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  1. Thread: Hive Swarming?

    by KMack
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    Re: Hive Swarming?

    Thanks everyone -- The more I think about it, the more I do think that I need to do a split. This will be the first one that I've ever done, so I am a little nervous!

    Philip - to answer your...
  2. Thread: Hive Swarming?

    by KMack
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    Hive Swarming?

    I have 1 hive that I successfully overwintered. I did a hive check on April 22nd -- so 15 days ago -- and saw eggs, brood of various stages, etc. And, I was lucky enough to lay eyes on my queen and...
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    Re: SHB Infestation - Now What? Help!

    I've been in contact with someone in our area -- I purchased a queen from him -- and he said that he's sure my issue is with varroa. So, he recommended that I treat for varroa & keep my eye on the...
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    Re: Queen Not Laying - Next Steps?

    Thanks everyone for your input. I got in touch with the person that I bought my queen from & he recommended that I treat for varroa and observe the hive activity to see whether that will help...
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    Re: Queen Not Laying - Next Steps?

    Is it odd that there were only 2 queen cells and neither had larvae or were capped? I'd think that if there was truly no queen, they would have created a number of queen cells & they would have been...
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    Re: Queen Not Laying - Next Steps?

    Neither colony really had a chance to get strong - within a month of receiving the nucs, they were both creating new queens. And, my existing one created a new queen at least one other time this...
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    Queen Not Laying - Next Steps?

    I visited my hive yesterday & saw only a small amount of capped brood. No eggs or larvae at any stage. There were 2 queen cells in my hive but they were not capped and had no larvae. I am thinking...
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    Re: SHB Infestation - Now What? Help!

    Update: I went back tonight & shifted my hive(s) around.

    1. I laid down landscaping fabric under and around my hives.
    2. I emptied the oil tray, which already had a decent number of drowned SHB...
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    SHB Infestation - Now What? Help!

    I keep my hives in a wooded area that received dappled sunlight. I'm in the Baltimore, MD area and we have had quite a rainy July for the area. I am unable to move my hives to a sunnier area at...
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    Re: Cool Weather Bearding?

    UPDATE: I returned to the hive this morning with a shoebox & duct tape. The small cluster was a wet mess & the bees had died overnight. They had fallen onto the landing board. I went through the...
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    Re: Cool Weather Bearding?

    I thought there might be a queen in there. But since it was so cool & the bees outside the cluster were so lethargic, I didn't want to disturb the cluster & risk knocking her off if she was in there....
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    Cool Weather Bearding?

    I am in Maryland and we have had cool, rainy weather the past 2 days. I observed a small cluster of bee bearding, or what I believe to be bearding, outside my hive. There were a few bees also outside...
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