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    Re: Swarm now no queen...now what?

    When a queenless colony is in the process of raising a queen they fill the cells in the brood nest area with nectar or syrup. When they have a virgin that is mated they begin to move the...
  2. Re: What Kind of Bees Are These Entering Our Hive?

    Cleaning the antenna is part of the preflight checklist. Their smell and hearing organs are in their antenna.
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    Re: Chalkbrood

    Chalkbrood is a fungal disease that has no approved treatment, Apiguard has no effect on the fungus.

    Chalkbrood usually does not kill a colony, but does weaken the adult population. Chalkbrood...
  4. Re: Brood Nest Size recommendations... clarification

    Question 1. The two deep 10 frame bodies is the comb space required for adult bees and the winter stores in most beekeeping areas. The amount of food the bees can put in that area is sufficient to...
  5. Re: Overnight temps in the 40s and using vented bottom boards..

    I overwintered 24 colonies on open mesh bottom boards with no stickey boards in and had one loss, and that was due to varroa immigration in November. My winter temps drop into the low 20s with highs...
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    Re: Moved my hive. OOPS?

    The bees will search and find the colony at the new location after they can't find anything at the original location. If other colonies are close they may drift into those. As JG says, even if they...
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    Re: Aggressive Bees Attacking!

    Northeast Texas has the Africanized Honey Bee, as does the southwest part of Arkansas. If in doubt that a colony is European Honey Bees, kill the colony. A life is more valuable that a colony of...
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    Re: mated queen piping?

    I have had mated queens in cages pipe when they were grouped together on a counter top.
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    Re: Swarm not taking syrup feeding?

    They may be sick. I have had colonies that refused syrup when others were taking it down, and they would dwindle and die. Try spraying the adult bees with a spray bottle of plain 1:1.

    Just saw...
  10. Re: how to transition a hive from all mediums to deep brood boxes?

    If you have deep frames of comb for your deep brood boxes just put the deep on the bottom board.

    Put 1 or 2 medium frames with sealed/emerging brood and the queen plus adults shaken from four...
  11. Re: Comb drawn perpendicular to foundation?

    They also do the same thing with wax foundations. My opinion is too few adult bees when the foundations are placed on the hive. It also may be the nectar flow is not strong enough, or both.
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    Re: Queen trying to make a run for it.

    The plan you used is your best chance to stop the swarm if you won't do a split. I would add a super of comb above if you have it.
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    Re: Why not Langstroth/Warre combo?

    If you just put in top bars the bees will join the comb to the side of the box, and it must be cut loose to remove the comb. The bees will often cross comb, drawing the comb not along the underneath...
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    Re: when is swarming NOT swarming?

    cconnell; Regarding "trial swarms," it is my opinion there is no such thing. Honey bees know how to swarm, it is a natural instinct, they need no practice. There are aborted swarms, and this is...
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    Re: Supersede cells on new package

    The eggs are all on the cell bottoms and none on the walls, my guess is a queen with limited area to lay in. When you see capped worker brood it will tell if it is laying workers or a queen.
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    Re: Loads of drones flying....

    If there are drones mature enough to fly, and the weather is good, the drones fly. The most flights occur from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.
  17. Re: When and where to add new brood chamber

    Have yourself some fun with them, but remember the statement made by J.L. Byrer, a commercial beekeeper in Ontario in the 1890s and 1900s. He said that it was not the type of hive that determined...
  18. Re: When and where to add new brood chamber

    The only way I do any foundationless frames is to place them between frames of brood in the upper box. This way they are usually drawn worker size cells and the bees take the comb all the way down...
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    Re: when is swarming NOT swarming?

    Forget the honey supers, the brood nest is where the action is. When you look there you will probably find capped queen cells, or queen cells that have emerged within the last few days.
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    Re: Bees swarmed no queen found

    If the weather is good check for brood in 18 to 22 days. If you have cold, cloudy or windy weather add another 7 days.
  21. Re: When and where to add new brood chamber

    Put the second box above the brood nest. Bees always draw comb best in the upper box, and they move up much faster due to the cluster's heat rising and warming the upper box. Usually, the upper box...
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    Re: Queen Questions

    The virgin emerges from the cell eight days after it is sealed. With good mating weather you can expect eggs in 10 to 14 days after she emerges.
  23. Re: Question on rearing queens with a cell grid

    It has been a long time since I read Steve Tabors's book on raising queens, but he described moving eggs. He developed a tool to move the egg without damaging it. If I remember correctly the...
  24. Re: Over-wintering without any insulation whatsoever ...

    Crofter; Do you see any difference in the number of colonies with EFB between the insulated and uninsulated colonies in your area?
  25. Re: Over-wintering without any insulation whatsoever ...

    Have you fellows read the article number 61, Overwintering of Honey Bee Colonies, in the Resource/USDA section here on Beesource? The part about the hive bodies with the sides replaced by screen...
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