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    Re: Requeening and the weather

    Thanks Michael,

    The predicted weather today was rain... and it is sunny for the moment. In an effort to be able to find a window to install them during a calm in the storms, I went out and caged...
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    Requeening and the weather

    I ordered a couple of queens back in January. They where shipped yesterday (Monday 5/6) and are due to arrive tomorrow (Wednesday 5/8).

    We have 80-100% chance of thunderstorms ALL DAY LONG from...
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    Re: my bees are being jerks

    But I did find queen cells. Lots of them. I removed them, but I am pretty sure they still want to swarm.

    Is another split the only thing that will put them back on track? I'm fine with it if...
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    Re: my bees are being jerks

    Saga continues...

    I did my first inspection since my split of the mother hive. This is the queenright side of the split.

    The split was on 4/9. My "jerk hive" (I call Hive A) had 10-15 queen...
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    Re: my bees are being jerks

    I will ask again. There were none at the club a couple of weeks ago.

    I'll also mention: both my nice and my mean queen came from the largest breeder in the club. Sometimes you roll a bad roll on...
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    split strategy -- asking after the fact

    I split my hives about a week ago... with a great novice strategy in my head. Of course, it's likely my strategy doesn't actually work in the real world... so I'm asking for feedback to hopefully do...
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    Re: my bees are being jerks

    Wife out in garden for over an hour (wearing a veil just in case) and got zero bumps. I did a half hour of weed eating -- probably no closer than 20 feet -- but no bumps/stings. I don't know that...
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    Re: Reaction to bee stings getting worse?

    I think I get a "1" when I get stung through gloves/clothing and the bee does not manage to get her barb into me. In other words, the stinger pulls out before I get a full dose. I wouldn't say that...
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    Re: Think I'm all done

    My sis had what appeared to be a VERY active colony in her outbuilding going into winter. I thought about removing it, but thought it was late in the season and I'd get them when spring comes. They...
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    Re: my bees are being jerks

    I would have considered that if I had properly thought ahead. I culled all the extra cells this morning.

    I also *really* want to get a reasonable amount of honey this season. I hate to be...
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    Re: my bees are being jerks

    Well on a divergent topic, but happy note: Just went through my splits and had tons of Qcells. I culled both splits down to about 3 cells all on one frame and donated 1 frame of Qcells from the...
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    Re: my bees are being jerks

    I've got about 90% confidence I know which one. I can work HiveB gloveless. HiveA has always been a little cranky.

    My initial plan was to first move A and see if they didn't settle down.
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    Re: my bees are being jerks

    I had SERIOUSLY mean bees at the beginning of last spring. They were ferals that I caught and they turned mean when spring buildup started. It was MUCH worse than this. Inspections were a fully...
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    Re: my bees are being jerks

    Okay, my initial description was lacking.

    I am talking about the queenright colony(ies). I have 2 colonies closer to the house (and by my wife's garden) and now 2 colonies further back on the...
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    my bees are being jerks

    I am second year. I have 2 hives (well, 4 now, I split both 2 ways about a week ago).

    The original mother hives are about 25 feet from the edge of my wife's garden and about 45 feet from the...
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    Re: Where and how to store drawn comb

    I know I'm bringing a necro thread back to life here. Sorry about that.

    I'm 1st year with just a handful of drawn frames to store but I'm trying to sort out a method that is workable long term as...
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    Re: Hive suddenly very defensive

    That sort of makes me want to try... but without a truck and a bit more land I feel a little stuck. I think my "wife timer" has run out.
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    Re: Hive suddenly very defensive

    The hive would definitely fit in the smoker. Honey braised ribs? :)
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    Re: Hive suddenly very defensive

    Oops. I fat fingered the URL. Corrected.

    Just for fun: Video from a security camera. It doesn't cover the hive (maybe it should). It mostly shows the guard bees buzzing around my head for 25...
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    Re: Hive suddenly very defensive

    You might be over estimating my lifting capability. It's a deep and a medium, both pretty full. Add a top/bottom and I bet it's close to 120lb. My back isn't what it used to be... and it wasn't...
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    Re: Hive suddenly very defensive

    This was pretty much my first plan. My last inspection made me wonder if I could pull off a move by myself. It was a tornado beyond what I was expecting. I still waver between "nuke em" and "I can...
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    Re: Hive suddenly very defensive

    LOL. Yeah. I was all full of myself being able to catch a small swarm and nurse them through a winter with not much more than books, google and youtube to guide me.

    I have a nice nuc on order...
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    Re: Hive suddenly very defensive

    My recollection is that CO2 is heavier than air. (I had a colorful adolescence with lots of exploding things with an unlimited supply of dry ice.) Think of a rock concert with the fog that runs...
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    Re: Hive suddenly very defensive

    My wife and I had talked about this possibility. It was so strange that it was like a light switch. One day we would sit out there and watch them, walk right by them to go to the shop door. The...
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    Re: Hive suddenly very defensive

    No, not intact. I can probably fit most of the brood frames in there, but it will have to be after the hive is dispatched. The hive is currently 1 deep and 1 medium with brood in both. My shop...
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