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    Re: Do these queen cells look viable?

    Here's the deal, Bill:
    Your assessment of my queen cells are from your experience buying queens from a commercial queen breeder. I have not used commercial queen breeding methods to make these cells...
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    Re: Queen Cells found in Hive from Spring Swarm

    Just now, about 2pm, they were out again in force.
    I've seen a swarm leaving before, where they seem to run out. This is not that - they are all just standing all over the front with their butts in...
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    Re: Queen Cells found in Hive from Spring Swarm

    My grafting effort ended up with less final capped cells than I expected (6 finished ones), so I had some resources to make splits with the extra swarm cells. I made 3 nucs with swarm cells and left...
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    Re: Do these queen cells look viable?

    No need for back and forths here. I was looking for advice from people with experience raising queens. It's clear that there are many ways to do it, and commercial queen rearers will do things...
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    Re: Do these queen cells look viable?

    Thanks for all the replies. I pulled the queen cells yesterday and all of them emerged! 6/6
    Considering a few days before transferring I had 13, maybe I should have replaced the neighboring brood...
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    Do these queen cells look viable?

    10 days (14 days from egg laying) ago I grafted 21 larvae using the ben harding method (queenright cell building). 13 cells were built out and capped which I checked 3 days ago, which I was very...
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    Re: Pure Brood Comb

    I'd think feeding isn't necessary if there is a flow going on. Let the bees find what they need. If they're still small after the flow you could feed them to make sure they have enough stores for...
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    Re: Queen Cells found in Hive from Spring Swarm

    Ok thanks, will do
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    Re: Queen Cells found in Hive from Spring Swarm

    I had the feeling that they were swarm cells because there were about 6-10 drawn out last weekend and about to be capped. They were hanging from the bottom of the comb, which I've read is more...
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    Re: Queen Cells found in Hive from Spring Swarm

    Thanks for the replies. If I do end up with capped cells, and if it's supercedure, I shouldn't worry about swarming, right?
    If capped cells exist would you recommend cutting out a couple to use in...
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    Queen Cells found in Hive from Spring Swarm

    I caught a 7lb swarm on May 12th (roughly 6 weeks ago) and it's building very quickly. I recently observed eggs in some queen cells hanging from the bottom of frames (foundationless) in the brood...
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    2-Queen Warre Hive from Secondary Swarms

    I just put together a two-queen hive with my warre setup using two cast swarms that I caught in the last 2-3 weeks. It will be my first attempt with a 2-queen hive, and it's an interesting endeavor...
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    Re: Cross Comb checking for laying

    If it's any consolation, I have a few boxes that got away from me and are cross-combed. I'm slowly moving them up by nadiring, and will harvest them when ready.
    I understand the removable frame...
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    Re: Finding Eggs in Warres for Splits

    My starter strips are similar, and it's been working very well so far this spring. I also have a 1/8" groove in my bars, but I run a small bead of wood glue down the center and put in two Popsicle...
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    Re: Finding Eggs in Warres for Splits

    Awesome, thanks. That's almost exactly the same as what I'm doing in terms of the bars and groove, but I put popsicle sticks in there with a little dab of wood glue. Just started doing it a month ago...
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    Re: Finding Eggs in Warres for Splits

    That is an awesome tip, thanks for sharing! I'll give that a shot.

    Had quite a bit of cross comb on last years' boxes, but starting spring off a little more vigilant trying to keep things straight...
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    Finding Eggs in Warres for Splits

    I bought a copy of Gilles Denis' Warre book (and slowly worked my way through it in French), and it has a ton of great information. One question that came to mind for you more experienced Warre...
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    Re: Bait Hives on Public Land?

    But they can live in trees legally!

    Thanks for the replies, I like the idea of getting permission through the parks dept. Could be a great way to spread out bait hives. We'll see!
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    Bait Hives on Public Land?

    Does anyone have success stories or horror stories of hanging bait hives along the sides of rural roads, in parks, or along trails?

    We have about 20 miles of nice bike trail that runs along the...
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    Re: Colorado

    Went out to nab a swarm in S Ft Collins Last Tuesday, but it had left by the time I got there. Was in a fir tree, they said it was basketball size

    One of my hives swarmed yesterday and I was able...
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    Re: Colorado

    Been awhile since a post here, and I wasn't expecting any activity for another couple of weeks, but I got a call today for a swarm in Ft Collins and it was a great size. Filled 2-2.5 gallons of a...
  22. Re: early spring - When do you Nadir your warre hive?

    Thanks for the tips everyone! I went ahead and nadired two empty boxes below the two boxes of comb left over from the winter on both of my hives. I just wanted to give them plenty of space for the...
  23. Re: early spring - When do you Nadir your warre hive?

    interesting, are you using removable frames in your warre? I'm just managing by the box with fixed bars, so it shouldn't matter if they attach to the bars or the sides, right?
    Also - how do you...
  24. Re: early spring - When do you Nadir your warre hive?

    Do you mean that they will just attach the comb to the sides of the box (instead of the bars) or that they have trouble moving down if you give them too much space below too quickly?
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    Thanks for the replies-
    Here's also a great tip from thewarrestore who I emailed directly:
    "You can nadir your hives whenever you're ready, but be sure that they are strapped or otherwise secured...
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