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  1. Bee Forum
    With 3 swarms in 4 days and running out of equipment, it all went a bit crazy. Question 1: What is the best thing to do with swarm cells? I read a BBKA (UK) article recently where after an artificial swarm, the writer was OK with leaving all emergency/swarm cells in the hive and not to bother...
  2. Welcome Forum
    Hello Beesource friends, thanks for taking the time to read my note and good to find this bee community. My wife and I have been keeping bees for about 9 years as a hobby. We've also been amazed at how many more flowers there are around our farm, and how much the addition of a couple hives...
  3. Beekeeping 101
    First off, thanks to everyone on the forum for posting and helping me out with my amateurish questions. I really appreciate it. This place is a great source of info! Last Friday I went up to the farm location(on the side of a mountain here in the tropics) where I keep 4 of my 5 hives and I...
  4. Bee Forum
    Ok, let's assume I'd like to combine two weak hives that have both lost their queens/queens failing. What's the order: Requeen one - assure acceptance, then combine? Or comine both first - then introduce a new queen? Thanks - jim
  5. Bee Forum
    5 weeks ago I artificially swarmed a colony and left the split. Both became queenless and both are small (4 frames) . I have just put a frame of eggs in one of them and I am going to rejoin the two. As they are 'sister' colonies do I still need to do a newspaper combine? Or can I just place the...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    Any suggestions for combining a small nuc with about 1 frame of bees and a queen with a larger hive that is possibly queenless? Standard newspaper combine? Test for queenlessness by placing queen in cage on top of frames in the bigger hive? Does a single frame of brood and a queen even need a...
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