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    Re: Preferred Time of Year for Cut-Out

    GregV - thank you. I forgot about the drone angle, good point. I'll need to watch whether they start emergency supersedure cells...
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    Preferred Time of Year for Cut-Out

    I was asked to do a cut-out here in San Diego in the next weeks. It made me think about whether there are any preferred times of year to do a cut-out.

    On one hand during the spring there would be...
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    Re: Is this a queen?

    She was persistent in getting away every time I got close... She stayed close to the hive until I lost her. I also don't know if she was on her way out or on her way back in, so I will let her do her...
  4. That's the piece of knowledge I was missing:...

    That's the piece of knowledge I was missing: Queencells = Queenright. In all the reading I did I never picked up on that but rather believed that a laying queen was what would be considered...
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    YES! That makes me happy. Your comment about her...

    YES! That makes me happy. Your comment about her being young fits the larger story in the other thread.

    So I can learn, what do you look for when trying to identify her? What gives her age away?
  6. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    Soooo.... I'm confused now. Or the plot has just thickened and I'm out of my depth. Or both...

    I just inspected the colony, which has now been in the hive box for 13 days, and it was chocked full...
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    Is this a queen?

    First time beekeeper here, and I've been having a crazy (and fun) time trying to figure out how to get a colony set up in my backyard. I believe my colony was queen-less for a while and made...
  8. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    After I posted here I received a call from the home owner where I originally removed the hive a week ago. He was working on some trees nearby and happened to find a softball size swarm in one of the...
  9. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    After much searching, I have finally found a replacement colony! (I know, I know, I could just order one online. But what fun is that!?). Here is the video of how I got it into my hive box:...
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    San Diego Attic Cut-Out

    Cut out of an older beehive from a San Diego attic with Spanish roof tiles. House was built in 1930s so the roof was made of individual boards rather than large sheets of plywood, requiring braces to...
  11. How much comb to keep when doing a large cut-out?

    I am doing a cut-out tomorrow and from what I can tell it is a larger hive. My last cut-out was a small hive, so it didn't even fill three frames in my Langstroth...

    So, when you guys do a cut-out...
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    Did have any issues with the bees not using the...

    Did have any issues with the bees not using the rubber banded comb after the cut-out? Since you rotated it 90 degrees the orientation of the comb would have been different from how they had built...
  13. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    Thank you for the tip JWP - I measured the temperature today inside the hive and it reached 87 deg F. Outside temperatures today peaked at 75 degrees, so we're looking at an additional 10-15 degrees...
  14. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    Well, I am sad to report that the colony has left the hive... I went to check it this morning and the box was empty except for ~5 scragglers... :(

    Interestingly, none of the remaining comb had...
  15. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    Alright, thank you all for all the help. I have right-sided all the comb, used the little pieces from yesterday's cross comb to ensure there was comb continuously from the top to the bottom of the...
  16. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    You are correct - when I first cut the comb out I was having trouble keeping the heavy part filled with nectar on the top from falling and breaking the still weak comb below. So I think for one of...
  17. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    Well, the good news is that the queen is alive and well - I saw quite a few eggs!

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    They started on the exact opposite side of the hive box; i.e. I had put the cut comb into...
  18. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    Thank you very much for the kind replies - I am glad to hear that I'm on the right track. It's amazing what Youtube and a couple of hours of searching on Google will teach someone... :)

    I have...
  19. New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    Hi! I'm brand new to this - so I'm very glad to find a forum of experts!

    The title is a bit tongue in cheek as I am actually trying to figure out what could go wrong - just to be(e) ahead of the...
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