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  1. Re: Just a little capped brood in my top bar hives

    I did not really look carefully for brood so I found only capped brood, not eggs. There may have been some eggs. I was just doing a check of the honey stores. You very seldom harm a queen with a...
  2. Re: Just a little capped brood in my top bar hives

    Mine are Russians - two are splits from the first pure Russian. I know they overwinter with a small colony than Italians. The populations are very good and they have been storing a lot of syrup...
  3. Just a little capped brood in my top bar hives

    I am in Cincinnati, OH. I just checked two of my top bar hives. The population is fine and there is plenty of stored honey, but just a little capped brood. I did not see any larvae. In the past...
  4. Re: Time period for new queen to start laying in a split?

    Follow-up: I just checked the Friday. I saw the queen and a nice pattern of eggs already. Thanks everyone.
  5. Re: Time period for new queen to start laying in a split?

    Last Monday there were five capped queen cells. On Tuesday, there was one queen cell open at the end, the other queen cells were opened on the sides and I saw a virgin queen running around. It was...
  6. Time period for new queen to start laying in a split?

    I made a split and the new queen emerged 7 days ago. I just checked the hive and did not find eggs. About how long is typical for a new queen to start laying?
  7. Re: Robbing from new split before new queen emerges

    I moved thousands of bees and three full frames of capped brood from the old hive so I think they will not have a problem keeping the queen cells warm enough in 80 degree weather. The feeders I...
  8. Re: Robbing from new split before new queen emerges

    It is a large top bar hive, so I cannot move it from my backyard. What problem will the bees experience if they are in there for six days? There is plenty ventilation, plenty syrup, and no larvae...
  9. Re: Robbing from new split before new queen emerges

    I do have a screen over the entrance now and the bottom board is screened, so overheating is not an issue. My concern is if being kept inside the hive for many days is a problem for the bees in...
  10. Robbing from new split before new queen emerges

    I split a hive one week ago and there are two capped queen cells in there. Based on the timing, they should emerge next Wednesday. I moved a lot of bees and frames of brood over with the eggs when...
  11. Queen cage to start two new hive from one split?

    I made a split two weeks ago. There are five queen cells on one frame. Four of the queen cells are clustered together and one is several inches away. I was wondering if I could make a small (maybe...
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    Re: chalked brood in new split

    Can you tell me why requeening helps when there is chalkbrood? I did not think chalkbrood was caused by the queen.
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    Re: chalked brood in new split

    I know I made my split very early this year. I wanted to get the split started before missing the main nectar and pollen flow. I put a rolled up electric blanket under the old hive and insulated it...
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    Re: chalked brood in new split

    I guess it happened on one of the very cold nights weeks before I made the split because it has not been very cold since the split. I have the hive well-insulated and tied an electric blanket up...
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    Re: chalked brood in new split

    Could those have been live larvae just a couple of days ago and become that hard and dry in just a couple of days? I found the chalkbrood on the bottom board just three days after making the split. ...
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    chalked brood in new split

    I just split my strong top bar hive one week. I moved three frames of brood and bees to the split. After several days, I noticed a lot of white and dark chalked brood under one of the frames in the...
  17. Can bees use purchased pollen powder for human consumption?

    I just made a split and I want to give the bees more pollen in the new hive. I bought a big jar of organic pollen powder for human consumption. If I pour that on to an empty frame and put it in the...
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    When are drones flying in Ohio

    I want to make a split this week. I checked my strong hive, but did not see any drone brood or drones flying. I don't want to have the new queen emerge in the split hive before there are drone...
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    Re: Small hive beetle larvae

    I also had two fall swarms in October this fall. I caught one, but they left again in several days. I could not catch the other one. I never had fall swarms when I had lang hives. Is there...
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    Re: Small hive beetle larvae

    The brood nest area in my top bar hives moves to different frames. How do you know where to put the temp probes during winter when it is too cold to open the hive? It was 60 degrees here in...
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    Re: Small hive beetle larvae

    It sounds like both of you use solid bottom boards over summer to control the SHB. Are you concerned about the hive overheating on hot days or do you provide some other source of ventilation for...
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    Small hive beetle larvae

    I have top bar hives with screened bottoms. I plan to use salt and diamentious earth underneath to kill the SHB larvae as they burrow down into the ground. I want to minimize the amount of salt and...
  23. How long for mite drop off from oxalic acid vapor treatment

    About how long does it take for oxalic acid vapors to kill mites? My neighbor used a vaporizer and did not see much drop off on the bottom board after a day. When I used to use Apigard trays, they...
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    Re: When will queen stop laying in fall?

    When you say "far", what distance are you referring to? I also sprinkled diatomaceous earth on mulch on the tarps.
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    Re: When will queen stop laying in fall?

    The hives are basically Russian (some have swarmed this summer, so probably not full Russian now). What has been the egg laying experience with Russians?
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