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  1. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I checked on the progress of a package (installed on May 1st) that's been slow growing and which I suspected all was not right with the queen. Today, seeing what little brood there is, I see what looks like soon-to-be capped drone brood. (It's raised much higher than other comb) Attached are a...
  2. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    Hello, today I just did my first cut out -- from a friend's ceiling. The friend thinks the bees had been there about a month -- and removal confirmed that it was all fresh comb. We used smoke and a beevac. We were able to catch the queen and have her in a clip in a small topbar hive with the...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hey Local Beeks Sending out a request to save doomed queens for this year. Every year, I try to save a few queens from ones that like to re-queen their colonies with young and robust queens. I have had great success in Cali in the past. I received four queens one year, three were robust layers...
  4. Beekeeping 101
    First-time poster here, I've got some confuzzling happenings in my backyard apiary. We (my beekeeping partner and I) purchased two packages and two Langstroth medium-box hives this year. Hive #1 was great from the start; #2, not so much. A month or two in, I found emergency queen cells all...
  5. Bee Forum
    Need some help. I have two hives that are both about two months old, purchased as nucs. One hive was super strong and the queen had a beautiful laying pattern, the other was doing good but not great. Last week I checked both and the strong have was still ok but had suddenly slowed way down in...
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