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  1. Bee Forum
    so after my bees swarmed, I have noticed queen cup cells which I destroyed and decided to buy a new queen. First queen I bought I lost cause released too soon and then decided to buy another one. Once I was installing her, I noticed on the bottom bees fighting and I noticed unmarked queen...
  2. Bee Forum
    hi, It appears that my hive is queenless and there are queen cells with larva in it. It appears there is less population. I bought new queen which i put in between the frames in a cage. Do I have to destroy queen cells, and what to do to improve acceptance? thanks
  3. Bee Forum
    I bought new queen for the colony that swarmed. It is the same kind. I was told to keep her caged inside for 5 days and then release her. I was wondering if for sure the colony will accept her especially since i saw some replacement queen cell already? thanks
  4. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I'm a brand new beekeper, I have one hive that was started spring of 2016. I lost the first queen fairly quickly, replaced her about mid-summer with a new queen from the mail. Last fall, that queen died and they replaced her. This spring, everything looked good, the queen was laying eggs and...
  5. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    How early do the bees usually start bringing pollen into a nuc ?? April 12, I put frames with hopefully young eggs into the 2 nucs, - 8 &10 days later, both had capped QCs - Going by the dates I read, definitely they should have emerged by now - maybe just barely for the one. So mating...
  6. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Just trying to figure out how, or when to call the difference. Right now I have a nuc that has me second guessing myself (not finding a queen didn't help) However as some cups have only one egg, perfectly in the the bottom and noting that the cells with multiple eggs are all in the bottom- I...
  7. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I've searched this site several times and everywhere else too (google, YouTube, etc.) and I know the adage of ask 10 beekeepers and you will get 12 different answers. But I hope someone can offer some help to this question: How many days can a mated queen stay in a queen cage?? - providing her...
  8. Beekeeping 101
    More re: my "weak hive" narrative -- I saw (after my hive pop seemed to drop 50% or more over a short period, ~ 2 weeks ago:s) what I think were 2 swarm cells on the bottom of 1 frame of an upper deep (of a 2-deep hive). Each of the 2 cells had an opening on the bottom. If these really were...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    Hey all, I have a question about queens. I did a couple of splits on the 17th, put the old queen in a nuc. Waited till the colony created some queen cells and did three 5 frame splits. I checked today and all the splits have queens. One looks like I'm used to, long and fat. The others are not...
  10. Beekeeping 101
    I have had a hive swarm in the last week or so. I was doing inspections yesterday (11/7) and realized the numbers were down in this particular hive, figured it was just downsizing for winter, but found torn out queen cells (at least 2) and no marked queen in the box. I have a couple of...
  11. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I am a new beekeeper and began with two packages this year. One of my two hives ended up losing a queen before she laid any eggs. Completely devoid of brood, I purchased a new queen and introduced her along with a frame of brood from the good hive 11 days ago. It has been very rainy for the...
  12. Bee Forum
    Order for package of Carniolans did not go well. Lost or misplaced by USPS and arrived seven days from shipping. Syrup can empty, layer of dead bees on floor of cage. We immediately put them in the hive, which was a recycled hive with comb, and opened up the queen cage too, figuring that the...
  13. Beekeeping 101
    Do the following look like queen cells? On April 21st, I did an even split of my hive. On the 27th, I saw eight cells like the following. Are these capped queen cells? The look much smaller than the last one I saw. Today, May 5th, the cells I saw earlier look like this. They definitely...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    I think I have the answer, but wanted to gather some other advice. situation - 2 nucs -- 1 is a 4-frame on top of 5-frame box. has been queenless for 2 weeks. 4+ frames of nectar/pollen 2nd nuc is a new split with a queen, released yesterday. 3+ frames of brood, eggs, etc both boxes are top...
  15. Splits/Combines
    Hello. I made up 3 nuc splits Sunday a week ago in preparation of receiving some new VSH queens I'd ordered on Thursday. The queens were sent out and I received them on Wednesday and all 3 queens looked well. I placed them, in their cages into the nucs Wednesday am and quickly received what...
  16. Bee Forum
    I have a nuc that was queenless. I added a frame of eggs and they built a queen cell. I haven't been back in since I saw the cell (a week or two ago). My only concern there was that the cell was very dark. I don't know what that means - maybe just that it was ready to hatch. But I worried that...
  17. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    hello this is kinda long but I wanted to include as much info on what exactly I did to hopefully get some good advice. I started keeping bees in june of this year. I bought a nuc hive and ended up splitting it in august. The queenless hive managed to produce produce three queen cells I removed...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    I have a hive with a newly laying queen(for maybe about a week) and one hive with no queen or brood. I would like to take out some eggs from the hive with the queen and put them in the queenless hive so they can raise a queen. I was planning on using this method from fat bee man...
  19. Bee Forum
    Dear All, I am about to purchase a mated queen and want to introduce the new queen slowly by way of a cage, with a candy plug. i am afraid of the possibility of there being laying workers in this hive already. I have heard that this may prove to be deadly for the newly introduced queen. Any...
  20. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    So here’s the deal. I’m a new beekeeper and have one 47” long top bar hive on a small urban lot near DC. The bees were started from a package at the end of March and have built out about 15 bars of comb (actually slightly more as some had to be sacrificed to deal with cross-combing issues). I...
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