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  1. Beekeeping 101
    I came out of winter with two strong hives and good Queens. Then I developed a drone laying Queen and had a swarm. Now I am left with one virgin queen. She emerged 7 days ago And still no eggs. I have someone who will supply me with a queen. How long should I give this virgin before I take this...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    Hi everyone. I'm new here. I recently moved and had to leave my single hive unattended for a few months. I was finally able to relocate it to my new home. It was rainy and cold for a week, so I couldn't open it for several days. Upon first inspection I found: -queen -5-6 hatched queen...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    My Q: Is queen substance a physical substance that is spread by touch, or is it an odor spread in the air? If it is the latter, does it get diluted with screened bottom boards? My situation: Right now I have a virgin queen in a temporary wax paper NUC box with brood and nurse bees, and I'm...
  4. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    How good does the weather have to be for a successful mating flight? How warm? Can it be a little windy or rainy? Thanks.
  5. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I went into my backyard to check on my hives and the whole backyard was full of bees in flight. One of the hives had bees all over the entrance. They were festooning and falling off into the grass below. There were clumps of mostly young bees on the ground. At first I thought they were swarming...
  6. Beekeeping 101
    I have a virgin queen that may be my only chance at a queen that will lay eggs. My other hive has no queen. Unfortunately, here we cannot order queens like in the U.S., so I have to make this queen work or I'm in deep crap and will likely lose both hives. What is the chance my queen will...
  7. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAzZHdX0k2E&feature=player_embedded The title is in russian, the quality is not too good, but still interesting to watch.
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