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    Re: Intro as well as being treatment free

    As a fellow Missourian, welcome to beekeeping. You will be blessed, and He will also bless you with trials along the way that you might learn more about beekeeping if you allow yourself to be...
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    Re: Queenless and honey bound

    Be careful about introducing a new queen. If you found a few larva in there it's either the beginning of a laying worker or you have a queen that has problems in there. In either case, they will...
  3. Thread: Find the queen

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    Re: Find the queen

    It would be useful, but more useful would be video. A queen just moves different on the comb than the rest, which is a big help to spot it.
  4. Re: Tried-and-true tactics for helping a tiny hived swarm survive?

    It makes a big difference even to shake in some nurse bees from another hive. but a frame of near to emerge brood is a good boost. Open larva would just put all the nurse bees to work and they msy...
  5. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    I would guess that the sugar syrup you fed them attracted robbers and they were robbed out. Bees robbing other bees will clear it all out and most of the home bees can end up killed off.

    There...
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    Re: Replace Frames in Same Order Question

    Easier said than done though b1rd, or I have a lot more to learn. Sometimes, they seem to just want to go. Another thought that could go with it, It's easy to over react and hinder or set them...
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    Re: Replace Frames in Same Order Question

    Thanks for the kind words gww. My hands haven't fallen off yet.
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    Re: Queenless and honey bound

    Oh yeah, sorry. Thanks for clearing that one up. 24 days after egg laid. Make it 14 days after they are capped. The point was supposed to be that a queen emerges, then 2 weeks later the last brood....
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    Re: Replace Frames in Same Order Question

    Can you contact the original keeper and ask what he's been doing and needing to watch for? He may help in that. Has he needed to treat for mites, how and when? Do the bees like to swarm. etc. I...
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    Re: Queenless and honey bound

    The saying goes, a newly mated queen after a swarm or split starts laying shortly after the beekeeper starts to panic.

    If the original queen takes off with a swarm about the time the first queen...
  11. Re: Lost bees after transferring captured swarm

    dd33, on your #2, I was trying to write that if you were transferring the swarm caught to a hive body, that's where to do it. Then start moving it after a day or two. I wouldn't put the trap back up...
  12. Re: Rant: People really need to stop mowing lawns every single week.

    I don't see many, or any, bees on the clover unless the flow is pretty weak. My lawn has a fair crop of clover too. I think they go for more lucrative sources of nectar when they have it available....
  13. Re: Lost bees after transferring captured swarm

    Now you have another to move. I basically have done the same thing, capturing a swarm on my place and then move it. I take down the swarm trap and keep it on the ground for a couple days, then...
  14. Re: I am trying to speed up my hive inspections.

    A dry queen cup with an egg is destined to be a queen cell and treated the same. They don't need to feed eggs, but will feed the larva to come. Swarm cells mean swarm coming and I split the queen...
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    Re: low honey production in northern Illinois.

    In the last 4-5 days the flow is gushing in real good. It finally stopped raining so much and got warm into the 80s. Good ground moisture too.
  16. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    With foundationless frames they can mess them up real good in a week, so waiting two weeks could have all your frames tied together. They can start a comb down a top bar just fine and then jump over...
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    Re: Nature vs nurture

    A 3/4 full medium and a 50% full deep is about equal to a full deep, so they are about the same as far as build up. I would assume, without actually seeing them, that hive c is spread out more in...
  18. Re: New Bee Keeper, New Colony, New Equipment - What Could Go Wrong?!

    Fixing it would also possibly help to key them to the right direction for the comb. I would also put it on or next to the frame that was done cross wise.
  19. Re: I am trying to speed up my hive inspections.

    When I started keeping, I would check many frames just because it was so fascinating to see the work of the bees and I wanted to figure them out. But every inspection and every frame pulled does...
  20. Re: I am trying to speed up my hive inspections.

    It depends on the situation of the hive. If I was waiting on a newly mated queen, any worker brood or eggs is good. I will spot check different boxes to see how big the brood nest is too. If I am...
  21. Re: Kids shooting at my hives with a pellet gun?

    Have to be a good shot to pick off very many bees. :)

    Sometimes a sign just dares the troublemakers.
  22. Re: A piping queen caged and they still swarmed. What??

    If you ever have a colony swarm, it could be 6-10 days from the first emerging virgin queens. At that point there could be several virgin queens in the colony planning to after swarm again. Soon...
  23. Re: Queenless hive with supersedure cells - best approach at this point?

    If it's a small hive, like a single deep, they also could have swarmed. Small spaces are swarm machines especially when fed well. A small colony also may not build a lot of swarm cells. Before a...
  24. Re: Queenless hive with supersedure cells - best approach at this point?

    Bees supersede a queen when they perceive something is not right with it. It could be failing, an odd hick up in the balance of bees in the colony can cause one, or a certain disturbance can. They...
  25. Re: A piping queen caged and they still swarmed. What??

    A swarm 2 days ago and a possible practice swarm today would suggest that emerging virgin queens are going with after swarms. I wouldn't think there are any mated queens yet. A virgin queen at best,...
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