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  1. Splits/Combines
    I need some advice. I lost my queen in one colony in September, so I combined with another hive. Both colonies were big an healthy. After the combine was successful, I removed the third box from the hive to overwinter in two deeps. They have 90lbs of honey to overwinter with, but now I'm...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    I combined two hives this afternoon. One of the hives is weaker, it has no queen and had 10-15 queen cells (I removed these). The Strong hive is on the bottom with a marked queen that I observed before closing it up. There is newspaper between the two hives with perforations. The bees should...
  3. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I have two top bar hives. What I was considering the stronger of the two has enough honey stores and some open brood (eggs and larva) but a bad case of mites. The weaker one has little honey stores closed brood and no visible signs of disease or mites. At this point what is my best option...
  4. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Problem - two queenless hives, what to do? What's left of my hive that swarmed 14 days ago (TB1) is now queenless - there's no worker brood left, no larvae and no eggs. There is still a splattering of capped drone brood. It has 29 bars. I captured the swarm and have it in a TBnuc close by...
  5. Splits/Combines
    I currently have a hive that's 5 mediums tall, and its split (one medium tall) that I'd made to control for swarm. I made the split after finding 8-10 swarm cells already capped, in late April. I also have a queenright hive nearby, unrelated to these. (This is my first year to have...
  6. Bee Forum
    I have a Hive that swarmed but did not re-queen itself. They are currently a deep with a medium. I have a three frame deep NUC which is queen right with a small population, but lost of capped brood, nice pattern. Any suggestions on how to combine? I am a little nervous about caging the queen...
  7. Bee Forum
    Hi all, I am trying to assess the strength of one of my weaker hives. It has been slow to buildup all year. I got it as a Nuc the first week of June, it turned out to be queenless and had chalkbrood. I added a new queen from California. I fed until mid july and the hive seemed to refuse to...
  8. Bee Forum
    Hi Guys, I made a massive learner error when I ordered by first nuc, BS standard frame nuc, langstroth hive. Enough said. They've had a rough ride after being robbed aggressively and the queen has either been killed as a result or through my instrusive extending of the national frames to fit...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    I think I have the answer, but wanted to gather some other advice. situation - 2 nucs -- 1 is a 4-frame on top of 5-frame box. has been queenless for 2 weeks. 4+ frames of nectar/pollen 2nd nuc is a new split with a queen, released yesterday. 3+ frames of brood, eggs, etc both boxes are top...
  10. Bee Forum
    I pulled some mated queens from my nucs this morning and would now like to combine the queenless nucs in order to free up some of my equipment. If I wait 24 hours, could I just stack the queenless nucs on top of eachother without the newspaper combine or will fighting occur? I would like to...
  11. Beekeeping 101
    I have a hive that has gone queenless, and the bee population is now dwindling. Earlier this year, I split this hive, and that split is doing very well. Would I be able to just combine these two hives without the newspaper? I will be moving the hives more than two miles to another bee yard, so...
  12. Beekeeping 101
    Checking my hives for stores and as I pulled the entrance reducer from one I found a pile of dead mites behind it! As I inspected all the bees were up in the top box with all the stores. The bottom box was empty except for a dozen capped cells, some chewing out as I watched. I found the queen...
  13. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi everybody, I have a TBH with a side entrance towards one end of the hive, the same design as Les Crowder. I installed a package of bees in the middle of March, the Queen laid for about a week, then she went missing and my hive has been trying to requeen themselves with no success. I want to...
  14. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I installed a package and queen into a TBH this season for my first hive. She was alive and laying for a week or so before she went missing. After I noticed she was gone, I began to see queen cells being built, and there was an explosion of drone brood which I took as a sign that I had a laying...
  15. Bee Forum
    Hi Guys, I'm wondering about beehive populations after an early spring Split and then recombine in Summer in time for the main flow, verses the populations when using methods to open the broodnest. Opening the broodnest and other spring management methods such as Checkerboarding or Pyramiding...
  16. Bee Forum
    Last night I got a call from a neighbour who had a very large swarm settle in and around his letter box. Not one to let the opportunity pass I got the kids in bed and headed round there with suit, brush and a bucket to collect them. It was a big job but ended up getting the swarm and pretty...
  17. Beekeeping 101
    I started two hives this year. Hive #1 is busting at the seams with bees, honey, pollen. Hive #2 was off to an amazing start in the spring but began to falter in July - I suspect the queen was either failing or died. No signs of the queen, eggs or brood in the last 2 months. I just inspected...
  18. Bee Forum
    Hi, I combined two hives yesterday with the newspaper method. One was swarm from end of April and the other was a swarm that I caught last week. The last week swarm/hive seemed to be stronger. In the April hive I only could see drone brood. So I put the last week swarm on the bottom and the...
  19. Beekeeping 101
    Well, one out of my two hives had nothing but honey and pollen and doesn't have a hint of brood as every cell is either undrawn or filled with pollen or honey. I've been monitoring the falling brood levels for 2 weeks now. I went out and noticed that a bit of robbing has commenced from the...
  20. Beekeeping 101
    The hive on the right was my strongest hive going into this spring. It ended up swarming (4) times and now is queenless. I have been watching as the hive languishes along. I've tried a few things to try to get a queen going in there, but haven't been successful. What I've decided to do at this...
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