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  1. Beekeeping 101
    Caught a swarm 4 weeks ago. Put it in a new hive. There were about 3 frames of bees. I saw the queen in there and all seemed well in the beginning but upon inspection today I can only see drone brood in a shotgun pattern and no workers brood. There is plenty of capped honey cells around. Also I...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    I caught a swarm about 2 weeks ago, put it in a deep body with fully drawn comb from a dead-out and left it alone until yesterday. There are lots of capped drone cells randomly spread around and no worker cells. I found a large empty queen cell and a few empty queen cups. They seem slightly...
  3. Bee Forum
    Hi all, It's my annual springtime "Oh Crap I Need Help" post. Last I checked, this hive was light but doing pretty well. I reversed the boxes, gave pollen patty, extra room so as they wouldn't swarm on me again this year... Did a quick check about 2 weeks ago, seemed ok. Today I did an...
  4. Bee Forum
    So, last time I was worried about too much pollen... seams like they took care of that, lots more space for larva and lots of eggs and little ones. Now, it would seam that the bees are opening up some of the drone brood. And possibly... eating it? (They have lots of pollen, about three bars of...
  5. Welcome Forum
    Ant advice on installing a new queen in a hive that swarmed?? I had a colony swarm about a week after installing it on new foundation. One frame had been drawn out at my 2 week inspection and a worker was/is still laying. I purchased a new Italian queen and am expecting her highness tomorrow...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I have a hive that overwintered but came out weak. I found the queen and also noticed she was only creating drone brood. Thinking she might be a dud queen, I decided to give her a few more weeks to correct matters, but I continued to find only drone brood. So I got her cornered on the top of a...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    In a healthy hive there is always a little drone brood mostly at the bottom of frames. I have wondered.... does the queen know when she laying that the egg is drone and knows "ok, this one's a dud, I'll lay it over here with the other duds" and proceeds to lay the drone egg at the bottom of the...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    Hi All... I got my first-ever hives as nucs on 4/30. It was inspected about 6/15 or so and found queenless, as I had suspected by the drone brood forming, but nothing else. We took a frame with queen cells out of my other "good" hive and installed it in the problem hive. The next week or so I...
  9. Bee Forum
    Early last month, I showed a short video of my small hive: http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233278 I got a lot of advice on what to do. Thanks to everyone! I decided to spring the $40 and ordered a Queen from Mikes bees, nice folks and prompt! The Queen came with a few workers...
  10. Bee Forum
    Second year bee haver, not a beekeeper yet, but working toward it... I have a hive from last year, it's all foundationless, 4 8-frame hive bodies full of mostly honey. The hive is really jam packed, bottomo super is 2 full frames of pollen, the rest is honey with some drone brood. The...
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