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    Re: A stumper: errant queen

    OK well first off, these are possibilities. Because I have not seen the hive, I am only working off the information you have given, and can only make assumptions.

    And second, you will be able to...
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    Re: A stumper: errant queen

    Yes that had me wondering. Could be several reasons for that but not being there and seeing just what happened, I don't know which.
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    Re: A stumper: errant queen

    When a mated queen is found outside on her own, when the beekeeper is working a hive or has just worked a hive, almost invariably it's because the beekeeper dropped her.

    Sounds like the bees from...
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    Re: Treating new Nuc colony for mites

    The safe option would be to do a treatment. It will depend on when they were last treated before you got them. But me anyway, I like to know my bees are good, I would treat them.

    If you are up to...
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    Re: mixing different foundation cell sizes

    Brood nests in wild hives have all different sizes, it's not critical, you'll be fine.
  6. Re: Laying queen release from quad mating to regular nucs

    Oh that's nice and tidy :thumbsup:.

    When you talked about clipping frames in i had imagined something pretty ill fitting. But the way you have done it looks good, and if the intention is to remove...
  7. Thread: brood disease

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    Re: brood disease

    Well the hive has some dead brood but at least from the photo, it does not look like foul brood. So it could be chilled brood, mites, or starvation.

    I don't think starvation because one photo...
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    Re: brood disease

    To me does not look like either of the foul broods. That's based on what the pic shows and without seeing the actual hive.

    Does the hive still have a queen?

    When and how was it last treated for...
  9. 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...
  12. 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?
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    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%...
  15. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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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