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    Re: Post Snelgrove inspection

    Update : the lower hive (the parent with original queen) that I moved to a location about 3/4 mile away is bursting with bees and some seem to be bringing in pollen, the day after moving it. So the...
  2. need some advice about four frame nucs

    I'm in southwest Ohio, so we're past the main flow but not in a dearth because of the blessed rain which is keeping the white clover going. I have two four frame nucs which are producing brood now,...
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    Re: Post Snelgrove inspection

    So an update: today was my first inspection of the Snelgroved hive. I used a queen rearing calendar and today was day 34 /35 after I split the colony into two. Found capped brood already (!) in the...
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    Re: Post Snelgrove inspection

    That is an excellent suggestion, Frank. I had not thought to do that but it makes sense. I can't have any more hives in that particular yard, so I'll likely move the bottom hive (which is the parent...
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    Post Snelgrove inspection

    I did a Snelgrove pre-swarm split on one of my bigger hives in mid-May and it's about time to check the hive. By now the top hive should have a laying queen. I want to ask for any input to help me...
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    Re: Hardware cloth and hive beetles

    I used some upper spacers that had vent holes covered with 1/8" screen for one season and observerd that they were invitations to hive beetles. I've since covered all 1/8" screen with regular window...
  7. Thanks JW. Yes I didn’t look at my notes about...

    Thanks JW. Yes I didn’t look at my notes about the date until after I had taken a quick look in the hive. It’s the one that I shook into foundation because of the poor performance of the hive and...
  8. in-hive behavior to help determine if there's an unmated queen?

    I just took a quick look into a hive that had capped supercedure cells around June 12-13. I suspect there's a queen in the hive but maybe not yet mated, or maybe mated but not yet laying. That is -...
  9. Re: hive not healthy; how to diagnose? Are there any labs doing diagnostic testing?

    Wow, this looks like a good resource! Thanks for the link.
  10. Re: hive not healthy; how to diagnose? Are there any labs doing diagnostic testing?

    Just revisiting this thread. Some folks saw mites on the pupae I pulled out. I'm very familiar with how mites look so it's unlikely that handling them up close, I would've missed seeing them. I think...
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    Well I think Greg’s feedback is fine. But I do...

    Well I think Greg’s feedback is fine. But I do find that beekeeping is a pursuit for thinking people. People like to figure out the bees and manage them and come up with the most efficient ways to do...
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    Hi Greg, it’s a newly painted thing so I wouldn’t...

    Hi Greg, it’s a newly painted thing so I wouldn’t say the VOCs have off gassed along time ago. But you say don’t overthink it. It seems to me that you have to think pretty hard about beekeeping to...
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    Paint on interior surfaces of hive

    Recently someone was giving away an extra bottom board and I took it and it has the kind of solid wood bottom that are very rudimentary board has. It’s been all painted all over including the...
  14. Re: hive not healthy; how to diagnose? Are there any labs doing diagnostic testing?

    So they haven't updated the website. Good - maybe they're trying to keep the workload low, commensurate with funding cuts. And spending money on diagnosis instead of on publicity.
  15. In other frames. They had plenty. Not a surplus...

    In other frames. They had plenty. Not a surplus but enough for them.
  16. Re: needing help with diagnosis - is it okay to duplicate a post in another forum?

    I could delete this thread but don't see how to do that. I think you make a good point.
  17. Thanks Crofter. I saw no melting larvae or pupae.

    Thanks Crofter. I saw no melting larvae or pupae.
  18. Re: hive not healthy; how to diagnose? Are there any labs doing diagnostic testing?

    LAll, Thanks for the effort. The super white look is my phone camera overexposing for the white pupae. They were white but with some features of anatomy. They weren't mummies. I think chalk brood...
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    Re: need help with diagnosis

    I discovered yesterday they were in the process of superseding. Some folks said it would be difficult to introduce a capped queen cell from another colony after this hive already had its own capped...
  20. needing help with diagnosis - is it okay to duplicate a post in another forum?

    This is one for the moderator: is it acceptable (for greater visibility of post) to duplicate in both the Bee Forum and the Disease and Pests forum? I'm happy to abide by any policy, just need to...
  21. Re: hive not healthy; how to diagnose? Are there any labs doing diagnostic testing?

    LAll, would you take a look at the photos I linked to? That might be helpful if you've seen disease. https://photos.app.goo.gl/51F8kHXGttzxVc649
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    need help with diagnosis

    This is a spinoff from a post from yesterday. This hive has been limping along and I didn't look closely enough until now. A couple of years ago an experienced beekeeper/entomologist said maybe I had...
  23. Re: hive not healthy; how to diagnose? Are there any labs doing diagnostic testing?

    I finally dug into the frames and took a bunch of photos. I think that there should be someone here who can easily diagnose my colony's problem from these pix. I just don't know, for sure, but I...
  24. Re: hive not healthy; how to diagnose? Are there any labs doing diagnostic testing?

    Hi J, the next page on that website says that now the lab is shut down due to COVID19. When I first looked, I was directed to a webpage that said the lab had experienced major funding cuts and was...
  25. Re: need advice about replacing a supercedure cell in a colony

    Hmm, I replied Fivej but don't see that so I'll repeat: the hive seems diseased in some way. (I posted about this in the pests and diseases forum earlier:...
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