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  1. Thread: Missouri

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    Re: Missouri

    I intervened on two swarms in progress here over a week ago on May 17th.
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    Re: will queenless swarm

    If they were emergency cells they shouldn't swarm, unless as John said, they were preparing to swarm already before you removed the queen.
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    Re: Capped swarm cells

    The timeline of a queen cell is, an egg is laid in a queen cup, 3 1/2 days later it hatches, 5 ish days later it's capped. Cells show up rapidly because when the egg is in the queen cup, nothing...
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    Re: Do I have bees or not?

    It doesn't hurt to give them a week. Along with the pollen coming in or they look like they are coming and going with purpose, guard bees would be at the door. Scout bees could check out the trap...
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    Re: Capped swarm cells

    With all the cells capped and no eggs, I would assume the queen is gone with a swarm. A strong hive can look normal after a swarm. The cells don't all get laid at once, so all of them capped would...
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    Re: sealed queen cups in nuc

    A couple things, your first post on this thread sounds like you are moving and changing things without knowing what's going on. It sounds like you took queen cells out of one hive and put them in...
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    Re: Laying worker photo

    How long has the split been queenless? It could go 4-5 weeks after a split before a laying queen.
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    Re: Anyone seen swarm return to hive?

    The swarm was probably a practice run. They will probably go again tomorrow. Keep an eye out. If it's swarm mode and a queen cell is open, it may have already swarmed a week ago or so with the...
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    Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    I don't have enough time to be slow and calm with the bees, so I suit up with jacket and veil and nitrile gloves. I still got zinged maybe 4-5 times today. they can get through the gloves if they...
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    Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Inspections went well. All are building up well. Some started very small but are getting big enough that they may do well during the main flow. I most of the hives got more space today. A couple can...
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    Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    Last September the flow was way stronger than I expected and the swarms got away, 5 or 6 maybe. I wasn't observant enough and probably too lazy or distracted too much about the hives last fall. I...
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    Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    I was thinking swarming because this is the time of year and didn't think supersedure I guess. It sure could be that since they are similar iin result. I know lately here the weather has hindered...
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    Re: sealed queen cups in nuc

    Nucs staying nucs this time of year are swarm machines.
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    Re: bone head split so far, somebody save the day.

    I will add my thoughts through your post here:


    I just thought I would put an over all kinda view of my dumb interpretation of where I am this year in case I want to someday look back and laugh...
  15. Re: Walk Away Split Swarmed Today Need Advice.

    By your post I am not totally sure which hive swarmed on you, but assuming it was the original hive, removing a split from a hive without taking the queen doesn't do a lot to reduce any swarm plans. ...
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    Re: Deer, a problem or not?

    Deer can be a real pain. They will nip off a lot of things you try to grow, and the runty bucks will scrape down any tree you try to plant unless there's wire fence around it because your yard will...
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    Re: Dearth-How do you identify a dearth

    I often see them washboarding at least a bit when a dearth comes on, plus most of what has been written.
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    Re: Do these capped cells look normal

    To me it looks like it was a full honey frame they wintered on and didn't use the stores in the center of the frame, then brood has been laid up around the capped stores. Do they have plenty of room...
  19. Thread: Missouri

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    Re: Missouri

    Well gww, I am a bit late in the report and the fruit trees started early in the week last week, but there's a week and a half generally between us at least. I get to Columbia most weekends and can...
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    Re: Missouri

    In the last week most of the fruit trees have bloomed, apple, wild plum, crab apple, and it looks like Russian olive is about to bloom this year again. Here comes the honey that crystalizes in a...
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    Re: Yikes! Toppled Hive Disaster

    I would say your bottom board could have been part of the problem. That back 2x scoots off the back of the cinder blocks could cause a tumble.
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    Re: Autumn Olive honey

    Don't know how close that is to Russian Olive, but we have that here. Last spring it came on like gangbusters catching me off guard and caused some swarming in early May. It was a grassy fruity...
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    Re: Feb 1st? All is well?

    gww, sometimes the bees are building up fast and the input of nectar barely stays ahead of them. I am remembering the time on the 3rd week of May, 2 years ago, when the bees were building up hard...
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    Re: Feb 1st? All is well?

    Hi gww, today is the first day of maple pollen up here. I took a hit with starve outs this winter. I lost 6. They were all clustered in the top box and bone dry, but had stores below them. I had...
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    Re: Feb 1st? All is well?

    I found one of mine dead and it looked like it was out of honey stores, at least with the cluster, and the sugar brick didn't keep them alive. I am assuming a few days of severe cold like we had a...
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