives.
    I removed the queen and a couple frames of brood and started a num.
    Today 7/14/2019 I observed a large queen walking around on the...
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    Re: Ultra Bee Patties New Package

    Thanks to everyone for the advice. I am going to give them 1 more patty then save the rest incase of a pollen dearth.
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    Re: Ultra Bee Patties New Package

    Well I am glad they will eat some more. The stuff comes in a 10 lb box.
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    Ultra Bee Patties New Package

    I started 2 hives from packages. I gave each hive 1 Ultra Bee Patty.

    The bee just finished eating the patties so now I want to know if there is any advantage to giving them another patty, because...
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    When adding a frame of brood

    When I add a frame of brood to a hive do I need to shake the bees off first?
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    propolis on frames

    Propolis on the brood box will increase the acceptance of the brood box.
    Will painting new frames with propolis increase the acceptance of new frames?
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    Re: Clean out extracted combs

    The bees finally cleaned out the super after I left it setting in the yard. Next year I will try turning one frame upside down.
    I thought the problem would be keeping bees away from honey not trying...
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    Re: Clean out extracted combs

    Yes the empty brood box has no frames.
    I don't know how much storage space the hive had, but I have tried 2 different hive the second hive has a brood box full of undrawn frames. with the same...
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    Clean out extracted combs

    Is there a trick to get bee to clean out extracted combs?
    I put a super of partially drawn and filled combs over a inner cover and empty brood box.
    The bees clean up the drippings and leave...
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    Re: bees abandoned water sources

    Since 6/9/18 I have made a couple of nuc and the hive has raised a new queen.
    The hive is still strong.
    6/9/18 is a long ways from 5/14/18 when the bees abandoned the water sources.
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    Re: bees abandoned water sources

    On 5/29/18 I found the original queen(she was marked) on the ground in front of the hive with a couple dozen bees.
    Apparently she was superseded.

    On 6/9/18 I saw a swarm leave a nearby tree.
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    bees abandoned water sources

    This spring I had 1 very strong hive that was sending about 100 bees at a time to the water sources that I had put out.
    On 5/15/18 the bees almost completely abandoned the water sources with only 3...
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    Re: Queen goes for a walkabout

    It appears that the queen was replaced and driven out of the hive.
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    Re: Queen goes for a walkabout

    I will check both hives Saturday.
    I wish I knew why something like this would happen.
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    Re: Queen goes for a walkabout

    I will check both hives Saturday.
    I wish I knew why something like this would happen.
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    Re: Queen goes for a walkabout

    I inspected the hive Saturday, 3 days ago.
    I was so surprised when I move the ball of bee and spoted the queen I don't know if they were balling her or protecting her.

    In my panic I put her in...
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    Queen goes for a walkabout

    I found the queen and a golf ball size swarm on the ground in front of my hive!
    What would cause the queen and a few dozen bees to leave a strong hive which showed no signs of swarming?
    There is a...
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