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  1. Bee Forum
    Has anyone had terrible luck with returning mates queens? All six of my hives made it through winter, then all six have swarmed (caught all six by some miracle) but five of the six currently have no eggs. It’s been over three weeks since all of the swarms and still nothing. I literally witnessed...
  2. Swarms, Trap-outs, and Cut-outs
    I had two very strong hives that swarmed and we captured the two largest swarms I've ever seen within fifteen minutes of each other 14 days ago. We had just recently robbed last Fall's honey and had wet honey supers so we thought they would be perfect to use for most of the swarm hive box...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Hello everyone, I need your input on the problem I'm having. The problem is: I have 2 hives that are next to each other. One is doing exceptionally well, and the other one is weak. I have originally bought the "weak hive" as a nuc. So it came with the queen that was laying eggs and she was...
  4. Photo/Video Gallery
    Ain't that the darnedest thang. They seem to be copacetic and frames loaded with brand new eggs. No drones and no evidence of queen cells. And my girls tend not to tear them down as people always say. #SoFLA Rules apply. Yes we have some drones this time of year.
  5. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I've been doing a ton of research, and I know queens lay up to a million eggs in a lifetime, but is she hatched with all of those eggs like humans are? Does she regenerate eggs or are they stored for her whole life in ovaries?
  6. Beekeeping 101
    Good morning. I inspected my hive yesterday to find I have a different queen than what I installed. I installed my package bees four weeks ago. The week of install the temperature dropped drastically (in the 30's in Ohio) for 8-10 days. Upon first inspection, four days after install, I helped...
  7. Splits/Combines
    Hey all, I decided to split my only hive today. It has been raining the past week or so and I noticed way too much traffic for my liking. I opened it and basically did and even split of all the frames. As I was going through the frames I noticed a lot of capped drone (3-4 frames out of 20)...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    Hello, I inspected my new hive (and first hive) this past Friday, which marked two weeks from installing the package. It took nearly a full week for the queen to be released from the cage. I found my queen, but did not see any eggs or larva (I do have an untrained eye). There was definitely...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Here are some photos of our week two hive inspections. The dandelions are thick in the area and I imagine that's why everything is a brilliant yellow. Eggs Capped Brood Queen Here's a short clip of the queen walking around a frame.
  10. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I took a grafting class and the instructor (whom I feel is very capable) pointed out to me that I was grabbing eggs, not larvae and that I should stick with larvae. Now don't get me wrong, I totally trust the instructor, but I'm just curious as to what exactly happens to the egg that makes it...
  11. Bee Forum
    Mostly newbie here; I had three hives for 2 years before a wild cutout infested me with SHB. Now I'm struggling to keep one hive alive. They survived the winter but they are very sluggish. No eggs, only 5 capped cells. The queen had a good laying pattern last year, and while the hive never...
  12. Bee Forum
    So, I have a struggling hive with a virgin queen in it, and she's has emerged at least 17 days ago, probably even a little more than 17. How often is too often to check and see if she started laying? Also, she is the last chance I have at a queen, as the other hive is queenless and in this...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    Does this look right? Can anyone see eggs in any of these cells? I installed my package on Mother's Day- the queen was released a week ago because the bees had almost gotten to her through the candy, but she was still in her cage, so I helped them by opening up that candy for them and putting...
  14. Bee Forum
    So basically my new package made some excess comb on the side of the frame and it is full of brood, eggs, and larvae. Should I remove it. TIA
  15. Welcome Forum
    Hi all, This is my second year beekeeping and I absolutely love it. My bees, however, seem to delight in perplexing me. My first hive did not make it through the winter. I started again, and the queen I got with my knew batch of bees was awesome! Too awesome. She filled the hive up so quickly...
  16. Bee Forum
    My year-old hive has swarmed several times this year, and I'm trying to figure out if I need to requeen it. I may have a weak queen, but I'm not sure how fast queens are supposed to lay. Sorry for the long post! I'm new to beekeeping, and I don't know what to expect, so I'm trying to write...
  17. Bee Forum
    Hi. I just got my first nuc this week. This is my first year beekeeping and already have a package started from earlier. It was a 5-frame nuc and when I opened it, it was soooo crowded. All of the frames are full of honey and brood. The workers were building comb on the top of the frames...
  18. Bee Forum
    It appears to me that the queen of the swarm I captured a couple of weeks ago must not have made it. I come to this decision based on the attached images which I just took. I don't think a queen would lay multiple eggs per cell and it appears that is what I am looking at. I was unable to find...
  19. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I checked my bees last week and there were plenty of eggs, plenty of larvae...don't actually see the queen very often with everybody around, but I know she's been busy. Yesterday there were NO eggs at all in either hive. Should I assume that I've lost both my queens, or give them a few days...I...
  20. Bee Forum
    So today I did my first inspection of a hive that I installed last weekend. Everything looked great i saw my queen and eggs. I also saw a carpenter bee try to steal a bit of sugar water while i was in the hive he didn't get to far though there is also a pic of a worker just going through the...
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